ASA Ruling: Organo Slim / Betrim

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Note: This product is a scam  Read this precautionary story!

 

“Given that the respondent not only repeats its offense of making unsubstantiated weight loss claims, but also that it appears to employ the same unfounded marketing strategy for at least two of its products, the Directorate is satisfied that an Ad Alert in terms of Clause 15.4 of the Procedural Guide is justified.”

If you see an advert for this product, is is likely contrary to the ASA ruling and we would appreciate it if you could comment at the end of this post as to where you saw the advert.

According to www.uniforum.org.za the billing address of the domain holder of organoslim.co.za is:

[email protected]

37 Sunset Av., Llandudno, 7806

phone : +27 21 790 7556

The owner may be Johan Brittz according to the registration information.

 

 Organo Slim / A Blom / 16330
 Ruling of the : ASA Directorate
 In the matter between: Andrie Blom                                                Complainant(s)/Appellant(s)
 BoundlessTrade 149 t/a Be Trim           Respondent

16 Nov 2010

http://www.asasa.org.za/ResultDetail.aspx?Ruling=5362

Mr Blom lodged a consumer complaint against a Be Trim print advertisement promoting its “Organo Slim” product. The advertisement was published in the Tyd magazine, a Rapport insert, dated 15 August 2010.

The advertisement is headed “15 Kilos in 1 Maand!!”, meaning “15 Kilos in 1 Month”. It contains, inter alia, testimonials from customers who are said to have used the advertised product. It promotes the product as fast and safe and claims that the results last forever.

Some of the claims made include “Organo-Slim is heeltemal veilig vir elke mens – selfs ‘n kind!”, which translates to “Organo-Slim is completely safe for each person – even a child!”, and “Organo-Slim se unieke anti-vet formulering verhoed die vorming van vet …”, which translates to “Organo-Slim’s unique anti-fat formulation prevents the formation of fat …”. It also refers people to the website www.organoslim.co.za for more information.

COMPLAINT

The complainant is of the opinion that the weight loss claims made in the advertisement are unsubstantiated, misleading and medically unsound.

RELEVANT CLAUSES OF THE CODE OF ADVERTISING PRACTICE

In light of the complaint, the following clauses of the Code were identified as relevant:

• Section II, Clause 4.1 – Substantiation

• Section II, Clause 4.2.1 – Misleading claims

• Appendix E – Advertising for slimming

RESPONSE

The respondent related her personal experience in using this product, and also submitted that the advertised weight loss system is very effective and has helped countless people to lose weight.

It has gone to incredible lengths to ensure that its weight loss system is comprehensive, covering all aspects of weight loss to ensure that its customers have an effective way not to just lose weight, but to keep it off. It also detailed how the four fiber tablets taken a day expand in the stomach to make a person feel fuller, which results in less eating.

The respondent also attached the following documentation:

 

  • The before and after photographs of a “Greg Stuart” with a letter testifying that he managed to lose 5 kilograms with 2.5 weeks aided by the advertised product. Mr Stuart adds that he exercises a lot and has changed his eating habits too.
  • The before and after photographs of a “Willem Greef”.
  • An article by Stephen Laifer, titled “New Findings on Fiber”, which was published in the LE Magazine on May 2005.

 

ASA DIRECTORATE RULING

The Directorate considered the relevant documentation submitted by the respective parties.

Testimonials

The Directorate notes that the respondent has capitalised on alleged testimonials of customers who claimed to have achieved the desired results with the product. It also submitted before and after photographs of two satisfied customers in support of its claimed weight loss.

In USN / De Castro Ramos & Others / 875 (17 June 2005) where a similar issue was considered, the Directorate stated as follows:

“The claim ’Change your body in less than 12 weeks!’ (our emphasis) precedes ‘before and after’ type photos. The advertisements also carry statements such as ‘Body fat before – 20% after – 6.5% Lost 18 kg’s of body fat Gained 5.5 kg’s lean muscle’ and ‘With USN’s supplements and 4 days training a week it took Johan less than 12 weeks to achieve this result. He could not believe how easy it was’. This is likely to create an impression with the hypothetical reasonable consumer that such results are within reach. When viewed as a whole, the advertisements convey the message that the average consumer will achieve similar results. The message conveyed is essentially ’if they could do it, so can you’.”

