Lose Weight Now is a SCAM
Posted in the Matthews Forum
#1 Oct 3, 2010
I'm sure you have seen the signs on the telephone poles and at intersections around the county announcing a weight loss contest. Don't get involved! It is a scam to separate you from your money. I know because I am a victim. It seems so innocent when you first hear the pitch for joining. They tell you that if you lose weight you will win prizes, cash, vacations and even cars! Then they will offer you a contract. Don't sign it!
If you sign it you are obligated to pay them for one year even if you quit the program. There is a membership fee to pay, monthly fees to pay, weight gain penalties to pay and a mysterious "closing" fee that they won't explain.
They have nice prizes and sometimes cash for being the top loser. It sounds too good to be true--and it is. You will never be the top loser. They will let you win small prizes as weekly winners to keep you on the hook but you will always pay in more than you get out in prizes.
When the meetings start everyone puts a dollar in the pot. The meetings are lessons in how to diet, how to prepare food with less fat, exercise, etc taught by a nurse-nutritionist. They offer you their "Special Diet" booklet which will cost you $15.(One of our members later found the same book at GNC for $7.95) After the lesson everyone is weighed privately by the "nurse-nutritionist" who was neither it turned out. The biggest loser gets 50% of the pot. I don't have to tell you who gets the other 50%.
After about 4 months, 6 of the 9 people in our group started seeing we were being taken advantage of. Each of us had won some small prizes for either weight loss or one of the other incentives but there were no big prizes and we only heard about the big winner, who was in a town on the other side of the state, from the "nurse-nutritionist" . We started sticking our nose into the "nurse-nutritionist" . We found out that she was not what she said she was. She and her husband had run businesses that closed owning people hundreds of thousands of dollars. Her husband had served time for fraud and tax evasion. They both had been involved in pyramid scams selling vitamins and cleaning products but had escaped prosecution.
My lawyer said the contract I signed was binding and I couldn't get out of it. He said I could continue to pay or quit paying and risk a lawsuit. All of us 6 members decided to quit paying and take our chances. For me quitting paying even cost me money. My bank charged $100 to block the bank draft on my checking account. I was threatened and harassed by the weight loss "company". They caused my credit score to go down into the unacceptable range. They threatened all of us with lawsuits for not paying. In the end it turned out to be a good decision. My lawyer got my credit repaired and turned the tables on the "nurse-nutritionist" and her husband. They left the NC county I lived in and moved on to another county to defraud other people. Now they are in Union and Mecklenburg county!
#2 Jan 16, 2011
Now it is 3 months later. The couple is still putting up signs in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties trying to hook more suckers. The BBB is on to them and has done a lot to stop them but they continue to operate. They had a class with 8 in Monroe and another with 5 in Indian Trail. In Monroe they were meeting in a church and were paying rent. We couldn't legally enter the property to tell the victims they were being scammed so we stood on the roadside with signs like protesters. We had our lawyer contact the church but they said as long as they were getting paid rent they wouldn't interfere. In Indian Trail they were just getting started in a public building so 4 of us went in and told the people what they were getting into. The "nurse" cussed us and made threats so we left. Our lawyer said as long as they were in a public building we had every right to be there.
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