Today while I was watching TV I came across an infomercial that I’m sure you’ve seen before. It’s that charismatic guy named Kevin Trudeau selling his “‘Natural Cures’ they Don’t Want You to Know About” books. Normally when I see this I am mildly interested but never enough to actually spend money. This time was different; he was offering his books for FREE! Can you believe it? All you have to do is pay the shipping and you will receive the books for free!
I figured there must be a catch but it can’t hurt to find out what that is right? So I called and asked for the free books. The woman I was speaking to got my credit card info and started going through a laundry list of other products and services they were offering. Weight loss secrets book? Quit smoking book? Inspirational tapes you can play in your car? I said no to most of them except for 2 additional books for $10 each which I figured I could give away as gifts.
Then she asked if I would like to transfer to someone else to hear about a free vacation package they were offering. Sure I said (I’m always into free stuff). “Is that a YES?” she asked. Wondering why I had to use that exact word, I repeated my answer with a “yes”.
When I was passed to the next person, he somehow convinced me to allow him to charge $193 to my credit card for Florida stays worth a total of 10 days at various hotels, along with a 2 person pass for Disney Land, all i had to do was sit through 90 minute time share meetings. I got off the phone feeling like I might have just been duped. I immediately went online and looked up the company that I had bought the package from. Their company name is Summer Bay Resorts and I didn’t have any trouble finding scam reports on them.
This got me thinking, if Kevin Trudeau would associate himself with a company like this, then what kind of guy is he? Should I be listening to anything he says?
I of course looked him up, and got my answer. I read in this cleverly titled article “What Kevin Trudeau Doesn’t want you to Know” that in addition to being fined millions of dollars for making false claims, and spending 2 years in jail for credit card fraud, he has been banned from “appearing in, producing, or disseminating future infomercials that advertise any type of product, service, or program to the public” for the rest of his life. Could this be why he’s giving the books away for free? He’s not selling the products in the infomercial; he’s getting people to call and he’s selling the products over the phone. Clever boy.
I have 7 days to cancel my vacation package, which I will be doing immediately. I may also try to cancel my book order. I’m not sure if it’s even worth the cost of shipping.