“Protect yourself from health scams” – National Institute on Aging


Today, there are more ways than ever to sell untested products—online, TV, radio, magazines, and newspapers are just a few examples. Actors portray doctors and patients on infomercials. You might even get an email urging you to try a product. It can be hard to tell what’s an ad and what’s a scam.

Be skeptical. Something might 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

Learn more about protecting yourself from health scams and how to find trustworthy health information online.

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