Beware of outrageous claims about magnetic mattress pads

| Monday, April 15, 2002

Over-the-road truckers, you may be a target. California Attorney General Bill Lockyer and Department of Consumer Affairs Director Kathleen Hamilton recently warned consumers to be wary of outrageous claims being made by fly-by-night companies regarding magnetic mattresses and sleeping pads.

The companies, which claim the products cure a wide range of disabling conditions, often lure consumers into buying them with money-back guarantees, but then disappear when a dissatisfied customer tries to obtain a refund.

The warning was prompted by numerous complaints from consumers throughout the country who have paid $800 or more for magnetic mattress pads. The companies market the products at "dinner seminars" and promise money-back guarantees, then shut their doors when complaints from unhappy customers begin pouring in. Often, they resurface under another name with a similar scheme to defraud more victims.

A life-time warranty or money-back guarantee is worthless if the company is no longer in business.

Consumers who believe they are the victims of fraud are urged to file a report with their local district attorney, the Attorney General's Public Inquiry Unit at 1-800-952-5225, or the Department of Consumer Affairs at 1-800-952-5210. Electronic complaint forms and other information also are available on the Attorney General's web page at www.ag.ca.gov/consumers and the Department of Consumer Affair's site at www.dca.ca.gov.

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