Phony Internet Drug Companies Swindle Money from the Masses

Phony Internet Drug Companies Swindle Money from the Masses

Scams are a growing problem in our world today, and many of them involve using email or the Internet to swindle because it is easy to hide one’s identity and reach the masses. It is especially disturbing when scammers target the weak or sick, which is exactly what is happening with the latest round of Internet scams aimed at defrauding those seeking prescription drugs online out of their hard-earned cash.

According to a news report released by ABC News, fraudulent drug companies are using lies to lure customers to their sites in search of cheap medications. Once consumers buy the medications, the phony company pretends to be part of a drug enforcement agency threatening to take legal action against the consumer for purchasing illicit drugs.

Many people have lost their life savings to theses scams, and some have even lost their lives. ABC reports that Texas legal secretary, Carolyn Sirek took her own life after draining her bank account to pay off thieves who repeatedly harassed and blackmailed her.

Another scare of purchasing drugs online is that you never know what you are going to get. Many prescription drugs sold online may not be pure or are sold in incorrect dosages, which is extremely dangerous. It’s also difficult to validate the authenticity of no-name pharmacies online. In fact, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University found that nearly a third of all Internet searches for prescription medications were redirected to sites that unlawfully dispensed these types of drugs.

The bottom line – if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The Mayo Clinic advises staying away from online ads offering prescription medications for rock bottom prices without a doctor’s prescription. Other red flags include web sites with no U.S. contact information or incomplete contact information.

If you believe you have been deceived by one of these rogue pharmacies online, contact the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) immediately. The Mayo Clinic advises only the purchase of those drugs prescribed by your local doctor and filled by a legitimate pharmacy.

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