Is SkinnyBodyCare.com A Scam?

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Skinny Body Care Scam Review

If you are one of my loyal subscribers who is currently getting paid to click on ads at Clixsense.com, you will know why I am writing about this company. It’s because we’ve all seen the ads for this Skinny fiber stuff. As a marketer I know if someone keeps advertising the same thing over and over again for a long period of time, chances are they’re making money. So I wanted to see how and why we’re reviewing this company. Because for all we know, it may be a great opportunity for you. Let’s dig deeper and see if this is the case.

 

 

So what is Skinny Body Care about?

Basically It’s an MLM that is promoting a “diet miracle pill” called Skinny Fiber. I probably lost some of you when heard that dirty word MLM. It gives me the heebie jeebies too. Unfortunately Multi Level Marketing opportunities don’t have the best reputation out there for good reasons. But just because there are a few rotten apples in a given industry doesn’t mean all the apples are bad. It’s a just a matter of keeping this in mind and doing your research accordingly so you can avoid those bad apples. The same applies for the work at home industry, affiliate marketing, car shopping, lawyers, etc. Even if this wasn’t an MLM you should always do your research which is easy to do when you follow the steps in my scam video.

 

The fact of the matter is there are many companies who sell a real life useful physical product who use the MLM model legitimately to help build their business. Amway, Avon, Melaleuca and others have been doing it successfully for years. So an MLM can work and be very profitable for the right people. An MLM goes bad when you don’t have a solid product or service to sell people and the only way that seems to bring any income in is by referrals only.

That’s what we call a Pyramid Scam and there are a lot of MLMs out there that are cleverly disguised pyramid scams. Hopefully this isn’t case here.

 

What is Skinny Fiber and how does it work?

Here’s the information straight from the horse’s mouth:

"Skinny Fiber ingredients include “three cutting-edge”, fat burning, all-natural ingredients called Glucomannan, Caralluma Fimbriata, and Chá de Bugre. Skinny Fiber also includes a blend of seven digestive enzymes that are considered to be a hidden factor in fat loss."

They go on to provide details about each of these ingredients and their effect on weight loss. They even try to validate these ingredients with references of Dr. Oz and clinical studies. 

You can read more about the ingredients and claims here.

 

How do you make money with Skinny Body Care?

To start off, you must sign up through a referral, that you get through an ad, or someone sends to your email or on a review page for the program online. At the time of this review, you must buy a Skinny Fiber bottle each month with an automatic order, which is around $60 a pop ($720 a year). Occasionally there will be a “free trial” offer, but eventually you will have to buy a bottle each month in order to earn commissions or bonuses.

 

The payment plan is a 3×8 matrix which means 3 people are under you and eight additional people can be added under each of them. The people above you can add people to your matrix, so one of your first three might come from them. The largest % of commissions come from these three, and from anyone who buys the product from you via an online order. Each level the % will go down. 

 

Then there is some other stuff about how you make money that you’re free to make sense of if you want. My simple simon mind didn’t even want to attempt to rephrase it so I’ve linked to it here. I never understand why these MLMs have all these extra payment scenarios. I personally think it just makes things more confusing than need be. But at the same time it does give you more ways to earn higher amounts with the company.

 

How and when do you get paid?

Damned, if I know. I used all of my investigative powers, as did my research team, and we could only find that some members on forums saying they got paid. They never really got into details about how or when. Not surprisingly no one has provided any proof of payment either. So take the claims of being paid with a grain of salt. In any event you would think they have an easily accessible FAQ page that tells you all these details!

 

What about start up costs and those websites we see?

As far as I can tell the main start up cost is the $60/month you have to cough up for a bottle of miracle fiber pills. Obviously, they must have resources for you to use, as all those ads on Hits4Pay etc have the exact same format, only the referral name differs.  The websites I read seemed to use different formats,  but the material, graphics were just about the same, so they do have resources for new members to use. 

