Consider this scenario: a company promises you its products will provide unbelievable results. But if you decide to write a negative review about your experience, the company says you owe it as much as three times what you originally paid.
That’s how it worked with Roca Labs, the FTC says — only it was the company’s weight loss claims that were unbelievable.
My mom always told me that my vision would get worse from sitting too close to a screen and playing video games — not better. But according to the FTC, Carrot Neurotechnology said you could improve your vision by buying and playing its $9.99 Ultimeyes video game app. People bought the app because they believed it would help them see better, but in a case announced today, the FTC says there isn’t enough scientific proof that the app will work.
Salmonella, E. Coli, H1N1, MRSA. Yuck. If you’re looking to kill some germs, there’s no shortage of products out there to help you do the job. But do all of the products work like their ads say they will?
In the case of Angel Sales and Zadro Health Solutions, two companies that claimed their ultraviolet (UV) light devices could kill nearly all viruses and bacteria, the FTC says there wasn’t enough proof.
If the dog days of summer have you panting for an indoor workout, you might be thinking of joining a gym. But before you sign on the dotted line, here are a few tips to help you find a club that best fits your needs — and wallet.
With aging, stress and being just plain busy, you might sometimes feel like you’re forgetting more things than you used to. So when an ad suggests a pill can reverse 10 to 15 years of memory loss, you might be tempted to buy it.
You may want to rethink that — even if the ad includes supposed backing by scientists, statistics and satisfied customers.
Spot a good deal on a skin care product online? Some ads say you can try a product out for free before committing to it. But know this: “free” trials aren’t always free — they might come with hidden fees and other strings attached.
Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC
In the 80s, singer Bonnie Tyler topped the charts with a song that had the lyric, “Turn around, bright eyes.” Who knew that for the millions of Americans diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration, Tyler’s power ballad offers a tip to remember next time you’re in the drug store.
If your health care provider suggests you take a vitamin formulation to help manage your condition, check the front of the package and then turn it around to read the ingredient label to make sure you’re getting exactly what he or she recommends.
For many of us, homeopathy is one of those things we’ve heard of… but we might not be able to describe it, exactly. It’s a form of alternative medicine, and is based on the view that a substance that causes symptoms of an illness in a healthy person will — when diluted to a level that’s nearly undetectable — cure similar symptoms in sick people.
Why are we talking about this? Well, the FTC will be hosting a free, public workshop on September 21, 2015, to take a closer look at advertising for over-the-counter homeopathic products.