How would you like a magic powder that you simply sprinkle on your food and it increases the smell and taste so much that you eat much less food?
It’s an interesting idea – would super tasty food make you eat less of it?
I’d think that’s a no. You’d eat more because it was so tasty. We all want to eat food we enjoy, so this ‘product’ which doesn’t actually exist would likely backfire and make you fatter than ever.
The claim is “Yep – no dieting or exercise needed” – just the magic powder which of course has a high price.
With U.S. sales of more than $364 million between 2008 and 2012, Sensa Products LLC claimed sprinkling Sensa on meals would make “users feel full faster, so they eat less and lose weight without dieting, and without changing their exercise regimen.” It promised the loss of 30 pounds.
Sensa Products, parent company Sensa Inc., Sensa Inc.’s former CEO Adam Goldenberg and Dr. Alan Hirsch were ordered to pay $26.5 million as part of a $46.5 million judgment.
Sensa powder, which came in 12 flavors, was sold at chains including Costco and GNC, touted in a promotional book by Hirsch, and was advertised on the Home Shopping Network, on the radio and in magazines.
A one-month supply was $59 plus shipping and handling. Hirsch gave expert endorsements that were not supported by scientific evidence while some consumers were paid $1,000 or $5,000 and given trips to Los Angeles for endorsing Sensa.
That is terrible.
Sensa Powder is off the market but beware copycats using the same Marketing for another impossible product.
Taking advantage of children’s wishes at Christmas is a pretty terrible thing to do, but there are scammers who do exactly that.
There are various services on the Internet to do with Christmas and the festive season and APPS that let children speak to Santa Claus, make wish lists, watch Santa travel across the skies etc.
Most of these are honest of course.
One that’s been recently turned into a scam is the Santa letter.
You get emails selling you the idea of buying a personalised Santa Letter package for your child or children.
You are promised
A personalised letter signed by Santa
Santa’s nice list
All sent from the North Pole
Sounds good, but it’s fake – you may get something worth only a fraction of the payment you make but more likely is you get nothing for your payment and probably your credit card details etc. are sold on to other scammers.
Be very careful what you pay for online and preferably use well-known brands.
It’s not always easy to recognise such a scam, but you can do the following
Ignore any spam emails you receive – search online for what you want instead and look for reviews to check
Ask friends and relatives – if they have had a good experience buying from specific websites then try those first
Check the email sender’s address. If it’s a nonsensical one such as thermosphere or dehypnotised then steer clear.
Check the sender’s domain. If the address is “.date” or “.bid” or anything else that makes no sense for someone claiming to offer Santa Letters then steer clear
Don’t be caught out this Christmas
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Brooklands Radio receives emails claiming to be from Brooklands Radio quite often. The scammers do this to try to get past the spam filters at the email provider companies. One of these messages says “Your email won 2.5million”. Contact us”. It doesn’t’ say 2.5 million what so maybe it’s bottle tops or virus particles. Either way we wont be answering the email which is actually from breezeyvillas.com
“They say vision loss is permanent” is the subject line of an email. It’s designed to create interest so you keep reading but it’s a scam of course. The email goes on to say that opticians and scientists are totally wrong and that all vision loss can be corrected in minutes if you just eat a specific flower they call the eyesight flower. The most common form of vision loss is cataracts and somehow this magic flower is going to turn a yellowed stiff lens in your eye into one of a twenty year old. All lies of course.
There are many many scam emails claiming to be from Chinese companies looking for distributors in this country or offering products for resale. Electric vehicles and batteries seem the most common at the moment for these scams. Hainao Sino Energy want me to tell them where I will build EV charging stations using their technology. That’s not going to happen.
Every day, more of the same messages ‘Your FedeX is Out for Delivery’. No it isn’t. I don’t have any packages out for delivery and certainly not several per day. The emails come from ridiculous email addresses e.g. gt61zpo0999 @gmail.com. It should be obvious to anyone that FedEx do not send emails from that email address.
A message supposedly from the WeTransfer service about a document for me but is actually from solusitoilet.com. That is obviously not WeTransfer. The message says “I hereby shared an important Doc for your review and answer sent you JB-22225-20926 LD COLOR.zip”.Wont be opening that lump of malware.
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The title of the email is “Important Update: Upgrade Your Browser”
The message starts with a warning in large letters.
Action required to continue accessing PayPal.co.uk.
This could easily be a scammer’s email trying to get you to click on a link supposedly to PayPal but in fact to a scammer’s page.
However, these warnings are real. The email is from PayPal and the links are to PayPal pages.
Why the warning?
There is a standard called “The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)” and it is an information security standard for organizations that handle credit cards from the major card schemes.
They have upped their security requirements from 30th June 2018 and payment takers including PayPal want to meet that new standard.
The message from PayPal says upgrade your browser but you have to click to get more detailed information on what needs to be changed.
PayPal want to ensure everyone using PayPal in the UK uses TLS 1.1 or better still TLS 1.2 rather than the original TLS 1.0 in their browser. TLS is about how the data is encrypted.
How to Upgrade
This is different for each browser but for Chrome means going to Settings then System then Advanced then finding TLS on the list and ensuring only TLS 1.2 is enabled and TLS 1.0 is off.
The PayPal messages contain links for detailed information on each browser.
How to Check Your PayPal Email is Genuine
Scammers will notice these emails going out from PayPal and likely try to replicate them but with links to their own fake pages.
Check the email is from PayPal.co.uk and not any other domain
Check the links do go to PayPal pages (hover the cursor over the link to see where it will go)
You don’t need to login to anything to make the changes as it’s just the browser settings you will change.
Do I have to follow PayPal’s instructions? Only if you want to keep using PayPal payments.
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We at Bolt Estimating, Inc are offering complete accuracy in Material Quantity Take-offs and Cost Estimation of projects. Please let us know if you need any estimating services regarding your projects.
Send over the plans and mention the exact scope of work.
Shortly we will get back with a proposal on which our charges and turnaround time will be mentioned.
If you agreed to that proposal then we will proceed further with your project.
You may ask for samples as well. Thank You.
The message is obviously a scam
The sender claims to work for Bolt Estimating but his email address is a personal account with Gmail.
He has no idea who he’s sending emails to hence the opening line is just ‘Hello’
Estimating service is a niche market with very companies who sue such a service so sending out this kind of email is unlikely to get a meaningless in more than maybe 1 in a million.
‘mention’ the exact scope of work is phrase that no-one sensible would ever use.
‘you may ask for samples’ – you can get samples from carpet shops and from ice cream makers but sample estimates is a wrong idea.
If you have any experiences with these scams do let me know, by email.