Losing weight or getting fit are at the top of the list when it comes to new year’s resolutions. Apart from joining a gym many also look to pharmaceuticals to help jump start their weight loss journeys. Better Business Bureau serving Eastern Oklahoma wants consumers to be on the lookout for fraudulent products. In 2015, Google blocked more than 12.5 million pharmaceutical ads that violated proprietary healthcare and medicine policies. They also shut down more than 30 thousand weight loss scam websites for misleading claims. The fight against these deceitful companies continued in 2016, but many consumers continue to fall for their propaganda.
BBB shares these five tips for spotting weight loss scams:
If you do spot a scam or even purchase a phony product report it to BBB’s Scam Tracker or file a complaint with the FTC. Are you thinking about joining a gym? Be sure to read our tips for choosing the right one before you sign any contracts.
About Better Business Bureau
For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping consumers find businesses, brands, and charities they can trust. In 2015, consumers turned to BBB over 172 million times for Business Reviews on more than 4.5 million companies and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. The Council of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for 113 local, independent BBBs across the United States and Canada, as well as home to its national programs on dispute resolution and industry self-regulation. For more information, visit www.bbb.org/tulsa.