The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today announced a temporary restraining order against a company for alleged violations of the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 while mass mailing advertisements for weight-loss products and human growth hormone.

The FTC's complaint alleges that Spear Systems Inc., and individuals Bruce Parker, Lisa Kimsey and Xavier Ratelle, doing business as eHealthLife.com, spammed recipients with unwanted email advertisements for weight-loss products, called HoodiaLife and HoodiaPlus, and human-growth hormone, referred to as HGHLife and HGHPlus.

The agency said today in a news release that it received 175,000 spam messages sent by Spear Systems.

Spear Systems allegedly advertised that its weight-loss products could decrease a recipient's weight and that the hormone can dramatically reverse signs of aging and hair loss. The FTC, however, said that neither of the products worked.

The FTC has accused the company of violating the CAN-SPAM Act because the emails contained false sender addresses and deceptive subject lines, but failed to include an opt-out method.

A federal court hearing is scheduled for Thursday to determine if the company's assets will be frozen until the case is resolved.