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The following information was obtained from different cyber security sources for notification to all parties concerned pursuant to the mandate of the Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP ACG).

The information provided was classified as “Restricted” pursuant to the PNP Regulation 200-012 on Document Security and Impact Rating as high based on PNP Information Communication Technology (ICT) Security Manual s.2010-01 p. 22 and p.129.

SUMMARY

               Fake online pharmacies are scams that are designed to trick you into paying for items you will never receive or selling fake drugs or substandard medications.

 

Scammers will set up fake pharmacy websites or Facebook group/page that are designed to look like legitimate retailers. They will offer health products, medicines and drugs at very cheap prices or without the need for a prescription from a doctor, if you take up an offer, and pay the ‘retailer’, you may never receive the items you ordered. If you do receive the products that you order, there is no guarantee that they are the real thing.

 

Buying prescription medicine from fraudulent online pharmacies can be dangerous, or even deadly they may have no active ingredients and so cannot help you. Or, they may contain the wrong ingredient or wrong amount. The drugs may be contaminated or they may be old. You may get worse instead of better. Or, you can have unexpected side effects.

 

In addition to health risks, most fraudulent online pharmacies may put your personal and financial information at risk. Some intentionally misuse the information you provide. These sites may infect your computer with viruses, and they may sell your information to other illegal websites and Internet scams. 

          Drugs from fraudulent online pharmacies can put your health at risk, or the health of your family. Be sure to look for online pharmacies that are legitimate to protect yourself

RECOMMENDATION

All PNP personnel as well as the public are advised to follow the tips in order to avoid the risk of Advance Fee Scam, to wit:

 

·         Be careful about offers for medicines, supplements or other treatments: always seek independent medical advice from your doctor or other qualified health care professional about the product to find out if it is safe and suitable for you.

·         Legitimate pharmacies that trade online will list their full contact details and will require a valid doctor’s prescription before they send out any prescription medicine.

·         Be suspicious of uninvited emails or pop-up boxes offering you unbelievable deals.

·         If you require online deliveries, ask your healthcare professional if they can recommend any online pharmacies to fill your prescription. Never access an online pharmacy site through a link in an unsolicited email, just delete the email.

·         Purchase your prescription medications from licensed drugstores.

 

For additional information, please refer to the following websites:

 

·         https://verifybeforeyoubuy.org/

·         https://www.pharmacychecker.com/rogue-pharmacies/

·         https://www.pharmaceutical-technology.com/comment/illegal-online-pharmacies-endemic/

·         https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/BuyingMedicinesOvertheInternet/BeSafeRxKnowYourOnlinePharmacy/ucm294170.htm

·         https://www.verywellhealth.com/counterfeit-drugs-how-to-avoid-fake-drugs-1124186

·         https://www.poison.org/articles/2012-oct/online-pharmacies-avoid-the-frauds

POINT OF CONTACT

            Please contact PCINSP ANGELICA STARLIGHT L. RIVERA, Chief, Personnel Records Management Section thru e-mail address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact us on telephone number (632) 7230401 local 3562 for any inquiries related to this CYBER SECURITY BULLETIN.