Consumers Who Bought Deceptively Marketed Weight-Loss Supplements to Receive Refunds

The defendants used millions of illegal spam emails containing false claims and fake endorsements

Consumers Who Bought Deceptively Marketed Weight-Loss Supplements to Receive Refunds
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December 6, 2017

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is mailing 442,898 refund checks totaling more than $8 million to consumers who bought weight-loss supplements that were deceptively marketed using illegal spam email, baseless weight-loss claims, and fake celebrity endorsements.

Consumers who bought products marketed by Sale Slash, LLC and related defendants will each receive a refund check averaging $18.24.

False claims and fake endorsements

In 2015, the FTC charged an operation known as Sale Slash with using millions of illegal spam emails—along with false weight-loss claims and fake, unauthorized endorsements from celebrities like Oprah Winfrey—to market unproven diet pills, including White Kidney Bean Extract and Pure Forskolin Extract.

The court order settling the FTC's charges required the defendants to turn over corporate and individual assets and prohibits the them from making weight-loss or health-related product claims unless they are not misleading and are supported by competent and reliable scientific evidence.

Under the terms of that order, the FTC will provide refunds totaling $8,077,304.07 to defrauded consumers.

When will the checks be mailed?

Epiq Systems, Inc., the refund administrator for this matter, has already begun mailing the refunds to affected consumers. The checks must be cashed within 60 days or they will become void.

watch out for scams

Remember, the FTC never requires consumers to pay money or provide personal information to cash refund checks. If anyone asks for such information, it could be a scam. Any suspected fraud attempts should be reported to the FTC immediately.

Consumers who have questions about this case, or believe that they are entitled to a refund but do not receive one, should call (888) 456-3556.