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  • Report Diet Patch Scams

    Have you been been ripped off by diet patch scams like this?
    If so, contact and we'd be happy to help you organize your complaint to the appropriate agency.
    You can file complaints yourself with:

    1. Health Canada
    2. Competition Bureau
    3. Advertising Standards Canada
    4. RCMP -

    The U.S. FTC has prosecuted diet patch scams for over two decades.
    There are over 100 entries on their web site alone.
    Many of these involved Canadian companies hiding out in private mailboxes. It seems that nothing has changed here in Canada, eh?


    Recent Actions Against Diet Patches


    Avatar diet patch scammers go to jail

    DETROIT, January 12, 2006 -- A West Bloomfield, Michigan man, the lead defendant in the nation's first anti-spam prosecution brought under a 2004 law, has reached a plea deal that will result in at least two years in prison. Lin, Chris Chung, Mark M. Sadek and James J. Lin were charged with sending millions of spam e-mail messages to sell phony diet aids and illegally imported erectile dysfunction medicine. The Federal Trade Commission had received more than 10,000 complaints regarding spam sent by the Avatar companies, which sent e-mail using "proxy computers" -- computers owned by other companies that hide the true source of the bulk e-mails. Daniel Lin was separately indicted in October 2004 with being a felon in possession of a firearm. During the April 2004 federal raid of the home of the Lin brothers and Chung in West Bloomfield, federal agents seized more than a dozen computers, hard drives and modems and thousands of pages of records. They also seized a half-dozen guns, boxes of ammunition and a "how-to" book on white-collar crime during their search of the home on Ten Hill Drive in West Bloomfield, according to court documents. Through a spam e-mail sent to the FTC, the agency made a test purchase from Avatar and got a "premium diet patch" Jan. 15 that bore a return address of a U.S. post office box in West Bloomfield.


    OTTAWA, December 13, 2004 -- Canadian consumers will no longer be subjected to false claims about the Zyapex and Dyapex Diet Patches from Performance Marketing Ltd., following the Competition Bureau's first FairWeb case. As part of a consent agreement registered with the Competition Tribunal, Performance Marketing has agreed to refund consumers the full value of the diet patches. Performance Marketing also failed to enforce its anti-SPAM policy.


    Chicago – Attorney General Lisa Madigan today filed a lawsuit alleging that a Nevada corporation, operating out of Cook County, lured consumers from across the country with “magic” weight loss claims and “free trial” offers advertised on its Web site then fraudulently billed the consumers for hundreds of dollars of unwanted and ineffective weight loss products. Madigan’s lawsuit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, charges Diet Patch, Inc., a Nevada corporation, and Guadalupe Bejar, individually and as an agent of Diet Patch, Inc., with multiple violations of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act. Madigan’s lawsuit alleges Bejar conducted business out of her Orland Park home, using a Tinley Park post office box address and the Web site, to run her business.

    FTC Announces First Can-Spam Act Cases

    Two Operations Generated Nearly One Million Complaints to Agency.

    The FTC has cracked down on two spam operations that have clogged the Internet with millions of deceptive messages and violated federal laws. A complaint targeting Detroit-based Phoenix Avatar was developed in a joint investigation with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. In the second case, the FTC filed legal charges against Global Web Promotions Pty Ltd., an Australian company that the FTC alleges is responsible for massive amounts of spam in the United States. Global Web not only advertised a diet patch similar to the one in Phoenix Avatar, it also claimed its human growth hormone products “HGH” and “Natural HGH” could “maintain [a user’s] appearance and current biological age for the next 10 to 20 years.”

