Weight Loss Scam: How It Works
In North America alone, over $70 billion are spent annually on weight loss products, many of which make extraordinary claims of efficacy. Television and Internet ads are continually bombarding us with news of the latest weight loss fad product, promising remarkable results if only we plunk down our credit card and pay $19.99, $59.99 – sometimes as much as $199.99! The problem is, the majority of these products are ineffective and unfortunately, some have been proven to be dangerous to our health. How does the scam work for these "miracle" products?
Watch the video below to see the scam exposed:
Miracle Product Scam Exposed Video
Many retailers of fad diet potions use outrageous claims and downright dishonest marketing to hawk their questionable wares. They will claim endorsement by celebrities who have never even heard of their products.
They will often cite “scientific study results” for studies that never occurred, or if the studies did take place, the advertisements would give false results that look more favorable to the company and consumers. People believe, people buy!
The amount of fraud that takes place in the weight-loss industry has grown in epic proportions. It has gotten so out of control that a recent lawsuit has found in favor of consumers and is making four top-selling dietary supplement manufacturers pay millions of dollars in reparations to consumers.
Another angle these hucksters use to separate you from your hard-earned money is through hidden fees, even on sites that claim to offer free trials. These hidden charges can crop up for items like a monthly subscription charge, diet and weight loss e-books, as well as “membership” fees on plans for which you’ve never signed up.
Once you’ve given your credit card information to these companies it is almost impossible for you to cancel the charges before they are taken from your card, and often it takes months to get the charges removed.
The hidden fees are all mentioned in the scammers' fine print, but 90% of the people do not bother to read several pages. They jump straight to the last one, where the 'OK' or 'Accept' buttons are.
Weight Loss Scam: How To Avoid
The best way to avoid being taken in by this blatantly false advertising is to remember the old adage, “Nothing worthwhile comes easy.” Losing weight – and keeping it off – requires reducing your caloric intake while increasing exercise which burns calories. If weight loss came easily in a pill, powder or spray, there would not be an obesity epidemic today.
If you are taken in by one of these fraudulent weight loss companies, contact the FTC and let them know of your experience. The more people speak out against these egregious false advertising practices, the tougher the penalties against them will eventually be.
Also, remember to be very careful to whom you give your credit card or bank account information. Make sure the company uses a secure site and read all fine print on returns, exchanges and supposedly “free trials”. Often these free trials come with a hefty price tag.
Weight Loss Scam: How To Report
Let your family and friends know about the weight loss scam by sharing it. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
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Beware of Pure Clinic in Edmonton. I found it on Facebook. Ended up getting taken, costing email stop payments, random amounts, random dates. WTF … All the people getting ripped out …for nothing.
No services rendered. Set up like you borrowed money from them. High pressure, Alex is the one in charge. I might have to change my bank accounts everything …to get my money back.
Please I need help.
They said it was non refundable, I want this to stop and you money back.
Class action suit with everyone together to shut down these crooks!
Pure Clinic advertised on fb to change life in 30 days…make appointment to talk to us. So it happened to me:
Alex..takes you in a back office. Does his presentation… several times I asked how much..
Just wait, he says… he keeps talking, asking questions like “Is this something you need?”
Or “Would this be beneficial?” Or “how much can you afford?” …
i said nothing…i need help but can’t afford it, I said. He Kept fudging with numbers trying to get a yes. I bite with “ok”
Quickly in to SO CALLED RN…AND SOMEONE ELSE TRAINING… ON THIS BIG FANCY MACHINE.. .READS ALL NUMBERS COMES OUT THEY SAY IM PRE-diabetic..
So now i’m feeling omg ..i’m obese and at risk . 3hrs later…i’m tired impulsive i signed up.
They never did CREDIT check. They never said there was a outside financial institute id ow to grand. Plus said 10 pounds weight loss in a month. Promised…work with you. Coach. Meal plans. I’d have to come in to the city…every 3 months…i live 5 hrs away.
I asked HOW it was going to work long distance.. Assured me they work WITH me
I had a quick call. On July 20 Kristen dietitian then on July 24 Heide life coach chats 40 minutes while i’m at work. I drive for a living THIS is not workable
Probes into my personal life. Digging into my past…to figure out why i’m fat…why i overeat..
.emotionally too much …Im at work. 9-5 is their hrs. My hrs don’t work.
July 27 kristen calls. I get upset with her the way she talked to me. Told her i wont have a anybody calling me and talking in that tone or prerogative…i was very annoyed..and told off
Made me run late for work and upset ..
Next day i called in left message THIS is not for me i’m cancelling. No more calls from ANYONE
Payment coming out of my account For Aug 15 noticed it too late. Sept i put a stop payment before the Sept 15…DS HEALTH.. $172.. AMOUNT IN 12 PAyMENT SCHEDULE.
On SEPT 20 ALEX CALLS ME at work telling me I missed payment. I told him i left message cancelling and SOMEONE to contact me He say non refundable..i have to make all the payments or we will garnish your wages and ruin your CREDIT…and a lot of other threats..
I says take me to court i’m not paying
Explained to him pay FOR WHAT YOU DID NOTHING 2-3 CALLS $2000 +…ITS A SCAM
STRANGERS DIGGING INTO MY PRIVATE LIFE.. .COACHING. CALLING ME WHEN IM WORKING…I DRIVE SPECIALIZED TRANSIT. GOING TO GET ME FIRED
TOLD Alex can’t afford it hrs cut back…you never did anything.
Im not doing to charity. I was and getting madder.
I hung up before I got caught.
$202.76 taken put of my account By DS HEALTH. I AM GOING TO THE BANK TOMORROW TO FIGURE OUT HOW THIS COULD HAPPEN I PAID THE BANK IN SEPT $20 STOP PAYMENT… FOR ALL TRANSACTIONS. FROM DS HEALTH … HOW CAN THEY SO THIS SHOUT OUT EDMONTON HAS A WHOLE LOT OF VICTMS ..FROM Pure clinic
Alex And his father. They have done THIS BEFORE with Herbal life. And you have to read the posts.
Im so stressed. 3 hrs sleep last night…i need to get this resolved..Help please.
Going to ruin my CREDIT. Maybe lose my job. Closing the acccont of 20 years is bot a option
Every thing comes out of this ACCOUNT. Please i need help
I have ordered Lipozene weight loss from the TV commercial and I was wondering if it is a scam product. They kept trying to get me to order more of the product and additional products then even wanted me to buy delivery insurance. I said know to all other products and told them if I need insurance for delivery then they could keep it and they moved on. If anyone has done this or has any information on this please let me know.