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Spot That Fraudulent Online Pharmacy

Learning to recognize bad online pharmacy schemes is the best way not becoming a victim of this common internet scam. Crooks have habits too and knowing what they are may just save your health.

An “online pharmacy, no prescription” advertisement should always ring the alarm bell of your mind. Some that offer such services are often legitimate but quite a number of retail outlets are just there to dupe you. Illegal internet drugstores are a dime a dozen in cyberspace but could cost you a lot of money in the long run. Be vigilant and learn how to spot the tell-tale signs when dealing with crooked one.

Make sure your chosen online pharmacy has an excellent shipping record. Most victims of shady ones complain that their parcels arrive very late or not at all.  This situation sometimes forces online buyers to try for an unnecessary secondary transaction, thus doubling their expenses. A conscientious online drugstore should be able to track all deliveries and advise clients on when and where they’ll get their prescriptions. Moreover, they also know the customs regulations for various destinations and can work with local authorities to ensure the goods are delivered on time. Some also work with local partners or maintain a branch to facilitate deliveries.  Read reviews and consumer forums to gauge their shipping capabilities.

Other common complaints among victims of online pharmaceutical scams are that parcels arrive in bad condition and are unusable.  Reputable internet stores know how to properly package and ship the products they send by land, sea, or air express. A number of legitimate companies operate their own parcel delivery services while others have established long-term relationships with cargo shipping companies such as FedEx, UPS, or DHL. These well-established and professional freight delivery services know how to properly handle delicate items like medications that need to be kept in certain temperatures. For instance, some items need to be wrapped in thermal packaging and be placed in refrigerated crates. Some delivery companies provide custom critical services that focus on climate controlled shipping. Take note of them.

Legitimate internet pharmacies are meticulous packers; shady ones are not. The former tag their products correctly and completely, while the other will often give you mislabeled containers.
With regard to shipping concerns, a good online outlet will tell you how much the shipping will cost. They usually inform buyers how much fees will be incurred for an express delivery, additional packaging, and for whatever special or additional transportation arrangement is needed to deliver your medications right at your doorstep. They will give you a code or number that will help you track your items. Be sure to ask about shipping details when making an online purchase.

Another concern among consumers is that sometimes the credit card is charged more than once.  Such occurrences sometimes are due to human error or to poor network connection. The important thing is to choose an online store that employs advanced and state-of-the-art software with layered security measures to protect your information from unauthorized access, loss, or improper disclosure. Trusted online pharmacies have the latest firewall technologies and use reputable software and encryption technologies that are industry-recognized.
 
If you think you have been charged more than once, then you should contact customer support and ask to have the charges reversed. If no customer support is on hand no matter how many times you try to get in touch with them, then you have been probably ripped off already. What you should do now is to contact your credit card company and the proper law enforcement authorities.

Approach that “online pharmacy, no prescription” promo with care. Avoid becoming a victim of common internet scams by recognizing the illegal ways they operate. Check out the many online pharmacy guides that will tell you how to find reliable ones.

Len Sykes is a licensed pharmacist who has experience dealing with an online pharmacy and knows that at a certain online pharmacy no prescription is required.

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