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    513-18th Avenue SW
    Calgary, Alberta
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    The Rainbow Scam Report

    Weight Loss Scams

    (403) 245-0533 / (403) 651-9049

    Rainbow Investigations has been Canada's top self-appointed weight loss scam "policeman". We have consistently exposed all the weight loss scams in Canada since 2001.

    There is a clear cut pattern to these scams - once you see the pattern, you can ususally recognize a scam versus a legitimate promotion.

    How To Spot A Diet Fraud Scam

    Some Tip-Off's to Weight Loss Rip-Offs

    • Full page ads that the person lost more than 40 lbs in a short period of time without dieting - sounds too good to be true, and it is!
    • Weight loss that is effective, and permanent must be multi-faceted, and gradual loss over a period of time is the best. All responsible weight loss programs must burn off more than one takes in so there must be a diet modification aspect.
    • Claims that the product works by a secret formula, or the ad does not describe the ingredients are usually fraudulent- legitimate scientists share their knowledge for peer review.
    • The promotion operates by mail order, and the address is a mailbox location - legitimate products have a manufacturing plant, or an importing legal agent, which is inspected by regulators, and is not a secret.
    • How do you tell if the address is a mailbox place? Type in the address into the “Google” search engine. If several addresses come up at the same address, we are probably dealing with a mailbox. Call one of the businesses to confirm the address is a mailbox. Note - there never has been a legitimate weight loss product marketed by mail order in Canada or the U.S.
    • Questionable testimonials by people who have never been obese, or may be paid models, simply do not exist - Ordinary people who have lost weight can not look as good as some of these models.
    • The phone number is an 800 number, which goes to a call centre to simply “take orders”. If you can’t directly talk to the company people in charge of the product, we are dealing with a scam.
    • The program is not an on-going treatment program, but rather a one - shot treatment (i.e. some hypnosis programs) - All the evidence indicates that effective weight loss programs are multi-faceted, and on-going.

    Here is the history of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission Diet fraud Prosecutions.

    Where To Complain Concerning
    Fraudulent Weight Loss Promotions

    Canada - Industry Canada Competition Bureau

    United States - Federal Trade Commission

    Rainbow Investigations Weight Loss Stories

    Nordic Soy Diet Tablets Returns

    U.S. consumers report another diet scam is resurrected...
    January 25, 2009

    Nordic Soydiet Weightloss Mailouts

    The Montreal diet fraud scene is coming out of hibernation...
    January 27, 2008

    Nordic Soydiet Tablets

    A new branch of an old Montreal based diet scam hits the U.S...
    July 02, 2007

    The Canadian Diet Fraud Report January 2007

    Here is the latest on the Montreal diet fraud scene - note the differences from the past...
    January 09, 2007

    Ciren 12, Papaya Plus, Supra Svelt Drops - The Latest Montreal Diet Frauds

    Here is the latest on the Canadian diet fraud scene...
    June 25, 2006

    Ciren12, Supra Svelt Drops, Liposvelt and other Montreal Diet Scams...

    A full report on the notorious Montreal diet fraud community...
    May 06, 2006

    PapayaPlus and other Canadian Diet Frauds Remain Hot...

    To the Montreal diet fraud scene, it is business as usual...
    February 14, 2006

    Post Xmas Canadian Dietfraud Rush 2006 Is Underway!

    As usual, once Christmas is over, there are usually a rush of Canadian diet frauds ads...
    January 14, 2006

    Liposvelt and Other Canadian Diet Scams

    Here's the latest on the Canadian Diet Scam scene...
    December 23, 2005

    Montreal Based Diet Scams Continue

    Canadians are still being plastered with various ads from diet scams out of Montreal...
    November 09, 2005

    North American Governments Cooperate on Diet Fraud

    The latest information regarding what North American governments are doing on weight loss scams...
    October 25, 2005

    Canadian Diet Fraud Scene - The Latest

    Advertisements for weight loss scams from Canada have declined in recent weeks...
    October 25, 2005

    Fat Foe Website

    The U.S. FTC and the Canadian Competition Bureau have jointly produced the "Fat Foe" webpage...
    October 02, 2005

    FTC Completes Hydro-Gel Diet Fraud Prosecution

    A diet fraud operation originating from the U.K.is finished off by the FTC...
    September 20, 2005

    The Latest Canadian Diet Fraud Report

    Here is the latest on the Canadian diet scams which we are monitoring...
    September 20, 2005

    Ciren12 Scam Weight Loss Scam - Here Is The Latest!

