The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a warning about scammers who use fake sites to post bogus articles about brain-booster pills, with endorsements from prominent, respected people such as Stephen Hawking and Anderson Cooper (neither has endorsed any such product).
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The site then links you to the sales page where you can place an order for these “brain boosters” with a credit or debit card.
The swindlers claim that the pills will lead to an increase in concentration and memory recall, but there is no evidence to support these claims, according to the FTC. These web pages have no affiliation with the legitimate news sites they mimic, nor are the fake articles true — the scammers are simply conning consumers into buying their product.
If you already paid money to a scammer with a credit or debit card, you may still be able to get your money back.
- Using the phone number on your monthly statement, call the card company immediately to alert it to the fraudulent charge and ask if you are still eligible to get your money back.
- Ask your credit card provider if you should get a new card with a new number to prevent more fraudulent charges.
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