Category: Health remedy

Double Shot Pill Scam

This is obviously a quite ridiculous scam targeting people trying to lose weight but who don’t want to cut down their calorie intake.

“Double Shot” pills, in which blue capsules burn fat and red ones block calories

Manon Fernet and her Quebec-based company agreed to pay $500,000 to settle FTC charges this year over their Double Shot pills.

The marketers did business as the “Freedom Center Against Obesity,”.  One supply of pills “to lose up to 30 pounds” cost $79; the bottles “contained blue capsules that supposedly burned fat, and red ones that supposedly blocked calories,”

The marketers allegedly “claimed that the effectiveness of Double Shot as a weight-loss treatment had been proven by clinical studies.” NOT TRUE.

The advert above says that  the pills would enable a user to absorb just 72 calories from a 720-calorie plate of spaghetti.

Consumers were tricked into believing Double Shot “would cause rapid, substantial, and permanent weight loss, without diet or exercise,” the FTC said.

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Stupidest Scam of the Week Caffeine Pants

Norm Thompson Outfitters and Wacoal America claimed their shapewear would help consumers shed cellulite and pounds.

Supposedly it is impregnated with caffeine.

Drinking caffeine does increase your metabolism a little but spilling it on yourself or wearing clothes soaked in the stuff isn’t going to do you any good.

Norm Thompson Outfitters said their undergarments were “infused with micro-encapsulated caffeine, retinol and other ingredients” that would slim and reshape the wearer’s body and reduce cellulite and would mobilize fats and moisturize skin.

They were fined $230,000 by the FTC.

Wacoal made false and unsubstantiated claims that wearing iPants would: substantially reduce cellulite; cause a substantial reduction in the wearer’s thigh measurements; and destroy fat cells, resulting in substantial slimming,

Wacoal, was fined $1.3 million.


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Amazonian Finger Trick

Top eye doctors are shocked to learn that this odd Amazonian finger trick sharpens vison effortlessly.”

Not really of course – it’s just rubbish from a scammer trying desperately to get you to click to watch a ridiculous video clip for which she gets paid.

“The biggest vision breakthrough of the 21st century”.

“No more tired eyes or dry eyes”

“No more blurry or double vision”.

This scammer seems to have a little more sense than most. She avoided the phrase ‘weird trick’ and used ‘odd’ instead as ‘weird’ is very overused by scammers.

She also made big claims but did restrain herself compared to scammers who want their fake product to solve every problem imaginable.

But, it’s all rubbish – just another greedy scammer.

If you have any experiences with these scams do let me know, by email.

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Sea Salt Stupidity

When you go in the supermarket nowadays you’re likely to see plenty of different brands of table salt and sea salt and various ‘fancy’ salts.

We all know that salt is a food preservative and flavour enhancer so almost everything you eat will have some salt in naturally or that’s been added.

This latest scammer is trying to stir up worries over salt – to further her aim of making money at your expense of course.

Some basic facts

  1. Table salt is the chemical sodium chloride and is perfectly natural and essential in minute quantities for a healthy life
  2. Table salt can be dug out of the ground in some places in salt bearing rocks, ground down, purified and you have salt to sell.
  3. Sea salt is the salts that are in sea water. This is usually made by collecting sea water in large pans and letting the sun dry them out to leave the salt residue.
  4. Sea salt is almost entirely sodium chloride (I.e. the same as table salt) but with some added other salts such as potassium chloride. This is generally considered to be healthier than pure table salt as the potassium in particular is beneficial for health in small doses.

The scammers message starts with supposed facts to frighten people, including

  • Morton’s Salt makes salt for chemical processes such as producing plastics, but 6% of their production becomes table salt
  • Most sea salts are as bad as table salt as the refining processes strips way “missing things”
  • “The belief that a low salt diet can prevent heart disease – is false”

The scammer is trying to get you to watch a video clip.

That’s all this is about – frightening people into watching a pointless video clip for which she gets paid.

Don’t worry about types of salt etc. just make sure you stick to the government recommended limit on salt intake.

If you have any experiences with these scams do let me know, by email.

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Clear Vison in 7 Seconds

Medical experts are stunned by this Nobel-prize winning vision secret…” claims the email.

Of course, there is no secret and certainly no Nobel prize for scammers.

Novel prizes are awarded years after the discovery or experiment occurred and are known world wide – so how can something be a huge secret that will ‘destroy the foundation of the eyecare industry’ yet also be known around the world.

I didn’t notice the world’s eyecare industry collapsing over the last few years – did you?

In fact, even folks who were once legally blind are now seeing in crystal clear HD vision”.

Seems there’s nothing this scammer wont claim.

HD Vision is a term from the world of computer screens and TVs – there’s no such thing as HD vision in humans except in the mind of a very stupid scammer.

If you have any experiences with these scams do let me know, by email.

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Stupidest Scam of the Week – Magic Bacteria

An email complete with pictures and a video clip tries to sell the idea that swallowing a lot of newly discovered bacteria will solve all of your teeth problems.

It supposedly fixes dental decay, cavities, bad breath, bleeding gums, teeth rot and anything you can think of to do with your teeth.

Something new that can help with one problem may be interesting but so many scammers feel they have to keep going – inventing more and more things their fantasy magic can fix.

Makes your teeth 20x stronger than before’ but also says that the bacteria help to reconstruct the original enamel on your teeth which would make them as strong as before, so a big difference there between as strong as before and 20x stronger than before.

‘Like a titanium shield against cavities and root infection’

‘some say their teeth are stronger than a dental implant’

Quite ridiculous.

There is no such bacteria and even if bacteria were discovered that can help to regrow the enamel layer on your teeth, swallowing them would be pretty stupid, as described in the email, as your teeth are in your mouth and not your stomach.

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