    A weight loss scam perpetrated by a Montreal based adult video supplier...What next Canada?
    September 01, 2005

    The Canadian Diet Fraud Scene - The Latest

    Here is the latest news on Ciren12, and the other Montreal based scams we are monitoring...
    August 25, 2005

    Diet Scams Coming From Canada - The Latest

    Here is an update on the 8 major diet scams coming out of the Montreal area...
    June 25, 2005

    Ciren12 And Other Montreal Based Diet Scams

    The Montreal diet scam situation is currently in exponential growth phase! Here is the latest...
    June 13, 2005

    Canadian Center For Weight Loss Ads in Calgary Sun

    Another very suspicious diet advertisement this past week in the Calgary Sun...
    June 05, 2005

    FTC Goes After Maine Based Diet Products

    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission announces an action against Maine based diet products...
    May 31, 2005

    SupraSvelte Drops - The Latest News

    We have most of the scenario of this scam...
    May 30, 2005

    SupraSvelte Drops - The Latest News

    Thanks to our readers, we can update consumers on the latest info on this diet scam...
    May 04, 2005

    Canadian Diet Scams The Latest Complete Report

    Here's the very latest on the Canadian diet scams we are currently monitoring...
    April 24, 2005

    Weight Loss Ads Getting Abit More Accurate

    A report by the FTC indicates weight loss ads are getting a bit better...
    April 17, 2005

    Neoform 3000 and PapayaPlus Still In Eastern Canada

    Montreal based diet scams Neoform 3000 and PapayaPlus are still out there...
    March 08, 2005

    Canadian Diet Scams Abroad

    Plant Macerat has now spread to New Zealand...
    December 20, 2004

    Canada Takes Enforcement Action on Weight Loss Scam

    Canada's new FairWeb project takes on its first violative weight loss scam...
    December 13, 2004

    FTC Announces

    The Federal Trade Commission is the one enforcement agency that continues to go after bogus diet fraud operations...
    November 10, 2004

    Canadian Diet Fraud Report

    Advertisements for diet scams have declined in Canada recently; Canadian diet scams still promoted elsewhere...
    November 03, 2004

    Hydro-Gel Weight Loss Busted...

    The FTC announced the completion of legal action against another Canadian diet scam...
    October 13, 2004

    Montreal-Based Bogus Diet Ads in Valassis Continue

    Almost three years and running, weekend coupon inserts continue to print bogus diet ads...
    October 04, 2004

    Neoform-3000 - Montreal Based Diet Scams Strike Again

    The Montreal area continues to be the hot spot for diet fraud in Canada...
    September 11, 2004

    Two Maine Based Supplement Companies Charged

    Two Maine based supplement companies pay $1 million to settle FTC charges...
    August 30, 2004

    PhytoPharma / Plant Macerat Now in Asia

    Plant Macerat With Chantel LeGrand is now being promoted in Australia, and sold out of Singapore...
    August 03, 2004

    FTC Goes After Utah Based Weight Loss Conglomerate

    The Federal Trade Commission announced actions on a Utah operation using 6 different names...
    June 16, 2004

    FTC Busts More Diet Scams

    Three more diet scams, including a Canadian one, are prosecuted by the FTC...
    December 10, 2003

    Neoform Weight Loss Product - Update

    At least we know what they say is in Neoform 3000 now...
    November 19, 2003

    TrimSpa Diet Promotion Busted In New Jersey

    Another U.S. action against a fraudulent diet promotion...
    November 15, 2003

    Update - Montreal Based Diet Scams (Neoform and others)

    One cluster of Canadian diet scams remain in the Montreal area...
    November 09, 2003

    Neoform-3000 Diet Scam in Smart Source

    Weekend coupon inserts continue to advertise bogus diet products...
    October 18, 2003

    Canadian Diet Fraud Scene Report

    The FTC finishes off one Canadian scam; others are calling it quits!...
    July 31, 2003

    Canadian Diet Scams Hot Again

    After about a seven month relative break, here we go again...
    May 11, 2003

    Surrey is Latest Canadian Mailbox Diet Scam Headquarters

    Full page diet ads in weekend coupon inserts to Saturday newspapers continue in Canada...
    May 04, 2003

    Papaya Plus Returns To Shop & Save Coupon Books

    After a dry spell, full page weight loss ads in coupon books are back in Canadian newspapers...
    April 05, 2003

    North American and European Weight Loss Scams - Update

    It's a battle to keep up to these weight loss scams, but overall there appears to be some progress being made...
    February 09, 2003

    Le Marc de Raisins Promotions in England

    Rainbow Investigations has been contacted by numerous consumers from England regarding this promotion...
    January 07, 2003

    Canadian Diet Scams - The Most Recent News!

    We like to keep consumers up to date on these scams. Here is what we are currently hearing about...
    November 17, 2002

    Canadian Charged With $40 Million Coors Scam

    A Canadian has been charged with fraud in Colorado involving the Coors family.
    October 01, 2002

    FTC Goes After Montreal Based Diet Scam

    Finally, some enforcement action on one of the numerous Montreal diet scams from our U.S. friends
    September 17, 2002

    Smart Source Continues Bogus Slim Down Fast Ads

    Smart Source Coupons is one of two coupon publications that continue to advertise bogus diet scams in Canada. The ads appear to be from the U.S....
    April 21, 2002

    Bio-Mince - Another Quebec Based Diet Scam

    Another brutal Quebec-based diet scam is thrown at the Canadian people via the "Shop and Save" coupon inserts in major Canadian newspapers...
    April 07, 2002

    PapayaPlus Cashes Cheques But Where Is The Product?

