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Hundreds of thousands to receive refund for being scammed

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August 10th, 2016

Infomercial king and convicted fraudster Kevin Trudeau might be sending you money, and this time, it’s not a scam. Trudeau, who is currently in prison, is best known for infomercials hawking his books. His pitches are health related and he tends to position himself as the “little guy,” fighting to unleash important information the government or big pharmaceutical companies want to keep hidden from the public.

Hundreds of thousands of consumers saw the infomercial and purchased Trudeau’s book The Weight Loss Cure ‘They’ Don’t Want You to Know About

In the infomercial, Trudeau claims that the weight loss plan outlined in the book is easy to do, can be done at home, and ultimately allows readers to eat whatever they want. 

“I can attest it was the easiest, simplest, most effective thing I’ve ever done,” Trudeau tells viewers. “And when you’re done with the protocol, eat whatever you want and you don’t gain the weight back.”

Devil in the details

However, when consumers purchased the book, they found it describes a complex, grueling plan that requires severe dieting, daily injections of a prescription drug that consumers cannot easily get, and lifelong dietary restrictions.

Besides the injections, the plan also requires a dangerous 500-calorie-per-day diet for 21 to 45 days and prohibits consumers from using any medicines, including over-the-counter and prescription drugs; most cosmetics; and no creams, lotions, or moisturizers.

The book also suggests getting 15 “colonics” from a licensed colon therapist during a 30-day period, walking outside for one continuous hour each day, taking saunas as often as possible, eating six times a day, eating only organic meat and dairy, and eating 100 grams of organic meat right before bed. 

Would you call this “the easiest, simplest, most effective thing I’ve ever done?” Neither did the FTC. They called it deceptive. 

In 2009, a federal judge ordered Trudeau to repay millions of dollars to consumers for misrepresenting the book’s content. 

Despite the ruling, Trudeau has not made those payments, claiming poverty. (In the meantime, he continued to live lavishly, buying fancy jewelry, expensive cigars, and other luxury goods.) During one court proceeding, Trudeau invoked the Fifth Amendment hundreds of times rather than answer questions about his finances.  

The FTC found approximately $6.3 million Trudeau squirrelled away and is making good on repaying scammed consumers. They advise consumers who receive checks to deposit or cash checks within 60 days of the mailing date. Those who deposit or cash their checks may receive future proceeds if funds become available.

For more information about the refund process, visit ftc.gov/trudeau.

If you have questions about your refund, contact the FTC’s refund administrator at 1-844-828-4437. And remember, the FTC never requires you to pay money or give financial information to get a refund check.

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