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Medical Hoaxes

Not all hoaxes involve direct attempts to profit from fraud (see medical fraud scams).  Many are hoaxes on the order of large scale practical jokes, urban myths and popular misconceptions that are spread by ignorant, as well as, malicious people.  Here are some current examples of health related hoaxes, myths and rumors that are not true.


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Names used by scammers in the examples on this page and others often belong to real people and businesses who often have no knowledge of nor connection to the scammer's use of their name and information.  Sample scam emails and other documents are copies of the scam to help potential victims recognize and avoid it.  You should presume that any names used and presented here in a scam are either fictitious or used without their legitimate owner's permission.
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