The internet changed shopping habits to an extent and in ways that were unimaginable 25 years ago. Few would disagree that overall the change is immensely positive. Consumers now have access to a wider variety of products at more competitive prices than ever before. A global marketplace indeed. But the global marketplace is also the incubator of the plague of online pharmacy scams.
Online pharmacies (e-pharmacies) are just one example. Authentic licensed online pharmacies provide a wonderful service. Especially for people who are unable to travel to a physical location due to disability, illness, or distance. Many e-pharmacies also allow a greater selection of choice or price compared to what you can find at the corner drug store.
But there’s a dark side. The billions of dollars flowing across the internet have attracted every kind of criminal enterprise. The promise of quick riches inspires new ones all the time. That is what fuels the plague of online pharmacy scams. It’s a diverse and expanding illicit business involving hundreds, even thousands, of enterprising criminals.
Pharmacy Scams and Pharmaceutical Scams
One of the most popular sorts of online pharmacies (both real and fake) is the Canadian variety. People, especially Americans, assume an e-pharmacy with a Canadian pedigree is going to be legitimate. On the one hand, Canada is a developed western country and next door to the U.S. It has comparable laws and regulations regarding the pharmaceutical industry. On the other hand, pharmaceutical prices are much lower than in the U.S.
But when you go onto a website, do you really know where it’s based? Just because it says “Canada” is no guarantee that it’s really there. And even if it is, do you know who manufactured the pharmaceuticals?
In fact, there are numerous scam sites that sell counterfeit medicine manufactured in India, Turkey and Southeast Asia, among other places. The scammers behind those counterfeit drugs know that you wouldn’t shop for them there. So they ship their contraband to a partner in a trusted country like Canada, or the UK. And then someone sticks convincing labels on them before reshipping them to customers from a Canadian or British address.
And What’s Really in the Bottle?
There are countless, real world, verified cases of medicines ordered from online pharmacies that expired long ago. Or were diluted. Or over-concentrated. Some scam pharmaceuticals don’t even contain active ingredients. Others may contain harmful ingredients. Or are contaminated with bacteria. Another reason why the plague of online pharmacy scams is so nefarious.
Some scammers spoof actual Canadian pharmacy websites. They are criminals. They make their profits by shipping drugs that would be illegal to sell in real Canadian pharmacies. Other sites claiming to be Canadian simply are not. They’re based half-way around the world and operate under the legal radar. In some cases, they may use names and website addresses that are confusingly similar to those of well-known authentic pharmacies. Even major American chains.
Are you or a loved one the victim of an online pharmacy scam? Aside from the ongoing health problems that it caused, don’t you at least deserve your money back? Unfortunately, the process of opening and winning a chargeback dispute in cases like this is weighed down with an unbelievable amount bureaucratic red tape. Fortunately, you have someone to help you.
We at MyChargeBack have the experience and expertise to guide a dispute to maximize the chances of success. And we have the tenacity to never get discouraged or give up on our clients. We guarantee 100% effort to get you your money back. We’re an international fund recovery service that has retrieved millions of dollars for scam victims the world over.
If you believe you have been the victim of a scam related to an online pharmacy, contact MyChargeBack today to receive a free consultation