Heightened fears over the Ebola virus are now being exploited by scam artists.

With the death toll from the deadly virus now reaching 4,000 people around the world, consumer advocates are warning people to protect and watch out for scam artist who are using the Ebola virus to take advantage of potential victims.

One example of the Ebola scam was exposed by New York CBS affiliate WCBS. The station reported that a YouTube video featuring a woman who has identified herself as Dr. Rima Laibow, is warning people that Ebola amounts to genocide, but says that the public can protect themselves by purchasing a product.

The product is Nano Silver, which she sells through her company, Natural Solutions Foundation. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission has sent out a letter warning consumers that here supplement was not approved by the government and that Laibow cannot prove that Nano Silver can cure Ebola.

With the Ebola virus becoming first page news, the federal government is warning people that scam artists are going to the internet with unfounded claims that their products can cure the deadly virus. Claire Rosenzweig, the president of the Better Business Bureau, told WCBS:

“They know that there’s fear. They know there’s anxiety. All they’re doing is getting you to catch the bait so they can hook you into buying their product.”

Rosenzwieg further explains that the Better Business Bureau has been seeing an increase in complaints about consumers being scammed by fake Ebola-curing supplements. One of those supplements was a dietary powder which contains a fruit called Garcinia Combogia, which claims that the powder can fight off deadly viruses. That supplement has also not been approved by the FDA.

The best way for consumers to protect themselves from scam artist is to stick to claims that have been verified, and to make sure that the products they are FDA-approved. To date, no Ebola virus cure has been approved by the FDA.

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