Ozempic scams exposed: protect your wallet and health

May 21st · 6 min read

Rotem Tal - Senior Cybersecurity Expert |Writer & Editor|
Rotem Tal - Senior Cybersecurity Expert |Writer & Editor|

The Ozempic scam: don’t let scammers thin your wallet

Who wouldn’t want to lose a few extra pounds to get that perfect summer body? I know I would. But what happens when you combine a miracle weight loss drug, people’s desire to lose weight, and the internet? You get the latest ruse where scammers are peddling fake, easy-fix weight loss solutions under the guise of Ozempic, an outrageously popular prescription drug meant for people with diabetes.

The Ozempic scam has a trifecta of possible scenarios, and guess what—they’re all horrible. Falling for it will only make your wallet thinner - not your waistline. In this article, we’ll explore the different facets of the Ozempic scam, how you can stay safe, and why using cybersecurity software is always a good idea. Let’s jump on those scales!

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What’s the deal with Ozempic?

Ozempic, Wegovy, and similar medications, known as GLP-1 drugs, were originally designed to manage diabetes and are available only by prescription. Despite their high cost, these drugs have recently become the talk of the town, thanks to celebrity endorsements from the likes of Elon Musk and Oprah Winfrey. Although meant for people with diabetes, the rich and wealthy are now using them for weight loss, touting them as miracle drugs. The key ingredient, semaglutide, not only boosts insulin production but also targets the brain's appetite control centers, making you feel full and suppressing your appetite.

While many experts in obesity and endocrinology hail these drugs as a significant advancement for addressing what they consider a genetic and medical issue, they also urge caution. They point out potential side effects, the necessity for long-term use to maintain effectiveness, and the importance of not viewing these medications as a quick fix.

Side effects, shmid-effects…. I want to lose weight, fast! Plus, if the drug is good enough for celebrities and the rich, don’t I deserve it too? It's easy to think that way, especially when bombarded with advertisements featuring deepfake celebrity endorsements, fake promises, and tempting low prices. This combination creates a perfect recipe for disaster—or an ideal bait-and-switch scheme if you’re a scammer.

The risky temptation of Ozempic

When people really want something, even if—or especially if—they know it’s not 100% legal or approved, they tend to ignore all advice and common sense. It’s a case of "throwing caution to the wind." Just like someone desperate to stream "White Lotus" without an HBO subscription might turn to sketchy sites, or someone trying to get concert tickets might fall for a resale scam, those desperate to lose weight might turn to Ozempic even if it’s not entirely safe or legit.

Our culture glamorizes thin body types, making people who think they’re overweight (even if they aren't) so unhappy and desperate to be thin that they’ll risk shopping illegally and ignore the obvious signs that they’re walking into a trap. This desperation makes them prime targets for scammers, leading to dangerous and costly consequences.

How the Ozempic scam works

As weight loss drugs like Ozempic have surged in popularity, scammers have seized the opportunity to exploit the high demand with convincing ads and bargain prices. Here's how these scams typically work:

Fake ads on websites, TikTok, and social media

Scammers create fake ads and videos on platforms like TikTok, promising to sell Ozempic at lower prices and without a prescription. These ads claim to be from real pharmacies and often feature glowing testimonials and before-and-after photos that appear authentic. For instance, a video might showcase a supposed customer's comment, saying, "Great product, fast shipping, and I lost 16 pounds already."

Redirecting to fake websites

When you click on one of these enticing ads, you're redirected to professional-looking websites designed to lure you in and trick you. These sites claim to sell Ozempic and similar drugs at unbeatable prices, assuring you that no prescription is needed. They even present themselves as legitimate pharmacies, looking so convincing that you wouldn't be able to tell the difference between them and real, trustworthy websites.

The payment trap

Once you decide to make a purchase, you add the product to the cart and proceed to checkout. The scammers accept payments through online services like Zelle, PayPal, and Venmo. But here's where things go wrong. Your payment information gets swiped, along with your personal info and cash. In most cases, you don’t get the shipment—nothing, zero, zip, zilch, nada. Your payment information gets swiped, along with your personal info and cash. Additionally, scammers can steal your personal information and sell it on the dark web or use it for identity theft. The scammers disappear with your money, leaving you with nothing but a thinner wallet, not a thinner waistline.

In some cases, you might receive a counterfeit product, which can be extremely dangerous. Even if you get the real Ozempic, using it without a prescription and proper medical supervision is hazardous. Needless to say, all of these outcomes are terrible.

The dangers of Ozempic scams

1. You get defrauded

The promise of losing weight fast without extra effort can be hard to resist, especially when they use fake celebrity endorsements that look totally real. It’s easy to see why you’d click on something like that. But here's the thing – You might think you're entering your credit card to complete an order, but in reality, you're just giving that info to scammers.

2. You receive counterfeit drugs

Another scary outcome is ending up with fake Ozempic. You think you're getting the real deal, but scammers send you counterfeit drugs instead. These fake medications can be dangerous because they might contain harmful substances or incorrect dosages. This can lead to serious health issues, making you feel worse instead of better. Always make sure you're buying medications from trusted sources to avoid this risk.

3. You get Ozempic

Even if you get real Ozempic, using it without a prescription or doctor’s supervision can be risky. Ozempic is a strong medication that needs to be taken correctly and monitored by a healthcare professional. Without proper guidance, you could experience serious side effects or complications. Additionally, buying Ozempic cheaply or without a prescription may mean the drugs are stolen or haven't been handled correctly, further increasing the risk. It's important to talk to a doctor before starting any new medication to ensure it’s safe and appropriate for you.

What to watch out for

If you’re looking for Ozempic online, these are the signs you need to watch out for:

  • Check the URL: Scammers often create websites with URLs that have incorrect spelling. If there's a typo, it's a scam for sure!

  • Prices that seem too good to be true: Below-market prices are a big red flag. If the price looks too good to be true, it probably is.

  • No prescription needed: The biggest red flag is a promise to send you Ozempic without a prescription. If someone sells it without a prescription, that's dangerous.

  • Use cybersecurity software: When in doubt, use cybersecurity software like Guardio. Guardio can spot scammy sites and block dangerous links, keeping your wallet and information protected. So even if you end up clicking a fake ad or get navigated to a sketchy website, Guardio will immediately block the site and keep you safe!

The bottom line

Falling for an Ozempic scam can leave you penniless, with counterfeit drugs, or using a powerful medication without proper medical supervision. Stay cautious, use cybersecurity tools like Guardio, and always consult a healthcare professional before starting any new medication. Protect your wallet, your personal information, and, most importantly, your health.

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