Shady, dishonest cancer scams can dupe patients and well-meaning donors – GLOBAL

October 31, 2022

Shortly after I was diagnosed with breast cancer, something unsettling began to happen.

It started out innocently enough. Someone would send me a direct message on Instagram or Facebook. “Hey, I’m really sorry to hear what you’re going through. I have something that might help you, though…,” was often the tone of the opening pitch.

At first I was naïve, and a little bit desperate. Cancer treatment sucks and I was eager to have any help I could get.

But, by replying, I was taking the bait.

“I have this oil that could really help you. It’s helped so many people keep their cancer at bay. I’d be happy to send you a sample and, if you like it, I can offer you a discount on a three month supply,” read the first of many pitches I received.

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