Cyber Health Scams

Many people now look to the internet for readily available health information. But the internet is also filled with fraudulent health products and treatments, which waste your money and could perhaps even harm your health.

The International Marketing Supervision Network (IMSN), of which the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is a member, offers the following tips to avoid health fraud:

  • if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is;
  • beware of products or treatments that are advertised as a quick and effective cure-all for a wide range of ailments or for an undiagnosed pain;
  • be cautious of testimonials claiming amazing results;
  • watch out for promoters who use phrases such as ‘scientific breakthrough’, ‘miraculous cure’, ‘exclusive product’ and ‘secret ingredient’; and
  • before you purchase, consult your pharmacist, doctor or other health professional.

If you believe you have been a victim of a health scam on the internet, report the matter to the ACCC Infocentre on 1300 302 502.

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