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Niagra Therapy........scam?

(33 Posts)
triplets Wed 14-Mar-12 20:49:18

Hi,
very concerned as my 84yr old mum has just phoned me and has been visited today by a rep from this company. She now tells me they have been phoning her alot over the past few weeks. They sent an 80 yr old woman today who said they could help her to get mobile again, no charge!!! She agreed that they could call tomorrow, the lady bringing a man with her and some equipment for her to try! Have google them and have read really bad reports of them preying on the elderly and getting them to sign in their own homes for chairs/ beds etc. Has anyone else come across them? Thank you.

MrsSquirrel Wed 14-Mar-12 20:57:08

No experience, but it definitely sounds dodgy. I suggest you get in touch with trading standards in your mum's area.

triplets Wed 14-Mar-12 20:59:38

Yes will do, thank you Mrs Squirrel......love the name btwsmile

SerialKipper Wed 14-Mar-12 21:02:58

Don't have any personal knowledge of them, but have seen recent case about some company flogging inappropriate or over-priced mobility equipment, so looks like a classic scam area.

Will your mother feel able to refuse to let them in? Can she arrange to have a friend with her?

Anything she signs can anyway be cancelled within 7 days, I think, though obviously it's better not to sign.

If you're able, call Trading Standards in her area first thing tomorrow. They may be able to offer advice, and it will alert them to the existence of these people if they don't already have their eye on them.

nocake Wed 14-Mar-12 21:27:01

Is there someone who can be there when they come round?

triplets Wed 14-Mar-12 23:50:09

The plot thickens. She now tells me that the lady who called this afternoon, is 80 years old, she offered her free massage on her legs. She told her that she lives locally.................in fact she lives in a home opposite me! Its Trinity Homes, for retired seafarers. I cannot place her, but when mum said her name I knew it was true as we often get mail wrongly delivered here for her. So tomorrow first thing I will go and see her and tell her firmly that my mother is not to be visited or contacted again. I am wondering if she has been duped into working for them as abit of a stooge? I have found the number for the local trading standards people and will ring them first for advice.

Knowwhatyouaretalkingabout Mon 05-Nov-12 08:25:48

Hi I saw this thread and had to throw in my 2 cents.
Firstly I work for niagara, a company that has been established 63 years and has millions as a client base. If you are legitimately concerned for someone's well-being I suggest you look at the product instead of just googling it! A lot of bogus information on the net, you may have seen some before? If nobody found it helpful with mobility and circulation etc they wouldn't buy it, but millions have. The client base includes top sporting clubs and agencies that assist with disabilities amongst medical practitioner customers... Pretty sure they know what they are doing and not "preyed apon"
Whilst I am used to some cynicism that a solution to a lot of ailments can be natural, people are getting smarter and want to avoid so many drug based "solutions"
It's amazing how being properly informed and having an open mind can be beneficial!
Marketing and contacting people several times to give them a free trial is hardly nasty, ask to be put on a do not call list if worried
FYI- I'm a qualified massage therapist/sports scientist/personal trainer/coach/arthritic sufferer/customer that uses the product every day smile

Alad Mon 05-Nov-12 09:33:39

Record the calls &/or visit. If anything untoward happens can be used in evidence

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Two EXCELLENT first posts from Knowwhatyouaretalkingabout and jan3. Tell us everything we need to know, I feel. ;)

Selba Sat 16-Feb-13 01:01:01

Did your mum seek out the product/ company?
I would be very concerned too , and am not in the least reassured by the last 2 comments

BlatantLies Sat 16-Feb-13 01:16:54

They have had problems with false  advertising in 2005  

Personally I don't like to deal with any companies that contact me in my home.  I also only like to deal with companies that have clear pricing on their websites.  I don't understand why a company would retain this type of information.  

  I also dont like to deal with companies that encourage you to try free demonstrations before making any mention of price.  I think this can make people 'feel' pressurised into buying things that they don't really want. Elderly people can easily be confused when faced with contracts.

I think that the beds can run into several thousands of pounds.

Does anyone know how long Niagara (Uk) has been around?

Age Concern carried out some interesting independent research about 'Sharp selling practices in the selling of assistive products to older people'. It took place in  2001 but illustrate some of the sales practices involved by some companies, including Niagara at the time  

BlatantLies Sat 16-Feb-13 01:31:59

Oh......it's a zombie thread lol blush

Oh dear........

Haraka Thu 21-Feb-13 00:53:39

My Dad of 84 was visited and sold a chair he didn't need or could afford. In my view he was taken advantage of by the door to door salesman with no ethics. Raj..
The stress and harassment from the credit people was merciless during a time of grieving for the loss of his wife. I eventually managed to fix the problem but is t cost him a few hundred bucks he didn't have. Hard selling to old people is just not ethical in my book, I hope Raj's parents get the same horrid experience they put on us. Niagara is not selling ethically in Australia.

carer92 Tue 14-May-13 08:59:17

I am concerned about the ethics of the sales people for this product also. My 92 year old Mum was sold the cyclo massager by a lady rep. She was a captive audience as the lady was staying in her home. When I discovered she had been signed up to a finance contract of over $2,000 over a period of 2 years for a product she is not able to use because it makes her ill I was horrified. I phoned the sales person and asked her to take it back but she refused because it was more than 30 days since the purchase. She suggested I try to onsell the product. I see that most of these products are selling on the Internet second hand for less than $400. The Company website does not advertise prices so how would a person know if they were paying the right price. My main concern is that it appears the sales people prey on the elderly.

