Scam List: Mom’s Trick to a Wrinkle Free Face

The affiliate marketers are on the prowl - flooding ad networks with "a mom's trick" ads for snake oil, aka wrinkle cream.

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Don’t fall for these sites.

Browse a few of them to see how they’re all using the same basic premise of a fake story of an ordinary mom who uses their two products to look younger. The names change, the products change, and the website’s willingness to admit the story is fake will vary as well.

This is the face many of these “Free Trial” Wrinkle sites use, but the name often changes.

If you Google the exact phrase “mom’s trick to a wrinkle free face” you’ll come up with tens of thousands of web pages. As of this writing, there are 41,200 of these sites. Many of those appear to have little or no traffic, perhaps having been abdandoned by the affiliate who created it once they realized the people selling them their affiliate package were scammers as well.

But below is a sampling of some of the low-traffic sites along with some of the recent entrants in the race to take your money via advertising. Many of these sites will advertise a subdirectory, while the main page has nothing or forwards elsewhere. It’s certain that within a year, most of these will be long gone. But for  now, here’s a sampling of a few of the 41,200 phony wrinkle sites online. I’ve tried to include the phony name being used, the cost after the product trial ends, and another other relevant notes.

Note: I’ve made some addtions to this article on 5/2/2012

amyswrinkleeraser.com – Janet, disclaimer admits is fake, $89.95 charge after 30-day trial. Products are Belisi RX and Cupuac Vital. Nag popup upon exit.

ch9newstoday.com – Emily, no disclaimer that story is fake, doesn’t state charge after trial ends. Products are ActivDerma and RejuvaLabs. Nag popup upon exit.

consumerlifestyles.org- This one has been advertising via Adsonar. The page advertised features “Mary” (it was “Marcy a few months ago) which the disclaimer admits is only based “loosely” on a true story, and the photos and comments aren’t real. The products advertised are Veloura and Re-Juv, which will cost you separately. Veloura will cost you $94.95 after a 12-day trial, while Re-Juv will cost you $77.95after an 18-day trial. It’s all nicely topped off with a nagging popup that doesn’t want you to leave. Ad on 5/2/12 for this site stated: Woman is 53 But Looks 27. Mom publishes free facelift secret that has angered doctors…

consumerwatchweekly.com – Emily, disclaimer admits story is fake, $89.95 charge after 30-day trial. Products are Radialabs and Hydroxatone. Nag popup upon exit.

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consumerlifestyletrends.com (main article listed as “top pick”) – Mary, disclaimer claims the story is true! $97.88 charge after 10-day trial. Products are AuraVie Wrinkle Reducer and Juveneu. Nag on exit. Note that the before/after pictures on their main page are a different person than shown in the article, and claimed to be a true story in the disclaimer. The main page says her name is Marcy while the article says Mary.

consumerproductsdigest.com – Compare to the others – it’s the exact same template. This one calls our phony character “Heather Walker” and pushes the product LifeCell. The disclaimer admits everything above it is fake. We’re not told how long the trial is, nor how much the charge is after the trial is up.

consumerproductsdigest.org- Virtually the same as the .com version. This one also calls our phony character “Heather Walker” and pushes the product LifeCell. Complete with undated, phony comments. Ads on 5/2/2012 for this site stated: 53 Year Old Mom Looks 33. The Stunning Results of Her Wrinkle Trick Has Botox Doctors Worried and shows the incorrect url as “consumerproducts.com” – which is deceptive. The disclaimer admits everything above it is fake, based “loosely off a true story.” We’re not told how long the trial is, nor how much the charge is after the trial is up.

daily-lifestyles.com – This one bugs me. The primary domain forward to a Yahoo page, but other pages are being advertised via Adsonar, such as “http://www.daily-lifestyles.com/?p=0001&s=4722″ and these contain our usual, generic template, using the same text, pictures, and comments as many others. Why forward your domain guys, hmm? Their disclaimer admits the story about “Paulette” is not real. It’s funny – their picture on the left is of a different person than the before/after photos. You’ll be charged $69.95 after the 30 day trial. Their products are Radialabs and No Wrinkles Now.  Compare to consumerlifestyles.org above. Same thing.

lifestylesalert.com – Virtually the same as dailylifestyles.com, even down to the phony name. This one is also being advertised on Adsonar networks such as the Huffington Post. You’ll see products Complexion MD and DermaLift-SP. This one will hit you with a $79.95 charge after a $79.95 charge after a 15-day trial.

newsforconsumers.com – Martha, disclaimer admits story is fake, $69.95 charge after 30 day trial. Products are BellaPlex and Hydroxatone. No nag popup.

smartstyleliving.com – Mary, disclaimer admits story is fake, doesn’t state charge after trial ends. Products are Allu Skin Care and Lush Illumination. (Other sub-directories on this site have different variations of this template.)

thehealthreports.com – Paulette, no disclaimer that people are fictional, $69.95 charge after 30 day trial. Products are Radialabs and Hydroxatone. No nag popup.

thesmartstyleliving.com – Pushed by another ad network (Clickbooth), this one can be seen on the same sites, and is basically the same old phony “information” site, that admits in the disclaimer that the story is fake. In this version, we have an ordinary mom named Mary who is pushing the free trials of Nue Science and AuraVie. The disclaimer doesn’t tell you what you’ll pay after the trial, but the AuraVie link does, and that is $97.88. What’s interesting here is that they send you a 30 amount, but you only get a 10-day trial! Very sneaky sis…

As I see more being advertised, I’ll update this list. But the moral of this story is to avoid trial offers and don’t believe “mom trick” websites. They’re phony, and many of them even admit it if you get deep enough into their disclaimer.

