Scammed by Diet Chef!!(39 Posts)
I am having quite a traumatic time with this awful company and wanted to know if anyone else out there had experienced the same thing? They will not stop sending me food and taking money from my account despite cancelling my subscription and speaking to them repeatedly!
I have told them I am happy to send the food back but unhappy that they expect me to cover the postage for this!! It will be a fortune and I didn't ask for the stuff in the first place!
I've used diet chef twice. Like every other attempt I lost a stone then nothing and have put weight on.
Neither time was I charged what I expected to be charged and when they made an error they lied about it. It cost me about £2-300 over what I expected.
Some of the food is nice. Some looks like vomit.
I did it as I really struggled and do the necessary. Wasn't worth it.
Paul, how about making it possible to contact Diet Chef by putting a contact number on your website.
Brie, life would be so much easier if there was phone on your website which we could use to contact Diet Chef directly.
Those paying by Paypal, log into your Paypal account and you can cancel their payment authority there directly - settings, payment settings, pre-approved payments is where you'll find it.
They sound like a bloody awful company. I hope you all get your money back.
I hope you all get your money back and pronto. If DIETCHEF want a reputation as an honest and reliable company they need to sort out their returns and cancellation policy or maybe just not bombard people with too much food in the first place otherwise they will get a reputation as scammers and will no doubt see them featured on Anne Robinson, Matthew Albright type programmes like watchdog.
And rightly so!
Sounds like a real nightmare. Just looked at the breakfast, dinners and snacks. Doesn't even come across as particularly healthy and a heavy reliance on grains, and sugary sheath snacks.
If a company can send you a months food upfront then you know you are not getting good nutrition ie Fresh, vitamin and mineral bursting food. We need protein and amino acids to build and repair our bodies and in processed food we all know that the protein content is low.
I'm not saying it won't sustain you or you won't lose some weight but buying fresh organic eggs, good quality protein and veg with some good quality carb like whole grain rice for eg and a snack of a portion of fresh fruit will build you a healthier body.
Part of the enjoyment of food is in the preparation and anticipation of a nutritious and satisfying meal. You dont get that by buying processed, bung in the microwave food. We had south African bobotie the other night with wholegrain rice and peas. It's basically a mince curry, sweetened with sultanas( not everyone's taste I know) then topped with whipped up eggs and baked in the oven. We left out the bread and milk. Delicious, nutritious. Everything from scratch, no MSG or anything that is not proper whole food.
I see that Dietchef responded to BeccaMumsnet saying that you can amend or cancel in the account section of their website - well its certainly not there - there is nothing under Account about a plan or subscription yet alone anything to do with cancellation and when I look under payment there is no opportunity of cancelling Paypal payments - they have got me cornered and I do not like it. Hard selling like this turns customers completely off and gives the company a bad name. I feel threatened that it is now Friday evening of a bank holiday weekend and there is nothing I can do and as one of the other posters said if you return the box you have to pay postage - what a cheek. They should email the customer before taking money and sending an order to double check that it is required. I am fuming......
I am in the same boat - I have so much Dietchef its untrue having had an order at the end of July and to my utter amazement I see that they have taken money from Paypal and sending me another huge box - I cannot find anywhere on their site to cancel this or cancel a subscription that I did not know I had. I buy ad hoc so where this has come from I do not know. I am mortified and have sent them a message on their website and hope they do not send this huge box to me - what a cheek its harrassment - its unbelievable and really inconvenient. I now want nothing to do with them ever ever again!
Diet Chef would like to respond with the following message:
'Diet Chef plans do repeat monthly until cancelled, to allow continuation of
weightloss at a protected price point.
Cancellation is offered in our My Account section of the website, but we
appreciate there are different reasons for cancellation, so prior to
cancelling account we do offer the options of
- Deferring by 4, 8 or 12 weeks to take a break from your plan without
- Migrating your plan to a maintainance option
- Or confirming your cancellation - if you confirm your cancellation you will
receive an email confirming your subscription is cancelled.
If you are in any doubt whatsoever the team can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on www.dietchef.co.uk Live Chat option during office hours.'
