I can’t believe I have been scammed, but if I can help others from being conned by this awful company/product then hopefully my experience will not go wasted. I am also concerned that in the run-up to Christmas we could see more and more of these type of scams and I think we should all be reminded to be vigilant about where we enter our personal details,
BACKGROUND: THE SCAM
I was shopping on Ebay in October and a feedback form popped up, reportedly looking like it was part of the Ebay site, asking me to fill out a couple of questions/short survey to trial a new Anti Wrinkle Serum. Always looking for new launches to review, I completed the survey.
At this point, alarm bells should have rung. I thought it was a bit odd that they asked me for £4.99 for postage and packaging to send out the product, but having already done the survey I entered my details. This was where it all fell apart.
With this con-artist company now having my bank details, they have been taking £87 out of my account (at the end of October and the end of November). I did not tick anything, there was nothing in the terms and conditions, I have received no contact/products or anything from this company since the free trial sample and I have no idea how they can justify what this £87 expense is for.
WHAT I’VE DONE
Sadly, I didn’t pick up on this in October. I didn’t realise this money had gone out, as it was hidden alongside a bunch of other payments at the end of the month, so now I am shocked to say that this company has taken out two amounts of £87 from my account completely unauthorised, illegally and fraudulently.
I have just spoken to my bank, who have cancelled this payment, apparently some kind of ‘continuous’ payment they had set up, without my authorisation and they are now setting up a ‘No Recognised’ case. From the sounds of it, they have a lot of ‘no recognised’ cases with this company, who will try I am sure to prove that somehow I authorised this amount. My question to the company is: what am I receiving for this £87 then?? I am astounded that this can happen and shocked that there seems to be no recourse for me to get these two payments refunded.
JUVESIIO ANTI WRINKLE SERUM BEAUTY SCAM
Doing some research online now, their url address doesn’t appear to work and there are tonnes and tonnes of people complaining with a similar experience, but still this company is running this scam. If you search for them, you’ll see bogus blogs/review sites/even Youtube videos, all to give them authenticity online and they have been very sophisticated in presenting lots of content on the product to make it look real. But they are con artists ripping people off.
I am really up to speed with websites/online and I have been duped, if I have been conned then anyone else can be too. I can see why people feel nervy about entering their details online and I imagine we’ll see more such scams and more sophisticated cons going forward, particularly in the run-up to Christmas.
PLEASE DO NOT make the same mistake as me. Hopefully, we can spread the word and prevent anyone else from being scammed out of their hard earned cash.
* Go with your gut instinct, if it doesn’t feel right it isn’t right.
* You don’t get something for nothing, NEVER enter your bank details unless through an authorised online retailer.
* If you haven’t heard of the company/brand/product, Google them before you enter your details.
* Use a credit card where possible with larger online purchases.
* If in any doubt, don’t proceed.
[I've written a follow-up article, 'The 12 Cons of Christmas' to warn people about some of the scams doing the rounds, you can read it HERE>]