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Jan 3

Watch out for weight loss program scams in the new year – Hamilton Journal News

I was billed over $600, she said.

Weight loss scams

TheBetter Business BureausSara Kemerer says weight-loss scams are the top ripoff of the new year, as many people order pills and supplements advertised on social media.

They see these products. They see detox teas, pills, exercise equipment to lose weight, and they sign up, Kemerer said.

Kemerer says before trying a diet, research it for complaints.

So Google the name of the product or name of the business, and then Google the word complaint or reviews, just to see what people have to say about it, she said.

Gym ripoffs

The BBB says while gyms are not scams in the true sense of the word, the agency gets complaints every January about gym contracts that turn out to be too good to be true.

The BBB says a typical gym ripoff is a $9 a month offer that turns into $29 a month and then automatically renews.

They are good at taking your money because you accidentally sign up for auto-renewal, and you have no idea you did that, Kemerer said.

In addition, she says to find out what happens if you can no longer use the gym due to an injury or a move.

Fake review scams

Finally, Kemerer says to watch for fake reviews of workout products.

Make sure you see reviews from a third-party website because it is so easy to say, This is Sara, and I love this product. I lost 80 pounds, she said.

Anyone considering buying a treadmill, exercise bike or any other product should read reviews on magazine websites, Amazon, CNET and other places andlook up the company at the Better Business Bureau.

WCPO is a content partner of the Journal-News.

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