Cancer patients and their loved ones are among the top targets for slimy con artists, looking to turn a quick buck at the expense of someone's pain and vulnerability. We all must remain vigilant against anyone attempting to exploit a tragedy for personal gain.
Thankfully, the Federal Trade Commission has stepped up and created this handy, easy-to-use website as a guide to help consumers fight scams, as well as a place to report anything that sounds or appears suspicious.
• No one treatment works for every cancer or body.
• "Natural" doesn't always mean effective.
• Watch for trickery and vague language designed to take advantage of people.
• Technical jargon may sound effective, but it doesn't prove effectiveness.
• A money-back guarantee doesn't prove if a product works.
The site also provides phone numbers and links for consumers to report scams, so if you or anyone close to you has fallen victim to a scam, be sure to let the FTC know about it. Together, we can run these snake-oil salesmen out of business for good.
• Cure-ious? Ask. (Federal Trade Commission)