Weight Loss

Weight Loss In Depth

Many of us would like to find a quick way to loose a few pounds without leaving the couch. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Mass Market Consumer Fraud Survey released in 2019, fraudulent weight loss products were the most common reported fraud with an estimated 10 million incidents. This includes things like non-prescription drugs, dietary supplements, skin patches and creams. Most of the incidents involving weight loss fraud involve products that fail to deliver on a promised amount of weight loss. Marketers in this area are very savvy and use a number of tactics to take advantage of susceptible people.

Paid Influencer endorsements

Marketers use influencers in paid endorsements on social media to support their deceptive claims and in some cases do not prominently disclose that they are getting paid to promote the product. 

 

Experts break down the misleading ways weight loss companies have their  products promoted on Instagram

Hacked Accounts

Scammers use hacked accounts to send messages to consumers making it appear that the messages came from their friends, family members or contacts making unproven weight loss claims and encouraging them to make a purchase.

Fake celebrity endorsements

Scammers create bogus posts using celebrity images with claims that they have helped the celebrity loose weight. The claims relate to a miracle pill or magic ingredient that helps you loose weight often without needing to do any kind of exercise.

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Risk Free Trials 

Scammers use offers like "claim your risk free trial" with a small shipping and handling charge to lure people in and get their payment details. What they fail to adequately disclose is that unless you cancel the trial after a set number of days you are auto-shipped products that you are then charged for. They make it deliberately very difficult to cancel the subscription and get a refund.

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Keeping your passwords safe and secure doesn't require an expensive subscription—there are plenty of free password managers out there that will do the job well.

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