Today we’re taking a look at the website healthierlivingtips.com, which sent us an email last night promising a secret to shedding fat. So because they were so kind to reach out to us, we’ll give them the attention they desire.
The email itself came from the address email@example.com with a subject of “America’s Hottest NEW Way To A Flat Belly?”
Before opening the email, we already have a giant red flag with the use of the Dr. Oz name. It has been a trend in recent years for spammers selling “miracle pill” weight loss cures to quote Dr. Oz, to the point of making the emails appear to come from him, as is the case here.
Let’s take a look at the email itself, which simply read:
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After clicking the link in the email, I was taken to healthierlivingtips.com, which begins with a pop-up coupon and a video of Dr. Oz, which they fail to point out has nothing to do with this website. After perusing the video, we find that the website is a sales pitch for green coffee beans, offering a very one-sided presentation of the benefits of green coffee. Clicking on their products will then take you to naturalgreencoffee.com, which tells us that healthierlivingtips.com is most likely just an affiliate’s website.
Healthierlivingtips.com was created on January 30, 2012, which means it is not an established website.
Ok, so this is just an affiliate site selling green coffee, but what about the benefits of the product?
We have written about green coffee, also referred to as “Slimming Coffee” by other advertisers. Research has shown that the promoted “benefits” of green coffee beans offer no more than normal – and much cheaper – regular coffee. Read our full story on green coffee at the link below:
- Green coffee has exaggerated benefits
- You can easily find green coffee supplements at your local health store
- Any weight loss ad prominently using the Dr. Oz name should be looked at with extreme scrutiny
- Any website that won’t let you leave until you read an annoying popup should be avoided
- Doing businesses with known spammers (such as this one) will only make the spam problem worse
Note: I have received this exact same email several days in a row, often coming from different return addresses, such as:
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