Here are 9 signs your doctor is a fake:
1. He advertises his services in the local newspaper. As a general rule, avoid doctors and lawyers who place ads in the classifieds.
2. His "office" is in a deserted clinic that appears to be closed.
3. He is wearing a lab coat. Just because you wear a lab coat doesn't make you a doctor. Remember: anyone can wear a lab coat.
4. His initial examination includes sticking toothpicks in your chest, which he then calls 'acupuncture.'
5. After the examination, he hands you a bottle of pills called "Prosperous Farmer Dietary Supplements." He tells you to take the pills every day until you run out.
6. The bottle of pills is nine years past their expiration date.
7. He asks you for $200 in cash.
8. You leave, and then later, call that clinic. Someone picks up, but doesn not know who the "doctor" was.
9. Later, you bring your son to confront the "doctor" at the building. The "doctor" sees you coming, locks the door and runs.
A man in Illinois reported to police that his doctor was a fake and had ripped him off. The "victim" explained that this doctor performed acupuncture with toothpicks, prescribed expired vitamins supplements and asked for cash.
If only this man had known the universal signs your doctor is an impostor, he wouldn't have made such a huge, dumb mistake. But paying a man who was obviously not a doctor isn't as big a mistake as admitting to the police that he made a huge, dumb mistake.
Seriously, he should have just swallowed the $200 and never admitted that he allowed someone in a nearly abandoned clinic to poke him with toothpicks. In the technical sense, he is a victim. A victim of fraud and also a victim of his own shocking lack of common sense.