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The FTC continues to seek out and warn sellers who peddle so-called Coronavirus treatments with no proof they work. If you see an ad that says a product can prevent, treat, or cure COVID-19, stop. Think to yourself: if there’s actually been a medical breakthrough, am I really going to hear about it for the first time from an ad or sales pitch? The answer is clearly “no.” So train yourself to ignore those types of false ads.

Most of the letters announced today target “treatments” offered in clinics or medical offices, including intravenous (IV) Vitamin C and D infusions, supposed stem cell therapy, and immunity boosting shots. All of these products and treatments have one thing in common: there is no evidence — as required by law — that they work against the Coronavirus.

In all, the Commission has sent similar letters to more than 160 companies and individuals. In part, the letters require the sellers to notify the FTC within 48 hours of the specific actions they have taken to address the agency’s concerns. The FTC will follow up with companies that fail to make adequate corrections. The good news: in nearly all cases so far, those who get the letters have stopped making the false claims or selling the scam product or treatment.

Want more information about what the FTC is doing to protect consumers during the pandemic, and the latest scams we’re seeing? Visit ftc.gov/coronavirus, and sign up for our consumer alerts. See a product claiming to treat, cure or prevent Coronavirus? Report it to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.

 

 

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bogus052834
June 04, 2020
Hey! Why aren't these people arrested, fined and/or sent to jail? I see no action being taken as concerns this. A fine, what does that do?
FTC Staff
June 04, 2020

In reply to by bogus052834

In nearly all cases so far, those who get the letters have stopped making the false claims or selling the scam product or treatment.

geepers
June 04, 2020
I agree with bogus052834 . These companies/individuals make false claims and rake in thousands of dollars. When they are caught, they stop. Meanwhile, they have scammed probably hundreds of people out of money for a treatment or preventive that will not work. This is a no-risk enterprise for them. They should be fined the amount they falsely took in, so at the very least they do not make a profit on this scam.