Scammers make their living preying on our fears. With the Zika outbreak in Miami, scammers are cashing in on our anxiety about the disease. Don't fall for cons that claim to repel the mosquitos that spread it.
How the Scam Works:
You hear about a product that can prevent your contacting Zika; you may have seen a friend's post on social media, gotten an email or found a website through search. The promoted products range from wristbands to patches to stickers, and they all claim to repel the mosquitos that carry Zika.
The product's website may look completely legitimate and have a lot of information, including convincing testimonials. But don't fall for it! The Federal Trade Commission already issued warnings to online sellers, urging them to remove unsubstantiated claims about the products. When purchasing, be skeptical of any too-good-to-be-true claims and look for EPA-approved products. This is also unlikely to be the end of Zika-related cons. Judging from past experience, fake cures and other cons preying on health fears are sure to pop up again… if not about Zika than about another disease.
How to Spot a Quack Cure:
Spot a fraudulent health product by watching out for these red flags:
For More Information
Learn more about finding a legitimate option to protect yourself against Zika and mosquitos in this article. For advice on protecting your family from mosquitos, check out this piece from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
To learn more about scams or to report a scam, go to BBB Scam Tracker (bbb.org/scamtracker).