Xenia Tue 14-May-13 09:20:47

Never ever buy a single thing or give to a charity at the door or over the phone, ever. It's a simple rule. I get elderly neighbours sometimes calling me saying tell everyone else around about this wonderful XYZ product a salesman told me about who called at the door... lots of the time it is not something they need and wastes their money.

If you want to buy something do your research and buy it through other means.

Lollylover Fri 11-Oct-13 03:57:01

I would be very very dubious of this company they sell the majority of their equipment to the elderly for a reason! The elderly are vulnerable and easy targets for these unscrupulous sales people to make a quick buck
I have first hand knowledge of this company and am willing to share with anyone that might need it

Oldboneshaker Fri 18-Oct-13 16:58:57

All very interesting ! About an hour ago I had an unsolicited call from Niagara Therapy. They said I filled in a questionaire that gave them my number. I have a policy not to do questionaires, and I certainly don't need Therapy of any description.

When challenged the young lady apologised and hung up very quickly.

I can only assume the company (Niagara Therapy) bought a batch of numbers from somewhere. They certainly didn't get it from me.

Now I need to challenge my phone company (vodafone - oh yes it was my mobile they phoned) as to how they got my number, and ditch them too.

fuzzywussy123 Sun 27-Oct-13 12:00:40

You endorse the product quite well however your response tends to be vague and doesn't answer the questions of price. But considering you work for the company in question any endorsement you make is not overly credible

fuzzywussy123 Sun 27-Oct-13 12:08:46

The comment above was directed at knowwhatyouaretalkingabout. Also as an employee of Niagara myself I am very aware of the overpricing of the massage equipment. Although beneficial it is hardly something I would recommend for my own mother purely based on price and the marketing strategies and techniques of the company as a whole.

Bourbon33 Wed 06-Nov-13 07:31:02

Niagara Therapy has some very dodgy practices. They have sold my grandmother a 14000 dollar chair and all it does is vibrate. Basically a wayy overpriced recliner and it's not even something special to look at. The managers and sales people i have had words with are not helpful at all. Numerous times i have called and get zero response. When my grandmother complained they basically told her oh well you signed.

I too take a very serious issue with the fact they don't supply pricings anywhere. According to their catalogue they only have a range of 2 chairs yet one salesman/manager stated they have over 30 different chairs and that is the reason they do not list prices. If you ever get to speak to one you can clearly tell they have a specific target audience in mind, the Elderly.

I also find it shocking that a manager can lie to me over the phone and basically blame everything on my grandmother and state that everything my grandmother said was a lie.

Please watch your parents/granparents and any elderly you can. Make sure they do not sign anything with this company until you know for sure that they fully understand what they are getting into because as soon as they have signed the dotted line and have taken the money they are of no help what so ever. My experience with this company.

ozziekiwi Fri 22-Nov-13 20:22:54

Hi Lollylover
I have had a massage unit from Niagara for one day......but after searching on Google.............. the used price for the unit is exorbitant compared to a new price disclosed in a newspaper survey.
Can we talk by phone?

Jack8008 Tue 07-Jan-14 09:32:45

Hi there, just thought I would pass on my mother in laws experience. Age 88 now, her story is from some 3 or 4 years ago. A salesman, apparently visiting from Perth WA visited her in her home here in Hobart Tasmania. He stayed in her home from before lunch until tea time, around 6 hours or so . Finally selling her a low tech, old fashioned looking heat / massage pad. She paid $1700.00 !!!!!!! The pad looks like it was made in the 1950's... And basically just heats up and you put it behind your back.I have googled the product and they appear on ebay for $150/ $200 2nd hand. My mother in law said the salesman just would not leave. This pressure selling is obviously illegal and it is very nasty in my view to target the elderly. I found the company web site and a phone number but to no avail.... No answer. I am sure it is to late to do anything about these circumstances but I am very pleased to be able to post this. Maybe it will help somebody somehow. jack8008

no1deckie Mon 03-Mar-14 07:05:53

What a coincidence, I was shopping in Safeway's today in Moama nsw when I was asked if I had back pain. I don't but found myself telling the lady that I have had 2 total knee replacements and a plate and screws in my foot all due to arthritis. I am in my 60's, still work and thought I had all my faculties hah! - Next thing I have given my address & phone number to the lady - she wasn't really pushy and was polite. Someone is now going to phone me for an appointment to demonstrate. Again like the others, price would not be given. I am going to see my dr. tomorrow & will ask him re Niagara. I am glad I googled niagara and read these messages. What an eye opener. Please advise your elderly family & friends to be buyer aware.

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