Scam Alert -- Watch Out for Phony Diabetes "Cures"

Diabetes Scams Fool with Quack Cures
July 06, 2015

Watch out for an email scam promoting medicine for diabetes or other common medical conditions. These messages claim that the products are endorsed by official organizations and offer amazing results, but it's all a con. 

How the Scam Works:

You get an email alerting you to an amazing new medicine that will "reverse" your diabetes. To establish credibility, the message drops the names of a variety of established organizations. In one recent email, the study was allegedly released by NASA and endorsed by both Harvard and Johns Hopkins University. Impressive! 

At the end of the email, a link leads you to a website to learn more about the "cure." It leads to a website touting the product's amazing affects and detailing the conspiracy theory that has kept this "cure" a secret. Of course, you can also buy the "blood sugar stabilizer" on the site, and it just happens to be on sale. 

Don't buy it! The product wasn't endorsed by Harvard or NASA, and it can't make diabetes symptoms disappear. If you purchase this "miracle cure," you will likely end up with expensive vitamin supplements. However, you are also sharing your credit card and personal information with scammers, which opens you up to a risk of unauthorized charges and identity theft.  

How to Spot a Quack Cure: 

Spot a fraudulent "cure" by watching out for these red flags:

  • The product is a "miracle cure." If a real cure for a serious disease were discovered, it would be widely reported through the news media and prescribed by health professionals - not buried in print ads, TV infomercials or on websites.
  • Conspiracy theories. These statements are used to distract consumers from the obvious, common-sense questions about the so-called miracle cure.
  • One product does it all... instantly. Be suspicious of products that claim to immediately cure a wide range of diseases. No one product could be effective against a long, varied list of conditions or diseases.
  • Personal testimonials instead of scientific evidence. Success stories are easy to make up and are not a substitute for scientific evidence.
  • It's "all natural." Just because it's natural does not mean it's good for you. All natural does not mean the same thing as safe. 
  • Check with your doctor: If you're tempted to buy an unproven product or one with questionable claims, check with your doctor or other health care professional first.

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