Just five months after Chen Li Ping shot down fake reports that she successfully slimmed down with the help of garcinia cambogia diet pills, another MediaCorp artiste has unwittingly been featured in an online post promoting questionable health goods.
At around 5pm yesterday, Zheng Ge Ping’s friend showed him a website called Men’s Fitness alleging that the “hunkle” relied on two kinds of bodybuilding supplements, called Nitric Max Muscle and Anabolic Rx24, to “carve his body into tip top shape in only a few months”, followed by links for readers to purchase the products.
However, the 50-year-old has never heard of them in his life.
“It is a scam that uses people’s photos to cheat their customers – it’s despicable!” he exclaimed over a phone interview last night after alerting us to the accusation. The article also claims that Hong Kong star Nick Cheung and Taiwanese heartthrob Eddie Peng popped the pills to beef up for boxing film Unbeatable.
Right now, the only supplements Ge Ping takes are antioxidants, fish oil and protein powder. He eats clean as much as he can, and preserves his famous physique by working out at least three times a week. “Maintaining is not easy because I’m getting older (and) I won’t deny that I’m looking for a shortcut, but I don’t think this is it,” he said, referring to Nitric Max Muscle and Anabolic Rx24, which house the so-called benefits of helping men “burn fat and get ripped in less than a month”.
When asked why he thinks he was picked to be included in the suspicious piece, Ge Ping ventured a guess that the scammers were trying to ride on the success of his book Star Fitness, which was Popular’s top-selling fitness publication of 2013. “In a way, I guess I’m quite flattered!” he candidly admitted with a hearty laugh.
Revealing that he initially considered ignoring the matter, the Star Awards 2007 Best Actor changed his mind when he thought of those who might gullibly fall victim to the hoax, putting them at risk of unauthorised credit card charges from paying for the product and unpleasant side effects from taking it.
"I contemplated this for an hour before deciding that I should warn people to be careful,” he shared, urging those who have already gotten their hands on the two products to have them tested at the Health Sciences Authority for any malicious ingredients, and for others to only buy such items from trusted brands and companies.
At the moment, Ge Ping will not pursue any legal action against the perpetrators as it will be a long and expensive process, but he does have a message for the fraudulent internet tricksters: “Beware of karma. (It’s better to run) an honest business.”
Men’s Health magazine, which the Men’s Fitness website claims to endorse the supplements, previously stepped up to clarify that they do not advocate these products and to inform the public that such campaigns are, indeed, a scam.