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Posted May 9, 2015

Marketers Charged with Using Stolen Email Accounts to Promote Weight Loss Supplements Temporarily Shut Down

On May 4, 2015, the FTC announced it has obtained a court order to temporarily halt the operations of weight loss marketers Sale Slash, charging that the company used affiliate marketers to send illegal spam emails and post banner ads online that led consumers to fake news sites. The FTC stated that the websites made false weight loss claims, used fake celebrity endorsements, and made it appear as if an independent consumer reporter had reviewed and endorsed the products.

According to the FCC, the weight loss products, including Premium Green Coffee, Pure Garcinia Cambogia, Premium White Kidney Bean Extract, Pure Forskolin Extract, and Pure Caralluma Fimbriata Extract, were marketed since 2012 using stolen email user accounts that sent messages such as "Breaking news...," and "Hi! Oprah says it's excellent," to other people in the email user's contact list.

The websites listed in the complaint include premiumgreencoffee.com, puregarciniacambogiahca.com, buywhitekidneybeanextractdirect.com, buyforskolinextractdirect.com, and buycarallumafimbriataextractdirect.com.

The FTC hopes to recover money from Sales Slash to provide refunds to consumers who bought the supplements.

See ConsumerLab.com's Review of Weight Loss Supplements, Green Coffee Bean Extract Supplements and Garcinia Cambogia Supplements for tests of related products.

Also see ConsumerLab.com's In the News page for information about CL tests of Garcinia and green coffee bean extract supplements that helped Dr. Oz expose weight supplements which contained little of the key ingredients CL expected from their labels.

See Related Warnings:

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FTC Mails Refund Checks to Consumers Who Purchased Weight Loss Pills

FTC Says Company Made "Outrageous" Weight Loss Claims

FTC Mails Refund Checks to Consumers Who Purchased Sensa

Four Companies Settle FTC Charges of Deceptive Weight Loss Claims

Sensa Settles Second False Advertising Lawsuit

To read the FTC's press release, use the link below.