FDA warns of forged warn­ing let­ters sent to con­sumers

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U.S. health au­thor­i­ties are alert­ing con­sumers to a new scam in­volv­ing fake gov­ern­ment warn­ing let­ters sent to peo­ple who tried to buy medicines on­line or over the phone.

The Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion said Fri­day that the fake let­ters may be part of an ex­tor­tion scam. How­ever, au­thor­i­ties have not yet doc­u­mented cases of con­sumers be­ing co­erced to turn over money.

The forged let­ters claim to be from the FDA or the Fed­eral Trade Com­mis­sion, but those agen­cies al­most never is­sue such warn­ings to pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als. The let­ters falsely claim the gov­ern­ment is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the drugs the con­sumers at­tempted to pur­chase.

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