In June of 2016 I reported to you that the FTC had settled a lawsuit with Genesis Today, Pure Health and Lindsey Duncan regarding false and misleading claims that they made about their green coffee bean extract weight loss products.  I first reported to you about this FTC action in the Scam of the Day for January 27, 2015.    Duncan and his companies claimed green coffee bean extracts would enable users to lose 17 pounds and 16% of their body fat in 12 weeks without diet or exercise.  Duncan also referred to a severely flawed clinical study which he claimed supported his claims.  Helping his sales of the weight loss product were his television appearances on legitimate shows such as The View and The Dr. Oz Show.  Dr. Oz received much criticism while testifying before Congress regarding the recommending of green coffee bean extracts for weight loss on his show.    In 2016 the FTC mailed checks to people who bought the supplements online and for whom the FTC had addresses.  Now the FTC is mailing 38,533  more refund checks totaling 1.9 million dollars to victims of the scam who bought the supplements from retailers such as Walmart.   If you bought the supplements at a retail store, you can apply for a refund by going to the tab at the top of the page designated “FTC Scam Refunds” for the forms you need.
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The truth is that there are no quick fixes when it comes to weight loss and you should be wary of any product that promises you can lose tremendous amounts of weight quickly without dieting or exercise.  You should also be wary of any weight loss product that is sold exclusively either over the Internet or through mail-order advertisements.  It is also important to remember that no cream that you rub in your skin can help you lose substantial weight and no product can block the absorption of fat or calories.  The best course of action is to ask your physician about the effectiveness of a particular weight loss product or program before you reduce your wallet in an effort to reduce your waistline.
If you bought the supplements at a retail store, you can get information about the refunds by going to the tab at the top of the page designated “FTC Scam Refunds.”