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14 Comments on Scam List: Mom’s Trick to a Wrinkle Free Face

  1. Just like Rebecca I too was scammed by BioGeniste with their so called risk free trial….that costs $90 plus dollars…by the time you get the charge on your card…your grace period is gone…what a SCAM!!!

  2. Ironically the page you’re reading now has Google Ad offering a product which eliminates bags under your eyes (Google ads advertises based on the content of a page). No critics to the author of the article.

  3. I have only notice some links to these ads here and there but assumed they were scams and didnt follow the links. However one somehow got on my Facebook new feeds wall today and I was “incised” so thought I would to a bit of research and sure enough it’s crap! Apparently, at least in mant cases, somehow know where the reader lives and uses that city as where the person who made this AMAZING DISCOVERY lives. Gives you that close to home feeling.

    It really sucks that we can’t trust and rely on the information we r given on any and all products we as consumers buy. :-(. Please please ALWAYS remember it is “Buyer Beware” in every single case from food, fashion, home goods… Doesn’t matter the product. :-((

  4. Yes .
    My location is Beau Vallon Seychelles and the advert says Mary is from beau Vallon but in the USA
    Now I believe it is a scam.
    These websites shudder b prosecuted.

  5. I fell victim of that scam ,received their products today and only then realized it was too big for a “free sample” – called them and, sure enough, they are going to charge me $89 monthly unless I ship it back to them at my expense! When I said they advertised a “free trial” a customer service representative argued that it is “risk-free trial” and that they explain it all on their website. What a scam?? Is there a way to report their websites as internet fraud?

    • close the account and open a new 1 and they cant take anything.. i must be 1 of the lucky 1s.. i got the trial products although they were called “luminique” and ” hydroxatone” they cost 1.99 and 9.99 with free shipping but they tried to charge me 2 additional payments of 69.95 this month and didnt send more product.. i had already cancelled when i got the trial sample so they shouldnt have charged at all.. so i rang them and demanded they give it back and cancel the account as i had already done.. they did.. i have recieved the payments of 69.95 and membership is cancelled.. i also had them blocked at my bank so they can never take any funds ever again..

  6. Chidhumbeni // July 12, 2013 at 5:26 am // Reply

    These bellagenix marketers are definitely a scam. I have not bought anything from them but I could have fallen victime if I had a credit card. However, I subsequently became highly skeptical when I read that the so-called mom changes race, name etc. I am in Harare, Zimbabwe and for me she is marketed as someone who is from Harare, Mashonaland East province which is my province! So I think these scammers are using some technology (GPS perhaps or something close to that) that identifies your location as you use the internet so that certain info like city/town automatically changes to fit in with the targetted potential prey. That way their potential prey will be swayed into the comfort zone by being made to believe that someone closer to home has purchased their product and is a satisfied customer! The ills of the global village!!!!!

  7. Hello, please don’t go to these sites as they claim get free trial of Biogeniste anti wrinkle cream.Just pay $4.95 for S&H. Never received product. Canceled before 14 day trial ended. They said I was canceled. Month later they charge my credit card $98.89. I called them and they said since past 30 days they aren’t legible to give money back but as a courtesy 20%( what how about all esp. Not receiving ANYTHING)! Anyone else knowhow I can get word out so this ddoesn’t happen to anyone else? Blessings.

  8. I changed my bank acc to keep them from stealing from me.

  9. So wish I had found this before ordering the products… cancelled by phone…sending the crap back at my expense. Now I have to watch for further charges on my account. Dammit!

  10. I have found another one of these ads.
    This time, the site is mygorgeousbeauty.com, the ‘Mom’ is Kristin and the products are Juvesiio and Vivexin. If these brands are ‘trusted’, how come they haven’t reached the stores and we haven’t heard of them at all?

  11. Ann Marie Taylor // June 3, 2013 at 9:12 pm // Reply

    I want you people to stop taking money from my account I canceled this product ..now if you don’t stop I WILL TAKE THIS MATTER TOP A LAWYER
    STOP TAKING MONEY FOR A PRODUCT I CANCELED A.S.A.P

  12. I’ve found another one of these websites. It’s dailylifeexaminer.com, the mother is Kristin, and the products are Auravie and Levela.
    Honestly, I wish somebody would just take down all of these type websites so nobody gets conned!

  13. The latest is Veloura and BellaGenix but the mom changes name, race and photo in different websites. I’m really sore not because the products weren’t good, they were but I was double-charged for products that never arrived. I’ve got advanced dyshidrosis on my feet and the creams seem to be working after just 2 days application. I got the idea of trying them out as the ingredients are supposed to rehydrate lipids and speed up cell replacement. Better than subjecting to steroid therapy which is what the doctor has to offer. But after my bad experience with the company Naturahealthnetwork, I won’t be a returning customer no matter how good the products are.

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