Fraudulent Anti-Aging Products
In today’s society, getting older is often shown as a negative. We see perfect abs, clear skin, and not an ounce of cellulite on the cover of magazines and plastered in store windows. We are bombarded with messaging and advertisements that make us consider looking and feeling young on a near daily basis. Con artists would seek to use our never-ending quest for youth against us by trying to get us to purchase “miracle” anti-aging products that promise cures for wrinkles, blemishes, and everything under the sun that reflects the fact that we are simply getting older. The sad thing is that many people do indeed fall victim to these types of scams, and the perpetrators wind up skipping all the way to the bank.
So let’s look at some tips that can help us keep safe from falling for those miracle anti-aging products:
- Remember that age old way of thinking: if it sounds too good to be true, chances are good that it is too good to be true. Be on the lookout for any “Secret Formulas” or “Breakthroughs.”
- Always ask questions. Don’t be afraid to inquire about the product if you’re unsure. Find out exactly what you can expect it to do (and not do) for you.
- Make sure you do your research and are thoroughly informed before purchasing any sort of anti-aging product. You can also call the Better Business Bureau to see if there are others who may have complained about the product.
- Be on your guard against those products make claims of being able to cure a plethora of illnesses—serious ones in particular—that don’t appear to be related.
- Be extremely wary against those products that feature endorsements and/or testimonials by celebrities. These can be particularly misleading to the unknowing customer and potential victim.
- Watch out for any product that claims to not have any side effects associated with it. This is especially important.
- Always question those products that are advertised as being able to do away with doctor visits.
- Always remember to talk with your doctor before you take any form of dietary or nutritional supplement. They will be able to tell you exactly the kind of product you need, and what to avoid.
If you follow these tips, you can help protect yourself and your wallet from falling victim to something that, most likely, is too good to be true anyway, and you’ll be able to stay safe and healthy too.