Health is very important. To stay healthy, we may get the urge to try new health care products or medicine without knowing a lot about them. Unfortunately, health care scams loom. Below is what you should know about health and medical product scams.
Health and medical product scams try to convince the consumer that there is a “cure-all” medicine, treatment, or product at a very low cost. These scams may surface as an email, an advertisement on the internet, or as a phone call. The scammers may claim to be linked to doctors or hospitals. The offers may look real, but the products could be fake and endanger a person’s health.
Signs to spot a health or medical product scam:
- An unsolicited email/advertisement offering a popular medication at a very low price.
- The products are very cheap and offer “cure-all” characteristics.
- The seller claims a prescription is not necessary.
- You’ve never heard of the product.
- The mentioned doctor is not real.
- There is no scientific data on the product.
If you find a new health and medical product that you are unsure of, always ask a trusted and licensed healthcare professional about it. If you find a suspicious healthcare website, do not give any personal information or financial information. Always do research and get the facts to stay informed and stay safe.
If you or anyone you know has engaged with a scam, please contact the Consumer Assistance Program at 800-649-2424.
Contributing writer: Courtney Thayer