FTC Mailing Refund Checks to Consumers who Purchased Misleading Dietary Supplements

FTC Mailing Refund Checks to Consumers who Purchased Misleading Dietary Supplements
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February 20, 2015

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is mailing about 11,600 refund checks to consumers who lost money buying dietary supplements deceptively marketed as fat burning and calorie blocking.

The checks, totaling more than $464,000 are being made from funds collected through a July 2014 settlement with Canadian marketers who falsely claimed that their Double Shot pills would cause rapid, substantial, and permanent weight loss without diet or exercise.

According to the FTC's complaint, Manon Fernet and the company she controls, which did business as the Freedom Center Against Obesity, marketed Double Shot to U.S. consumers from 2012 through October 2013. The company falsely claimed that users could eat as much of any food as they wanted and lose 15 to 20 pounds a week, just by taking the pills.

Rust Consulting, Inc., the redress administrator for this matter, will mail refund checks to eligible consumers beginning Friday. The checks must be cashed by April 21, 2015 or they will become void.

Recipients should note that the FTC never requires consumers to pay money or provide information before redress checks can be cashed.