The Better Business Bureau system has issued an alert about online pharmacy sites that are displaying the BBBs trademarks to market drugs on the Internet. People from every region of the United States are contacting the BBB to inquire about the legitimacy of a business that is targeting consumers through spamming. The e-mail messages contain claims that the company is Verified by the BBB and include a hyperlink to different Web sites all using the same name MyCanadianPharmacy, Ltd. (not to be confused with Canada Drugs, Ltd. that owns www.canadadrugs.com and www.mycanadianpharmacy.com). The Web sites involved in this scam use at least the following addresses: www.newhealth-pill.info, www.loveamerica-online.info, www.pillsathome.info, www.onlinepills4u.info, www.direct-medz.biz, , www.exclusivetablets.info and www.pills4life.info.
All of the Web sites use the same template, display the BBBOnLine Reliability Logo and an untrue message claiming to be Listed at Better Business Bureau. This practice misleads consumers and violates United States trademark, counterfeiting and copyright laws.
These sites are in no way affiliated with the BBB. The BBB does not recommend visiting these sites, as there is some evidence that the sites may try to download software to visitors computers.
The Council of Better Business Bureaus is unable to identify precisely who is behind these fraudulent Web sites because whoever registered them submitted phony contact information to the registrar. It does appear, however, that most of the spam messages originate from Korea.
To check if a particular company is a legitimate participant in the BBBOnLine program, go to http://www.bbbonline.org. For example, see the BBBOnLine confirmation page for BBBOnLine participant Procter & Gamble at http://www.bbbonline.org/cks.asp?id=292000103.
For more information on any aspect of BBBOnLine, visit http://www.bbbonline.org.
From the Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 2005, issue