Lumosity fined millions for making false claims about brain health benefits

The Federal Trade Commission also issued a general warning that it is on the lookout for companies cashing in on the popularity of health-related mobile apps

It seemed like a win-win for fans of the online “brain training” memory game Lumosity – as fun as Candy Crush (almost) but actually good for you – a mind gym to sharpen mental performance and, for older consumers, ward off senility.

Forget that. The shine has come off Lumosity with an announcement by federal investigators that the makers must pay $2m to settle a charge that it made fraudulent claims and “preyed on consumers’ fears”.

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