If you responded to a trial offer for LeanSpa supplements, and found yourself paying for products you didn’t want, you may find a happy ending to the story. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says LeanSpa victims will get refunds after they fill out claim forms.
If this sounds familiar, look for mail from a company called Rust Consulting, Inc. The Federal Trade Commission hired Rust to help process refunds. It will send out a claim form to nearly 550,000 people who bought into, or got sucked into, the LeanSpa scam. The idea is find out if you qualify for a refund.
The FTC and Connecticut sued marketers of LeanSpa in 2011 after it discovered the online scheme. The FTC says LeanSpa used a website to offer so-called free trials for acai berry and colon cleanse weight loss products. The lawsuit said marketers falsely told consumers they would get the free trial after they paid a nominal charge for shipping. But in reality, people paid $79.95 for the first shipment and then found it hard to cancel.
The FTC settled the lawsuit at the beginning of 2014 and now there’s up to $7 million to refund to consumers.
No money is going out yet. But you should receive a claim form soon. When you get it, fill it out as soon as possible. You have 60 days to return it. If you don’t return it in that time period, you won’t get a refund.
If you don’t get a claim form and you think you are eligible, you can contact the FTC at 1-866-621-4156, or visit the FTC’s LeanSpa case web page.
The FTC will use the information from the complaint forms to figure out who should get refunds and how much money they should receive.
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