Revival Beauty Is A Scam – Run, Don’t Walk, Away From Those Glitzy Free Trial Offers

 

Sorry I haven’t posted in such a long while, but I just had to sound the alarm on this latest scam I ran across on the internet. It’s called Revival Beauty, a very vile and ugly cosmetics scam. They were offering what I thought to be free trial offers for their beauty cream and eye serum. First of all the “free trials” are not free. Don’t let the bright, slick looking images fool you. They are only shiny objects to sucker you into ordering the trials.

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Say “bye Felicia” to Revival Beauty. Unless you like being scammed.

 

Google Revival Beauty and you will run into sites where you can rush order the two products. Some of the sites contain before and after pictures of well-known movie actresses, as well as unknown women supposedly transformed by products so amazing you won’t need Botox. A screenshot of a video of Dr. Oz hawking these products as an affordable fountain of youth appears in several websites. Unfortunately, I didn’t notice the black dot covering the good doctor’s face.

Drum roll please…Here is my experience with this internet merchant, and I use that term loosely, as I’ve not been able to locate Revival Beauty’s headquarters. I ordered the $4.95 trials on a Sunday. The following Monday evening, looking at the confirmation emails, I just got a bad feeling about ordering this stuff online. Call it a hunch, woman’s intuition or whatever, it saved me. Right then and there I googled “complaints about Revival Beauty” and first thing I see is scam. Fortunately, the email contained a customer service number. I couldn’t dial it fast enough.

I got a voice message asking for the number I’d included on the order. I gave the number and was informed the order had yet to ship. Relieved, I followed the prompts to cancel. That’s when I encountered the customer service rep from hell. She had real bad English and kept insisting the order had already shipped. I would still have to pay S&H cause the items were on the way.

There was no tracking number, therefore the item hadn’t shipped I said repeatedly. After going around and around for nearly an hour, it became painfully obvious I wasn’t dealing with a fair merchant, but rather a cyberspace scammer with no intention of doing a fair trade, even after being caught red-handed.

I called my credit card company and the S&H charge of $4.95 was already “pending” for each of the items. The customer service rep said I couldn’t dispute until actual arrival of these items, unless the merchant agreed to cancel transactions. To her credit, the credit card rep set up a three-way call with the Revival rep, who continued to tell us the items had already shipped and tried to get me to buy the products at a reduced rate.

After nearly two hours on the phone with credit card rep doing most of the negotiating, because quite frankly I was too pissed for words, Revival rep finally sent confirmation cancellation emails. Mind you I was still being billed for the 2 “pending” transactions, supposedly because the items, say it with me, “Had already shipped.” The cancellation notices said, please send product back postage paid to:

Fulfillment Center

c/o Revival Beauty Returns

PO Box 13491

St. Petersburg FL 33733-3491

Bottom line. This Revival Beauty scam could care less if you test these products. What they’re counting on is you not noticing, until it’s too late of course, that they’ve robbed you blind. The clock starts ticking from the moment you hit send for those trials and on day 15, you will need to be revived when you find yourself out of nearly $200.

If you’re still not paying attention, you will be by the time “auto shipping” you weren’t aware of kicks in. One complainant said, “If you have been scammed by these people, please go to the better business bureau and attorney general web sites and put in a complaint like i did   may be they can do something   I tried to get refund and am still fighting  they charged me close to  $600   they refused to refund…”

Yet another said, “The trial offer is good for 14 days from the date you place the order.  On the 15th day you will be charged $99.98 for the facial cream and $89.99 for the eye cream. And at this point you cannot return it. I did not receive my product until about the 10th or 11th day.  Not enough time to…”

As for me, I received both the anti-wrinkle cream and eye serum inside the same small cardboard box with nothing except a shipping slip. There was no instructions on how to use the items, not that I intended to, and you needed a magnifying glass to read the print on that small jar of very expensive cream. What a high price to pay for people like me naively believing we were being given an opportunity to “test” products. All lies of course.

While I’m out just the shipping cost for the 2 items, I’m still pissed on behalf of those left in a serious financial bind by these thieves. It’s been said the pen is mightier than the sword. Let’s hope so, for the only way to defeat scammers is to take away their ability to do business. To begin we need to get the word out.

