Today, Kevan talks about diet product fraud. He explains that Americans spend over $40 billion a year on weight loss products and services, and the bad guys are trying to exploit this. Kevan tells us that shady diet pill companies often conduct their own studies, claiming consumers can lose unwanted pounds without diets or exercise. Then, Kevan mentions some of the keywords these fake products use: Acai Berry, Probiotic, Antioxidant, Organic and African Mango. He reviews some of the complaints Scambook has received about Lean Slim Ultra, Sensa Weight Loss, NutraScience and Organa Slim. Finally, Kevan talks about how Scambook users have been hit with unwanted monthly charges after ordering free trials of diet products and how some of these users have had to cancel their credit cards to make the charges stop. Kevan advises everyone to research products before ordering and check their bank account every day.
No one likes dieting. Whether you’re trying to completely change your lifestyle or just drop a few inches to fit into your old vintage jeans, losing weight can be a difficult goal to accomplish. You may be too busy to exercise regularly or prepare healthy meals. Or maybe you’ve tried to get in shape, succeeded in losing a few pounds but your progress reached a plateau. You see a product that claims to boost your metabolism, target belly fat and help you lose weight – without additional diet or exercise. Best of all, it’s a free 30 day trial!
But according to Scambook members, the only thing that will get any skinnier is your wallet. And you’ll get some exercise, after all – an exercise in frustration. We’ve received hundreds of complaints about diet products since Scambook started, with reported damage totaling in the millions of dollars. Here are some of our top offenders:
Nuvoryn Effective Natural Weight Loss, 115 Complaints / $ 80,462 Reported Damages
Pure Health Green Coffee Bean Extra Capsules, 176 Complaints / $6,799 Reported Damages
Sensa Weight Loss System, 42 Complaints Filed / $104,517 Reported Damages
Organa Cleanse, 37 Complaints, $29,823 Reported Damages
Lean Slim Ultra, 407 Complaints Filed, $117,049 Reported Damages
African Mango Metaburn, 443 Complaints Filed / $ 435,005 Reported Damages
As with fake free credit report sites, these diet pill offers frequently ask for your credit card information in order to process the “free” order. Then, users begin to see unwanted monthly charges on their bill. As it turns out, that “free trial” automatically signed you up for a paid subscription if you didn’t cancel within a very short time period.
Our members missed this information because the companies peddling these pills or products are experts at false advertising and deception. When you see a television commercial for a diet pill, powder, bar or shake, it usually features customer testimony and claims backed by some sort of study. These “facts” are greatly manipulated. Customer testimonies are either falsified or exaggerated, and those studies are usually funded by the companies themselves.
Although a few of our members have reported feeling sick after taking diet pills, most of
the complaints we receive on Scambook don’t discuss whether the pills actually work. Sometimes, our members don’t even receive their product. These companies usually don’t have very good customer service, too. In extreme cases, our members have had to cancel their credit cards to get these charges to stop.
So don’t let this happen to you! If you’re thinking about ordering a diet product, follow these helpful tips:
1. Remember the old adage: if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.
That’s one of our mantras here at Scambook. Make it yours, too. Research the product or company on Scambook, and check out its claims on health and fitness websites. You’ll find that many of these magic pills promise the impossible. For example, weight loss occurs all over the body – you can’t target specific areas like belly fat.
2. If it’s a free trial, READ THE FINE PRINT before you place an order.
These days, many companies interpret the word “free” very loosely. Even if you’re not automatically signed up for a paid monthly subscription, you may still discover that you’ve been charged an unexpected shipping and processing fee.
3. Make it a habit to check your bank account online every day, and read your credit card statement very carefully.
Contact your financial institution as soon as you notice any suspicious activity.
4. If you need to lose weight, talk to your doctor first.
Everyone’s body is different and your doctor will be able to help you find a weight loss solution that’s healthy, safe and effective based on your specific needs. You can also work with your doctor or another medical professional to design a plan that fits your lifestyle.
Getting in shape requires a lot of time and hard work. If you don’t think you have time to exercise, you certainly don’t have time to suffer through a customer service nightmare. We recommend that you avoid diet pills, special cleanses and other “miraculous” weight loss products.