News outlets have been reporting new cases of the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, and warning of more to come. While we are waiting on vaccinations to become available, the FDA has warned against some potential scams from folks marketing bogus products to protect you from or cure you of H1N1.
Among the products being warned about from the FDA website are:
-A shampoo that claimed to protect against the H1N1 flu virus;
-A dietary supplement that claimed to protect infants and young children from contracting the H1N1 flu virus;
-A “new” supplement that claimed to cure H1N1 flu infection within four to eight hours;
-A spray that claimed to leave a layer of ionic silver on one’s hands that killed the virus;
-Several tests that have not been approved to detect the H1N1 flu virus; and
-An electronic instrument costing thousands of dollars that claimed to utilize “photobiotic energy” and “deeply penetrating mega-frequency life-force energy waves” to strengthen the immune system and prevent symptoms associated with H1N1 viral infection.
In addition to losing money on these scams, some products offered may be potentially dangerous, and the companies are not legitimate, so you open yourself up to financial risk by providing personal information while ordering.
In these cases, it is nearly impossible to collect any damages you may have as a result.