Ebola fraud with bogus health products


Since the news of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, fraudsters are working full time to get you to pay up. It is a shame that people prey on others' fears, claiming to treat or prevent the virus. The FDA wants you to know there are not yet any FDA-approved drugs that will do that.

But you may read or hear about dietary supplements that trick you into believing they will protect you from Ebola. The FDA states that dietary supplements cannot claim to cure or prevent disease. So do not fall victim to these bogus health products that will pop up online. Anyone who promotes any unapproved, fraudulent product must correct or remove these false claims, or else they will face FDA action.

The Better Business Bureau says these are the red flags you need to watch out for when it comes to fraudulent health products...

A product that claims to do everything, like cure a lot of diseases. Nothing like this exists.

Personal testimonials. They may sound believable, but they could also be fake.

A quick fix. You know that very few conditions can be treated quickly.

All natural, which they may be. But the product could also contain dangerous ingredients that end up doing more harm than good.

A miracle cure. I should not even have to explain this one. CBS46 would be reporting a miracle cure if one ever existed!

Click here to report a bogus claim to the FDA.

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