CTV up here in Canada has just published a nice exposé of the scam...
Consumers warned of acai berry Internet scams
The companies offer samples of the products but then charge the customer's credit card month after month unless the consumer cancels the order.
In many cases, when customers try to contact the company and cancel their subscriptions, they are forced to sit for more than an hour on hold. Additionally, some consumers have complained of unauthorized charges on their credit card or bank accounts for products they did not order.
Several customers reported they were eventually forced to close bank accounts and cancel credit cards to stop the charges.
Further, as the consumer advocacy group, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, points out, "there's no evidence whatsoever that diet pills made with açai (pronounced a-sigh-EE) will help flatten tummies, cleanse colons, enhance sexual desire, or perform any of the other commonly advertised functions".
What is interesting are the follow up comments by a Health Canada approved company owner who claims to have seen it all in his five years in business. He states...
In Canada, the Natural Health Product industry is regulated. This means that, unlike in the US, manufacturers and distributors of herbal products are all Health Canada approved or they are found, removed from market or even charged by RCMP.
The US is not regulated. It is a mess, filled with snake oil salesmen and even worse, criminals who dupe consumers by adding generic pharmaceuticals into their 'herbal' products.
The problem is that the US is a gutter for this type of crap. The US continue to degrade as 300 million people below us realize that there are many sheep in the world that will buy whatever they can 'describe' in a website.
If people in Canada knew that anyone and I mean anyone in the US can brew up a mixture in a bathtub, encapsulate it, throw it into some nice packaging and then sell it....believe me most wouldn't even attempt procuring these dangerous and stupid items.
From what I've seen and read, most of this guy's observations are pretty much bang on.