Everyone’s looking to save a buck or two. And one way some folks cut corners is to skip the CVS and go online.
But they don’t go to the “official” website for their prescriptions. And they aren’t using one of the tricks I recently recommended folks use to save on prescriptions either.
No, they end up on the website of one of those overseas “pill mills.” They claim to be in Canada, and they tempt you with a hard-to-pass-up offer to mail your medication to you at a HUGE discount.
Now, a new warning from the feds shows why this is a terrible idea. And why we need to tread carefully with an online prescription.
Tread carefully with an online prescription
It’s not just the very real risk of getting bogus or dangerous pills. Some folks aren’t getting any pills at all.
They’re getting THREATS!
Some people are getting letters in the mail that look like they come straight from the FDA. They make it seem like you’ve been “busted.”
It sounds like you’re in big trouble for going around the system to save some money. The letters even threaten “official” punishment. But you can avoid it if you send them money to pay off your “fine.”
There’s no telling how many people have received these letters. Or how many people have fallen for the swindle so far. But no doubt, some folks have been hoodwinked into paying off these bogus bills.
Avoid becoming a victim of an online prescription scam
Here’s what you need to do to stay safe…
- According to the FDA, the agency would never target a consumer in this kind of situation. If they wanted to pursue the issue, they would focus on the so-called business. But that would be rare anyway since the companies are operating overseas. So if you receive a letter like this don’t pay the con artists.
- Avoid putting yourself in this type of situation in the first place by being careful where you fill your prescriptions. Remember, a “Canada” retailer may not actually be in Canada. In fact, when it comes to medicines, they USUALLY aren’t. They could be in Russia, China, India, Central America, or elsewhere.
- Even if they don’t mail you a shakedown letter, these scammers could send you something worse: phony medicine. By some estimates, half of all “overseas” pharmacy pills have some kind of problem ranging from dosage issues to being just plain counterfeit. Stick to the “official” sources recommended by your doctor or insurer.
If you’re trying to save a few bucks an online prescription might not be the best way anyway. Try this instead: Ask your pharmacy how much your meds would be WITHOUT insurance.
In some cases, they’re actually cheaper… sometimes MUCH cheaper than a Medicare copay… and you can save big by simply paying out-of-pocket instead of using your insurance. And be sure to read my free report with nine MORE ways you can save money on your meds that won’t put you at risk.
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