The Federal Trade Commission is sending checks to people who were scammed by A. S. Research LLC into buying Synovia, its supplement that it touted as a tremendous treatment for arithritis and joint pain.  Synovia’s advertising was riddled with misleading claims and phony testimonials including one where the user said he “gave way his walker” after he started using Synovia.  A.S. Research LLC also scammed customers by telling them that if they paid extra they could buy a stronger version of Synovia that had a special added ingredient when the truth is that there was no special version and A.S. Reseach LLC sold everyone the same product.

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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.”  It is important to note that there is never a charge for obtaining a refund through the FTC or any of its refund administrators.  Anyone who asks for such a payment is just another scammer.

As for health care products in general, the truth is that you should be wary of any health care 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 product or program before you consider buying it.  Also, you should always be skeptical of the studies cited in their advertisements and their endorsements.

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