In Herbex Weight Loss / HA Steinman / 12944 (14 July 2009) the Directorate considered a commercial where women discussed their experience with the advertiser’s product. It ruled:

“While the respondent has indicated by the attached testimonials that the depicted models achieved the advertised results, there is nothing before the Directorate to show that the product is capable of achieving such results in a statistically significant number of cases, and on the average consumer using the product.”

The Directorate is cognisant of the fact that the aim of any commercial advertisement is to convince people to buy the product or utilise the service advertised. There can be no doubt that, looking at the respondent’s advertisement as a whole, the hypothetical reasonable person would interpret it to imply that the respondent’s product can deliver similar favourable weight loss results.

The significance of this lies in the fact that the respondent is still required to prove such implied efficacy, and cannot simply assume that the testimonies themselves will adequately substantiate such claims.

Based on the above, the submitted photographs as well as testimonials are not acceptable as substantiation.

Substantiation

Clause 4.1 of Section II states that before advertising is published, advertisers shall hold in their possession documentary evidence to support all claims that are capable of objective substantiation. In addition, it stipulates that such substantiation should emanate from, or at the very least be evaluated and verified by an independent and credible expert in the field to which the claims relate.

It is trite that the ASA requires product-specific verification, which confirms that the product, when used at the recommended dose, will deliver the claimed efficacy.

The respondent relies on an article by Stephen Laifer, titled “New Findings on Fiber”, which was published in the LE Magazine on May 2005.

While the respondent submits that the research by Stephen Lifer supports the use of fibre in weight loss, the research article contains nothing that is relevant or linked to the advertised product. It is also noted that this article is now more than five years old, and the Directorate is not convinced that it can still be regarded as up to date and market-relevant.

In addition to this, the Directorate has no information as to what type of magazine “LE Magazine” is. A quick search on google returns, inter alia, results for the Life Extension Magazine”, which contains the exact article by Stephen Laifer in its archives. The Directorate notes, however, that this publication belongs to the Life Extension Foundation Buyers Club and also promotes anti-ageing and weight loss supplements. Given this, the Life Extension and Buyers Club clearly have an interest in promoting such supplements, which would hardly make it an independent authority on the subject matter.

There is currently nothing before the Directorate that verifies that the research supports the claims made in respect of the respondent’s product specifically, and as such, there is nothing to substantiate the claimed weight loss efficacy of the respondent’s Organo-Slim product.

Accordingly the advertisement is promoting the product based on unsubstantiated weight loss capabilities, which is in contravention of Clause 4.1 of Section II.

The Directorate deems it unnecessary to deal with the other cited clauses at this stage.

Given the above finding:

 

  • The advertisement must be withdrawn in its current format;
  • The process to withdraw the advertisement must be actioned with immediate effect on receipt of ruling;
  • The withdrawal of the advertisement must be completed within the deadlines stipulated by Clause 15.3 of the Procedural Guide; and
  • The advertisement may not be used again.

 

The complaint is upheld.

Further concerns

The Directorate notes, with some concern, that it has been dealing intermittently with the respondent since 2007. More significantly, the respondent has, in each instance, been found to be in breach of the Code and / or existing adverse rulings. The relevant rulings are:

 

  • Be-Trim / L de Weerdt / 8660 (24 May 2007) in which the respondent’s weight loss claims, under the heading “20 Kilos in 3 Weke” were found to be unsubstantiated.
  • Be-Trim / L de Weerdt / 8660 (8 April 2008) in which the respondent again placed the same advertisement as ruled against on 24 May 2007. The Directorate did not, at this stage, impose sanctions on the respondent.
  • Be-Trim / L de Weerdt / 8660 (15 September 2009) in which the respondent was again found in breach of the original ruling for continuing to make unsubstantiated weight loss claims, this time under the heading “12 Kilos in 10 Days!”
  • Be-Trim / L de Weerdt / 8860 (2 December 2009) in which the Directorate imposed a once-of pre-clearance sanction on the respondent in accordance with Clause 14.2 of the Procedural Guide. In terms of this sanction, the respondent was ordered to submit the proposed amendments, original advertisement and all previous ASA rulings to the ACA Advisory Service for pre-publication advice.

