Tuesday, June 17, 2014

How To Identify Medical Scams

By Kenya Campos

There is an old saying that states "if it sounds too good to be true it probably is". The myriad of cure-all products advertised in magazines, infomercials, mail order and most recently the internet surely fall into this category. Many desperate people who are concerned about their health become victims of medical scams every day.

A scam can take any form but the most common are promises of penis enlargement, restoration of hair, weight loss and fake online pharmacies. One common thread of these offers is a promise of miracle cures for diseases that have no cures. Many are described as all natural and have no side effects for people who are using them.

The weight loss business generates over forty billion dollars a year and most of the supplements and appetite suppressants fall into the scam description. They may offer a pill that causes weight loss without any significant changes in your lifestyle or eating habits but the truth is to lose weight and keep it off you must reduce your caloric intake and increase the amount of exercise you do on a daily basis.

Fake pharmacies found online are the worst kind of scam artists. They operate by preying on desperate people who either cannot afford to pay retail for their prescriptions or by promising to deliver medications without prescriptions. The medications that are sent may be expired, foreign made or even totally fraudulent with no medicinal properties at all.

Another aspect of fake pharmacies is that they identify and focus on people who suffer from the worst of incurable diseases. Those who have diabetes, terminal cancer or HIV are their main targets. They use e-mail advertisements to contact them and many times use that initial contact to seize their credit information for illegal purposes.

There are several ways to recognize e-mails from a fake pharmacy. The easiest way to prevent being targeted is never open mail from an unknown source but bear in mind there are a number of other tricks they can use to get past your spam filters. Misspelled words or extra spaces in the subject line is one way, unrelated subject matter in titles is another.

If the online pharmacy is offering to supply drugs to you at greatly reduced prices you can be pretty sure that there may be a problem with the medications. It is illegal to sell prescription medications without a prescription so if the company you are looking at offers to do this it may be a sure sign that the medicines you receive are fakes. Legitimate pharmacies can be found online and one way to easily recognize them is to check for physical address information and phone numbers. Once you research the company and verify that it is legitimate you may feel more comfortable placing your order.

The old adage about something sounding too good to be true cannot be emphasized too strongly when dealing with online medications. Companies who offer miracles or promise that their products will prevent you from getting ailments that are life threatening are probably not legitimate. Many of these companies were created for the simple purpose of taking advantage of desperate people who have limited options open to them.

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