Beware of Weight Loss Program Scams in the New Year


“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, weight loss exercise machines 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.

gym scams

The BBB says that while gyms aren’t “scams” in the true sense of the word, the agency receives complaints each year 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 find out 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.

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