Is Raspberry Ultra Drops a miracle weight loss diet supplement or a Facebook hacking scam? If you use Facebook, chances are you’ve seen a post like this on your Timeline:
Even if you’re not on Facebook, Raspberry Ultra Drops have also been making the rounds on a website spoofing Fox News Health. It’s titled Raspberry Ultra Drops To Help Your Weight Drop. If this sounds familiar, it might be thanks to another diet product, HCG Ultra. HCG Ultra Drops used a nearly identical fake Fox News review to sell its products back in September.
Let’s take a closer look at Raspberry Ultra Drops and review the claims reported by real Scambook users.
Raspberry Ultra Drops in a Nutshell
- Top trending Scambook complaint, with 100 complaints reported as of 11/28/12.
- Raspberry Ultra Drops are marketed as a diet supplement, which claims to use “raspberry ketones” and anti-oxidants to help you lose weight. Claims include losing “1-2 pounds daily” or “18 pounds in 2 weeks”.
- Websites associated with Raspberry Ultra Drops, including www.RaspDiet.com and Raspberrybuy.ru, are often shut down without notice and replaced by new websites.
- Scambook users report a connection between Raspberry Ultra Drops and email and Facebook hacking. Users receive emails or Facebook posts from friends who have been allegedly hacked. The “friend” writes about their miraculous weight loss using Raspberry Ultra Drops and includes a link to the fake Fox News review page or another page offering a free 30 day trial.
- Scambook users who have ordered the trial report being charged for a full order before the 30 day trial period expires. Other Scambook users say they bought a full order, were charged, but never received the product.
- Users also report that they can’t reach the company to cancel or return the product.
Actual Scambook User Comments
Here’s what our users are saying about Raspberry Ultra Drops and its subsidiary products, Raspberry Ketones and Liquid Raspberry Ketone Burn:
This website has hacked into my Facebook account and is posting comments to all my friends that I have lost 18 pounds using raspberry diet drops. It sounds like I am happy with this product and that I am promoting it. I don’t know how they can use my Facebook name and photo [source]
Friends FB page was hacked by this company. I paid via credit card and never received. There is no company contact and no way to speak to anyone. I keep receiving spam advertising from the company even after I un subscribed. I tried their invalid email address to report abuse and it doesn’t work! Next thing I know, I am hacked!!!!!!!! [source]
I also fell for this scam. They advertise for you to try this product for only 4.95. You buy it online and then a week later, they charge your account 89.99. It is a pyramid scam, this is how they make money. When I called, I waited almost 45 min to talk to someone. I was basically told that there was no way I would ever get my money back. It is under their “terms and conditions”….very small print at the bottom of the page. I didnt even see it until the representative I was talking to pointed it out. They could at least post this in an area where you can see while you are paying. Total scam. I would like my money back. [source]
But Do Raspberry Ultra Drops Work?
I haven’t tried Raspberry Ultra Drops and I’m not a medical expert, so I won’t weigh in on whether or not the product can actually help you lose weight. But WebMD expresses doubts about the key ingredient in Raspberry Ultra Drops, the raspberry ketones.
“There have been no human studies so far on the weight loss effects of raspberry ketones,” says WebMD. “Until it has, experts say you’re better off holding onto your money.”
Raspberry ketones are often found in foods or cosmetics as a flavoring agent, but nobody really knows how the concentrated supplements affect the human body. WebMD also notes that some people who have taken raspberry ketone supplements claim to experience side effects such as “jitteriness, increased blood pressure, and rapid heartbeat.”
What To Do If You or Your Friend Has Been Hacked
The image I posted above is a real screen capture from my own Facebook account. When I first saw the comment posted on my friend’s Timeline, I didn’t think much of it. I don’t know “B.F.”, so maybe he’s actually dieting and seeing amazing results from Raspberry Ultra Drops.
Then I reviewed the trending data on Scambook and, sure enough, there’s a hundred complaints about www.RaspDiet.com and Raspberry Ultra Drops. And many of our user testimonials mention a hacked Facebook account or a hacked email. Suddenly, I felt sure that “B.F.” didn’t lose 18 pounds with this diet product.
So what should you do if you see something like “B.F.”‘s comment?
First, call or email that person and tell them that you think they’ve been hacked. They might not know about it. Tell them to change their Facebook password, then visit www.facebook.com/hacked to reclaim their account. You should also advise them to run an anti-virus scan on their computer.
Then, make sure you haven’t been hacked. Go to your Account Settings, click Security and review your Active Sessions. You’ll see a list that looks something like this:
If you notice an Active Session from another country, or you’re a devout Apple user and there’s a login from a Windows 7 PC, click End Activity right away.
For more warning signs and solutions, check out our article about How To Tell if You’ve Been Hacked on Twitter, Facebook and Gmail.
Have You Tried Raspberry Ultra Drops?
Was your account hacked? Did you order a free trial and get charged? Did you try Raspberry Ultra Drops or Liquid Raspberry Ketone Burn and actually lose weight? Comment below! We’d love to hear from you.
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