 

Cons

Where’s the FDA approval? Even on their main company website they have the following disclosure in nice bold print which I appreciate:

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

 

So um without the FDA giving this an approval, do you feel comfortable taking this pill or worst still promoting it to others? I don’t know about you but that doesn’t sit right with me.  

 

Why does this company remind me of Egypt? With a Pyramid scam, the people at the bottom pay to get in, which pays the money to the people on the top. The people on the bottom have to bust ass and recruit people below them to get paid and the cycle continues until the pyramid collapses. There is no real product with a pyramid schemes. Or if there is one there isn’t an emphasis on selling it. 

 

Well if you take the time to watch the whole video on one of their sites, about half way through you see a matrix that looks and smells a lot like a pyramid scam. You’ll notice the real push is in getting people to sign up and not the product! Seems weird considering how they claim this product is a miracle diet pill. Shouldn’t the focus be pushing the pill?

 

Some folks over at Scam.com uncovered the owner of the company is a man name Ben Glinksy who apparently is a successful marketer who’s loyal followers say is great. While others don't feel this way and have listed the failed programs he has sponsored before. Apparently this Skinny Body Care is set up very much like the others which have failed. I think that is a red flag to anyone. I don’t know enough to say one way or the other, all I can do is follow my own advice and try to find a balance between what complaints and praises. Then I take this information and look for a pattern. Judging on what I’ve learned there is enough information to make me pause.

 

So Is Skinny Body Care legitimate?

This whole thing reeks to me and I would advise staying away from it. I can’t say outright it is a scam, but I could probably pay for a gym membership for the same $720 you would spend on a years worth of those pills and probably have a better chance of losing weight without the worry that a product may hurt me because it’s not approved by the FDA. The fact that promoting the product isn’t the big push is highly reminiscent of a pyramid scam. So with that said, I just wouldn’t want to risk my time or money with this.

 

As always I would love to hear your input about this company. Feel free to correct anything I got wrong or add to anything I may have missed. If you’ve actually been paid by this company for promoting the product I would love to hear from you as well. 

In any event you can find our personally recommended opportunities here. We also list jobs daily here. So feel free to use those resources if what you read above didn’t appeal to you.

Thanks for your continued support, hope to see you back here soon or on my facebook fanpage.

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  • http://www.profitblog.com Raj

    I don’t trust any MLM based company. There is no point of buying and selling a worthless product to more sellers only.

  • http://www.workathomenoscams.com Eddy Salomon

    Raj, I totally understand your feelings. But you want to be careful not to assume that every MLM is bad. It’s like folks running around calling the whole work at home industry a scam. The fact of the matter is that there are legitimate work at home companies and we’ve proven that over the years: http://www.workathomenoscams.com/recommendations

    The same applies in this situation. There are a few good MLMs out there. Maybe not a lot but there are. Never just assume, always research to determine what’s really out there. Just my two cents.

    Thanks for sharing though. I appreciate it!

  • http://www.workathomenoscams.com Eddy Salomon

    Thanks Jeff!
    You already know I think the same way brother. It just doesn’t sit right with me promoting something that may harm your health or best case scenario doesn’t work as described. So it’s never a niche I could probably work in. Thanks for sharing my friend!

  • http://onedaysciencefairprojects.com/ the sue

    Hey Raj  the way I look at it is, if the MLM is set up as a  way to advertise and help build the business of something you personally use, like and fully recommend, and also has a home party element to it, you are probably dealing with a decent business plan. (If you can stomach doing home parties that is)  The other thing I’d look for is  a whole line of products, not just one or two things. Then the company has a more stable part since they have to be able to afford manufacturing an entire line.   Its is these one product wonders that are totally done online and make your fork over cash from your own account to get started while promising easy monthly income, to get going to not trust and like Eddy says, give the the Egypt feel…. not to mention the promise that you can earn huge amounts of money each month…..  !    Just like Eddy teaches us with his scam video!  

  • http://www.workathomenoscams.com Eddy Salomon

    Great points Sue!

