We all get spam hawking miracle weight loss products and the “like,” but here is something a little more serious.

Now fraudulent websites are offering bogus products claiming to cure diabetes.

From the FTC press release:

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), working with government agencies in Mexico and Canada, have launched a drive to stop deceptive Internet advertisements and sales of products misrepresented as cures or treatments for diabetes. The ongoing joint campaign has so far included approximately 180 warning letters and other advisories sent to online outlets in the three countries.

“We will continue working with our partners in the U.S. and internationally to make sure scammers have no place to hide,” said Lydia Parnes, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “The Internet can be a great source of information, but it also is a billboard for ads that promise miracle cures for diabetes and other serious diseases. Our advice to consumers: ‘Be smart, be skeptical’ when evaluating health claims online.”

FTC press release, here.

Diabetes is a serious ailment that can lead to life threatening complications if not treated properly.

Wikipedia has information on the disease, here.

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