The hammer has finally come down on acai berry scam and other health products using Dr Oz and Oprah Winfrey likenesses and supposed endorsements. The plain fact is that Oprah and Dr Oz have never endorsed these products even though Dr Oz has been on the Oprah Show several times and has talked about the benefits of acai berry. The pair is now suing some 50 companies for misrepresenting their images and businesses. The products include teeth whiteners, colon cleansers, resveratrol supplements, anti wrinkle creams and other dietary supplements.
Both Oprah and Dr Oz say their professional reputations have been injured by these scam products because the companies that put this stuff out use their voices, pictures and endorsements to sell their products, many of which are scams. Consumers are given a supposed free trial for around $4.95 for these products and then their credit cards are charged upwards of $80 a month without them being aware of it until the bills start showing up.
Many people have made a lot of money with these garbage healthy products from either the manufacturing side or the affiliate marketing side producing leads for these companies. The problem is that most of these products don’t even work and they are doing nothing for the consumer but ripping them off.
Harpo Inc, Zo Co., and OW Licensing Co. filed papers in New York Wednesday to stop what they say is “unauthorised and unlawful use” of Dr Oz’s and Oprah’s pictures, voices, and trademarks. Hopefully this action by Oprah will soon put an end to the acai berry scam products and other like it that are so prevelant across the internet. Several months ago the social network Facebook stopped all advertising of these products. It will be interesting to see if Google, MSN and Yahoo do as well.