 

While technically speaking these rulings relate to what appears to be a different product, the Directorate cannot ignore the fact that the respondent is now, effectively using the same, unsubstantiated marketing campaign for a “new” product despite repeated reference to the requirements of independent and credible substantiation in all previous rulings. This indicates a deliberate attempt to circumvent the principles contained in the Code of Advertising Practice.

The Directorate also again draws the respondent’s attention to Clause 3.3 of Guideline 3 of the Code, as well as the provisions of Appendix E.

Given that the respondent not only repeats its offense of making unsubstantiated weight loss claims, but also that it appears to employ the same unfounded marketing strategy for at least two of its products, the Directorate is satisfied that an Ad Alert in terms of Clause 15.4 of the Procedural Guide is justified.

Accordingly, the Directorate will issue an Ad Alert to all its members, including newspapers and magazines to not accept advertising from the respondent for its weight loss products.

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71 Responses to ASA Ruling: Organo Slim / Betrim

  1. BARRY RECORD 2 March, 2011 at 8:44 am #

    Notwithstanding the above an almost identical advert appears in the  February DISH magazine.
    What is going on!!!!!!

  2. BARRY RECORD 2 March, 2011 at 8:47 am #

    Notwithstanding the above an almost identical advert appears in the  February DISH magazine.
    What is going on!!!!!!
    Also an advert for easythin from the same company appears in the  March Dish Magazine

  3. Harris 2 March, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

    Thanks for the information. This is clearly in breach of the previous ASA ruling, but then again, what does one expect from people who sell products to consumers with no proof of efficacy and safety! The website of this product is registered to:
    Brittz, Johan
    Be-Trim
    37 Sunset Av., Llandudno, 7806
    +27 21 790 7556
    +27 21 790 8301

    Is it a co-incidence that the owners of Slender Gel also live inLlandudno?

  4. Pat 3 April, 2011 at 9:53 pm #

    I read through the WHOLE ASA ruling (just as well). I was on the verge of purchasing the product organoslim. They have put a full page advert EXACTLY as described in the ASA report in the Huisgenoot dated 31 March 2011. They have the audacity to claim as follows "MEDISYNE BEHEERRAAD VAN SA REGISTRASIE NOMMER : 017201" So my question is is this true and have they since been registered or is that claim false? If false I suggest a civil suite be instituted against them as it is in VERY fine print at the left bottom corner of the page.
    It is very sad if this is a bogus product because there are many vulnerable people out there that are very gullable and cannot actually afford it but will buy it anyway because of the advertised promises. Sad very sad.
    I really will appreciate a follow up on this comment.
     
    Thanking you in anticipation
    Pat

  5. Harris 3 April, 2011 at 10:11 pm #

    Dear Pat, 

    Thank you for bringing this to my attention. This product is a scam. Interestingly these individuals, the family Brittz, have at least three products that make slimming claims and all use the same "registration number". No, they are not registered with the MCC, and the fact that claim to have the same registration number clearly indicates a scam (each product, if truly registered, would have individual numbers). I already have a breach complaint submitted to the ASA, I will add this information. 

    Time for consumers to stand up and take action! Will you be contacting Huisgenoot?

  6. Pat 4 April, 2011 at 3:25 am #

    Dear Harris
     
    Thank you ever so much for yoyr response. I will in the morning send a mail to Huisgenoot informing them briefly of what the ASA has 2 say about the product and that it is a scam. I will further refer them to this particular site if they need more info or further insight into the matter.
    Thanking you
    Pat

  7. Pat 4 April, 2011 at 9:50 am #

    Dear Dr Harris
     
    I have just e mailed the Huisgenoot as you requested. I do not know if they will respond or not.
     
