Are You Entitled to a Refund for This Bogus Weight Loss Product?
You may be getting a check in the mail from the Federal Trade Commission if you bought this weight loss product that made bogus claims as to its effectiveness toward weight loss.
According to a recent news release from the Federal Trade Commission, they are in the process of sending out more than 11,500 checks to U.S. consumers who bought the “Double Shot” weight loss supplement sold by Canadian marketers under the business name “Freedom Center Against Obesity.”
The amount of checks being released to consumers who bought “Double Shot” totals to more than $464,000―the result of a July 2014 settlement where the marketers of the weight loss supplement were found guilty of falsely claiming that just by taking their pills, dieters could eat as much as they wanted and still lose 15-20 pounds per week.
According to an earlier news release about the charges of fraud against the marketers of “Double Shot:”
“…Manon Fernet and the company she controls, which did business as the “Freedom Center Against Obesity,” marketed Double Shot to U.S. consumers from 2012 through October 2013, using direct mail advertising. The company claimed that users could eat as much of any food as they wanted, and lose 15 to 20 pounds a week, without exercising and the weight loss would be permanent."
“These defendants made outrageous claims about their supposed weight-loss treatment, and encouraged overweight consumers to forgo diet and exercise,” said Jessica Rich, the Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “This order should send a strong message that the Commission does not tolerate such fraudulent advertising.”
This settlement is just one of a growing number of cases the FTC is actively pursuing against bogus claims made by the makers and sellers of some weight loss products such as weight loss underwear and the HCG Platinum Drops weight loss supplement that attempted to capitalize on reports of how an HCG diet can result in significant weight loss.
For more about the HCG diet, here is a list of five facts about the HCG Diet that dieters should be aware of before buying into the hype.
The checks will be handled by Rust Consulting, Inc.―the redress administrator for this matter―and is alerting recipients that once a check is received, it must be cashed in by April 21, 2015. After this date the checks will be void and nonrefundable.
As a precaution to consumers against scammers who may try to bilk unsuspecting consumers who are receiving the checks, be aware that, “…the FTC never requires consumers to pay money or provide information before redress checks can be cashed.”
If you are unsure as to whether you may have purchased this supplement in the past, here is a link to samples of the falsely claimed advertisements made by the marketers of the “Double Shot” weight loss supplement that may jog your memory.