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Slimming cures scams

Some websites offer weight loss magical pills, claiming them to be a unique medicine based on a rare combination of ingredients that can help people get thin in a month or two. Such slimming cures cannot be trusted and can reverse impact a person's health. 

The websites offering such medicines post multiple testimonials and even pictures of people who claim they took the treatment and could reduce weight quickly. Websites with multiple design and language errors offer most such worthless items. Even the pictures posted are of low quality.

However, the seller gives multiple lab reports like clinical trials from reputed organisations or uploads reviews from people supposedly in the research field who guarantee its effectiveness. Some give huge discounts and refunds if the product fails to deliver the promised.  

How To Spot It?

  • The advertisement tells you to lose weight without dieting or exercising. Or it sells cream or devices that can help to reduce weight. 

  • It states you use the product and will lose weight for life. Or you can lose up to 30 pounds in a month. Or it works for both men and women.

  • All such adverts are untrue as there is no magical way to lower body weight. Obesity can be a genetic problem; everybody in the family may suffer from it due to lifestyle factors and eating habits. 

  • Sometimes, there can be inner health issues causing weight gain. If you suffer any side effects of a product, you will not claim a refund because the sellers do not respond once they have sold.

  • If you are ordering such items, try to learn about the manufacturer and its composition in detail. Moreover, take advice from your pharmacist and GP. Always buy such products through reliable online stores.

Date Published: Sep 15, 2023

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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