    Thank you once again sir for your quick response
    Pat Schutte

  8. Elischa 5 April, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

    I cannot believe that these people feel so little for another human's life, why would they continue selling products that is obviously not healthy.  Can these  people not be prosecuted and taken out of society???

  9. Pat 5 April, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    Dear Dr. Harris
     
    Just a quick note 2 let you know I have had no respose as yet from Huisgenoot..  Maybe the directorate of the ASA as a Governing body will be able to get a response out of them as they only regard me as ONE SINGLE complainant albeit me supplying them with the relevant links to this page.
     
    Thanking you
    Pat

  10. Harris 5 April, 2011 at 7:52 pm #

    Hi Pat, thank you. I have alerted the ASA regarding Huisgenoot and the advert. Thanks for bringing this to my attention!

  11. Pat 6 April, 2011 at 1:44 am #

    Dear Dr Harris
     
    Just for information. I have shared this link with all my friends on fb and have asked them 2 do likewise.
    What astounds me is that a Specialist Physician (Metabolisms) who is treating me at the moment is having a battle (challenge) regarding my situation (Dr. Gary Hudson) through many blood tests I had 2 find out my metabolism cannot handle the "heavy carbs". I also have a thyroid problem and here these people claim THEY have the solution 2 ALL of the above by means of so called natural ingredients. What a load of …… hogwash!!!!
     
    Pat

  12. P 6 April, 2011 at 1:53 pm #

    Have anyone tried using the product and does it work, cause I phoned them today to place an order but still need to do the transfer or should I rather just stay away and not try it?

    • Harris 6 April, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

      It is always possible that someone will say it worked, either because it is a friend of the owner, or someone who really lost weight because of becoming “aware” of what they were eating, they reduced their intake, or other placebo responses. What the company cannot tell us because no study was ever done, was whether the product is safe and whether it works for 1%, 10% or more of a group of people who use this. It may only benefit 1% of users. Buyer beware!

  13. Pat (Again) 1 May, 2011 at 4:09 am #

    Dear Dr. Harris  (MICROSLIM)
    As u can see it is me again and its the SAME people wthe the SAME supposedly medicine board REG. NO.(mmm… excuse me this time a few more digits added. The whole no. now reads as follows 017201/101/1965)  but this time 4 the above product. How can this kind of thing be allowed 2 carry on? How many lives must they still put in danger? How many more gullable people are they going to steal from 2 enrich themselves b4 they are stopped PERMANENTLY!!  I cannot believe that the ASA board is not tackling them and throwing them with the whole law book w.r.t this type of behaviour as they know about their wrongdoings now for many years AND that the media STILL publisizes ads from these people after been told NOT 2 do that.
    This is just too much for my "blonde" brain 2 comprehend truly!!
    ps, the ad was in Mnets April issue whch you already seem to know.  To this day I have NEVER heard anything back from Huisgenoot (just thought I'd mention it).
    Yours truly
    Pat Schutte
     
     

  14. Harris 1 May, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

    Hi Pat, a complaint has been laid with the ASA but as they take a while to investigate, and take action, we have to await the outcome. Thanks for keeping an eye on this.

    Have you read this posting regarding an individual (Johan Britzz) responsible for this product? http://www.camcheck.co.za/beware-of-johan-brittz/

  15. Tracy 26 August, 2011 at 7:14 pm #

    it is 26 aug 2011. in the latest people magazine a full page advert which also made me wanne buy the product but I thought I will just research it … JUST AS WELL!!

  16. Rach 3 January, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    Hi There,
    Just wanted to advise that I clicked on a link that was made available on fb to get information on this product.  I was taken to the below website but thought I would google the name of the product before purchasing.  Luckily I found your comments which are very concerning.  If you read through the comments from supposedly happy customers certain media personalities are mentioned, such as Oprah and various magazines who they claim to have advertised or recommended the product.
    http://womenshealth.com-prize.us/au2/index.php?sid=fb1

  17. Harris 3 January, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    Thanks for alerting us to this link. Our comments are limited to Organoslim whereas the site advertises Organaslim, a different product (with a different ingredient) being sold in Australia.