Rip Off Report, highya, ic3.gov, BBB, your state’s attorney general office, consumer affairs, Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, etc, are ways to fight back against these scammers. Make no mistake, Revival Beauty is a scam and any testimonial on their behalf should be viewed as highly suspect. If they were legit, those glitzy ads would have the billing information in plain sight. Instead, Revival Beauty perpetrates “gotcha” robbery upon unsuspecting consumers. Run, don’t walk, away from this scam.

Scammers Try to Get You Coming and Going

HOTEL CREDIT CARD SCAM ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!
You arrive at your hotel and check in at the front desk. Typically when checking in, you give the front desk your credit card (for any charges to your room). You go to your room and settle in. All is good. The hotel receives a call and the caller asks for (as an example) room 620 – which happens to be your room. The phone rings in your room. You answer and the person on the other end says the following: ‘This is the front desk. When checking in, we came across a problem with your charge card information. Please re-read me your credit card number and verify the last 3 digits numbers at the reverse side of your charge card.’ Not thinking anything wrong, since the call seems to come from the front desk you oblige. But actually, it is a scam by someone calling from outside the hotel. They have asked for a random room number, then ask you for your credit card and address information. They sound so professional, that you think you are talking to the front desk.
If you ever encounter this scenario on your travels, tell the caller that you will be down to the front desk to clear up any problems. Then,  go to the front desk or call directly and ask if there was a problem. If there was none, inform the manager of the hotel that someone tried to scam you of your credit card information, acting like a front desk employee.
This was sent to me by someone who was  duped……..and is still cleaning up the mess.
Please, consider spreading the word by forwarding this e-mail. Who knows, you might just help someone avoid a nasty experience. ANYONE traveling should be aware of this one!
LOTTERY AND SWEEPSTAKES SCAMS ALERT!!!!!
Also beware of the lottery and sweepstakes scams. If a stranger should contact you via email, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc., stating you’ve won the lottery or some sweepstakes, please don’t send them any money to complete the transaction. Matter of fact if you don’t recognize an email sender don’t open it. If you receive such a text on your phone, erase or delete it. Don’t correspond with the scammers on social media. REMEMBER, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Our neighbors are ending up on the 6’oclock news complaining about scammers ripping them off. Knowledge is power. Lets help our neighbors, family, friends, co-workers, etc.,  by getting the word out. No matter how professional or smooth they sound, how attractive they are, don’t be fooled by these unscrupulous shysters.

Scammers Want To Put A Zero On It

A word of warning: Beyonce says, “Caused if you liked it then you should’ve put a ring on it.”  When it comes to your prepaid debit card or Paypal account, maybe someone adding a zero to your existing funds isn’t such a great idea. Please don’t let scammers put a ZERO on it.

Times are hard. But please don’t fall prey to this latest scam. Heard about it on the local news. This poor woman is in shadow. She doesn’t want to show her face because, well, quite simply, she has aided and abetted in her own robbing. A total stranger contacted her, said if she had one of those prepaid credit cards, she could crack some code, add a ‘0’ and make her life much richer.

These thieves are all over the place: Facebook, Instagram, Craigslist, Twitter, etc. Any place they can set up a bogus profile and lure you in with the promise of a quick buck. If you have $200 on your prepaid debit card, wherever you’ve purchased it, this scammer promises to add a ‘0’. So, she/he will turn your $200, to $2000, your $500, to $5000. You get the picture.

The shadow lady on the local news handed over her pin number and the rest as they say is history. Instead of that promised ‘0’ being added to her account, she ended up with ‘0’ and a horrible lesson learned, hopefully. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Don’t be a sucker.

This person disappeared like the thief in the night he/she was. Once they’ve gotten your money, it’s all but impossible to get it back. Remember, the prepaid credit card is not a credit card in the sense that you’re dealing with a legitimate bank, say Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Chase, etc. THIS IS YOUR MONEY. Think of the prepaid card like your own personal piggy bank.