    Consumers From Eastern Canada are reporting to Rainbow Investigations that they have ordered this product, the cheques are cashed, but the consumer has received nothing...
    April 07, 2002

    Twelve People Charged in Montreal Telemarketing Scam

    Another Montreal based telemarketing scam busted...
    March 24, 2002

    Montreal Based Diet Scams - The Latest

    More and more of these diet scams coming from Montreal appear linked. Could this be one big master scam? With your help, maybe we can find out...
    March 24, 2002

    Le Marc de Raisins - Diet Product - Eastern Ontario P.O. Box

    A diet product from Canada - we would like to talk to people who have ordered this.
    March 16, 2002

    PapayaPlus Diet Scam – Cornwall MBE Mailbox

    Another Canadian diet scam run out of an eastern Ontario post office box...
    March 10, 2002

    PhytoPharma and Algoxyll – The Latest Info

    The latest on the Montreal based diet scams hitting U.S. citizens. What will it take to get these scams off the market?...
    February 25, 2002

    New PhytoPharma Promo – Genesis Health Institute, Hamilton

    Here's the latest Canadian promotion of PhytoPharma; we have a bunch of new news from U.S. operations which we have to confirm a few things but we intend to release next week...
    February 24, 2002

    The Algoxyll Scam – The Very Latest

    Thanks to all the great help from concerned citizens, we've identified more "hired guns" in this scam.
    February 15, 2002

    Slimdown Fast Diet Scam – Montreal Based

    Slimdown Fast Diet Scam - a Montreal based scam using Mailboxes, Etc., locations to market products...
    February 03, 2002

    PhytoPharma – HCA SlimExpress

    HCA Express is part of PhytoPharma...
    January 31, 2002

    PhytoPharma Diet Scam - The Latest

    PhytoPharma continues to operate just fine, thank you...
    January 21, 2002

    Papaya Diet Scam – Cornwall Ontario

    Another diet scam from Ontario has surfaced during...
    January 21, 2002

    Current Weight Loss Scams In Ontario – A Summary

    There are now so many of them, it’s quite a challenge for us to keep on top of them all...
    January 13, 2002

    W5 - PhytoPharma - Our Comments

    On Sunday January 6th, 2002 the award winning documentary show W5 exposed the 2 year old diet scam, known as PhytoPharma...
    January 09, 2002

    W5 - The PhytoPharma Story - The Real Story

    PhytoPharma is the operating name for a series of weight loss promotions that originated in Eastern Canada in early 2000....
    January 02, 2002

    Algoxyll Weight Loss Campaign - The Latest

    Rainbow Investigations continues to monitor this fraudulent weight loss scam...
    December 04, 2001

    Algoxyll Seaweed Weight Loss Campaign Expanding

    Rainbow Investigations has received many e-mails in the last week from U.S. customers…
    November 29, 2001

    Algoxyll Seaweed Weight Loss Promotion From Canada Suspicious

    While not confirmed at this time, this promotion appears to have U.S. roots…
    October 21, 2001

    PhytoPharma Update

    Rainbow Investigations continues to monitor the illegal weight loss promotions of this operation from two Toronto area mailboxes…
    October 09, 2001

    PhytoPharma - Any Victim's Out There?

    Rainbow Investigations continues to monitor the marketing of these unapproved bogus weight loss products out of the Toronto area...
    August 18, 2001

    Nigerian Letter Scam

    he alleged criminal group was operating under a known name as the West African-based Organized Advance Fee Fraud…
    July 25, 2001

    PhytoPharma - We Need Your Help!!

    The company continues to advertise heavily - most reports now are coming from the eastern U.S., and includes airline in-flight publications, hair styling magazines, and smaller community newspapers…
    July 20, 2001

    Superactivated Apple Pectin-Slim - Finch, Ontario

    This advertisement is "Superactivated Apple Pectin-Slim", and claims to have people "lose up to 40 lbs in 28 days without dieting"
    May 01, 2001

    New PhytoPharma Promotion Hits Eastern Canada

    This promotion is called HCA SlimExpress treatment, the abbreviation standing for Hydroxy Citric Acid…
    May 01, 2001

    PhytoPharma - The Latest

    Rainbow Investigations is continuing to monitor and profile the promotion of Plant Macerat…
    April 23, 2001

    The PhytoPharma Fraud - The Latest

    In the U.S., we have learned that the company is advertising in inserts in U.S. Today, as well as various trade magazines directed at women (such as hair styling magazines)…
    March 16, 2001

    The PhytoPharma Fraud Continues...The Latest!

    The PhytoPharma weight loss fraud, operating covertly out of the Toronto area, continues on. This fraud, where full page ads are appearing under the names Plant Macaret with Chantel Legrand…
    March 12, 2001

    PhytoPharma Bogus Weight Loss Ads Continue

    These full page ads have been showing up also in eastern Canada, and now along the eastern seaboard of the U.S…
    September 22, 2000

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