I Can’t Believe I Fell for this FB Scam–I Feel Like a Sucker!!!

From the Pearlessence website.

I’m usually smarter than this. I usually think of myself as being pretty savvy when it comes to FB crap, but this one got me and made me feel like a sucker.

As I was scrolling through FB admiring friends’ photos, a pop-up appeared offering a free trial Pearlessence, an anti-wrinkle cream that claimed to be “botox in a bottle.” I couldn’t find many reviews and thought I would have a sample sent; try it out and review for our TipsFromTown readers.

I filled out the form. They suggested using it with their eye cream as well so I clicked the box for that sample too. Included my credit card number – for shipping which was only under $7. All seemed reasonable. I scanned the terms which stated I had 14 days to return it for a refund. But thought to myself. I’m sure it’s at least worth $7! If I loved it, I could continue receiving products from them monthly.

The sample arrived as promised. I used it for a couple days and then noticed a charge for $179 on my credit card from the company. I was certain it was a mistake so I called the company. They were very nice on the phone, quite cordial. They explained me that the sample was not free and that I must’ve misunderstood or maybe I missed some of the “fine print.” And did I like the product? Was it working? I explained that that was not the point; that I had read the terms carefully before purchasing. Had I thought I was paying $179 for moisturizer, it surely would not be theirs!

Here’s the bottom line. Their ad was completely deceptive. I went back to their website while I was on the phone with her and it took some searching to find the real terms but I did and they were completely confusing. We negotiated until she politely offered to discount the products for $24 for each. I’m sure someone else would have negotiated it down to nothing. I agreed and told her I would be writing this article on Tipsfromtown so that no one else would fall for the same scam that I did.

Did I like the product after using it for 2 weeks? Honestly, as much as all of us seem to be looking for some miracle cream to erase our personal histories from our faces, I don’t think it exists. I have a hard time seeing a real difference from one product to the next. I think I look best after a good night’s sleep, when I’m eating well and not overindulging in alcohol.

After doing some more research, I read that Pearlessence isn’t FDA approved. I thought products had to be FDA approved before being put on the market; I was wrong. And I couldn’t find any reviews (which was the reason I wanted a sample in the first place.)

I can’t even find the ad on FB anymore. It seems to have disappeared. Moral of the story, your mom and dad were right: nothing is ever for free. Watch your back!

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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."