BBB warns: Beware of fake news sites


Fake news sites are being created by con artists to get people to sign up for their scam products or services. They are increasing in popularity. The scam artists use the logo or similar web address of a legitimate and well-known news organization to boost the illusion of their product. This has become increasingly evident in spam emails that promote “miracle” weight loss supplements. Don’t get pulled into paying large amounts of money for phony products. Watch for the signs of these scams so you don’t fall victim to a con artist.

Don’t believe everything you see. Even e-mails that seem to be from a friend might not be. Scammers can hack an account and send a message to everyone in the victim’s contact list. Confirm the source and check the authenticity of the website before clicking any links or opening attachments.

It is very common for the emails and websites to be filled with endorsements from celebrities, doctors and reporters for established media outlets. These products may appear to be used by Oprah Winfrey but that does not make it true. That also doesn’t mean the product really works.

Most importantly, a product that claims dramatic weight loss of more than a pound a week without any change in diet or exercise is probably a scam. The site may show several testimonials from supposedly satisfied customers and a “reporter’s” first-hand experience using the weight loss supplement. These are written by the same scam artists that created the emails and websites.

Once you sign up for the product or service, you might end up enrolled in an expensive “free trial” or paying for a phony product. Don’t fall victim to these scams.

To find out more about other scams, go to bbb.org.

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