Monavie, Gillmap, Idaho Falls, Google Treasure Chest and Oprah Winfrey
Last June, a contributor to this website @Not Kevin made a telling entry here (http://strangelyperfect.tv/4308/google-revolution-different-name-same-scam/#comment-1589) that has direct prescient relevance to the court case in the USA that Oprah Winfrey has heaped onto a host of companies and individuals for using her name to promote their products. (see here and here for instance)
The original posting was part of my investigation into how the original Google Treasure Chest/Money Tree scam was morphing (and is still!), into various other scammy operations while continuing along the same murky path. Paul at workathometruth.com shows that even though the scammers changed for a while after the Texas and Utah court cases started, they now seem to have reverted to type…
In my eyes, the stuff in his video is just as conning as it was a year ago and demonstrates the complete contempt that these people have for the law and the on-going charges against them!
Details of Oprah Case
A recent commenter (Matt Jezorek) said that their are six degrees of separation between these scams – but I begged to differ… it’s about 2 IMHO!!!
Oprah, one of the world’s richest women, has taken umbrage at her name being used to promote all sorts of stuff; acai juice, teeth whiteners etc. On August 18th this year (2009) she and her company filed charges against a host of these people. Prominent among these was Monavie, the very same company that’s picking fault with Lazy Man! (It’s been an observation of mine that criminals and borderline criminals shout loudest just before they cave in…). The killer posting is here.
You can read the whole Oprah charge sheet here: http://www.marketwaveinc.com/oprah-vs-monavie.pdf
It’s quite a thing, with ~40 defendants named. To spread the word and put some load on my server, you can download it here, oprah-vs-monavie-etc.pdf, also!! It’s a right riveting read I can tell you.
The point with @Not Kevin’s original research is that many addresses and company names listed as defendants to Oprah’s charges are in his original comment!! So well done @Not Kevin!
One that attracted my attention was Gillmap. It’s such a daft name that it stands out! Not Kevin and I have the County Durham address as:
Stanley, DH9 8AZ
Oprah’s charge sheet (paragraph #15) shows the address as either:
Gillmap Limited aka Natures Perfection
600 SW Army Post Road,
Des Moines, Iowa 50321
Gillmap Limited aka Natures Perfection
4977 Fairview Avenue,
Boise, Idaho 83706
In Oprah’s paragraph #32 we find JDW Media from Idaho Falls which Not Kevin addressed perfectly.
There are also defendants from Henderson Nevada, Phoenix & Scottsdale Arizona, Florida, Ontario, Wilmington Delaware and elsewhere. Many of these addresses and places have popped up in our research over the past half year.
Monavie comes in on paragraph #46 of Oprah’s charges. In paragraph #51 we have some folks from honest Sandy, Utah. Sandy in Utah is the hole that started my whole investigations running way back in April with, Google Treasure Chest – it’s a scam and a half! It turns out that Orem and Spanish Fork in Utah are also on Oprah’s list. These towns along with Salt Lake City, Draper and Provo figure prominently in my research.
In paragraph #29 we see Rauscher Bekke aka ReVLife etc. One of their addresses is
12399 Belcher Road South
Largo, FL 33773
..which appears as one of the spammers I wrote about with regard to chubby Robert Allen and the rest of the scum hanging round the Utah/Idaho border, here, http://strangelyperfect.tv/3533/robert-g-allen-grants-and-a-credit-card-slimeball/. The other address appears in paragraph #18 as,
2375 East Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85016 (different zip code though!)
Not Kevin also pulled out:
871 Coronado Center Drive,
Henderson, NV 89052
…”which appears in paragraph #17
Many individuals are named by Oprah. However, her lawyers have had the same difficulty in unravelling the miasma of interlocking companies and sites involved. In the court document they say they are currently after 500+ websites and their owners and will amend the document when they are traced.
That’s one seriously annoyed Oprah!
Don’t mess with Oprah.
That’s enough analysis. I haven’t been through every address to see if we’ve picked them up previously. But like I said at the beginning, I reckon there are only 2 degrees of separation between any of these scam-meisters. I can’t wait until Oprah’s team hack through the other 500 sites…
Of course, the outcome of this court case and the others isn’t known yet. All these companies could be like goody-two-shoes and that we’ve all (including Oprah) got them totally wrong.
But I don’t think so.
On top of the Oprah case, the Texas case and the Utah case, last August also saw the Illinois AG file a similar case against acai snake oil purveyors. See http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/pressroom/2009_08/20090819.html Links to complaints forms are provided on that page, if you think you’ve been swindled. This is the charge sheet(pdf).