Over the last few months I’ve been hearing from a lot of you about an...
Mike Holmes Fake Endorsement Ads
By Mike Holmes
Monday, April 8th, 2019 @ 4:11pm
Over the last few months I’ve been hearing from a lot of you about an online scam claiming that I’m endorsing a new brand of male enhancement or erectile dysfunction drugs in a series of online advertisements. These ads are making some pretty big claims, including that I’m leaving my shows behind, and have appeared on Dr. Phil, CBC News, and much more to advertise these products. Now they are even dragging my son, Mike Jr into this.
To be clear: this is an outright lie.
As much as I hate to hear it, many of the people who follow me have already come across these ads, and some have even fallen victim to the scam, being taken for their hard earned money. It breaks my heart to think that people would use my name to harm unsuspecting people.
I want to do my part to help those who have already been scammed, as well as prevent more people from being taken advantage of.
What To Do If You’ve Been a Victim of a Scam
– Contact your credit card company ASAP. This will make it more likely that you’ll recover any money lost.
- Your bank may suggest cancelling your credit card – this is for added safety to ensure the company doesn’t continue to charge you.
- Open a fraud claim with the company’s name. You can either do this through your local police force, or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
– Report it to the Better Business Bureau. This will help other potential victims spot a scam, as well as let law enforcement keep track of where the scams are happening.
Spotting The Signs It’s a Fake Endorsement
At first glance, a website can look legitimate, so it might be difficult to initially figure out it’s a scam. Take a closer look:
- They offer you free products where the customer only has to pay shipping costs
- Spelling and grammar errors are all over the website
- Images that look skewed (turned sideways, or manipulated)
- I’m never touching or interacting with the product in any way
- Dramatic headlines designed to bait you into clicking on the ad
- Links take you to unofficial websites not connected to my website (makeitright.ca)
You can see a list of every product that I DO stand behind on my website here. If you see an ad claiming I support something NOT on this list, it’s a scam.
How To Report the Scam Online
I’ve got my team doing their best to keep on top of this and report any scams that they come across, it takes a village, and I’m asking for your help too. If you see any false advertisements, or accounts claiming to be me, please flag them as inappropriate.
- Facebook page: on the page you want to report, click the three dots under the cover photo and select ‘Report’
- Facebook ad: click the three dots in the top right corner of the ad and select ‘Report ad.’ It will then ask you to submit a category. Select ‘Misleading or spam.’
- Twitter: submit feedback here
- Instagram: on the profile you want to report, click on the three dots and select ‘Report’
- Other websites: Take a screenshot of the page with the ad and note where and when you saw it, forwarding it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember, my official social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are all verified with a checkmark. If you see that, you can be sure it’s me. If any fake accounts try to message you with my name, report them as spam, and block them so they can no longer contact you.
What Else Can You Do?
Do some independent research of your own. If someone claims I’m endorsing their product, do a quick search on my website or my social media channels. If you can’t find any mention of it there, it’s likely a fake.
If you’re still unsure, email my team at email@example.com to verify any bold claims with my team.
Above all – internet surf wisely. We’ve been working on this issue for awhile, and it’s difficult to shut down every false ad entirely. Always use plenty of common sense – and do your own independent research before you buy any product you see online.