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Enzyte Informative - The truth about Enztye

Review by 32031 on 2008-01-29
In US District Court today the VP of Operations for the company that makes Enzyte admitted that all the claims for the product are completely false. They created fake doctors, fake customer surveys and fake numbers to back up claims of the products effectiveness. He also admitted that the company was to keep charging customers credit cards for as long as possible. Customers were automatically enrolled in a program that sent the product monthly and charged their cards without authorization. Customer service reps were instructed to make canceling or refunds nearly impossible.

The only way to stop shipments was a notarized statement from a doctor stating the product did not work. The person actually on trial is the company’s founder who faces decades of prison plus millions in fines if convicted.
Comments:19 Replies - Latest reply on 2008-01-29
Posted by MRM on 2008-01-29:
What is Enzyte. Is it a pharmaceutical drug?
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-01-29:
PassingBy, excellent post and info.

This is very long C&P but here is the article:

If your BS detector doesn't already go off when you watch commercials for Enzyte "Natural Male Enhancement," then listen to what a former vice president of the company that manufactured the product had to say about it...

Magazine and radio ads for Enzyte made the “male enhancement” pill sound like a sure thing.

The ads featured a glowing customer satisfaction survey, testimonials from happy Enzyte users, a promise of better sex within 30 days and a claim that a Harvard doctor developed the pill’s formula.

But a company executive who helped sell Enzyte says there was a catch:


None of it was true.

James Teegarden Jr., the former vice president of operations at Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals, explained Tuesday in U.S. District Court how he and others at the company made up much of the content that appeared in Enzyte ads.

He said employees of the Forest Park company created fictitious doctors to endorse the pills, fabricated a customer satisfaction survey and made up numbers to back up claims about Enzyte’s effectiveness.

“So all this is a fiction?” Judge S. Arthur Spiegel asked about some of the claims.
“That’s correct, your honor,” Teegarden said.

Teegarden’s testimony is key to the case federal prosecutors are making against Berkeley and its founder, Steve Warshak, who is accused of orchestrating a $100 million conspiracy to defraud thousands of customers.

Warshak faces up to 20 years in prison and millions of dollars in penalties if his trial ends with a conviction.

Several other company employees, including Warshak’s mother, Harriet, also are charged with participating in the conspiracy.

Teegarden, who has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with prosecutors, said Warshak oversaw the phony ads and every other aspect of Berkeley’s business.
“He was intimately involved with all of it,” Teegarden said. “He knew what was going on in the departments all the time.”

Teegarden said Warshak told him to create two spreadsheets of data to support claims Berkeley was making in Enzyte ads.

One spreadsheet purportedly showed how the pills increased penis size by an average of 24 percent, when in fact no customers had reported such results. Instead, Teegarden said, he made up the numbers.

Another report he created showed customer satisfaction ratings of 96 percent for Enzyte customers. But prosecutors showed jurors an e-mail from Warshak that they said asked Teegarden to fix the numbers.

“Here’s the spreadsheet you wanted,” Teegarden responded via e-mail. “Let me know if you want me to doctor it up some more.”

Jurors saw several magazine ads for Enzyte and other Berkeley products with titles such as “Maximize the Pleasure” and “Harder Than Chinese Arithmetic,” all promising to enhance the sexual experience.

When customers ordered a product, the company’s goal was to keep charging their credit cards for as long as possible, Teegarden said.

He said first-time customers were automatically enrolled in a “continuity program” that sent Enzyte to their homes every month and charged their credit cards without authorization.

“Without continuity, the company wouldn’t exist,” Teegarden said. “It was the sole profit of the business.”

If customers complained, he said, employees were instructed to “make it as difficult as possible” for them to get their money back. In some cases, Teegarden said, Warshak required customers to produce a notarized statement from a doctor certifying Enzyte did not work.

“He said it was extremely unlikely someone would get anything notarized saying they had a small penis,” Teegarden said.

Warshak’s lawyers will not get a chance to cross examine Teegarden until sometime today and they declined to comment on his accusations. Warshak, however, said he did nothing wrong.

“I’m absolutely sure that no crimes occurred at Berkeley,” he said.

Teegarden, however, said Warshak also tried to manipulate data that banks use to determine whether companies should be allowed to accept payment via credit cards.

He said Warshak artificially inflated total sales to offset the high number of customers who sought refunds from credit card companies, a process known as “charge backs.”

If more than 1 percent of its customers sought charge backs, Berkeley could have lost its ability to do business via credit cards.

To avoid that, Teegarden said, Berkeley began making small, unauthorized charges to thousands of customer credit cards. The charges were later refunded by the company, but they temporarily boosted total sales and reduced the percentage of charge backs.

Teegarden said the continued use of credit cards was so important because Berkeley relied almost entirely on them.

Without them, he said, “we would be out of business.”

Posted by Principissa on 2008-01-29:
MRM Enzyte is a pill for male enhancement. It is not a pharmeceutical drug, you can call an 800 number to order it without a doctor's prescription. I've seen the commercials on T.V. at night and you see Bob and his wife and they are extremely happy because Bob has been taking Enzyte. All of the neighbors are jealous of him because of his "enhanced" outlook.
Passing, this is great information and I hope this gentleman pays for what he did. I did a quick google search of "enzyte doesn't work" and came up with over 42,000 hits.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-01-29:
Good stuff passingby but you gotta admit those Bob commercials were a hoot.
Posted by MRM on 2008-01-29:
Thanks for the tip PassingBy and Principissa! I will be sure to avoid Enzyte.
Posted by MRM on 2008-01-29:
I will just take Lavitra and Cialis that I sneak out of the office!
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-01-29:
Cialis. Cialis run. Run, alis, run.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-01-29:
The only way I see a male enhancement pill working is if you tape it to your thingie.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-01-29:
Can somebody give me an 'LOL' for my friend TheNewSheriff
Posted by MRM on 2008-01-29:
LOL
Posted by jenjenn on 2008-01-29:
I hate their commercials! Princi, have you seen the Santa one? The guy's like, "...this CHUBBY SANTA." YUCK!!! All these ladies are trying to sit on his lap. Nasty!!! OOHHH...and he is giving, "...the gift that keeps on giving." ILLLLLLL! I'm not a prude, but COME ON!! It's on when kids are up.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-01-29:
jenjenn, Enzyte turns Santa's little helper into Santa's BIG helper!
Posted by Principissa on 2008-01-29:
LOL. jen I have seen those commercials. They actually aired one on Nick Jr., which I think was an accident but still. I just laughed and felt bad for all of those parents that had to answer the questions.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-01-29:
Bob is living large and stepping easy! Bob has a new big spring of confidence and a generous swelling of pride. And the one thing every man deserves: A little well-earned respect from the neighborhood.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-01-29:
lol Stew
Posted by MRM on 2008-01-29:
Laughing Out Loud!
Posted by MRM on 2008-01-29:
Stew you're a Hot A$$ Mess!
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-01-29:
Stew wants to be just like Bob.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-01-29:
OY!

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