Woman signed up for free weight loss trial, was charged $400

Published: Jun. 28, 2016 at 5:36 PM CDT
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You've seen the ads on Facebook to try a free supplement weight loss program. A Boone County Arkansas woman says she lost four hundred dollars and no weight with just one click.

"I read the deal where the lady said she lost a lot of weight and I thought ... well I will give it a whirl," said Missie Staggs.

Missie Staggs is recovering from knee surgery. She wanted to try something to jump start her weight loss. She thought she would only pay five dollars for shipping and handling. She signed up for a supplement called Garcinia Cambogia. Then, additional supplements arrived on her door step.

She received a notice her mortgage check bounced. She called her bank and was alerted to the charges.

Different companies have different rules. Always check the terms and conditions.

These supplements are not tested by the Food and Drug Administration. That doesn't always mean what's inside is bad, but know claims on the label are not regulated or verified.

"You just can't rely upon it. The controls aren't there to assure it," said Terry Barks, Mercy pharmacist.

Before you buy any supplements, check with your doctor. Some supplements can interact with medications and become less effective.

If you get stuck in an auto enroll program, you can file a complaint with the attorney general. Staggs has been able to get some of her money back.