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Fitness products can be of tremendous personal benefit, but it just depends on the equipment and programs used. Understanding how a product works and what it can do for you is important when making a purchase. Advertising claims can be truthful and untruthful.

Most businesses are legitimately trying to help their customers have a good experience with their purchases. Some businesses try to deceive you through their advertisements. Most governments regulate advertising fraud and blatant false advertising. Even though laws govern against fraud, the people committing fraud are not always known about by law enforcement, so you must be aware when making purchases.

Advertisers frame information to make a product appealing, but some go too far. Scammers sell ineffective or harmful products and services, so it is important to know that scammers are out there. This type of deception can cost consumers large sums of money; but when it comes to wellness and fitness products, it can sometimes cost you your health.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has some tips to spot a rip-off. Think twice before spending money on:

Items that claim scientific breakthroughs without credits given to medical schools, journals, or hospitals; if it was a miracle cure you would hear it in the mainstream news.
Health care products that claim to be effective for a large variety of ailments; one product that does it all just doesn't exist.
Products that seem too good to be true; personal success stories can easily be made up with no proof of the person's claim.
Health care products that claim to be "All-Natural" - poisonous plants can kill, and hidden ingredients may be inside.
Items that seem like a quick fix; catchy phrases and fancy wording are no substitute for real treatment and management - diseases and conditions take time to treat.
If you have been scammed, you can file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), report a problem to the FDA, or contact your state or local consumer protection agency.