If you want to avoid online pharmacy scams, you need to do a little homework on your own. Fake online pharmacies tend to appear as good as licensed pharmacies and hence you need to be prepared to check every detail of pharmacies before you buy from them. Below are some tips to help you distinguish fake pharmacies from real ones.
1. Do your homework: First, do your homework. Research on online pharmacies before you start hunting for a pharmacy. Check with your doctor if he can offer generic alternatives for your prescription medicine. If it is possible, you can buy your prescriptions at your local pharmacy for cheaper rates and you need not do online buying for the sake of saving money. Some pharmacies tend to work just like authentic pharmacies so much so that you cannot find out. Some are linked to another reputed pharmacy and tend to be a part of that brand. In this case, the reputed pharmacy may also be a fake one. This is why it is important that you check with the National Association of Board of Pharmacies (NABP) website before you buy from a pharmacy. The website www.nabp.net lists all kinds of licensed, blacklisted and scam/counterfeit pharmacies.
2. What to fake pharmacies do? Most of the fake pharmacies do not sell medicine at all. They exist only to get your credit card information or to install spy ware and other malware in your system. If you buy from them, you can be sure that you will never get your package delivered.
3. No address or phone numbers or fake phone number: Some pharmacies do not have any address or phone number or even email id representing them on their site. Some have a customer support number which does not exist or does not work for most of the time. Since buyers normally do not call customer support before buying, these online pharmacies just put a number that does not exist. You need to check the address and phone number of a pharmacy before buying from it.
Below are a few warning signs to identify online pharmacy scams.
4. Unsolicited Email: Often you receive an unsolicited email promising cheap offers on prescription drugs or hard-to-get pills or treatments or therapies. Most of the time, these emails will promote drugs like Viagra or Valium or Prozac. In such emails, the subject of the email will have nothing to do with the content inside it. There will many misspelled words in order to avoid spam filters. The website promises to sell prescription drugs that normally needs prescription. The pharmacy’s website will be based in a foreign country and often does not give a physical address or phone number.
5. Promise of Miraculous Treatments: Fake pharmacies promise you miraculous treatments at very cheap rates. These are often treatments that cannot be offered cheap or those that do not exist. If a suspicious email offers you this kind of miraculous cure, beware of it.
Use your commonsense in responding to such pharmacy emails: Delete all such suspicious emails. Better if you do not open them at all. Never call a telephone number listed on a spam email. Do not write back to the email id provided or download any catalog or brochure attached with the mail. Never enter your personal or credit card information on any such scam websites.