A year ago, I first told you that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) was mailing refunds to victims of a scam operated by  seven people and fifteen companies selling Auravie, Dellure, LeOR Skincare and Miracle Face Kit branded skincare products online.  These scammers represented that the products were being offered through a “risk-free trial.,” but after convincing unwary consumers to provide their credit card numbers purportedly to cover a small shipping charge, the scammers billed their victims’ credit cards monthly for products never ordered by their victims.  The FTC shut down the scam and mailed the first round of refunds to victims of the scam in November of 2019.  Now the FTC is mailing a second round of refunds to thousands of victims of the scam.   For more information about this particular refund program check out the “FTC Scam Refunds” tab in the middle of the first page of http://www.scamicide.com. You also can find information there about the mailing of the refund checks.

TIPS

It is always important to read the “fine print” in any contract for the ordering of products.  Rarely will you find anything “fine” in fine print, but in many scams, buried within the long agreement will be a term to which never agreed upon.  You should also research any skin care product as to whether it is effective before buying.  Finally, in regard to obtaining a refund from the FTC, there is no cost or fee to file a claim or get a refund.  Anyone who tells you differently is trying to scam you.  Whenever you buy anything online you should use your credit card rather than your debit card which does not provide the level of protection from fraudulent use of your card which the law provides for credit cards.  If you are victimized by a scam such as this, you should dispute the charge on your credit card and ask your credit card company to remove the charges.

For those of you receiving the Scam of the day through an email, I just want to remind you that if you want to see the ever increasing list of Coronavirus scams go to the first page of the http://www.scamicide.com website and click on the tab at the top of the page that indicates “Coronavirus Scams.”  Scamicide has been cited by the New York Times as one of three top sources for information about Coronavirus related scams.

If you are not a subscriber to Scamicide.com and would like to receive daily emails with the Scam of the day, all you need to do is sign up for free using this link. https://scamicide.com/scam-of-the-day/