  • Terrell

    Another Great “Keep it REAL eddy article” I did deal with skinny body for about 2 or 3 mos earlier this year. I ultimately did receive 2 checks from them for the amount of around $35 each(i wish i had photocopied the evidence)LOL. But eddy is right on everything it is a definitely MLM scam with you being mislead with that stupid matrix system to believe you can make money by just joing depending where you end in the matrix only to find out it  takes you recruiting 3 members for your membership to be paid for!  Its called “three to be free”! They also seem to pray on the “spanish speaking” community  All in all this is def a opportunity i would advise anyone to stay away from,  at $60 per month i questioned whether the drugs were any good i never took them nor felt comfortable peddling them to anyone i knew. Something didnt seem right about the sales calls and i never got a straight answer from anyone who was taking the drugs other than “i feel great and remember three is free”! I got out before i lost too much never got my initial investment back but oh well sometimes you lose some!!haha…Just being a man of my word from our fb convo eddy when i told you i would post a real review.

  • TeeJ

    i was doing a little research of my own about this “business” and found this page (http://www.work-at-home-forum.com/reviews-14/anyone-know-anything-about-skinny-body-care-20787.html) … one of the comments states that its actually $70.00 to start. 60.00 for the product and 10 for a distributor fee… then to continue making any money, you have to continue purchasing the product every month, as do the people under you in your “pyramid.” other than that, i really didnt find too much else about it. i was kinda dissapointed that i didnt see any before and after pictures of people that used the product OR read any testimonials. except on forums… you would think that the business would want to advertise what the members thought…??? i dont know… im not smelling scam… im just smelling fish, ya know?
    Thanks for laying out the info you found… thought i would share what tid-bits i found.
    keep fighting the good fight!

  • http://www.workathomenoscams.com Eddy Salomon

    Terrell, Thanks for coming by and sharing your experience. I’m sure it will definitely help others who may read about this opportunity! You definitely provided some insight that was new to me.

  • http://www.workathomenoscams.com Eddy Salomon

    Thanks for sharing. It definitely smells funny to me as well.

  • Wendy

    I did some research to find out what’s in this product.  Just because it’s labeled natural doesn’t mean it’s healthy or good for a person.

    The first ingredient is
    “Glucomannan  a water-soluble dietary
    fiber that is derived from konjac root (Amorphophallus konjac).

    The fresh konjac tube contains an average of 13% dry matter,
    64% of the dry matter is glucomannan: 30% is starch.

    Then there is from the same page, Glucomannan has the highest molecular weight and strongest viscosity
    among any dietary fiber known to science.

    (Molecular weight between 200,000-2,000,000 Daltons)

    Glucomannan can absorb up to 200 times its weight in water.

    Glucomannan can creates a highly viscous gel from 20,000 to
    40,000 cp.”

    I found an about.com page on the second ingredient. 

    “Caralluma fimbriata is a succulent plant, in the cactus family, that has
    been used as a natural appetite suppressant in India for centuries.
    It’s a new arrival in the family of cactii and succulent plants that are
    becoming increasingly popular for their appetite suppressant, and
    weight loss properties, as well as their ability to lower blood sugar.

    Supplements made from the popular hoodia gordonii cactus from the Kalahari Desert in Africa, are, for example, growing in popularity and usage in the U.S. and Europe.

    Like hoodia, caralluma fimbriata has been used to suppress appetite, and
    as a portable food for hunting. It is used to suppress hunger and
    appetite, and enhance endurance throughout India. It is also sometimes
    considered a “famine food,” used during periods of famine to suppress
    appetite. For centuries, people in rural areas of India have eaten

    Caralluma fimbriata, which grows wild over various parts of the country.”

