WHEN Gail Watson of Murwillumbah received mail promoting apparent miracle tablets that “guarantee” weight loss she smelt a potential scam - and then thought about others who might lose dollars instead of fat.
Ms Watson promptly brought the glossy brochures and “30-day money-back-guaranteed trial offer” form which sought her credit card details to the Tweed Daily News.
Heightening her suspicions was a return address in The Netherlands. Fine print shows the offer came from Singapore. And she pointed out there was no phone or email contact - just a return postal address in Amsterdam or a fax number in Australia “only for credit card payment”.
“I was concerned about overweight, vulnerable people,” Ms Watson said.
“I thought if I've got this in my letterbox and it's going around, some people might get sucked in by it.”
Furthering her suspicions was the order form for the so-called “miracle treatment” which sought not just her credit card number, but the three-number security code on the back of credit cards.
The cost for just 10 “miracle treatment Multiburn ultra-concentrated” tablets which would make you lose 12.5 kilograms in 25 days was $89.90 plus $10 package and handling.
But it seems the Murwillumbah resident isn't he only one suspicious of an offer from a company which offers no direct way of contacting it.
Its mysterious Dr Cargan, who is billed in the literature as “the leading professional in the world of weight-loss answers”, has prompted other suspicious consumers to ask questions on the internet and be warned of a potential scam.
One of them told the Yahoo7 Answers website she had also “received mail containing information about a miracle weight-loss program” from the Netherlands with return postage to Singapore”.
“Could this be a scam only using the normal mode of mail travel?” she asked, pointing out that the material gave no idea of the tablets' ingredients.
The “Best Answer” chosen by the website's voters was “Yes, it could be a scam”.