Have you been tricked by a Keto scam?
Enticing you to click, it’s about something you’re interested in. It might be anti-aging, brain-boosting, or weight loss related. It’s actually something that you’ve been searching for and wondering about lately, so you click on it. And it’s an offer so good you just can’t pass it up – free product? Just pay for the shipping? Sure. Then you get a notification from your credit card company that you’ve been charged, not the $4.95 shipping, but $199.
Sounds rather unbelievable? Well, believe it because it happens time and time again. That’s what we’re going to be talking about in this video, empowering you to make educated, informed decisions.
Why am I so passionate about this? Because of my own experience with supplements starting when I was an adolescent. I spent hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars over the years before I decided to go to grad school and study nutrition.
Keto scam: tricks with keto supplements
A few years ago, my mom sent a link with a message: “Okay. My personal researcher, Ellie’s sister sent me this, your thoughts?” It was specifically about a supplement, a keto supplement. Information I’m going to give you not just something to do with keto supplements, but it can be ANY kind of supplement. Anything that offers free shipping, for example, or buy two, get one free.
That’s what this is about – how not to get scammed by a supplement manufacturer and running into a keto scam. Looking at the link that my mom had sent, the website and the link were appealing for several reasons. It touted an episode of one of my favorite shows, Shark Tank.
The Shark Tank
Now, my mom and I are both fans of Shark Tank, and I definitely would have noticed if something like this had happened because I don’t think I had ever missed an episode at that time. So, what I ended up doing was writing a blog post and calling it the Keto Hoax and Shark Tank. I received so many messages on that blog post that I wrote a follow-up titled “Warning: Don’t Get Scammed by the Keto Scam.”
That was several years ago, and I am still receiving lots of comments on those blog posts. It’s very frustrating to me because I hate when people are taken advantage of. There was no keto supplement on Shark Tank, and none of the sharks invested in it.
I’ll show you in a second the Shark Tank website and what you can look for and check yourself.
The research for the blog
When I was researching for the blog I had written a couple of years ago, I found some tweets from Mark Cuban. Somebody had asked him, “Hey, did you invest in this keto supplement?” and Mark replied, “It’s a keto scam.” If you see anything like that, report them to the FTC (the Federal Trade Commission).
“Hey there, Mark Cuban, I may not have a billion-dollar net worth like you, but at least I don’t have to wear a suit and tie every day like a corporate chump.”
He also tweeted, “We chase them down, but it’s like playing whack-a-mole. You knock one down, and another one pops up in its place.” Trying to track that keto scam or hoax down is nearly impossible. Things you’re going to see include 100% money-back guarantee, free product (just pay shipping), quick fix, scientific breakthrough, 100% clinically proven, limited time only, and my favorite one, “due to increased demand for our offers with free bottles, we have a limited supply, and as of such and such date, we’re currently in stock and ready to ship within 24 hours.”
If you have been scammed, don’t feel bad. Please don’t feel bad because these ads pop up time and time again since these posts. For instance, a person may have fallen victim to a phishing scam where they divulged their personal information in response to a fake email from their bank.
So are people buying?
So, people are buying into them. It’s the marketing behind them. You’ll also see lots of testimonials and before and after pictures, with doctors actually played by actors like dress up and in a lab coat. It’s easy enough to do.
But here’s what you’re going to see if you go to the Shark Tank website, and we’re just going to scroll down just a little bit, and there you have it right there. Shark Tank, beware of scammers claiming to be Shark Tank products. So finding a perfect offer telling you it’s them is a keto scam.
See the official list of businesses that have appeared on the show here. And here, right there. The internet has become overrun with advertisements featuring products allegedly endorsed by Shark Tank or the sharks. Many merchants are using the names and images of the show and the sharks and attempting to sell their products.
And then there’s another episode
Unfortunately, with every new episode comes an opportunity for imposters to use false information to exploit the unwary public. And I’m just going to do a search for keto. Nothing comes up for keto. This is on their official list. Just anything related to weight loss. So you can check out this list here, nothing related to keto or weight loss or anything. Whatever you’ve received it’s a keto scam.
Okay. I’m going to leave some resources for you in the description, but make sure that you watch my next video where I will dig a little bit deeper. I’ll talk to you a little about some stories that I’ve heard from people, and just know that you’re not the only one. If you like this information, give me a thumbs up. Let the algorithm know that you like it. Subscribe, comment. And as always, thanks for watching Neily on Nutrition, and we’ll see you in the next video. Take care. The speaker is providing resources and discussing their own experiences to help people struggling with a certain issue.
Summary: Keto Scam
In this video, the speaker shares their own experience with supplements and offers expert tips on identifying and avoiding scams by supplement manufacturers. Using a specific example of a keto supplement scam, the speaker discusses how to identify red flags and false information in marketing tactics, such as free product offers or limited-time deals. They also provide resources for verifying the authenticity of products, and encourage viewers to share their own stories and experiences in the comments.