The Rainbow Scam Report
Weight Loss Scams
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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
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
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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