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Tooth Whitening Scams-Don't get taken by these online Teeth Whiteners

By Edited May 19, 2015 1 4

The online ads all start out the same way; a beautiful housewife discovers new teeth whitening secret that dentists don't want you to know about, and she's willing to share her secret with you. You click on the link and are directed to a page that looks much like a real media broadcast or a print ad where you are to told how this brillant wife and mother stumbled across a new tooth whitening product that works miracles and costs just pennies. Best of all you can try this product yourself for just the cost of shipping! You click on the advertisement for the miracle product and are immediately directed to a page where you find your "special offer" and are asked for you name, address, and credit card information. Instead of paying a dentist hundreds of dollars you get to try a new tooth whitening product for just a few bucks, a win for you. Sounds great right? Wrong! If you supply your information you are signing yourself up for a one way trip to headacheville where you teeth may not get whiter, but your wallet will definately get whiter.

Beware of companies with the names: Simply Bright, Hollywood Smile, EverBright, Celebrity Smile, Alpine White, Dazzle Smile, and My Superstar Smile. The whitening gels comes in many other names and are always changing. In reality these companies are not really peddling the dental products in their ads, they are simply phishing for your credit card information. Once they have your information they charge your card anywhere from $89 to $130 several times a month, rarely ship any product, and provide very little contact information making it almost impossible to cancel. Hundreds of people all over the world have fallen victim to this scam and have lost hundred, even thousands of dollars.

If you take the time to read the small print on the website you will find that the companies tell you that you have 10 days to cancel your order to prevent any further shipments. The 10 days starts from the day you place your order, which causes the first problem because most times you don't receive your trial shipment until well after the 10 days has expired. To further complicate matters the companies automatically ship an order to you on the 11th day, and charges your credit card. When you realize that this deal is not as "sweet" as you thought and try to cancel you are faced with your second problem-the company does not supply their contact information with your shipment and by that time if you try to locate it via an internet they have already shut down the links and changed their products name.

Don't be sucked in by these shysters. Before you order a trial of anything on the internet, do your research. Read all of the disclaimers and all of the fine print on the website, if you do you will save yourself a lot of money and a lot of stress.



Jun 25, 2010 9:34pm
There are scams galore out there, good warning. (personally, I've used the Crest Whitestrips which worked just fine, don't know why anyone would even be curious about anything else.)
Jun 25, 2010 10:45pm
I agree with you. I was watching an episode of American Greed recently and saw a segment on Enzyte and how the original founder of the company is in prison because of using the same business practices.
Jun 27, 2010 10:28pm
LOL I wish I had read this before my husband got scammed. I told him not to order that stuff, but...
Jun 28, 2010 12:24am
I know, it's tough. I made the same mistake-the only way that I got out of it was by cancelling my debit card before they were able to charge it. I've written about this before-you would be surprised at the number of people who get taken in by these scammers.
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