With new Ebola cases or deaths now occurring daily, scam artists are hoping to bank on people's fear, offering all kinds of products they're marketing as the latest Ebola cure.
"One thing we've learned is that scams often follow the news, especially when there's a health scare in the headlines," noted the FTC on its website.
"Scam artists are making unsubstantiated claims that products containing everything from silver to herbal oils and snake venom can cure or prevent Ebola," the site added.
Natural Solutions Foundation, for example, claims that nano silver, a nutrient not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, can cure people of Ebola. The company says the FDA is lying about the curable effects to protect big pharmaceutical companies. Natural Solutions Foundation sells a 16-ounce bottle of nano silver for $24.95.
The Council for Responsible Nutrition, however, a trade association for the dietary supplement industry, recently reminded consumers that dietary supplements cannot claim to either cure or prevent Ebola. "Just to be clear, there is no research that suggests ingesting colloidal silver [nano silver] is any more effective than wishful thinking in treating or avoiding Ebola infections," adds Andrew Maynard of the University of Michigan Risk Science Center.