    In the Australian version (Organaslim), a clinical study has been done of the ingredient Irvingia gabonensis in weight-loss. Although it appears to have some "effectiveness", one has to consider this study to be preliminary for it was done on a specific group of people (African) and the results may not be extrapolable to other overweight individuals.

    Secondly, in science, because of the possibility of fraud (even by qualified individuals), at least a second study being conducted by other independent, reputable researchers is required.

    Importantly, is Organaslim using the same dose as the study, and more importantly, does the product actually contain the ingredient?! Many scams claim to contain an active ingredient but in fact have either very low levels of the ingredient, or nothing at all!

    And finally, it is is our experience that the testimonials are usually false. An Internet search will show dozens of products that claim to be endorsed by Oprah. Sheer lies. 

  18. frieda Muller 26 April, 2012 at 11:51 am #

    There is an ad on Facebook- -1 Tip of a flat belly- Organoslim

  19. Loret Muller 3 May, 2012 at 7:41 am #

    I contacted them yesterday to place a COD order for delivery today but after reading up all these issues, cancelled immediately. Thanks for the information, so glad I was not caught in the trap!!

  20. Deona Aucamp 6 May, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    Hi , there was a link on Facebook this morning, that took me to this website: http://www.healthnewsreporting.com/today/za/index.php?sub=subid=6&referer=www.facebook.com. The site offers trial bottles of Organaslim and Organacleanse, shipping charges only. Good thing I researched them first! Pls stop these people!

  21. Harris 6 May, 2012 at 9:54 am #

    Organa slim and Organa cleanse are not the same scam as Organoslim, but are also major scams. Look at the doctored image on the left, crude and this shows already what a major scam this product is.

  22. Deona Aucamp 6 May, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    Thank you so much for your website and the info! I also came across this gobbledygook blog since reading your e-mail: http://organa-slim.blogspot.com/2012/02/organa-slim.html. No doubts there…!

  23. Reshni 23 May, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    Hi, thanks for this update. I saw the advert on Facebook for losing up to 5kg belly fat per week. The advert was quite convincing and I purchased the trial offer. I have used the product for 2 weeks and have actually put on 500g (even with slight healthier changes to my diet). I have phoned and cancelled my purchase this morning – just waiting for email confirmation of the cancellation.

  24. Pat 23 May, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    @ Reshni. Did you purchase Organo slim OR Organa Slim/Organa Cleanse (not the same products/company). If you bought the “free trial” of ORGANA SLIM and ORGANA CLEANSE you gave your credit card details and if you can check they have probably deducted your NEXT 30 day supply which is over R700-00. A firnd of mine fell in2 the trap and they refuse to give her money back as she DID NOT authorize that deduction. Apparently when U do order that free trial you automatically “agree” that you “WANT” the next shipment. My friend claims nobody or NOTHING to that effect came up during the whole ordering process. After her telling me I went 2 see if it is true as her bank says they can ONLY stop future payments for her AFTER the date of her cancellation email. After about 5 “ORDER RIGHT NOW” screens at the very bottom lo and behold very very fine print regarding terms and conditions and when you click on that only THEN does one get what I have explained above!! She has now reported it to SCAMBOOK and named and shamed them on fb and twitter but all they say is that they have cancelled her next 30day supply. So plz check your credit card to see if they have already deducted an amount of R700-00+. I hope for your sake they did not. If they did then I suggest you ALSO threaten them with scambook etc.

  25. Yolande Rosslee 26 May, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

    Hi there
    I saw an ad on Facebook that said: Can you lose 11kg in 4 weeks? If you click on it, it takes you to the following website:
    http://womenshealthmag.com-prize.us/za/z9p1x.php?sid=
    I hope this will help to stop these kind of people!!!! They take advantage of people who are really struggling to loose weight!!! Shame on them!!!!

