3 Ways To Spot A Medical Scam
Here at USA Rx, we neither want nor need your medical or personal information in order for you to join our pharmacy discount card program. All we need is your name and an email account, and with nothing more than that you can receive your own free discount card and start saving up to 75 percent off of brand-name and generic medication at over 60,000 pharmacies nationwide.
However, not every supplemental health care program is as honest or as trustworthy. Some are nothing but fronts for scammers and con artists who create fake or ineffective programs in order to steal your money and personal information. Here are three things you should watch out for while you’re in the market for a new or improved policy:
- It’s a limited-time offer. One of the classic con artist tricks is the high-pressure pitch with a sense of urgency. Either the offer is only good for a very short time or else you’ll get in trouble somehow if you don’t respond fast enough. The idea is to get you to commit quickly, before you’ve had the chance to investigate thoroughly or grow suspicious of the offer.
- It sounds too good to be true. As the old adage says, it probably is. USA Rx promises nothing more than what it is: a discount on prescription medication. We aren’t a health care plan, and sometimes it’s cheaper to go with your insurance copays. However, there are other medical discount programs which will attempt to deceive you or even outright lie about the extent of their benefits. If they want your bank or credit card information, it’s so they can steal from you. If it’s free, it’s selling your private information to other scammers and con artists.
- It gets the details wrong or leaves them out entirely. Scammers will often use buzzwords like “Obamacare,” even though any real policy will use the law’s official name, the Affordable Care Act. They will also frequently insist on having you sign up before they provide you with any details on what you’re buying – this way they can insist later on that they never actually lied about their product even though they are scamming people by giving them false expectations.
If you get an email or you find a site and it seems suspicious, make sure you do the research. Ask them for more information, and search for other sites to see what people are saying about the program.