    Marketers of "Peel Away the Pounds" Patch Settle FTC Charges of False & Unsubstantiated Weight Loss Claims

    Peel Away the Pounds
    FTC Settlement Requires the Defendants to Pay More Than $1 Million Marketers of the "Peel Away the Pounds" patch, which was widely advertised in infomercials, have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they made false and unsubstantiated weight loss claims in violation of the FTC Act. The FTC complaint alleges that the defendants falsely claimed that the seaweed-based skin patch causes as much as three to five pounds of weight loss per week, and made other false and unsubstantiated claims. The proposed settlement, which requires court approval, requires the defendants collectively to pay more than $1 million in consumer redress, to stop making certain false weight loss claims, and to possess scientific substantiation before making other claims for any product, program or service that purportedly provides health benefits.

    According to the FTC complaint, the defendants advertised Peel Away the Pounds in an infomercial that aired from June 2002 to January 2003, on several websites and in a print ad. The ads claimed that Peel Away was a remarkable new way to shed excess pounds without strenuous exercise and without being hungry. The ads contained statements such as:

    "Simply follow our system: Place Pound A Patch on your upper body. Then carry on with your everyday lifestyle. Every three days peel off the patch and watch as you take off the pounds. Replace with a new patch and drop more pounds. It's that easy."

    Other Patches


    Hoodia patch in Canada
    In June 2008, bus shelter ads went up in Kitchener, Ontario proclaiming that you could LOSE WEIGHT ALL DAY. Sporting a very slim looking blonde model, and offering a money-back guarantee, it looked too good to be true.

    Hydro-Gel SlimPatch and Slenderstrip - Son of Svelt
    These idiots are so stupid they even used the same pictures that convicted Svelt Patch people back in 1997. If those patches worked so well, why are they still fat and ugly, too.

    Body Science Slimming Patch
    This scam is really unbelievable. But, at least this one does not seem to be run by Patrice Runner of the infamous Svelt Patch empire. If you like blondes who use to tanning booths sans eye protection, or perhaps you need to take a few inches from your fat wallet and use their vibrating weight loss machines, penis enlarging patches, and breast developing cream you will love the entire selection available from Body Science in the Toronto area.

    Bell EZEE Slimming Patch
    From the people who brought you the Bell Shark Cartilage pills featured at the checkout counters of fine drug stores in Canada. Little more than a small patch that is interestingly enough labeled Diet Patch, NOT EZEE Slimming Patch, these unproved scams have no approval by Health Canada to be marketed. In fact, it seems that they require no approval from our wonderfully inept government watchdogs.

    My Diet Patch
    Would you like to sell this Belgium based scam?

    Crave Control Patch
    The CBC As it Happens Show was snookered by one cheeky British entrepreneur when they interviewed her about her aromatherapy patch. It doesn't work folks. The British Consumers Association says to spend your money on something else. As far as the CBC goes, I think it's time for a chocolate break!

    Aebion Scam #1 - The DIET PATCH
    Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation involved in promotions

    Dayonne power patch scams
    I just got an envelope of Dayonne Power Patch material from a fellow fan from Amherstburg, Ontario. It's the slickest multi-part diet scam so far, bar none. This same scam was recently uncovered in U.S. and U.K.

    An Aroma Diet Patch
    on your wrist, and you'll feel full all day. Another reference to Dr. the work of Dr. Alan R. Hirsch, who continues to deny all connection with any diet scams.

    Canadian Fucus LePatch
    Hanorst Enterprises of Coquitlam, B.C. wants only U.S. money orders, travelers cheques, or Cashiers Check. Call Revenue Canada. It's a rip-off.

    Medex Diet Patch
    The elusive Dr. Canning strikes again. Down under scam with links around the world. Can you say JAYCO?

    Diet Patch - the return of LePatch
    KWTV exposes the fraud

    Get the Skinny on the Diet Patch
    According to the Food and Drug Administration, diet patches have not been shown to be safe and effective and have never received FDA approval. In fact, the FDA has seized millions of dollars' worth of a variety of diet patches over the past 10 years.

    Slim Patch Program
    MRI (Medical Research Industries) makes it sound like it's too good to be true, and 900 "doctors" on their board don't make it so. Who is Dr. Botknecht?

    CBC Marketplace asks the Question
    Who is Dr. Malcolm Canning, anyway?


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