How to Protect Yourself from Health Scams

Learn how to spot a health scam from an honest advertisement.

Modern technology allows for more ways than ever to fall victim to health scams. Whether it be through the internet, radio, magazines or television, scammers are becoming increasingly clever at fooling the public into thinking a scam is an honest advertisement.

In a recent article, The National Institute on Aging (NIH) encouraged the public to be skeptical of unknown companies and to be aware that the product may be a scam if it:

  • Promises a quick or painless cure
  • Claims the product is made from a special, secret, or ancient formula
  • Offers products and services only by mail or from one company
  • Uses statements or unproven case histories from so-called satisfied patients
  • Claims to be a cure for a wide range of ailments
  • Claims to cure a disease (such as arthritis or Alzheimer’s disease) that hasn’t been cured by medical science
  • Promises a no-risk, money-back guarantee
  • Offers an additional free gift or a larger amount of the product as a special promotion
  • Requires advance payment and claims there is a limited supply of the product

Read the full article: Beware of Health Scams

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