Buying from your local pharmacy is your safest option and also helps out your community. While there are legitimate online pharmacies, there are also some fraudulent ones that advertise prescription drugs at low prices. Understand the dangers of buying from a fake online pharmacy, identify the warning signs, and find resources to help you safely buy medicine online: Health and Financial Risks Buying from fake online pharmacies can be dangerous, or even deadly. It can also hurt your wallet. You could receive counterfeit or substandard drugs. Slight differences in your medicine can make a big difference and cause further health complications. You could put your personal and financial information at risk. Warning Signs It is important to be able to identify the warning signs of a fake online pharmacy. You should be suspicious if an online pharmacy: Allows you to buy medication without a prescription from your doctor. Offers medications at deep discounts that seem too good to be true. Is not licensed and has no physical address in the U.S. Sends unsolicited e-mails (spam) offering cheap drugs. Does not have a licensed pharmacist available to answer your questions. File a Complaint If you suspect that an online pharmacy is fake, report it to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).