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Health Fraud Scams - Be Smart, Be Aware, Be Careful

Quick fix, scientific breakthrough, cure all, no-risk, money-back guarantee

At this very minute, someone is falling for a health fraud scam. It's happening all around us. They target all of us with promises of quick fixes and painless cures. Watch this video to learn how to recognize and avoid health fraud scams.

Don't Get Scammed: Beware of Health Fraud

Don’t Get Scammed: Beware of Health Fraud

In this video, the Commissioner of Food and Drugs Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., and the FDA National Health Fraud Coordinator Gary Coody, R.Ph., discuss health fraud scams and give tips to consumers.


Health Fraud Scams - Don’t Let This Happen to You

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Health fraud scams are everywhere. On TV, radio, magazines, newspapers, and the internet. Don't get fooled by bogus claims and promises of miracle cures. Watch this video to learn about the common scams used to fool you.

Don't be Fooled by "Exotic Fruit Juice" Claims

Health Fraud - Fruit Juices

Don't trust "exotic fruit juice" products that promise to cure a wide range of unrelated conditions. Using these products can cost you lots of money and can lead to delays in getting the treatment you need. If it sounds too good to be true it's probably a scam.


HCG Dangerous to Dieters

HCG Products

There are no HCG products--sold online or in stores--that are approved for weight loss. For your own safety, do not use them. FDA and FTC are warning companies selling these products that they are breaking the law. For more information, watch this Consumer Update video.

Don't Be a Victim (You could lose so much more than weight)

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A message from the FDA warning about the dangers of fraudulent weight loss products, the deceptive ads used to market them, and tips on how to protect yourself.


Improper Use of Decorative Contacts May Haunt You (Consumer Update)

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FDA reminds consumers that non-prescription decorative contact lenses may harm their vision.

Warning on Body Building Products (Consumer Update)

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FDA warns consumers about products that are being marketed for body building and that claim to contain steroids or steroid-like substances.


Some Bee Pollen Weight Loss Products Are a Dangerous Scam

Products labeled to contain bee pollen that promise to help you lose weight or reshape your body could actually harm you, warns the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Some bee pollen products marketed for weight loss have been found to contain hidden and potentially dangerous ingredients that may be harmful.

View or download this Consumer Update.

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Beware of False or Misleading Claims for Treating Autism

April is National Autism Awareness Month, a fitting time to think about the growing need for concern and awareness about autism.

One thing that is important to know up front: There is no cure for autism. So, products or treatments claiming to “cure” autism do not work as claimed. The same is true of many products claiming to “treat” autism. Some may carry significant health risks. 

View or download this Consumer Update.

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Can a Dietary Supplement Treat a Concussion? No

The FDA is warning consumers to avoid "dietary supplements" marketed with claims to prevent, treat, or cure concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). The claims are not backed with scientific evidence that the products are safe or effective for such purposes.

View or download this Consumer Update.

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6 Tip-offs to Rip-offs: Don't Fall for Health Fraud Scams

Health fraud scams have been around for hundreds of years. The snake oil salesmen of old have morphed into the deceptive, high-tech marketers of today. They prey on people's desires for easy solutions to difficult health problems—from losing weight to curing serious diseases like cancer.

View or download this Consumer Update.

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Beware of Fraudulent Weight-Loss ‘Dietary Supplements’

FDA wants consumers to know about a growing number of over-the-counter weight loss products that contain hidden prescription drugs or other ingredients. These deceptive products can cause serious harm or even death.

View or download this Consumer Update.

Weight scale reading: Avoid Weight Loss Fraud

Buying Online

When it comes to buying medicine and other health products online, it is important to be very careful. Some websites sell medicine that may not be safe to use and could put your health at risk.

FDA provides resources about the dangers of buying medicines online and to help consumers make safe purchases at BeSafeRx – Know Your Online Pharmacy.

The FDA publications and videos below provide additional information.

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