Several examples of fraud are given to help you identify deceptive strategies marketed on the web. They are mine fields for those with physical or emotional problems. Many people who offer services on the internet are well qualified, and have your best interests at heart. Unfortunately some peddle ‘snake oil’ and outright lies. Some of these lies are in the form of self-help or motivational programs, while others peddle false security.
The web can prey upon those with chronic health problems. There are two components, the ‘draw’ or impossible promise of a cure; followed by the mechanics of how key words are used to lure.
How To Spot an Internet Health Scam
Self-help – Snake Oil mumbo jumbo
Smile or Die
Self help is also a huge market. The products discussed in the videos below promise a way out of despair, unrealistic positive thinking… the flip side being a tacit acknowledgement you got into a fix because your thoughts were negative. Of course, when the ‘cure’ does not work, you are to blame.
Organizations on the web such as the International Society for Mental Health Online are working to create viable standards to alert consumers to this type of deception. If you want to learn more about them, go to the ISMHO. Look over the site, and check their principles and standards for online counseling.