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Today, online, it is possible to find a multitude of healthcare products at incredibly low prices.  You may never receive these products or they arrive but are not what they were promised to be.  Practically everything can be managed online today, from buying merchandise to playing at a Sloto Cash online casino. However, is it safe or wise to buy certain types of products online, especially those relating to health?

Health and medical product scams fall into two categories: those that are basically fake pharmacies and the other is offering wonder cures which are basically phony.   Purchasing any kind of medicine online is generally unsafe and can be dangerous, or alternatively, completely useless. Your first call should be to your doctor to verify what it is in fact that you need.

Fake pharmacies

Often pharmacies that appear online selling all kinds of medicines on the cheap are totally fake. They appear to be real but are in fact scams.  They are designed to take your money but not deliver what you think you have purchased.  These fake pharmacies are designed to look like reputable companies selling all kinds of health medications and other products at really attractive prices with no need for a doctor’s prescription.

Firstly, some of these drugs can only be sold with a doctor’s prescription.  Many of these drugs have side effects and can be dangerous, especially if taken in conjunction with other drugs.   Often, you pay for some item only to have it never arrive.   Alternatively, you may receive items but you have no real guarantee that they are what they purport to be.  In fact, some of these medications may be dangerous.

Miracle treatments

These medicines are usually advertised as miracle cures for sometimes very serious medical problems.   They are taking advantage of those people in very vulnerable situations and those least able to defend themselves, often suffering from serious chronic health conditions.

The products and services can appear to be very legitimate but they are scams.    They may be offering medicine and treatment for all kinds of conditions from the common cold and arthritis to more serious medical issues lie cancer or Aids.   Some of these medicines may even claim to be a panacea for all medical conditions and not just specific ones.

These scams promoting miracle cures are usually the work of people with little or no medical background and will often quote all kinds of stories in order to justify why these medicines have not been adopted by the conventional medical profession.  They may claim that modern medicine is deliberately hiding these products as they may challenge modern medical treatments.

It is quite possible that these fake products may have dangerous effects, especially if taken in conjunction with other medicines.   It may even prevent you from seeking out the correct medical treatment for your condition which may be available to you via your doctor.

Look for these warning signs

  1. You receive an email offering discounted prices for specific drugs or treatments.  These deals are often for popular drugs such as Viagra or Prozac.  Sometimes these offers include benefits from these products that are totally unrealistic.
  2. These medications are usually ones that need a doctor’s prescription.
  3. The website selling these products is located overseas and there is no address or telephone contact listed.
  4. There is no scientific evidence to show that the product successfully treats the many conditions it claims to cure.
  5. There is no evidence supplied that shows any link between the effects and results of the product or treatment in question.

Be on the defensive

  1. Always be wary of deals on medicines and other health products and treatments. It is always preferable to seek out advice from your doctor or some other licensed medical professional to make sure that the particular drug or treatment is suitable for you.
  2. The internet today is often our first call when we want to find out about something. However, it should not be your only source of information. Seek out professional help, especially concerning medical issues and diagnoses.
  3. Perhaps do a little research into the product in question and see if any studies have been done to see if it actually works.   Check out the details and conditions of purchase. Can you claim your money back if the product or treatment doesn’t fulfill its promise?
  4. Find out the origin of the website.  Who does the website actually belong to? If the company is local and not overseas, you may have some way of being able to deal with things is they go wrong.
  5. Unsolicited emails offering cheap deals on medicine should be deleted.  Ask your doctor to recommend an online pharmacy in order to refill prescriptions.
  6. Online pharmacies that are legitimate and are recommended by health professionals will require you to supply them with a doctor’s prescription for the medicine.  They will also list their address and telephone number for your information.
  7. If you have found a product on an online pharmacy that is based overseas, it would be wise to check with the ‘Therapeutic Goods Administration’ to make sure of what the drug consists of and to make sure none of the ingredients are prohibited.
  8. Just delete anything suspicious that comes into your inbox. Don’t open any attachments and be wary of those unbelievable deals.
  9. You can check to see if something is a scam by doing some simple checking. Doing an internet search using the website name may highlight useful customer feedback or indications of a scam.
  10. If you have already been scammed it is important to report it.  You should also make sure that you tell all your friends and family so that they too are aware of the scam and are able to protect themselves.