Wednesday, October 10, 2012
If you buy your medication online, beware of bogus FDA agents trying to get your money.
Buying medications online is quick and convenient, but it could also place your personal information in the hands of criminals.
D’Carla Love is unemployed and doesn’t have health insurance, so she bought her thyroid medicine online.
“It is a lot cheaper, and she bought mine for $5 and got me two bottles," she says.
Bu the Federal Drug Administration wants to warn people like D’Carla of a recent scam. Here’s how the scam works, according to FDA.gov:
Someone will call you, saying he’s a special agent with the FDA. You’ll be told that purchasing drugs over the Internet is illegal, and you can be threatened with prosecution unless you pay a fine. If you refuse to pay up, the caller threatens to arrest you or put you in jail.
But remember, this is just a ploy to get your money.
“These scam artists are very talented, and I’m pretty smart about these things, D’Carla says. “But I think that one would get me."
Criminal investigators and the FDA have received dozens of called from alarmed customers about this scam. They say you should just hang up the phone.
The FDA will never contact you by phone and ask you for the money up front.
If you think you’re being scammed or ripped off, report it to the Better Business Bureau at 1-800-856-2417. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.