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Ebola Treatment Scam

How the scam works:

Whenever a world-known disaster occurs, criminals take advantage of the ones in need as well as of the ones willing to help. Lately, preying on fears of Ebola, scammers sell  unapproved and fraudulent products to prevent or treat the horrible disease. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the organization "has seen and received consumer complaints about a variety of products claiming to either prevent the Ebola virus or treat the infection.”

On the other hand, the FDA states, “There are currently no FDA-approved vaccines or drugs to prevent or treat Ebola … There are no approved vaccines, drugs, or investigational products specifically for purchase on the Internet.”

FDA also warns consumers against any claims that a dietary supplement could help prevent or treat Ebola. According to FDA, “By law, dietary supplements cannot claim to prevent or cure disease.”

How to avoid:

There has been a talk about experimental vaccines but these investigational products are in the early stages of product development. They have not yet been fully tested for safety or effectiveness, and the supply is very limited. FDA is monitoring for bogus products and false claims, and will take appropriate action. If you've notices any fraudulent products or false claims relating to Ebola please report them to Food and Drug Administration and the Better Business Bureau.

Never believe in tempting offers of one product that does it all. Be suspicious of products that claim to cure a wide range of diseases, despite the testimonials that appear on the seller's website. Be aware of products always labeled with phrases such as “Miracle cure”. 

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