When you are looking for an online pharmacy and you need to determine if it is a real, licensed pharmacy or a fraudulent drugstore, there are a few things to look for. Fraudulent online drugstores have been popping up all over the Internet. Many of them come and go, but not before they manage to scam many people who are looking for ways to get real medications for extremely low prices. In order to not get scammed by fraudulent drugstores, there are a few things you should know to arm yourself against the scammers who are trying to empty your wallets.
Poor Quality Website Design
One of the first things you should do is look at the website design. Many amateur website designers create quick websites that will only last for a little while. Because quality web design costs a lot of money, fraudulent online drugstores will have bare bones design because it is cheap and easy.
Misspelled Drug Names
Another easy way to recognize a fraudulent online drugstore is the way that the drug names are spelled. In order to avoid licensing and the attention of the Food and Drug Administration, fraudulent drugstores will spell the names of the drugs slightly wrong. They may add a letter on the end of the word or take a letter out from inside of the name. They also may not use the commercial name for the drug because that is the drug name that most people will look for when searching for prescription medication; they will only use the scientific name that many people do not know.
What Else Do They Sell?
Another quick and dirty way to tell if the website is a fraudulent online drugstore is if they sell anything other than prescription medications. The real online drugstores sell all different kinds of products, from bandages to paper towels and hand sanitizer. A fraudulent drugstore will not sell anything but the unlicensed, second-rate drugs. They might even sell real prescription medications, but they might be stolen!
Real online pharmacies will require you to submit a prescription from a physician and they will be able to bill your health insurance company if you have one. They will also know about all of the Medicaid and Medicare regulations with prescription drugs. They might even have their own discount program for people who do not have health insurance and do not qualify for Medicaid or Medicare. A fraudulent online pharmacy will not have any mention of health insurance programs, other than the fact that they totally by pass the policies that in place to ensure proper handling of prescription medications.
Get Drugs Without a Prescription? Not Likely
If an online pharmacy boasts about being able to sell prescription drugs without a prescription, it is more than likely a fraudulent online pharmacy, especially if it operates in the United States. It is advisable to not order anything from a drugstore that claims to be able to do this because you can get in a lot of trouble if you get caught with unlicensed medications, especially if you obtain them through the United States Post Office system. You could also get medications that are made from second-rate ingredients and are produced in a part of the world that does not have sanitary requirements for producing clean medications. You never know what could come in contact with the medications that you buy from an unlicensed, fraudulent online drugstore.
Recognize the Fraudulent Signs
When you know what to look for, it is much easier to recognize fraudulent online drugstores. Besides a poorly designed website, misspelled drug names, and no information about health insurance, a fraudulent drugstore will not say where the people running the store are from. If you visit a real online pharmacy, you will see a website full of transparency, so you know exactly where the actual company is. A fraudulent online pharmacy will not have any transparency because they do not want you to know where they are located because many locations create red flags and then stop people from buying.
Take care of your body by only ordering prescriptions from real, licensed online drugstores.
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