02-23-2012, 07:39 PM #1
Canada - Con artist took in $359 million with bogus 'free-trial' offers
A Canadian con artist who made hundreds of millions of dollars selling worthless products on the Internet will need to look for a new line of work.
Jesse Willms of Alberta, Canada agreed today to settle a variety of false and deceptive marketing charges brought by the Federal Trade Commission.
The FTC alleges Willms and his business partners used “Free Trial Offers” to get people’s credit or debit card numbers in order to bill them for products and services they did not want and did not agree to purchase.
Willms sold dozens of products via the “free trial offer” come-on, including:
• AcaiBurn weight loss products
•PureCleanse colon cleaners
•DazzelWhite and DazzleSmile teeth whiteners
He also marketed work-at-home-schemes, free credit reports, access to government grants, online consumer research services and penny auction sites (SwipeBids.com and SwipeAuctions.com).
In its complaint, the government says these “illegal practices” raked in more than $359 million dollars since 2007 from nearly four million consumers in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.
In settling with the FTC, Willms and his 11 companies are permanently barred from using negative-option marketing, a practice where the seller considers the lack of a response from the customer as permission to charge them.
They are also prohibited from debiting people’s bank accounts without getting their express authorization, making misleading or unsubstantiated health claims and using false or deceptive endorsements or testimonials.
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02-23-2012, 10:11 PM #2
I have been wondering for years when they would shut this guy down. i never knew hos names but was quit aware of his "free trial" schemes and how they work. I frequently check websites that tell about scams and complaints about companies and his products were always prominently featured as a huge scam that would charge you hundreds each month.SwampMama
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