OFT highlights 'miracle' health product danger

Two spoof health websites have been launched by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to highlight the dangers of 'miracle' health products.

Photograph: JH Lancy
Photograph: JH Lancy

The OFT plans to use techniques adopted by those who operate scams to draw consumers to the sites. Consumers trying to order from the websites are redirected to an OFT page explaining that the products are fake and warning about the dangers of such scams.

The first website claims that ‘Fatfoe’ pads ‘suck out excess fat and cellulite while you sleep’. The second website, for ‘Glucobate’, claims that the product has ‘the healing aromatics of muskmelon’.

The initiative is being supported by Sense About Science and Diabetes UK.

tom.moberly@haymarket.com

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