Watch out for the clever tricks scammers are using to sell phony weight loss products. Con artists create fake emails and news websites to lure in buyers, according to reports from the US Federal Trade Commission.
How the Scam Works:
You open an email from a friend, the message contains a link and a short message, "Hi, Oprah says it's excellent" or "Breaking news." You click the link, it leads to a "news" website promoting a weight loss supplement. The site is filled with endorsements from Oprah Winfrey, doctors and reporters for established media outlets.
Want to try this "miracle" weight loss product? Don't do it! Scammers are hacking into email accounts and sending out messages to everyone on the victims' contact list. The alleged "news" website is built by scammers and filled with fake articles.
How to Spot a Fake News Site
Scammers create fake news websites and publish endorsements of their products. Here's how to spot a fake site:
For More Information
Read the Federal Trade Commission's full alert on fake weight loss products and the fake news websites used to sell them. To find out more about other scams, check out BBB Scam Stopper (bbb.org/scam).