With the New Year come the promises of eating better and losing weight. But this is where it is so easy to fall victim to a weight loss scam.
This is one of the many New Year’s Eve scams that the Better Business Bureau is warning of leading up to 2022.
A few months ago, Gloria, who did not want to give her last name, ordered a trial of weight loss supplements.
“If you try it for $ 4.99, you just try it for 30 days and let them know if you want to continue,” she said.
But the extras kept coming, and so did the bills.
“I was charged over $ 600,” she said.
Weight loss scams
Sara Kemerer of the Better Business Bureau says weight loss scams are the number one scam of the new year as many people order pills and supplements advertised on social media.
“They see these products. They see detox teas, pills, exercise equipment for weight loss, and they sign up,” Kemerer said.
Kemerer says that before trying a diet, research it for complaints.
“So Google the product name or the company name, then Google the word ‘complaint’ or ‘review’ just to see what people have to say about it,” she said.
The BBB says that while gyms aren’t “scams” in the truest sense, the agency receives complaints every January in January about gym contracts that turn out too good to be true.
The BBB says a typical gym scam is a $ 9 per month deal that turns into $ 29 per month and then renews itself automatically.
“They’re good at taking your money because you accidentally sign up for auto-renew, and you have no idea you did,” Kemerer said.
Plus, she says to know what happens if you can no longer use the gym due to an injury or a move.
Fake reviews scams
Finally, Kemerer says to watch out for fake reviews of workout products.
“Be sure to check out reviews from a third-party website because it’s so easy to say, ‘This is Sara, and I love this product. I lost 80 pounds, ”she said.
Anyone considering purchasing a treadmill, exercise bike, or any other product should read reviews on magazine websites, Amazon, CNET, and other places, and search the Better Business Bureau for the company.
This way you don’t waste your money.
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