  26. Marelize 26 May, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

    Hi
    Wow, am I happy to read this before I decided to order the Organo Slim. Geeeeeezzzzz, I would have gotten a huge surprize. Well, I hope somebody will stop the false advertisement for the “amazing weight-loss pills”. I guess it is back to a healthy diet and exercise…no miracle cure for me. I’d rather stick to the old way that works.
    Good luck with everything.
    Marelize

  27. Jacqui 26 May, 2012 at 11:32 pm #

    WOW!!!! I have phoned to cancel my order and hopefully no further debits will be made on my account!!! Thanks to Pat’a above comments what a great help!

  28. Pat 27 May, 2012 at 12:31 am #

    Pleasure Jacqui. My friend has still not given up hope. Glad it was of help at least 2 someone!! GOD BLESS!!!

  29. Naama 29 May, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    Hectic! Saw it advertised on Facebook, which led to an article on Woman’s Health website!

  30. Ewie 29 May, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    I also saw an add on Facebook today that said “Can you lose 11kg in 4 Weeks?”. It took me to this page: http://xxxxxx (edited out)

  31. Annalize 29 May, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

    Saw it advertised on facebook. Shame that it still continues. How many gullable people has been robbed of hard earned money.

  32. Linda 30 May, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    I linked into this web page via facebook. They advertised a special offer whereby you only pay shipping costs of R39.00
    I ordered both Organaslim and Organacleanse from the special offer. Was not obviously notified when placing the order that it would automatically set me up for a shipment every month thereafter and whereby they would just debit my credit card R700 odd each month for each of these products. When I realised this, I phoned to cancel. They agreed to cancel my order. But what they do not tell users is that South African customs blocks any imports of diet pills so consumers are basically paying for a product which they will never be allowed to receive. Surely they should be taken to task for this ? As the supplier of a product, they should know the shipping laws of the countries which they are sending products too and should not advertise in those countries where they are blocked from sending their products !!! I have basically lost my money since they refuse to refund it. Thank goodness it was only about R70-00 in total which I lost but I am sure there are others out there losing a lot more money than what I did !!!

    FYI: South Africans have been flooded with Internet advertising on Facebook, Google and well everywhere, that leads to illegal foreign diet products, like Organa slim and Nuvoryn and many others. The foreign entities are aware that there is a very good chance of you losing your money when customs destroys the product that you ‘imported’ illegally, yet they still target advertise, take your cash and will continue doing so until everyone in the country knows that they are criminals.
    (That is what criminals do, take your money full well knowing that you may not receive anything)

    Many South Africans have paid via credit card for these products only to find that they are not allowed to import foreign medication into South Africa without proper licensing and MCC (South African medicines control council) approval.

  33. Liza 1 June, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    I have just seen the advert of this “wonder product” on Facebook! What a scam!! Seriously, if this product really worked like they say it does, why aren’t there more articles in newspapers etc. or better yet, there would be no overweight people around.

  34. Claudia Davis 1 June, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    Hi – I found the adverts repeatedly on facebook and each time it takes me to a different site but it the same pictures, stories and basic pitch. They also say the lady who tested it out in RSA is working for the Independent Newspapers in KZN but the picture has what looks like HBO logo in the background… If the ASA has ruled against this product and advertising it in RSA surely there are stronger internet block methods and print media repurcussions! I hate feeling like I was almost duped AGAIN!

  35. Jeanetta Taljaard 2 June, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    Came across the advert on Facebook

  36. Vicky 3 June, 2012 at 10:42 am #

    also just saw it in facebook.
    clicked on the link and it lead me here..

    http://womenshealth.com.vuud.net/safrica/?t202id=6322&t202kw=

    sad how people can be so devious..

  37. Kell 3 June, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    Loose 12kg in 10 days, with a picture of kate Middleton. Click on the link and it take you to http://womenshealth.com.vuud.net/safrica/?t202id=6322&t202kw=

    Still out there!!

  38. Ina Rocha 3 June, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    So glad I read the comments as I was about to order this miracle product and only found out it is the biggest hoax. These people must be banned from advertising such rubbish

  39. H de Jager 5 June, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    How can you stop the payment you’ve made via credit card if you bought this product via the internet????