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I got scammed by diet chef. I ordered a supply for 12 weeks and payd for it 380£ thanks to a discount. Now I found out that tomorrow they are sending me an 8 week supply that I have never ordered and making me pay over 500£ for it. This is disgusting!
I have just had exactly the same problem as Meddie. Thought I had cancelled my order (over two weeks ago) by selecting the 'Cancel' button under the 'Your Subscription' section. I received an email today (sent at 6pm) saying my order was on its way. I started talking to their customer services via 'livechat' at 7.10pm to be told that they had no record of my cancellation and it was too late to stop the parcel as it was with the courier. Eventually at 7.55pm I gave up all hope of getting a full refund. They have asked me to reject the delivery when it comes and they will refund the charge minus a £15 'delivery fee'.
It is awful that a company like this will still charge a delivery fee for something I am not receiving when it is a fault with their own website and systems that caused the issue in the first place.
Thanks for the warning about Diet Chef - will definitely steer clear!
I have had exactly the same expeirience I am furious. I cancelled my subscription on the 25th April.
first you go to the website and click cancel on your subscription it then asks you are you sure. I clicked yes, it then asks you for a reason why you cancelled. I ticked the box, you then get a "sorry you are leaving, please feel free to come back". In my subscription it showed no active orders, so I assume that my order has been cancelled, apparently not, Today I recieve a package which I tried to refuse from the courier, he insists I take it saying that returns get lost in the system blah blah blah and I am better taking it then contacting diet chef for collection,
So I contact diet chef who say I have to return at my own cost ( this package weighs a bloody ton), not to mention i have multiple back problems and cant even lift it, and that apparently my order wasnt cancelled, because after going through 3 pages where it says , sorry you are leaving us I was supposed to scroll down off the screen to click a confirm button. their is no indication of this.
Why would I need to do this after its already said, sorry your leaving, why are you leaving us etc etc.
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Wow - I've seen a lot of adverts for this recently and was thinking of trying it out, but I'm not now. Thanks for the warning!
Let me echo the same thoughts shared here, especially Kareem's. The way they "market" their products is simply misleading. I have someone from customer relations telling me off, stating the terms and conditions are clear (they are not). Who wants to enter a contract for food and get charged over £180?
I ordered a plan just to try it out. I received my package and was disappointed, it is just microwaveable food and portions of snacks. My financial situation also changed during the course, which I told them about, now I want to cancel and apparently I have to pay £115 to cancel. This even though I have paid for my initial package. What exactly is this £115 for? It's not like the food is freshly sourced, they haven't shipped anything again? So how do they justify this?
The bottom line for them I suppose is your £. My advice is to stay well clear of Diet Chef. For what they're charging, you'd be better off buying fresh fruit and veg, healthy and organic options from your grocer.
If anyone knows a formal channel or government agency I can complain to, especially in terms of their marketing and also this charges, then please let me know. My first stop is a consumer rights group. Anymore info would be of great help.
I cannot discuss specifics of your account and transactions on a public forum. As per my previous post my team are contacting you to discuss your issues, and we will be happy to provide screenshots of the offer to clarify your purchase.
You have my contact details or can pm me if my team have not provided an amicable resolution
I decided to take out Diet Chef because I thought for 4 weeks the price would be £90. I did not realise that the price would be £two hundred and something silly pounds for a month! That is ridiculous. Liposuction is more affordable at that rate Paul. (It actually is, I checked.) I feel like it wasn't made explicitly clear that this offer was only dependent on me signing up for three months, and the reason I cancelled was because the food was less than satisfactory and what I ordered online was not what arrived in the first hamper, and I received food that contained alcohol. You have to understand that when something like this happens Paul, I can no longer trust in the company. Hence, I just wanted to cancel and that would be that. I wasn't going to make a big fuss but when I'm told that I have to pay silly amounts for wanting to cancel as a result of your company's incompetence, it hurts. That is ridiculous.
To add to the injury, when my mother spoke to one of your call centre employees and explained that part of the reason I wanted to cancel was due to the wrong foods being received or substituted without informing myself, she was quite frankly called a liar. I find it absolutely hilarious that you claim to "pride yourselves" on customer service when this is the level of service I receive.
