Health and Medical Product scams may attempt to sell you healthcare products at low prices that you will never receive. They also may make false promises and guarantees about their medicines, treatments or “cure-all” products.
How This Scam Works
There are two primary types of Health and Medical Product scams. The first is fake online pharmacies and the second is miracle cures. Both involve the sale of medical products which could be either ineffective and/or dangerous. If you have concerns over your health, you should always consult a doctor.
Fake Online Pharmacies
Fake Online Pharmacies are scams that are designed to deceive you into paying for items that you will never receive. It can also be items that do not live up to their claims.
Scammers will cleverly set up fake pharmacy websites that are created to look like legitimate retailers. They will offer medicines, drugs, and health products at heavily discounted prices. They may also offer these items without the need for a doctor’s prescription.
An examination by a doctor or other qualified healthcare professional is required to be able to obtain prescription-only medicines. Most medicines have at least some type of side-effect, which can be very serious for some people. They may also have dangerous interactions with medicines that you are already taking.
It is also very possible that you accept an offer and you make payment to the “retailer, that you may never actually receive the items you ordered. And if you actually do receive the products that you have ordered, there is no guarantee that they are genuine. In some cases, the medicines or other products could even harm your health.
Miracle Cure scams will usually make the promise of quick and easy remedies for serious medical conditions. They will also exploit the emotional vulnerability and anguish of people who may be suffering from serious health problems.
These scams may cover a wide range of services and products which can appear to be accredited alternative medicine. They can possibly take the form of health treatments for such medical conditions as cancer, AIDS, arthritis, or even the common cold. Some products will even claim to be the “cure all” for many diseases or specific symptoms.
Miracle cure scams are usually promoted by people who possess no medical qualifications. They will tell you many different and varied stories to explain why their products are not supported or endorsed by conventional doctors. It is possible, for example, that they might tell you about secret ancient techniques that may question or dispute modern practices. Or they may throw out medical industry conspiracies that aim to silence them.
These phony or bogus products can have dangerous interactions with medicines that you may be already taking. They might even cause you to delay or stop a medical treatment for your specific condition, even though proven treatments are available from your licensed physician.
Watch For Warning Signs
You receive an unsolicited email that offers inexpensive or hard-to-obtain pills or treatments. Very often, these emails will promote and advertise well-known drugs such as Viagra or Prozac. Or it is possible that the email will offer unrealistic or impossible benefits from their medical or health product.
- The products that are offered will normally require a prescription from a licensed provider.
- The website for the pharmacy is based overseas or it does not include a contact telephone number or a physical street address.
- The treatment will claim to be effective against a very wide range of ailments or conditions. But, there is no real scientific evidence to back up the claim that the miracle cure will actually work.
- The product or scheme will lack in specific scientific evidence. There will also be no demonstrated links between the effects and the results of the program, process, food, supplement, or gadget being promoted.
How To Protect Yourself
- Be very careful if you receive offers for medicines, supplements or other treatments. You should always seek independent medical advice from your doctor or other qualified health care professional about the product being offered to be sure that it is safe and suitable for you.
- A legitimate medical diagnosis can’t be made by a somebody who is not qualified or has not seen you in person. Do not rely solely on information you have found on the internet.
- Do your due diligence to see if there are any published medical or research papers to support the claims of the product. Be very sure that you know the full cost of the product or service. Also, verify that there is a genuine money back guarantee.
- When you are using a retail website, find out exactly who you are actually dealing with. Be sure that it is a real and legitimate company.
- If you need products by way of online delivery, your healthcare professional can recommend tried and true online pharmacies to fill your prescription. You should never access an online pharmacy website through a link in an unsolicited email. Just simply delete the email
- Legitimate pharmacies that trade online will provide their full contact details and they will require a valid doctor’s prescription before they will send out any prescription medicine.
- Be very suspicious of uninvited emails or pop-up boxes that offer you an unbelievable deal. Don’t open unsolicited or suspicious emails (spam) and do not click on or open any files that may be attached to them. Again, simply delete them.
- Be sure to do an internet search using the website name and/or exact wording of the email or message. This will enable you to check for possible customer feedback and any references to a scam. Many scams can actually be identified this way.
How To Report Scams
If you believe that you have responded to a scam or that you are a victim of a scam, you can file a complaint with:
Thanks for taking the time to read my post on Health And Medical Products Scams. I hope it provided information that may be helpful or needed by the reader. Please feel free to leave Comments or Questions below. If you know of a possible scam, please leave the information in the Comments section and I will be glad to investigate.