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7 Red Flags in Supplement Scams

By on April 2, 2008

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) publishes an excellent report on how to avoid supplement scams it’s called The Red Flag Report – with a fitting subtitle, I lost $350 in two weeks. Ask me how! It gives a list of the top 7 red flags to watch out for when buying diet products and exercise equipment. Here they are:

A supplement or product is too good to be true if it says the product will:
1. Cause weight loss of two pounds or more a week for a month or more without dieting or exercise
2. Cause substantial weight loss no matter what or how much the consumer eats
3. Cause permanent weight loss (even when the consumer stops using product)
4. Block the absorption of fat or calories to enable consumers to lose substantial weight
5. Safely enable consumers to lose more than three pounds per week for more than four weeks 6. Cause substantial weight loss for all users
7. Cause substantial weight loss by wearing it on the body or rubbing it into the skin

You can download the full report with some more detail about each of these 7 red flags along with examples of products that would violate each of them at the FTC website.