Scams involving health care products and weight loss scams are among the most common scams and with good reason. Many people want to build muscle, lose weight or reduce wrinkles and most of the scam products promise to do that for you easily without diet or exercise. The unfortunate truth is that there is no magic formula for quick and easy weight loss, muscle building or wrinkle reduction without diet and exercise, but scammers continue to prey on people looking for that quick solution.  The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sued Tarr, Inc in 2017.  Tarr used a wide network of online marketers to sell more than forty different bogus weight loss, muscle building and wrinkle reduction products.  Their ads were filled with unsupported claims, phony celebrity endorsements, bogus testimonials and phony news stories touting the products.  Tarr also offered what appeared to be free trials of the products, but then automatically enrolled customers in monthly programs and billed their victims without the consent or knowledge of their victims.   Now the FTC has settled its claims against Tarr.  As a condition of the settlement, Tarr will be paying 6.4 million dollars to the FTC to be refunded to its scammed customers.

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For more information about this refund program go to the tab in the middle of the Scamicide home page entitled “FTC Scam Refunds.”  Search for specific information about the refund program by typing in the word “Tarr” at the top right corner of the FTC refund page.

As for weight loss products, 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. 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.

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