FTC Smashes Bio-Lab - Cellu-Fight / Quick Slim
Canadian-Based Company agrees to settle with FTC
The Federal Trade Commission charged a Canadian corporation operating in the United States under the name Bio Lab and its president with deceiving consumers through false advertising for their weight-loss and cellulite-treatment products in violation of the FTC Act. The FTC announced today a law enforcement action against No. 9068-8425 Quebec, Inc., doing business as Bio Lab, and its president, Jean-Francois Brochu. The FTC alleged that the defendants, using mainstream U.S. media, targeted U.S. consumers by advertising and selling "Quick Slim" - a purported weight-loss product which they claim causes users to lose rapid and substantial weight without dieting or exercise; and "Cellu-Fight," a product which they claim completely eliminates cellulite without any effort by users. The FTC filed the case in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York on September 3, 2002.
Mailbox drop used again
If you want a new tablet to directly attack your pocket book or bank account, then you'll love this scam. They say that you will COMPLETELY ELIMINATE CELLULITE. Well I'll be damned, and I thought it would only clear up 99.77% of it. My was I wrong, or what? So what the hell happens to all of this stuff that's sucked out of your buns, love handles, and thighs? Where does it go?
Cellu-Fight is in the Smart Source coupon supplement again in Ontario. This time it's paired up with their other one, SlimDown Fast.
Date: June 15, 2002
Pickle Barrel Plaza
5863 Leslie St. - Box 1011
We have complained to MBE executives and they have done nothing to
control the situation. This MBE location has been the source of a number
of complaints to the BBB because of unscrupulous activities that have
been hosted by this company. In the U.S. MBE is owned by UPS, so if you
want to use Fed. Express to do your shipping needs, keep this in mind.
In the same issue of the Smart Source was another SLIMDOWN fast scam.
The Competition Bureau wants to hear from anyone who has been scammed by the company that uses this particular mailbox address. So, please go to the "file complaints" section or contact us and we will tell you how to proceed.
One of the warning signs about scams is that they market numerous products, with very glitzy sounding names. The fact is that none of them do what they say.
When you contact either us, or the Competition Bureau, mention all that you know, i.e. where it was advertised, how you paid for it, if you got delivery, where your credit card was charged, and please watch your credit card bill carefully for any unusual activity if you happened to be dumb enough to give any of these characters your name.
When you call the toll-free number, if they have one, please write down every detail of the call, and ask how the weather is where they are. Then ask where they are. Some of the phone shops for some of these companies are actually overseas, i.e. India.
Who knows where their money goes after your credit card is charged? Ask the people on the other end of the phone how much they make per hours, and if they know where the money goes, or where the real owners of the company live.
Please report any diet schemes that use MBE mailboxes to us immediately.
MBE will do nothing to stop these folks from ripping off the public.
Why don't you call the manager of this particular MBE and have a word
Incidentally the government of Canada doesn't seem to care about the
consumers in this country. If you lose a few dollars, don't expect them
to help you. But we feel that the worm may be turning in our favour.
For a look at what one activist had to say about diet scams, click here and read about Joanne P. Ikeda, M.A., R.D.
We are organizing a class action suit and will include MBE in our
complaints because they have refused to control the situation. They say that unless the government of Canada shuts these scammers down, they will do nothing.
Please send information if you have ordered anything from these
companies that operate out of an MBE franchise in Canada, and let me
know if you have had trouble getting your money back.
Please save all receipts, including credit cards, money order carbons,
and check stubs. We need the dates that the ads appeared, which
newspaper carried them, and what you were told when you called in your
order, how long it took for a refund, etc.
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Terry Polevoy, MD