The owners of the company Beachbody, which sells the popular P90X workout videos, are in Washington DC lobbying for the government to shut down a Chinese piracy scam.
Seattle – You have probably seen the late night infomercials for P90X, an intense three month home workout plan. It promises results in 90 days, with a 13 DVD set, nutritional guide and workout calendar.
Q13 FOX News reporter Dana Rebik wanted to get in shape after having her baby late last year and decided to go online and buy the DVD’s. On the “Beachbody” website, the company that produces P90X, it sells for around $119 plus $19 shipping. Dana found another website, “P90Xpopular.com” promising all the same DVD’s and fitness guides for $53.99.
The website looks legitimate so Dana entered her credit card number and placed the order. When she never got the DVD’s she tried to get a hold of customer service. There was no phone number to call, only the option to send an email. She did get a response, telling her to enter the order number on a website called “Worldwide Express Mail Service” out of China. That didn’t work.
Dana’s credit card did get charged by a company called BJLZE Ltd., a shoe store in Shenzhen, China.
“Websites that come up in China and former Soviet countries are rampant and we literally take out hundreds of websites every single week and unfortunately hundreds of new ones pop up,” says Jonathan Gelfand, senior VP of business development for Beachbody.
Gelfand says the P90X piracy problem is so bad he is in Washington DC this week working with Congress and the Chinese government to shut these sites down.
“We want significant jail time and financial penalties to really let people know there is a price to pay if you get caught doing piracy,” says Gelfand.
Gelfand says many times when the fake sites send DVD’s, they either don’t work or are discs that when inserted into a computer will steal personal information like bank passwords. Gelfand says many times the people running the piracy scams are criminals and/or terrorists.
Dana ended up ordering P90X again on the real Beachbody website. Her bank refunded her money.
The Better Business Bureau of Washington says it hasn’t heard of this particular scam but did check out the fake website for us and here is some feedback:
1. In their rules and regulations, there are many grammatical and spelling errors. This is common for over-sea transactions; meaning, you’re most likely dealing with a company located outside the US.
2. They have no rules and/or guarantees that are explained in detail on the product you receive or intend to receive. Instead, they use words like “usually”.
3. There is no contact information. You must submit your contact information for them to contact you.
4. Their URL is not a “https://” URL. The difference between ‘http’ and ‘https’ is the ‘s’ which means ‘secured’. The same rules apply to the yellow lock boxes you see in the bottom left/right hand corners of websites that take personal information.
5. I can’t find anything on a return policy or cancellation policy; only information about what they deny as returned products.
6) Sites like www.ripoffreport.com give consumers a sense of what to expect from businesses, etc. Take it for what it is. Please remember that anyone can post anything on this site, so what you read may or may not be accurate.
Article Source: Q13Fox.com
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