Coronavirus Fraud.

Dishonest people are always looking for a way to steal money from you, from your neighbor or from the government.  If you have money, you are fair game.  A crisis like the Covid pandemic provides these people with a fearful population of whom they will try to take advantage.  At least some of these crooks are licensed doctors – or pretend to be.

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We are all afraid of the Covid virus.  If you are not, you probably have not been paying attention.  It is a bad virus.  Some unscrupulous doctors have been selling Covid treatments that they claim are 100% effective against the virus.

A San Diego doctor was charged with mail fraud for selling Covid-19 “treatment packs” that he was recorded as promising were 100% effective in curing the disease or, if taken before you got sick, would give you at least six weeks of immunity.  The package, which also gave the patient “concierge” access to the physician, was not cheap.  It was being sold for $3,995 for a family of four.

A Detroit doctor was also charged with fraud for touting and administering Vitamin C therapy to both cure and prevent the Coronavirus.  He billed patients, their health insurers and Medicare for the treatments.  There is no medical evidence that Vitamin C is in any way effective as a treatment or preventative for the Coronavirus.

A Utah man decided to dispense with the time-consuming work of going to medical school and just told the public he was a doctor.  This gave some added credibility to his offer to sell ingestible silver-based products, which he claimed would cure the Coronavirus.  Of course, there is no evidence that ingesting silver will cure anything, much less the Coronavirus.

A Seattle doctor just skipped the patients altogether and submitted fraudulent paperwork to the government so he could cash in on the Coronavirus relief given to help small businesses.

When it comes to fraud, there is a lot of wisdom in the old adage,”If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.”  As of the time I write this post, there is no cure for the Coronavirus and there is no treatment that will give a patient immunity from it.  If someone promises you a cure or a “vaccine” or some other way of gaining immunity to the disease, walk away.  You are being scammed.  The fact that the person offering you this cure or immunity is a licensed physician, or claims to be, does not make the offer any more genuine or less of a fraud.  Doctors are just as capable of fraud as anyone else.

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