A weight loss fad “As Seen on TV”

Have you heard about green coffee bean extract? You might have seen seemingly trustworthy celebrities touting these “magic” weight loss pills on TV. Or maybe you saw ads online or displays in stores promoting green coffee bean extract — “As Seen on TV.” But if you spend your money on a product that promises miraculous weight loss without diet or exercise, the only thing you’ll lose is your money.

The FTC recently settled a case against marketer Lindsey Duncan, alleging he and his companies deceived people by promising they could “drop pounds” fast without diet or exercise — just by using their green coffee extract products.

According to the FTC, Lindsey Duncan appeared on talk shows — like The Dr. Oz Show and The View — as a seemingly independent expert talking about the weight loss benefits of green coffee bean extract. But the FTC says the claims weren’t backed up by proper science, and he used his appearances to promote his products.

Duncan and his companies used his appearance on The Dr. Oz Show to launch a marketing campaign that racked up millions of dollars. Under the settlement, they’ve agreed to give up $9 million of ill-gotten gains. And they can’t make claims about the health benefits or effectiveness of any dietary supplements unless they have the science to back them up.

If you’re looking to get into better shape, skip the fads. Claims that a product will make you lose weight without worrying about your diet or exercise just aren’t true. The best way to lose weight is to eat fewer calories and be more active. For most people, a reasonable goal is to lose about a pound a week. That means cutting around 500 calories a day from your diet, eating nutritious foods, and exercising regularly. Play the FTC’s Weight Loss Challenge game to learn more about safe and effective weight loss.

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Thanks, great article. Only wish these people could have been stopped sooner and action taken more quickly. I'm sure that there a millions out there that bought into the scam. Dr. Oz is losing his credibility with what appear to be endorsements of many "medically proven" products and strategies which prove to be bogus.

That's right. A friend of mine tried one of those "Seen on TV" diet aids. She was in the hospital for weeks. I warned her not to use these pills but she did anyway. Her liver shut down and she almost was going to be on dialysis! Please, just use common sense as the article here says, cut down calories to 500 daily, exercise, and get more rest. People do anything for a buck. Yes, the 'so-called' pills were chalk, sawdust, and other debris which messed up her body.

Wow I just ordered a product that comes along with a colon cleanse. I guess I'm getting scammed also. It cost $4.99 per shipment. It was online. I need to get the name and write you back. My fault for falling for the scam.

Thats the worst thing you can ever do,is the b4.99 orders of anything on the internet,because you ALWAYS have to send them your Credit Card info and you possibly will be entered into a monthly billing for more pills or another scheme,cause they will keep charging your card.

It's about time someone stopped these people that promise the moon and never deliver. The Federal Trade Commission truly earned their salary on this one. I, like many others, have fallen for all that crap and spent thousands of dollars only to realize - they just don't work.

I too fell for this scam and ordered green bean coffee extract. I would never believe a thing Dr Oz promotes. Out my money, but not any weight.

All lies and false promises and false hopes

Anyone ought to know you can't lose weight without exercise! I always ask my doctor if I can take something before I purchase it.

How can scammed consumers get our money back?

You should be happy it only cost you a little money to learn what most intelligent people already know. There is no magic pill to lose weight. People want the lazy, easy way out. Stop eating trash and start exercising, that is your magic pill!

Hi Aditi I am very impress with your blog, which gives a lot of information regarding health.I find it very useful for me as I was searching such post for a long time.

This people have not quit and now the have a free trial scam my niece fell for, she use a website called useroyalgarcinia . When we called to cancel order their customer service was very nasty and insisted on giving her another 14 day trial period. I told them tho cancel because she was unhappy with product and they said she couldn't until she answered some weight loss questions and got another trial. I found out later that the FTC already ordered the to pay back $9 million for fraudulent claims. I wish the FTC would shut down their website.

The FTC has an article about Free Trial Offers. 

If you see credit card charges you didn't agree to, contact the company directly to sort out the situation. If that doesn't work, call your credit card company to dispute the charge. Ask the credit card company to reverse the charge because you didn't actively order the additional merchandise.

Please report this to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

Ultratrim 350 Forskolin is any one of these products at need to be investigated. Called customer service for a refund. Spent half an hour with them, finally got must of my money but ended up paying $25.00 and keeping the garage product. The product does not work period.

Please report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The details you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

The comments you put here on the blog don't go into the law enforcement database.

I just received a check from the FTC that appears to be part of this settlement. I'm hoping it's legitimate!

On June 14, 2016 the FTC announced that it is sending refund checks totaling $9,190,842.68 to consumers who bought Pure Health or Genesis Today green coffee bean extract weight-loss supplements.

You have to cash the refund check within 60 days, or it will become void. The FTC never requires you to pay money or give information before you can cash a redress check. If you have questions, please call 1-844-449-3586.

I purchased this product January 2015 to March 2016

Garcinia is the name of the products I ordered.

I fell for it too. You can't lose weight with this product. Cost me a lot of money..

Did not lose weight as a result of using this product.

this product did not work

I too was tricked into that Green Bean Weight Lost under a two week free trial, but the company took the full price out my account ten days before I received the product. When I called about the charges I was told by customer service rep that the two weeks free trail started the day the product was mailed and that if I did not get the product then that's my problem. So I end up cancel my credit card so they could not keep charging me for the same product I never received!

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