  40. Pat 5 June, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    H de Jager as you wll see the product you and most of the above is NOT Organo Slim/Be trim BUT is ORGANA SLIM / ORGANA CLEANSE. My friend was also caught and she peppered both the companies AND her bank with further steps. She reported the companies on SCAMBOOK as well. After abt 3 weeks she was refunded by the companies (even a wee bit more coz of the exchange rate increasing). Hope u find this usefull!!

  41. Amritha 27 June, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

    Hi, I justed order these products. Now i am affraid that they don’t debit my credit card for the amount of R700+. What should i do

  42. Amritha 27 June, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

    Hi, I justed ordered these products. Now i am afraid that they will debit my credit card for the amount of R700+. What should i do

  43. Harris 27 June, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

    You can contact your card administrators, e.g. Visa Card Support, and ask them to stop payment.

  44. Amritha 28 June, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    I had to cancel my visa card and they are now issusing me with a new card

  45. Alma 1 July, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

    I have fallen into their trap and have a feeling it’s actually making me physically ill. How do I stop them from charging on my credit card every month? Please help!!!!!!!!!

  46. Leonet 3 July, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    Also fell into the hands of this scamp. Creditcard already debited with R1600 and we have requested the card people for help. Await their
    response. Also send a letter to the company threaten them with further steps. Will report this also on scambook

  47. Laurette Gouws 16 July, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    Also fell into the hands of this scamp.Credit Card already debited with R3000.00. I phoned the card people .Await their response. Can you please give me the company’s contact details so that I can threaten them with further steps.
    thank you
    Laurette

  48. Vaash 18 July, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

    @Pat & @Reshni: Can you please let me have the email address to have the monthly deductions on my account stopped. The bank says that they cant help me as I gave them my information. Please help. I’ve been on google and cannot seem to find any viable contact details for these rip offs!!!

  49. Amritha 20 July, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    @ Vaash, i called my bank and cancelled my credit card. They have issused me with a new card and they have refunded my money. They seemed to know about this scam. Just get you card cancelled

  50. Elizabeth 22 July, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    This company is a fraud. I paid R39 postage . I producr recieved. There after R8838.40 and R907 12 taken from my cc account.
    This has been reported to the Credit Card Fraud Division.
    My card has been cancelled.
    I am going to make Radio 702 aware. Why has not been exposed in the media. What as Huisgenoot done to inform the public. ASA please get Huisgenoot to write an article on the fraud seeing they advertised the product.

  51. Pat 22 July, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    Dear Elizabeth
    You paid an INTERNATIONAL company monies for a DIFFERENT product. Tha ASA ruling is against Organo Slim (South Africqa) BUT you were tricked by a Company wrt a product called ORGANA Slim (2 totally diffrent products) – Australian product if I am NOT mistaken but definately an overseas company. I KNOW this as I had a friend go through the SAME problem as yourself but managed after weeks 2 get her money back. Keep at your bank until you do too ia all advise I can give you!!

  52. Elizabeth 22 July, 2012 at 10:23 pm #

    Thank you. Its not an Australian company.
    My bank has opened a case of fraud.

  53. Tsholofe 23 July, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    ve paid to it i will still receive it. I had given up on ever receiving the pack, until today. I received my trial pack & for some reason i decided to google the product to remind me of why i decided on this & thats when i saw all your comments. Now i’m stressed & shocked, i do not know what to do with them. Do i drink them & see what happens or i just through them away & forget about my money.

    Please advise

  54. Angelique 30 July, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    I fell for this scam and they have already deducted R2590.87 from my account I went to my bank and they can’t stop it can you believe that what bank can not stop them from taking money from my account again it is MY ACCOUNT! So I am very very very peed off at this moment. This is money I do not have ! Has anyone managed to get anything done about this?
    And i am changine my bank too ABSA not having me as a client any longer.

