Claiming a new product or practice can cure some long standing medical problem provides a rich vein of content for scammers.
It could be some new way to reverse hearing loss or to regrow your missing hair or a new aphrodisiac or never need to wear glasses again or achieve effortless weight loss … almost anything.
The scammers play on people fears about Alzheimer’s, or desperation to alleviate pain or desire for youthfulness and so on. This is a cruel way to scam people – offering something they need then stealing their money and providing something worthless or nothing at all.
They are creative sometimes but the story usually has the same basis i.e.
· Magical remedy found
· Magical remedy brought back and made available
· Video evidence
· A warning that the remedy will be gone soon
· Click on the link to find the truth
e.g. 1 Magic Hair Gel
The email claims that if you cover your head in this magic gel then all of your hair will regrow.
In just 14 days, you’ll reach a peak – your hair potential.
This is just complete rubbish – human hair grows at a rate of 1.25 centimetres per month so in 14 days that would be 0.6 centimetres. Just about visible I would say.
The email also claims the gel will restore the same head of hair you had as a teenager. Pathetic lies.
e.g. 2 Grandpa Dan and Grandma Sylvia Fat Loss
Scammers like to pick unusual groups or places from which suddenly emerges a magical secret that can give rapid weight loss or increased brain capacity or a diabetes cure or banish cellulite or even a cure for Cancer.
This one is about how Grandpa Dan and Grandma Sylvia were flying home when Dan had a heart attack and the plane had to land in Germany where they were taught a unique 2 minute ritual that magically melts away belly fat.
So much so that Dan and Sylvia between them have lost 68 pounds of unwanted weight.
Recently we’ve seen similar scam emails proclaiming unknown magical remedies from African tribes, the Amish people, super triathletes, US Lifeguards, ancient civilisations and more. It is all ridiculous.
e.g. 3 Tinnitus Cure
Apparently latest research has now revealed a cure for tinnitus does exist and this has left doctors around the world speechless. More likely they are speechless at this pathetic lie.
e.g. 4 Weight Loss
An email with the title “Simple fruit combo destroys obesity”.
Then there are testimonials about how good the product is and the best one is from Sarah, described as a severely morbidly obese person.
“I’ve taken this for a couple of days and not only I wiping out all of my unwanted fat but also my blood pressure and cholesterol levels are normal since then”.
The instructions say you take the drink only once in the morning and that’s it.
So, two days of drinking fruit juice in the morning has resulted in significant fat loss and has normalised her blood pressure and cholesterol levels which were presumably a serious problem as she was morbidly obese.
What an amazing product!
We received three emails within a few hours about miracle cures for health problems.
These are from different names, different email addresses and about different problems but they are clearly the work of the same scam team. Also, they are well written unlike most scam messages.
Email 1 is “Diabetes Real Root cause exposed Cure Found” from Cynthia
Email 2 is “CNN Health Betty White Explains How She prevents Alzheimers” from Jerry Washington
Email 3 is “How This Weird Bacteria Causes Weight Gain” from Ernest Smith
In summary, there are always people in search of remedies so there will always be fraudsters trying to take advantage of them by offering fake remedies. Don’t believe them.
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