Miracle cure scams cover a whole range of products and services which can appear to be legitimate alternative medicine. They cover health treatments for all kinds of medical conditions from cancer and AIDS to arthritis and colds. Miracle cure scams usually promise quick and easy remedies for serious medical conditions.
They are usually promoted by people with no medical qualifications who come up with a range of claims about why their products are not supported by conventional doctors. For example, they might talk about medical industry conspiracies to silence them or secret ancient techniques that challenge modern practices.
Miracle cure scams are particularly nasty because they usually increase health and emotional stress, they are costly, and they can be dangerous if they prevent you from seeking expert medical advice. They exploit people’s hopes for improved health and end up causing more problems for people who already have enough to deal with.
You should seek independent medical advice from your doctor or other qualified health care professional about the miracle cure to see if it is safe and suitable for you. Remember that a legitimate diagnosis cannot be made by someone who is not qualified or has not seen you. Do not rely solely on information you find on the internet.
If you are interested in the product, find out if there are any published medical or research papers to back up the claims. Make sure you know the full cost of the product or service, and if there is a genuine money back guarantee.
If you think you may be the victim of a miracle cure scam, seek advice from a qualified health care professional as soon as possible.
If you have seen a miracle cure scam, you can let the authorities know through the report a scam section of SCAMwatch. You can also lodge complaints about miracle cure advertisements with the Therapeutic Goods Administration.