Warning: Fake Ebola Cure Scam!

October 29, 2014

Scammers make their living preying on our fears. With the Ebola outbreak making headlines across the US and Canada, scammers are cashing in on our anxiety about the disease. Don’t fall for cons that claim to cure or prevent Ebola.

How the Scam Works:

You are worried about Ebola and hear about a “cure” from a friend, on social media, in an email or by web search. The product has a website that claims it can cure Ebola and prevent new infections. The site contains a lot of information about the product, including convincing testimonials. You figure it can’t hurt to give the medicine a try, so you get out your credit card.

Don’t do it! Currently there are no FDA-approved vaccines or drugs to prevent Ebola, although experimental treatments are in the early stages of development. No approved vaccines, drugs or products specifically for Ebola can be purchased online or in stores.

Peddling quack medicines isn’t the only way scammers are trying to cash in on Ebola fears. Con artists are also sending Ebola-themed emails in attempt to trick recipients into clicking on phishing links or downloading malware. Scammers are also trying to con people into donating to fake Ebola charity efforts.

How to Spot a Quack Cure:

– See more at: http://www.bbb.org/blog/2014/10/watch-out-for-fake-ebola-cures/#sthash.OevOQyAP.dpuf

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