  55. Lynne vanRooy 25 August, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

    I stupidly ordered the trial pack – just pay postage!!! In one month they have deducted R3 372 from my account!!! How do I stop them??? I can’t believe that I have been so stupid

  56. liz 26 August, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    EVERYONE WHO HAS BEEN SCAMED. GET YOU BANK TO CANCLE YOUR CARD AND REISSUE WITH A NEW ONE.

  57. Elizabeth 26 August, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    Pat are you selling the product seeing you say its not the company?

  58. Pat 26 August, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

    Hi Elizabeth

    NO I do NOT sell EITHER product. OrganO slim hails from SA wheras OrganA slim hails from Australia. Please read Dr. Harris’s lengthy explanation in his comment No. 18 (yours is 58). EVERYBODY is confusing the 2 products. I just got 2 know abot the two as I nearly purchased the SA version WAY BACK (as you will see) BUT my friend was caught with this on line one thus my knowledge of the two. The other scam people must be careful for is the so called secret that takes off 20 yrs of your age. Works on the same principle although I do not know where they are from. I guess also overseas.

    Hope this helps you!!

    Regards PAT

  59. Tanya 11 September, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    Wow, wish I saw this page before! They took me for a very expensive ride…. I ordered the Organo Cleanse and Slim electronically, which was advertised as a FREE TRIAL pack, I only had to pay the delivery costs! They since deducted a total of $598.50 off my CC – R5087.25!!! I have send them mails, but their company name changed everytime they deducted money! I also cancelled my CC to ensure that no more transactions go through. And realy, the products DO NOT WORK!!!!!

  60. Judith 27 October, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

    Was about to read up on this product Organo-Slim and place an order, i just read the FULL PAGE AD , in “people” magazine( 19 OCT 2012 ). I decided to 1st Google it and see whats being said about it. Came across all these comments, so its still being advertised. Its being adverstised as NEW. etc etc. Address in as is Llandudno, same as the above

  61. Angelique 4 November, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

    Add in people magazine for Be-trim – 02-11-12

  62. Umbrella 5 November, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    saw an advert of BE TRIM on the November 2012 issue of Living and Loving(page 119)

  63. piwer i've purchased this orgamoslim product yesturday but they i've not made any didaction on my credit card how can i stop them please help me out now im scared 6 November, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    i saw this advert on People Magazine

  64. Anon 21 November, 2012 at 8:50 am #

    Ad in Juig Des 2012 mag page 81

  65. Jana 10 December, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    Shew…I was going to get these products…thank you thank you thank you for exposing them!!! I saw this just in time!!

  66. carla 11 December, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

    Thank you for all the information – you just saved me a bundle and stopped me from ordering Be Trim as advertised in the November 2012 Woman&Home Magazine.
    In my right mind I did think the claims were very optimistic, but even halving the weight loss would have been worth the money – IF IT WORKED! And after being “in the business” for as long as they claim on their website, one would have thought they would have certified the claims of some of their customers?!
    At least now they will get my little bit less (in their world of plenty), for this Christmas’s takings. Hope the wheel will turn for them too! If not in this life, then the next!
    Thanks again!
    ps I have sent the relevant link to Woman&Home magazine.

  67. Sonja 11 December, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

    Thanks, I was going to buy Organo – how is it possible that they can still advertise?
    I saw the ad in the KEUR, 9 Nov. 12

  68. Elna 18 July, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    18 July 2013 – The latest is “Eternal-Thin” by Sandi Britzz with her 4 kids on the webpage – advertised in the latest Vrouekeur. Website identical to Easy Thin, Be Trim, Organo Slim ect.

  69. Catharine 7 November, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

    I had the same experience in July . The fb link that led to a fake page of Womens Health – I had to cancel my credit card. But already lost R700 to these ruthless greedy sick people. May you be punished severely. Plus please just go check out they have the audacity to place an add on this very page!!! Number 64 on this page!

  70. heather 5 July, 2014 at 7:11 am #

    I have been scammed, I have had money taken from my account with no products. It was to be a free trial.
    I would appreciate any contact details, to follow this up and get back what it rightfully mine and not theirs
    Regards,

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