Police warning about online pharmaceuticals scam

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Action Fraud have warned internet users to be more vigilant, after seeing increase in the number of people signing up for free trials for unapproved or misleading pharmaceuticals or supplements.

The scam usually involves a ‘pop-up’ on your computer or a text message advertising a free 14-day trial. In signing up to this trial you are asked for your credit or debit card details and after the 14 days have elapsed, recurring payments are taken.

Recurring payments or continuous payment authorities are similar to a direct debit, but can be much harder to cancel or identify who is debiting your account. In most cases victims are finding it extremely difficult to cancel the subscription, and the products are either not delivered or are inferior.

Common pharmaceuticals or supplements being advertised are teeth whitening products, food supplements and slimming tablets.

It is important to remember that in most free-trial cases because you have paid for a product and received it, this cannot be recorded as a fraud. If you have already entered your card details on one of these websites, call up you bank immediately to stop these payments and call Action Fraud for advice on 0300 123 2040.