Spot Health Fraud Scams
You see ads everywhere about miracle cures — like a cure for cancer and weight loss— that seem too good to be true. Here’s how to identify a scam and where you can check the legitimacy of misleading claims.
The Food and Drug Administration has a page dedicated to Health Fraud Scams (https://www.fda.gov/consumers/protecting- yourself/health-fraud-scams). Here you’ll find the latest health fraud news, information, and resources to help you determine if a product that claims to prevent, treat, or cure health conditions really does what it says. An example scam might be a marketing company that claims their unapproved cannabidiol product will treat cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, among other misleading promises.
The FDA warns to be wary of products marketed as a “one product does it all,” quick fixes, and personal testimonials. They caution to look out for words and phrases like natural, satisfaction guaranteed, time- tested, and new-found treatment. When something feels too good to be true, it usually is. Conserve your precious time and money and put it toward those money goals instead!
Forgotten Traffic Rules
Even if you have been driving for years, it is still possible that you may have forgotten some traffic rules (maybe that makes it MORE likely!). Here’s a quick recap of some common rules we often forget:
Going just 5 miles above the speed limit is illegal.
If two or more cars arrive at a four-way stop at the same time, the driver to the right has the right of way.
Stop means a complete stop, and you can get a ticket for not stopping.
It is illegal almost everywhere to text or hold your phone behind the wheel.
Failure to signal is against the law.
In dry conditions you should be a minimum of 2 seconds away from other cars — longer when it’s raining or icy.
In some states it is illegal to cut through a parking lot to avoid traffic.
34 states in the U.S. allow police officers to pull a driver over and cite them only for not using a seatbelt (no need for another violation).