The Little Black Book of Scams: Health and Medical Scams


When you or a relative isn’t feeling well,
or has a serious chronic health condition, you’d give anything to find a way to make
them healthy again. That’s absolutely natural.
Unfortunately, some of the nastiest scammers in the business prey on your concern,
or your desire for a cure – whether it’s for losing weight, or a “miracle
cure” for serious conditions like cancer. Scammers promise what seem like legitimate
alternative medicines and remedies, and often show you testimonials from supposed
patients who have been “cured”. They’re bogus – and they are a despicable
way to exploit people who just want to get better.
Weight loss crooks promise you dramatic weight loss with little or no effort,
usually through the use of pills, patches, creams, revolutionary exercises or devices,
or bizarre diets. Not only are most of these miracles pure nonsense,
many of them can actually put your health at significant risk.
Fake on-line pharmacies offer you drastic reductions on medicines –
and they specialize in ones that you really can only get with a physician’s prescription.
And sometimes, you find it impossible to cancel the hidden charges that keep coming from “free” trial offers. Usually, you just lose your money, but if
you actually GET the medications, there’s no guarantee they’re the real
thing – which might put your health even more at isk.
Your health is serious business. Health care has to begin with your health care team –
the doctors and nurses and pharmacists licensed to practice here in Canada.
Anybody else… could really hurt you or the people you love.
A message from the Competition Bureau of Canada… and the Little Black Book of Scams.

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