Please don’t let greed and/or some desperate situation turn you into a silhouette on the local news, putting the story out there about how you assisted in your own robbing. Instead of the scammer adding a ‘0’ to her balance, Ms. Silhouette was left with a ZERO balance on her card.

According to the BBB, Green Dot Moneypak is currently the most used preload debit card. That’s why it’s these particular scammers card of choice. Keeping their finger on the pulse of parting folks from their cash is what they do. Check out this very in depth link to how this scam works. http://www.today.com/money/scammers-now-accepting-green-dot-moneypaks-1C8721925

Should you be contacted via social media, call or text, on the street, a knock at the door, by someone insisting he/she can just manipulate your card, tell them, “thanks but no thanks.” Let others know about this scam, especially the elderly, a population often targeted by scammers. One part common sense, one part knowledge can be a powerful potion to ward off heartless scammers.

FYI: Some claim this scam actually delivered as promised. If it did, it was probably a few bucks, just my opinion. Just enough to turn some person into the scammer(s)’s own personal mule, without the person even knowing. I mean seeing someone’s twenty buck account increased to $200 would make most of us want a piece of that action, right. Sometime it’s the price a scammer pays to do business. Again, don’t be fooled.

BEWARE! SCAMS, SCAMS AND MORE SCAMS

SCAMS, SCAMS AND MORE SCAMS

Blacked out my address. Otherwise this looks really legit.

As of this writing there are so many scams going on I won’t even attempt to put a number on them. Nor will I break out some bulleted list on the latest and greatest scams. Why? Because I wouldn’t want you alerting for a particular scam only to be broadsided by one not noted on my nice, neat little list. I know what I’m talking about. It just happened to me.

Case in point, I kept getting emails from folks on my contact list directing me to someone claiming to be a work-at-home mom. She goes by the name Amy Livingston and supposedly makes thousands a month from home. This aroused my curiosity so I decided to do a bit of snooping. Turns out it was a big ol’ scam. Ticked off because I felt it exploited legitimate mothers working at home I decided to alert others.

I was also scared the hackers or ‘phishers’ had gained access or could gain access to sensitive financial information through our email accounts. Paranoid and feeling authorities wouldn’t be much help, I decided the best way to fight back was to let others know so they could be on guard against this so-called ‘stay-at-home-mom’ scam.

Shortly after putting stay-at-home-mom scam in my rearview mirror I heard about con artists scamming elderly folks out of their hard-earned money, emptying not only their bank accounts but family members’ who had to clean up the mess. Even though it didn’t affect me personally, the thought of mentally and physically ailing older people being preyed upon again made me post an alert. No sooner did I click ‘publish’ a couple of news programs mentioned the ‘grandparents’ and ‘stuck in jail overseas scams. Knowing some of the big news organizations like CBS and ABC also had these scams on their radar gave me a little satisfaction.

Still there’s only so much I or anybody else can do against a multitude of scams. There just isn’t enough time in the day. Like Forrest Gump said, “Sometimes, I guess there just aren’t enough rocks.”  With millions unemployed, underemployed, and just clinging to a thread of hope, scammers are counting on you being gullible. When they make you an offer that seems too good to be true, remember, it usually is.

MONEY RAIN DOWN ON ME! 

Remember everything that glitters isn’t gold

Ironically I found this USPS Priority Mail envelope in my mailbox today. Inside was a postal money order for $975.00 from someone claiming to be Tom A. Lee. Take a long hard look at it. I did. Then I excursioned into cyberspace and sure enough it’s just another scam. It’s called, ‘Money Order’ scam or maybe even ‘Money Order Fraud’.  Really though the name of the scam is not important. I didn’t recognize the name of the sender, nor had I done anything in recent memory to warrant $975.00.  Say it with me. IF SOMETHING SEEMS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT USUALLY IS.

Tomorrow I will return all to the nearest post office. Then I will do whatever else is necessary to get as far away from this scam as possible. Please don’t take the money order to your bank. While it looks legit it is fake as a $2 bill. Not even sure how the scammers make money off this one. If you have been personally impacted by this one, I really would like to know how it works.