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A deceiving new scheme has hit the internet during what seems to be like an endless wave of malign efforts to take your personal information or wreak havoc on your bank account. This time, a unique advertisement features the likeliness of America’s favorite TV personality, Judge Judy.
The ad essentially claims that Judge Judy looks as vibrant and youthful as she does because she uses “DermaTera”, an anti-aging product that claims to do a lot of things but isn’t proven to do any of them. After doing research online about the product – it’s impossible to find anyone who’s actually used it. In fact the top results found on Google are websites that are likely owned and operated by DermaTera. DermaTeraCream.com clearly states at the bottom of the alleged review that “THIS IS AN ADVERTISEMENT, NOT AN ACTUAL NEWS ARTICLE, BLOG, OR CONSUMER PROTECTION UPDATE” which essentially means there’s little to no trustworthy information about this company readily available.
In order for users to receive their “free trial” of DermaTera, they must give away their personal information and credit card information, pay a $4.95 non-refundable shipping fee, and simply hope for the best. But the worst part about the deal is in the fine details that most people aren’t likely to read.
“By placing your 10 day + 4 day shipping trial order you’ll be shipped a 30 day supply of Derma Tera™ for $4.97 Shipping & Handling. We are sure you’ll be satisfied with this product, but if you wish to cancel for any reason call our Customer Care toll-free at 1-855-984-9761 within your 14 day trial period to cancel. If you are satisfied, do nothing and we will automatically apply a 25% discount to all your order from our retail price of $99.75. You agree to be charged the special 25% off memership price of $74.81. Plus you agree to be enrolled in our Auto-Ship Membership Program a approximately 30 days from your initial order date and every 30 days thereafter, you will be shipped a fresh supply of Derma Tera™ for $74.81, including a non-refundable $4.97 shipping and handling fee. Cancel anytime. Please read our terms and conditions for more details.”
Judge Judy came forward earlier this month laying to rest speculation about her appearance on the anti-aging product’s ads. It’s clear that Judge Judy has zero affiliation with DermaTera, which should serve as a big red flag.
I have never endorsed any skin care product. Please do not buy any product for the skin that uses my name or image as a spokesperson. It is not true and they are attempting to fool you into believing that I use their product. Don't be fooled.
Judge Judy Sheindlin
— Judge Judy (@JudgeJudy) October 1, 2018
What Do I Do?
According to Derma Tera’s website, you are able to cancel your Auto-Ship membership within 14 days of your free trial order.
Call their customer service number if you’d like to cancel 1-855-984-9761.
If you never received your product, or you feel that you’ve been mislead, it’s possible to file a claim with the Better Business Bureau. You can start a claim here.