Thursday, April 23, 2009

Warning about the "free drug card"

There was a story about a free discount prescription drug card on the news tonight, and it looked very promising: no fees, accepted at every pharmacy. The station had a link to the site for more information and getting a card. I looked at the website, then did a search on Yahoo! using the name of one of their partner websites: "freedrugcard". The first two pages were all mirror sites, then I came across one that tells the real story: http://www.freedrugcardreps.com/

These drug cards and their websites are making money for individuals. That could either be legitimate or fraudulent, depending on the circumstances, but there are red flags. There is no record of the parent company or any affiliated companies on the Better Business Bureau. There is a yearly charge for the representatives who offer the websites to print cards (and collect your e-mail address). It has all the trademarks of a pyramid scheme. I personally would never use this card or give my e-mail address to any of these websites.

Please be careful accepting things at face value. If it sounds like it's too good to be true, it probably is. Do your research first before giving anyone your e-mail address. Please let other people know about this as well. I left a comment already on the KOIN 6 website (the tv station that ran the story) with the information included in this post.

5 comments:

Maggy & Zoey said...

Thanks... it is so important to alert everyone to things like this; far too much of this stuff going on out there.

Lucy Belle said...

Well, there is no such thing as a free lunch!

A Few Good Cats said...

A business plan that includes guaranteed cash outgo (the $50/year) without guaranteed income is doomed from the get-go...

Lily said...

I've been using a very good prescription discount card for the last five years. I found it at www.rxdrugcard.com. They have drug prices posted. The membership fee is low. The only down side I've found is that customer service is only during the daytime. No-one in the Philippines answers the phone at night.

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