Acai Berry Used in Spam Claiming Weight Loss
According to PowerSupplements, nutritional supplements producing company, it has found a disturbing trend in the world of Acai, a berry that is globally recognized as a fruit that contains high anti-oxidants. The undesirable trend relates to this fruit is being used as a subject of a significant number of spam mails.
According to reports, the Acai spam claims without supporting facts or figures that the fruit helps in losing weight and lures consumers with non-chargeable trials that end up charging heavily for the customers in terms of money.
Meanwhile, according to Bob Peters, Communications Director at PowerSupplements, the company has been charting uninvited e-mails mentioning about the Acai berry in the past few months. As a result, it found that the volume of Acai spam transpired from nil about a month ago to very high numbers in the past two weeks (3rd and 4th week of July 2008), as reported by PRWeb on July 29, 2008.
Peter added that the companies not only doing bad by sending spam, but sending the Acai spam with promise of weight loss and enticing consumers with offers that could charge $90 per month if the recipient does not cancel it immediately is really disturbing.
Moreover, PowerSupplements studied samples of the Acai spam and found several loopholes based on which it can be judged whether the e-mail is spam or not.
First, the e-mails do not mention the kind of Acai used in the products that could tell about the authenticity of e-mail Secondly, several important questions remain unanswered in the e-mails. These relate to whether the Acai spray is ordinarily dried or dried to freeze, whether the Acai is an organic food addition or just an extract, and whether the Acai is processed within 24 hours of its plucking.
Furthermore, according to PowerSupplements, there is no medical data to support the claims made in the e-mails unlike what might be given in an authentic Acai e-mail. Thus, with these flaws present, a consumer can easily understand that the particular Acai e-mail is spam.
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» SPAMfighter News - 8/8/2008
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