Scam alert: Weight loss products can slim down your wallet

From keto to plant-based to the Mediterranean, there are plenty of diet trends out there to choose from. But if you’re considering a wellness and weight-loss shortcut that sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Every year, Canadians may be spending their hard-earned money on unproven, fraudulently marketed health products, devices and treatments. Not just for weight loss, these scams often claim to be miracle cures for various ailments.

You can see these scams online, often appearing as sponsored posts on social media or website pop-ups. Some may seem to be endorsed by celebrities or promoted by testimonials from people claiming to have been cured.

To avoid becoming a victim, it’s important to learn to step back from the alluring ads and discuss their health claims with a health professional. Be skeptical of anything you buy or try. It’s also always a good idea to speak to your doctor before starting any type of diet.

Here are some tips from the Competition Bureau that can help you identify common scams:

  • Keep your guard up when ads mention scientific evidence. Just because there’s a doctor in the ad doesn’t mean the product is guaranteed to work. Scam artists often dress models to look like experts.
  • Remember that there are no magic pills or miracle cures for losing weight quickly or treating serious medical conditions.
  • Be wary of questionable success stories or patient testimonials. Despite what the company claims, there’s no guarantee that the celebrity or the average mom featured has achieved the advertised results.
  • A money-back guarantee is no proof that a product works. Do your research on the product and company and consult a health professional if you have any questions.

Find more information at www.competitionbureau.gc.ca/fraud

Source – www.newscanada.com