FTC Slaps Hoodia and HGH Spammers
The Federal Trade Commission, via a district court judge, ordered eHealthyLife.com to stop sending emails and making allegedly false claims about its Hoodia and Human Growth Hormone products.
The FTC is prosecuting the case under both the CAN-SPAM Act and the more recent US SAFE WEB Act, saying that its spam database received over 175,000 messages making unsubstantiated claims about weight loss and health benefits deriving from use of the company’s "HoodiaLife," HoodiaPlus," "HGHLife," and "HGHPlus" products.
The FTC is also claiming that the spam messages contained false "from" addresses, deceptive subject lines, and lacked an opt-out link or physical postal address.
Assumedly, the physical address would have been the US, Canada, and/or Australia, as the three named defendants, Bruce Parker, Lisa Kimsey, and Xavier Ratelle, principles of Spears Systems, Inc. (doing business as eHealthyLife) hailed from those three countries.
The federal judge ordered a temporary restraining order and asset freeze to stop the company from emailing and from making any more allegedly false claims about their products.