Scammers are spoofing news sites to promote health products

Scammers will do just about anything to rip you off. They will create fake websites, use fake endorsements from public figures, lie about the effectiveness of their products, and much more.

We did some investigating and found that a number of shady companies selling “brain booster” pills are using these exact tactics to promote their products. Here’s how:

They build spoofed websites that look like the news sites that we know and trust. The sites aren’t real news sites and the endorsements featured on the sites, often from figures like Stephen Hawking, Anderson Cooper and others, are fake. Representatives from Hawking and Cooper have confirmed that neither has endorsed any “brain booster” products.

The spoofed news sites link you to the sales page for the product, which allows you to place an order with a credit or debit card. The scammers may claim that the pills are proven to work — that you’ll experience an increase in concentration and memory recall by large percentages, but they lack evidence to support their claims. It’s a scam.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) advises that you talk to your doctor to get the facts about health products before purchasing.

If you already paid money to a scammer with a credit or debit card, you may still be able to get your money back.

  • Call the card company immediately using the phone number found on your monthly statement
  • Alert them to the fraudulent charge right away
  • Ask if you are still eligible to get your money back
  • Ask if you should get a new card with a new number to prevent more fraudulent charges

For more tips, stay connected by subscribing to FTC alerts. And report scams to the FTC.

Tagged with: brain health, scam
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Comments

Thank you for this information, many seniors will be taken advantage by them & unfortunately your information won't be read by these seniors.

E mails I send to spam@uce.gov. Phone calls. If I do not reconize the phone I do not answer. Yes, I am on the DO Not Call List. If the call is important, they will leave a number and a message. I have had solicitors who left voice messages before. I just let the phone ring. After a week all the solicitors call began to stop and I get only 1 or 2 calls a month.

A health company call me saying they would send me my nedical supplies dor free. But they wanted all thus unfo uncluding my S.S.#, and my phone #. That they just called me on I said I don't give out,that information they immediately wished me a good day and hung up.

Thank you. Those of us who are concerned about memory loss may very well fall for this.

Thanks informative

My wife says I can certainly use a "Brain Booster" but it probably would no work anyway.
I do appreciate your email alerts, Thanks...Terry

Thank God I did not fall for this.Alert to those who have please take heed to this alert and always google the company b4 purchasing.

I received a Microsoft warnjping about a virus on my computer with instructions to call a certain number. I also was told if I close down my computer that they would shut down my computer. I checked in with Microsoft and found out that it was a scam.

I also got the same 'virus' from a pop-up two months ago, and a 'Microsoft' agent/technician' who said they were from Utah, (with an East Indian accent). They wanted money from me and when I told them that I was on disability and couldn't pay them right then because I haven't been paid yet, he became upset and said he'd 'call me on the next week after I'd been paid'....I got his 'direct phone line',but I never called him back... then I took my computer to my local computer repair shop. The owner said that Microsoft does NOT have a direct line where you can call them, that ONLY the repair shops can call them if they need to. The repair shop owner advised me to change my passwords and ignore those scam popup windows on the PC. After $97.00, my PC was repaired and works fine. AND this company got me in Canada!!! I despise these creeps going after disabled people on a limited income! >:( (And the so-called 'Microsoft tech' never bothered to call me back. Gee, I wonder why not?)

Thank you

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