Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and FTC Take Action Against 'fake' News Sites
May 13, 2011
Once again, my hero, Attorney General Lisa Madigan flexes her legal muscles in favor of the Illinois Consumers.
The news websites are fake, and the claims that acai berry products help people lose weight are not supported by science, the two agencies alleged. In the past week, the FTC has filed 10 lawsuits in courts across the U.S. and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed an additional lawsuit in her state against affiliate marketers of acai berry products, the two agencies announced.
The affiliate marketers place billions of advertisements linking back to the fake news sites, and consumers have paid an estimated US $10 million for acai berry products that don’t cause weight loss, FTC officials alleged.
The websites, with names such as News 6 News Alerts and Health 5 Beat Health News, feature a phony news report with a reporter who claimed to lose weight using the products, the agencies said during a press conference. But multiple news sites used the same picture of a reporter, with a different name depending on the site, FTC officials said.