Product Scams: False Advertising, Misrepresentation, Exaggerated Claims and Products that are not "fit for purpose"

Product Scams: False Advertising, Misrepresentation, Exaggerated Claims and Products that are not "fit for purpose"

How many times have you seen a commercial on tv on in print or heard an advertisement on the radio for a product that seemed too good to be true? And maybe you bought one, only to find out that it was so poorly made that it broke the first time you tried to use it?

And you probably thought to yourself, "how do they get away with claiming that?" The FTC and FCC do bring some cases against companies that make exaggerated or false claims.  Here's a listing of some that we think may interest you, along with links to search the entire FTC database.

Note that some cases are settled in court, in which a company is found guilty, but in most cases, the manufacturers settle with the FTC or other government agency.  In those cases, not admitting guilt or wrongdoing is usually part of the settlement.

We'll leave it to you, the consumer, to read the facts and decide with your own common sense whether the company was guilty and their action was malicious!

To search the entire FTC database of cases, see this page.


Product Scams Cases, Settlements and Investigations

  1. Allergan, Inc., and Inamed Corporation, In the Matter of, File No. 061 0031, Docket No. C-4156
  2. Bayer Settles FTC Charges - The Million Dollar Question for Consumers: Aspirin Regimen Therapy - Is It Right For You?
  3. FTC Stops Spammers Selling Bogus Hoodia Weight-Loss Products and Human Growth Hormone Anti-Aging Products. Alleges Defendants Send Illegal E-mails via Web Form Hijacking and Make False and Unsubstantiated Product Claims
  4. Hoodia Coffee Slim - Sellers of Hoodia Coffee Settle with FTC for Bogus Weight-Loss Claims
  5. Manuka honey scams
  6. PC Antispyware
  7. Spykiller by "TrustSoft"
  8. Fake Viagra - Bird droppings used in fake Viagra

     

     

And please let us know about any suspicious calls or emails you receive.  We look for patterns so that we can alert the authorities and victims to new scams, before it is too late!

 

 


 

For a comprehensive list of national and international agencies to report scams, see this page.