Medical scams can range from useless supplements, fake diet products, cures
for cancer, unqualified people practicing as doctors, miracle cures to fake
These scams make money by exploiting people who are concerned about their
health or have a medical condition.
They were originally promoted through infomercials, magazines and
mail order, however the internet has now provided a whole new world of
Three of the most common recent examples are penis enlargement, hair
restoring products and fake online pharmacies offering drugs and medicines
at cheap prices or without a prescription.
Remember, ALWAYS be wary of 'miracle cures' that claim amazing benefits with
no side effects that can treat a long list of illnesses or cure incurable
Unfortunately most people who are victims of health scams will grasp at
anything, because they are desperate and looking for miracles.
Types of Medical Scams
The common types include:
Red Flags That Could
Indicate a Scam
Claims of 'miracle cures' or 'magical breakthrough'
or 'new discovery' and exclusive product that can't be purchased
One product cures it all. Be very wary of products
claimed to cure a wide range of unrelated illnesses, such as cancer,
diabetes and AIDS
Personal testimonials that can't be verified, such
as Mrs. Mary B who raves about how wonderful the product is. Most of
these are simply fake testimonials
Money-back guarantee with no questions asked.
Fraudulent marketers won't stay in one place for long, so can make any
claims they wish
Medical terms and scientific explanations that are
meaningless. Scammers work on the assumption that you won't research
what the terms or explanations mean, or check out scientific studies
supporting the claims
A quick fix such as 'get rid of your diabetes in 1
week'. Very few diseases can be cured in days
You can protect yourself against health fraud by
reviewing the advice on this USA Food and Drug Administration page on