    I found this information on a page called Amazon therapeutics,

    “Cha’ de Bugre is well known on the beaches of Brazil as a weight loss
    aid. It decreases appetite, reduces cellulite, and acts as a diuretic.
    It is also considered a cardiotonic1 that stimulates circulation. It is a useful antiviral, especially when tested against herpes virus,2
    which showed to reduce virus penetration by 99 percent. Scientists
    also
    discovered it to have toxic activity against cancer cells,
    (demonstrating 40 percent inhibition).3 It is also used to relieve coughs, regulate renal function, and, traditionally, is applied externally to heal wounds.
    Laboratory analysis found Cha de Bugre to contain caffeine, potassium,
    allantoin and allantoic acid. Allantoic Acid is reported to help reduce
    body fat in people who are overweight and in combination with allantoic
    acid may explain it’s impact on cellulite. The berries of Cha de Bugre
    contain caffeine.”

    As with most “magic Bullet” diet products,  this product a person could potentially put themselves into starvation mode which once you stop taking the product will cause the body to go into over drive hunger wise.

    If a person were to use any one of these alone as part of their normal diet, in addition to, it would probably be ok, but the mix of the three at least to me is highly questionable.  The third ingredient does have some good health benefits.

    What these three ingredients do, suppress appetite and at the same time decrease appetite, along with the diuretic qualities and the normal American diet approach are health problems waiting to happen.
    Then the last ingredient has potassium, but if it’s being pulled out of the body before it can be used by the body via the diuretic qualities, then it seems that any health benefits would be lost.

    The last ingredient also has qualities that stimulates circulation, I’m guessing from the caffeine, which with all that water loss and lack of appetite is going to end up being hard on the heart.  

    This aside the not being able to take a look around the site itself without signing something throws red flags up all over the place.  
    If I had no idea this company was an MLM just what I’ve found would make me steer clear of this company.

      

  • http://www.workathomenoscams.com Eddy Salomon

    Agreed! There is no magical cure for weight loss just like there isn’t a magical cure for making decent money online. It all involves hard work to see results. The sooner people realize that, the better off they’ll be. A lot of companies would go out of business if folks started to wise up about stuff like this.

    Thanks for sharing and chiming in!

  • Sharon

    This is in reference to Wendy’s post.  Wendy, I really appreciate the way you have researched the ingredients in the product.  You really did your homework!  You have given everyone even more to think about before they consider dealing with this company. I know that personally, I felt skeptical about it from the beginning.  It is always coming up on my Hits4Pay page, and lately has been getting blocked by my McAfee antivirus.
    Hmmm…To Eddy, as always, thanks for your helpful and informative website!

  • http://www.workathomenoscams.com Eddy Salomon

    Agreed!

    You’re welcome Sharon!

  • Wendy

    Sharon, I spend more and more time doing research.  With each new company that Eddy presents, there is more research to do.  I actually enjoy doing this because it with all the opportunities that are out there, it’s vital to be well informed. 
    Out of all the home based job sites, this one is one of my favorites.  I don’t know of any other person who does a site like this that puts as much time and work to help people as Eddy does.  I tell everyone I know about this site.  Since so many people are looking to escape the corporate prisons, this is site is worth it’s weight in gold.
     

  • http://www.workathomenoscams.com Eddy Salomon

    Amen Wendy and that’s why you’ll always stay safe in this industry. The more people that take the time to research opportunities the harder it is for scammers to pull a fast one on ya.

    Thanks for the kind words and support. I really appreciate it. I have a great team of people that make all this magic happen.

  • Wendy

    Eddy, I know you have a great team of people who work hard to make this site what it is, but your the captain and with out a good captain the ship gets lost.
    Thank you for all the work that you and your team do so that all of us who are working to find the right mix to make a living can do that in a very safe place.
    That’s a big part of what is so special about this site, you make it safe, your word is solid and your honest with all of us.   That’s huge.   When so many things in the world are just surface, finding people who are true to their word sometimes gets really difficult.
    You encourage us to do our homework, do the research, explore, dig as deep as we need to so we can stay safe and not get taken for a ride.
    Thank you for this.

