You may think you're getting trusted information, but it's actually a spoofed site.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, crooks are making the phony sites pushing "brain booster" pills and claiming their products are endorsed by celebrities like Anderson Cooper and Stephen Hawking, though representatives for Cooper and Hawking deny they gave their stamp of approval.
The FTC writes:
The spoofed news sites link you to the sales page for the product, which allows you to place an order with a credit or debit card. The scammers may claim that the pills are proven to work - that you'll experience an increase in concentration and memory recall by large percentages, but they lack evidence to support their claims. It's a scam.
Furthermore, you're advised to talk to your doctor before purchasing any health products.
If you think you are a victim to this scam, here's what the FTC advises you to:
- Call the card company immediately using the phone number found on your monthly statement
- Alert them to the fraudulent charge right away
- Ask if you are still eligible to get your money back
- Ask if you should get a new card with a new number to prevent more fraudulent charges