Organised Crime Gang Targets HIV/AIDS Patients In Internet Scam

February 24, 2009 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is warning people to be aware of internet sites claiming to have a medical device that cures HIV/Aids among other ailments.

The company, Savec Health Systems Ltd, claimed to be able to supply the machine and associated medicine to the public with payment made via credit card, Paypal or money transfer.

Savec Health Systems also claimed to have a list of doctors who say they have used this device successfully on patients and they quote endorsement by four UK medical clinics.

Along with The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (Northern Ireland), and the Police, the MHRA have investigated this case and believe the probability of any such device existing is extremely low.

MHRA Director of Policy, Mr Shaun Gallagher said, “We have contacted one of the clinics referred to in a testimonial on the Savec Health Systems website and they have no knowledge of the product. The Northern Ireland Authorities are contacting the other three clinics.”

“It would be extremely doubtful that any machine of this kind would have any value in the treatment of HIV/Aids,” he said. “But all of the evidence suggests that the product does not even exist and that this is simply a scam, being run through an organised crime gang, to take money from vulnerable people.”

The website has been closed by the authorities but the MHRA is urging anyone who has had dealings with this company to come forward, and for the public to remain vigilant, reporting any similar scams they may come across on the net.


1. The MHRA is the government agency responsible for ensuring that medicines and medical devices work, and are acceptably safe. No product is risk-free. Underpinning all our work lie robust and fact-based judgements to ensure that the benefits to patients and the public justify the risks. We keep watch over medicines and devices, and take any necessary action to protect the public promptly if there is a problem. We encourage everyone – the public and healthcare professionals as well as the industry – to tell us about any problems with a medicine or medical device, so that we can investigate and take any necessary action.



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