Most of the fake online pharmacies are simply fronts for stealing your
credit card details or loading malicious software [spyware or key-loggers]
onto your computer.
Medical scammers often target people who are overweight or have serious
conditions which have no cures, including multiple sclerosis, diabetes,
Alzheimer's disease, cancer, HIV and AIDS, and arthritis.
They usually offer either very cheap drugs, or drugs without a prescription
from your physician.
If the website does actually send you the drugs you
ordered, you may receive drugs that are past their use-by date, counterfeit
drugs, lower strength drugs, aren't safe to use with other medicines or
products you use, have dangerous ingredients, aren't FDA approved, aren't
made using safe standards or drugs that will be dangerous to your health.
There are legitimate online pharmacies, however they will
have their full contact details listed, and will require a prescription
before they will send you any prescription drugs.
Red Flags of Fake Online Pharmacies
people will find out about fake online pharmacies through receiving
unsolicited email offering cheap or hard to get pills or treatments.
Some warning signs to watch for include;
The email you receive is unsolicited [spam] typically
promoting well known drugs like Viagra or Prozac
The subject of the email is unrelated to the products
Some words in the email have spaces or are spelled
incorrectly to try to avoid spam filters
It offers prices that are dramatically lower than the
It offers to sell you prescription drugs without a
prescription [which is against the law]
The website will sell you drugs that you would
normally require a prescription, even if you don't have one
The website doesn't have a street address or a
landline telephone number
The website name in the address bar on your browser is
The delivery time is 5-6 weeks
Protect Yourself from Fake
Don't open suspicious or spam emails
Don't click on any links in a spam email
Don't open any files attached to spam email
Don't click on any links in spam email
Don't call a telephone number in spam email
Don't enter you credit card or account information
unless you are sure the website is genuine
Check the website address carefully in your address
bar as scammers set up fake websites with similar web addresses to the
Make sure the website wont sell your personal
information, unless you agree
If You Think it is a Fake
Check with the Better Business Bureau or local
attorneys generals' offices to see whether other consumers have lodged
complaints about the product or the product's marketer
Contact the FDA office closest to you. Look for the
number and address in the blue pages of the phone book under U.S.
Government, Health and Human Services, or go to the link fake online pharmacies on the FDA Website. FDA can tell you whether
the agency has taken action against the product or its marketer
Report unsafe or suspicious sites to FDA by going to this
FDA link and clicking on 'Report problem Web sites'
Another way to check on a Web site is to look for the National
Association of Boards of Pharmacy's (NABP) Verified Internet Pharmacy
Practice Sites™ Seal, also known as VIPPS® Seal.
This seal means that the Internet pharmacy is safe to use because it has
met state licensure requirements, as well as other NABP criteria.
Legitimate pharmacies that carry the VIPPS® seal are listed at