How to Avoid a Health Scam

Supplements can be a great way to give your diet a boost or improve your nutrition, but with scammers flooding the market, due diligence is important – especially when shopping online. Here are the 4 common tactics scammers use to steal your money.

How to Avoid a Health Scam

Don’t be duped by a scam. Be a smart consumer and avoid heartache and financial loss. These tactics are often used by scammers to fool you into thinking a product is legitimate.

Results That Seem Too Good to Be True

If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Often, the “real people” used in product testimonials have been compensated to demonstrate their “real” results.

Confusing Language

Language that you can’t understand is meant to throw you. A simple online search should turn up scientific studies to validate any science mentioned in the advertising of the product in question. If you can’t find any information from a legitimate source, steer clear.

Money-Back Guarantees

Oftentimes a money-back guarantee indicates a “rebill” or “autoship” scam. That means that if there’s a 30-day money-back guarantee, the company will bill you again on the 31st day. Additionally, “free” samples often lead to getting billed several times before you can put a stop on the payment. Lastly, these companies usually offer little to no customer service, making it even more difficult to get your money back.

Celebrity Endorsements

It’s easy to trust a product when it seems like a well-known personality is endorsing it. However, scamming companies will claim false endorsements. If you can’t find proof that the celebrity has actually endorsed the product, then look elsewhere for your supplement. 

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