  • Angel

    I don’t think your an expert at all, how can you comment, make reviews, judge on any product or mlm business if you are not personally involved with it, unless your a scammer yourself flogging your stuff, bad mouthing every business out there. Your are so negative about making money online. 

  • http://www.workathomenoscams.com Eddy Salomon

    Well I never really looked at it in that way. So thank you! I really do appreciate your support Wendy! You’re a long time reader that I know I can always depend on for thoughtful insight and comments. But more importantly you’re the type to take action and absorb what I’m trying to teach people. So thank you!!!!

  • http://www.workathomenoscams.com Eddy Salomon

    Angel,
    Settle down. I don’t claim to be an expert. But I’ve been around the block for many moons. Anyone that has actually taken the time to read my blog knows that I’m anything but negative when it comes to making money online. How can I be when that’s how I earn money online and have literally helped thousands of others with my own recommendations (most of which have been personally tried by me and documented as such.).

    So you’re barking up the wrong tree. My reputation speaks for itself. You don’t get thousands of folks to take action if you’re about scamming them. The media also wouldn’t want to reference your site either if you’re about being negative and hurting people:
    http://www.workathomenoscams.com/media

    Don’t take the review so personal. I’ve seen reps like you before who are almost cult-like with the companies they promote. The fact of the matter is every company has flaws even the ones I personally recommend, like and endorse: http://www.workathomenoscams.com/recommendations

    But when reps like yourself run around the internet failing to provide the cons, you’re doing the people you’re trying to recruit a disservice. Eventually they will find out on their own. And then you know what will happen? They’ll quit or worst still run around the web calling your company a scam because you weren’t up front about the pitfalls.

    My job here is to present these cons and the positives. You can go around sugar coating everything all you want. That’s not what this site is about. And judging by the fact we have thousands of people that support it, I think folks are happy with what we do.

    I’m all about helping people make money legitimately and when something is worth a shot, I say go for it. But when you’re promoting something that isn’t FDA approved and is elusive about other important things suc as payment information, I’m sorry I can’t say in confidence one should consider said company.

    Either way, thanks for chiming in. But I don’t think your comment added value in terms of proving why this company should be tried and is legit. Attacking other people isn’t the way to achieve this. If you want to help your cause, you present facts and or proof.

    Good luck to you either way.

  • http://www.workathomenoscams.com Eddy Salomon

    Sharon,
    Thank you! I really appreciate you saying that! I can talk until I’m blue in the face (which is impossible because I’m black. lol) but it means a lot more when my visitors and supporters step up and chime in. Because ultimately you guys have personally experienced and benefitted from what I’m doing here. So thank you for your comment! I really, really, really appreciate it! You got my sunday started on the good foot! =)

  • Chrissy Miller

    Eddie, I was in skinny body for 6 months. This product doens’t work. Its all a bunch of hype. There are only two people making any money in this company. I waisted 6 months of time and money. The peopole are promoting it like crazy its all about $$$ but they have no product testimony to back it up. I never made anything and I recruited people like crazy not even enough to cover the high monthly autoship. STAY AWAY PEOPLE BIGGEST SCAM outhere and I was dumb enough to fall for it!

    check out this link of theirs http://www.insanelanes.org/dreamteam/downloads.htm

    On a better note, how about them Giants last night! :)

  • http://www.workathomenoscams.com Eddy Salomon

    Hi Chrissy, (It’s Eddy by the way. lol)

    Thanks for sharing your experience. In terms of the making money part, not earning it can happen with any business. And it’s not necessarily the business fault. Unfortunately not everyone that gets involved in a business will be successful and earn a dime. If that were the case everyone would be business owners because success is guaranteed. So I don’t hold your experience in terms of making money against the company.

    Maybe their training sucks so that might be at fault. I don’t know. But that aspect can be a result of a number of reasons that aren’t solely on the shoulders of the company. Now it terms of the product claims and it failing to meet it. That’s a whole other story. So I’m happy you shared your experience with it.

    Either way thanks for chiming in.

    Let’s go Giants!!! lol

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