I run the Customer Service Department at Diet Chef.
We do pride ourselves on our levels of customer service, and transparency throughout every stage of our website, and the buying process.
So, please rest assured Diet Chef is not a scam of any kind, we do have several thousand customers who have reviewed and testified to the success they have had on the diet. Yes we do admit that the diet is not for everyone, and for that reason we do have a 21 day money back guarantee
On reading your review (without the benefit of access to your account) it certainly sounds like you have opted for our 12 week minimum term plan, with a substantial discount in return for the completion of the minimum term. We do make if very clear on all of our plans that the discount is valid on the first hamper, and that hampers are processed every 28 days, we also do everything possible if you contact us within the laid down timescales to make changes, and updates to your hamper. I am sorry you have not enjoyed your Diet Chef experience, and I am sure that on speaking to our team, there is some ground to be made to find the correct resolution.
If this has not been resolved to your satisfaction, then please do PM me over the weekend, and I can look into your issues further.
Customer Service Manager
I undertand how tempting something like Diet Chef can be: lose weight, someone else does all the hard work. WELL IT"S ALL BULLCRAP!!!! I implore anyone out there to not let their desperation take the better of them and join DietChef. Now as a foodie, I can tell you the food is less than satisfactory. It's practically overrated microwave meals. I made the grave mistake of applying for the 12 week plan. Of course as any sane person (who isn't completely absolved in the hope that they will one day find they've lost a pathetic amount of weight through this extremely costly venture), would tell you that after you realise how useless the first month was and how bad the food was, you should cancel. So I came to cancel after only one month and I was told that I'd have to pay a ridiculous £155 to cancel. This was because they had already taken out next month's payment without my knowledge. When I spoke to the lady and expalined to her my situation, she didn't really seem to care and just kept saying I had to pay- barely heard me out! They claim it's all in their terms and conditions - I guess that's why you read the fine print. Just to add to the injury, they made me pay for the return and the box itself is extremely heavy. COSTLY RETURN + CANCELLATION FOR A PRODUCT THAT WAS TERRIBLE AND DIDN'T DO WHAT IT CLAIMED IT DID. So why all the happy reviews; I can only imagine people just feel good that they are actually doing a diet for the first time, but if they simply wake up and smell the coffee they'll realise that they haven't lost that much weight, and if they have, it is more than likely it is due to exercise and not the pathetic badly tasting microwave meals they send you. Also, make sure you have a lot of storage space because they send you the whole month supply at once. Terrible. I don't even write reviews online or anywhere but I felt a moral obligation to let everyone know what this company is up to.
I am the Customer Service Manager from Diet Chef.
I am sorry your feeling some pain.
As Brie has said in earlier posts, e are certainly not out to "Scam" anyone, we do run promotions from time to time, and each promotion will carry terms and conditions, possibly relating to minimum terms, these are made very clear on our website as / when we run them, and in return for agreeing to a minimum term, there are significant discounts offered during these promotions.
We are proud to have help thousands of people successfully lose weight and change lifestyles, and hope to continue to do this.
Yes - it is something that some people can do themselves, and we do not deny this, in fact we actively encourage people to help themselves, its just sometimes they need a starting point to get them in the right direction, and that is where Diet Chef comes in.
If you feel you have not been treated fairly, by all means please PM me, and I will happily review this for you.
What a scam, thanks for info
Terrible company . I was led to believe that it was a fixed price for 3 months and yet more money taken out my account .i was advised to send the next hamper back and pay a downgrade fee of £ 80 otherwise i will be charged every month. Also the guy i spoke to was very rude . Im glad the calls are recorded as its now proof that the initial conversation i had with the call handler led me to believe i was paying £ 165 for three months and that all i had to do was telephone and cancel after the 3rd hamper arrived. To be honest its not a great plan and people would benefit more from cutting down on bread and eating more fruit and veg. I DID lose a few pounds but i did get hunger pangs and i felt nauseus quite frequently. Please read the terms and conditions fully and be careful with the clever play on words used by the telephone call handlers. I feel conned. I will be refusing the hamper thats on its way to me and i will be canceling by bank card as i feel its the only way to stop this money from being taken
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