To paraphrase Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “how do I scam thee, let me count the ways.” If we are counting the companies trying to sell you totally bogus treatments to either prevent or cure the Coronavirus, the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) number would be 120 so far. This is the number of warning letters that the FTC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have sent to companies selling phony cures or treatments for the Coronavirus. These products include CDs with music at frequencies claimed to resist the Coronavirus, high doses of intravenous vitamin C, Chinese herbs, ozone therapy, bio-electric shields, UV light therapy and many more limited only by the scammers’ imaginations. Here is link to all of the warning letters sent by the FTC and the FDA demanding them to stop making claims that their products can treat or cure the Coronavirus. https://www.ftc.gov/coronavirus/enforcement/warning-letters
Companies not complying with the FTC’s demand s within 48 hours are subject to further legal action by the FTC.
According to FTC Chairman Joe Simons, “There is a high level of anxiety over the potential spread of coronavirus. What we don’t need in this situation are companies preying on consumers by promoting products with fraudulent prevention and treatment claims. These warning letters are just the first step. We’re prepared to take enforcement actions against companies that continue to market this type of scam.”
As for healthcare products in general, you should be skeptical about companies that promise miraculous cures to illnesses and medical conditions. The world is full of snake oil salesmen. You should also be wary of any healthcare product that is sold exclusively either over the Internet or through mail-order advertisements. The best course of action is to ask your physician about the effectiveness of a particular product or program before you buy it. As for the Coronavirus specifically, the best place to get reliable information is the World Health Organization https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus
For those of you receiving the Scam of the day through an email, I just want to remind you that if you want to see the ever increasing list of Coronavirus scams go to the first page of the http://www.scamicide.com website and click on the tab at the top of the page that indicates “Coronavirus Scams.”