Don't let scammers make a snack out of you

THE Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning people to beware of weight loss scams that generally target vulnerable people.

ACCC deputy chair Dr Michael Schaper said it was the time of year when people spruiking all types of weight loss scams were the most active.

"Scammers are experts at preying upon people's vulnerabilities and try to take advantage of people's good intentions to improve their health in the new year," he said.

"Remember that there are no magic pills for rapid weight loss so be very sceptical about claims of effortless, large or fast weight loss."

Dr Schaper said these scams promised dramatic weight loss for little or no effort.

The ACCC received 173 contacts about weight loss scams last year - a 50% increase on the previous year.

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