MADISON, CONN. November 12, 2016 – Plexus Worldwide, an Arizona-based multilevel marketing (MLM) company that markets nutritional supplements, weight-loss, and personal care products, calls itself the “health and happiness” company that offers life-changing financial freedom for recruits. But an investigation by ad watchdog truthinadvertising.org (TINA.org) has found issues that could put a darker spin on the meaning of life-changing.
Here’s what you should know about Plexus:
- Unsubstantiated Health Claims
Despite a previous FDA warning, TINA.org found more than 100 unsubstantiated health claims marketing Plexus products for everything from depression to cancer to Lyme disease.
- Breast Chek Recheck
Though Plexus’ Breast Chek kit’s label says it is “recommended by Doctors and Nurses,” the company provides no specifics on its website about exactly who is doing the recommending. Additionally, the American Cancer Society requested that Plexus stop using its name in promotions relating to National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
- Product Safety Issues
The Environmental Research Center filed a lawsuit against Plexus alleging that the company has failed to provide clear warnings to consumers that some products were found to contain lead. The MLM has also faced scrutiny over safety issues overseas.
- Over the Top Income Claims
TINA.org’s investigation uncovered a plethora of social media posts boasting that by becoming a Plexus distributor you can pay off college debt, stay at home with your kids, and work part time all while earning oodles of money. In reality, less than one percent of Plexus distributors earn six figures and more than three-quarters of distributors make less than $500 a year.
- Lawsuits Galore
Plexus is entangled in a myriad of lawsuits including those between founding members. The company has also filed multiple lawsuits against former distributors who left to join other MLMs.
- Mounting Consumer Complaints
The FTC has received more than 800 consumer complaints about Plexus of which more than three-quarters are from consumers who said Plexus repeatedly charged them for product shipments they didn’t want.
Read more about TINA.org’s investigation of Plexus here: www.truthinadvertising.org/what-you-should-know-about-plexus/
Find out more about TINA.org’s work examining the MLM industry here: www.truthinadvertising.org/tag/mlm-or-pyramid-scheme/
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