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Miracle health scams

Certain websites claim to offer miracle cures to clients suffering from long-term unresolved health issues like obesity, baldness, hair fall, skin diseases and others. 

Moreover, several fake websites offer unapproved, untested products to visitors; nonetheless, no approved authority endorses the effectiveness of the offered items; on the contrary, they can be harmful to the user and cause health issues.

The websites offering such items presents fake testimonials of satisfied customers who claim "they found a long term solution" for their problems. Besides, the website owners post several positive reviews to get new buyers. 

Finally, they post messages like money-back guarantees or clinical trial data to sell their worthless products to unsuspecting clients, who may sometimes face multiple health issues after consuming them.

How To Spot the Warning Signs?

  • The pills are touted as a quick-fix solution to a wide range of health issues.

  • The emails or ads provide testimonials and recommendations from individuals who proclaim to be experts, doctors or clients, and they recognise the amazing benefits of the magical pills.

  • The sellers claim the pills can provide unique ancient remedies for lifelong issues. It may be advertised as a natural scientific breakthrough or a discovery that hints at conspiracies that normal healthcare organisations may not approve of.

  • It often provides no-risk money-back plans. 

How To Protect Yourself?

  • Be suspicious of the claims made by unapproved health solution providers that appear too good to be true. Often such adverts come with safety claims, but one should be careful and not believe if it appears too good to be true.

  • Many such products are sold online and heavily marketed on social platforms. Some are sold as natural dietary supplements but may contain hidden ingredients found in prescription drugs. 

  • Do not give in to the pressure tactics of the seller. Instead, search for the term "scam" with the seller's "product name" to find authentic reviews from clients on some reliable forums or sites.  

  • Do not buy something that is offered for a short term at special rates. 

  • Do not click on links offered by unsolicited emails or texts explaining the global health crisis or the medical products. Such downloads can install malware on your device, and your private data may be extracted and transferred to another device through the malware.

  • If you suffer any health problems after taking the pills, like a change in pulse rate or increase in blood pressure, report it to your GP and the authorities to help them remove such products from the markets.

Date Published: Jan 28, 2022

Types of fraud

A-Z of fraud

To help understand which fraud you've been affected by, we've categorised them into an alphabetical list.

What is fraud and cyber crime?

Cybercrimes can be of two types. First, it can be cyber dependent, where the fraudsters use online devices to convince the victim to accept their offers.

Advance fee fraud

If you are trying to get a loan for a house or a car, they ask to meet the provider to get the financing arrangement and pay the finder's fee in advance.

Corporate fraud

Corporate frauds can be complicated, committed either by the firm or an individual. Nevertheless, it mostly involves cheating where the employee or the firm.

Individual fraud

There are many types of individual frauds related to advance fees, investments, insurance brokers, bogus tradespeople, Ponzi schemes, pension liberation.

Online fraud

Hence the number of cases of online fraud is increasing each year, and most such cases include – account takeover, direct frauds, or scams related domain names.

Identity fraud and identity theft

The criminal uses the stolen identity of another person living or deceased to conduct unlawful activities like obtaining goods or services in another's name.

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