Ohio attorney general: Don’t get scammed with new gym membership

  • Kara Driscoll
  • Staff Writer
3:35 p.m Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 Business
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The holidays are over and it’s time to get back in shape, but Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning consumers about potential gym membership scams.

In 2017, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office received about 140 complaints involving fitness or health club memberships. Top problem areas included cancellation and billing issues. Under Ohio’s Prepaid Entertainment Contracts Act, consumers generally have three business days to cancel a contract for gym memberships and other “health spa services,” martial arts training, dance studio lessons, or social referral services (such as a dating service).

“This is a time when many people are thinking about joining a gym, and that can be a great way to get in shape. We just want consumers to understand what they’re signing up for,” DeWine said. “A little bit of prevention can go a long way.”

Dewine’s tips for avoiding scams include:


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