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Medical Fraud and Quackery Products

Unassuming adults and senior citizens can be susceptible to quacks and con men who are out to commit medical fraud. They do this by selling fake medical products or, worse, performing medical procedures they are not qualified to perform. At first, they reel people in with medical products (pills, lotions, or creams, for instance) that claim to heal a number of ailments or cure a host of diseases. Unfortunately, none of the claims are true. In fact, the products may even be dangerous. In the worst cases, these criminals pose as doctors with fake clinics and perform complex surgeries that put the patient at risk. If you’ve unwittingly used these products or have visited these fake doctors, report it immediately.


Doc Hollywood (Medical Scam)

Medical fraud can be dangerous. Watch to see how one man caused both physical and psychological harm.

Foreign Pharmacy (Illegal Prescription Drugs)

Protect Yourself From Medical Fraud

  • Don't believe "secret formula" claims

    Don’t believe claims that a product is available only by mail, from an “exclusive” supplier, or contains a “special,” “secret,” “foreign,” or “ancient” formula.

  • Do more research

    Don’t accept “testimonials” or case histories from “satisfied customers” as the only evidence that the product actually works.

  • Be skeptical of "scientific breakthrough" claims

    Don’t believe claims the promoter is trying to sell you such as a “scientific breakthrough” the medical professionals overlooked or suppressed.

  • Get a second opinion

    If a doctor or medical professional is pressuring you into an expensive procedure, always get a second opinion.

  • Research medical professionals you intend to visit

    Research every doctor or medical professional you intend to visit to ensure they’re properly licensed.

Have You Witnessed This Scam?

If you’ve been affected by medical fraud or a quackery product scheme, and the U.S. Mail® has been used in any way, we want to help. Please report the crime.

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