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The Quacks are Still Around

Be wary of medical fraud

When the subject of medical fraud comes up, most of us think of the proverbial traveling snake-oil salesman.

There he was at the turn of the 20th century, plaid jacket, derby on his head, standing on the back of a wagon, pitching a cure-all potion to innocent citizens in heartland America.

Well, it's more than 100 years later, and we have to be even more careful. An article from About.com offers some advice on how not to be taken in, especially on the Internet. Things to watch for include: promises of a quick fix, personal testimonials, hard-to-prove claims and assurances that the product is a cure-all for many diseases.

Still, the quacks would probably be easier to spot if they still wore the plaid jackets and derbies.

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