If you think you’ve had your bank ‘cleaned out’ by any of a multitude of ‘life cleanse’ or ‘colon cleanse’ type internet scams, there is only one real remedy…
Ask for a charge-back against the company through you credit card company. Your reason, when asked, is that the company has either:
Not adhered to their own claimed ‘Terms and Conditions’ or
The company cannot be contacted through their advertised channels
If the company fails on any of these two key points they have no excuse not to refund you. In fact, if they deliberately make contact difficult, it’s criminal.
The redirect was still working on the user’s website (devoted to head and neck cancer, http://www.squamoussupport.info/). The key bit is to click on the head and then the Amazon Store link in the bottom right. Sure enough (today), you get taken to MyBookFace.net!!!
It’s like the return of a boil on the bum for me. Now, depending on how you access this shit-hole, you’ll see various things.
The first page is sometimes loaded with “White Teeth” ads, from you know who(see here and here for instance), which are accessed via a false newspaper ad containing the key(yukky)word “mom”. Sometimes it’s Mary Steadman — again!
I’ve had two popups, several hours apart during my checks, that both claimed I was the lucky 1,000,00th visitor to the site and thus deserved a prize! This popup by-passes the pop-up blocker in IE8. Give it a go – you too can be the 1,000,000th visitor!!!
If you allow further pop-ups, the fun really starts!
More Fun With MyBookFace.Net Popups!
During one session, using the ‘Private Browsing’ feature in Firefox, I got the Mary Steadman fake newspaper ad again – wahay!. In this were two adverts; for Acai and Colon Cleansing.
They both originated from the same place and had similar designs. The Acai one (at acaiberryexclusive.com) I left, because the Colon one has some VERY, VERY DANGEROUS CLAIMS in it. (The Acai ones were very similar, actually, but I’m trying to keep this post short-ish)
EffectiveCleanse.com loads with the strap line “Life Cleanse”. It’s contact address is in County Durham in the UK again! (just like all the UTAH scams). This time the address is:
LB LFP Internet Ltd.,
A small hunt for this address produced several companies, all apparently squashed into someone’s living room only a mile or so from the UTAH scammers elsewhere in Co Durham! There are many unhappy folk about who’ve had dealings with companies at that address. Similarly for the company name itself...
Effective Cleanse Antioxidant. Get Your Risk-Free Order Trial Now
Possible the most dangerous claim that this company makes is that it will “Repair Digestive Tract”!!! This is seriously bad stuff. There are only two ways to repair your gut and that’s either surgery or a massive dietary change, usually by stopping all alcohol intake, reducing fat consumption etc. Some of the ingredients can relieve IBS and constipation by their topical application and ingestion from their fungicidal, antiseptic or mucilaginous properties . But this is not the same as “repairing the digestive tract” by any judgement. Indeed some ingredients will make intestinal damage worse!
It also claims to break down DEADLY TOXINS!! Again this is a wholly unsubstantiated and untrue claim worthy of a prison sentence. Let’s consider a few deadly toxins – cyanide & botulism, say. Do you really think these few internet pills will stop death from cyanide? Do you think that taking these pills would have saved the Jews in the cyanide gas chambers? Of course not. If they’d said “slightly bad toxins” that would have been more accurate. But deadly? That’s something else.
Helps prevent intestinal pathologies…. WTF! This one is good…. Pathology is the study and diagnosis of disease! So they are claiming that this product will stop you from studying …er…various intestinal problems? I repeat – WTF? !!!
The word “FLUSH” appears a lot – “flush out excess weight”, ” flush harmful toxins”. Should it read “make you go to the bog a lot”, because it will. Some of it’s ingredients also induce abortion and breast milk-flow but no warnings are given about this (shades of Thalidomide here). Some have been found to cause cancer. Some either bung you up or give you the trots dependant on the quantity taken! It’s a bit of a fine balance between flush and bung. I don’t think I’ll be using my guts as a testing ground!
Perhaps the funniest claim is that it will “Increase Focus and Energy”…. It’s a pity the author didn’t try and focus a bit harder. Because further down the page is the mind-numbing misspelt paragraph which reads (I kid ye not):
According to National Geographic – “Human waste is a sinisteer(sic) world of monstrous creatures that feed on living flesh- Parasites” (sic) Parasites feed on Humans ams(sic) your body may house more than you know. The US alone contains widespread parasites accross(sic) the nation.
My spell-checker has gone berserk on that. I can’t believe that National Geographic actually printed that!
And anyway, human waste in a healthy person is certainly not pathogenic. The bacteria in one’s gut DO NOT “feed on living flesh” as they claim. They are an essential part of living and without them, we’d all die. If they mean worms etc, then again, they do not feed on your flesh – they feed on your gut contents! They live on shit!
Terms Disagree with Claims
Effective Cleanse Antioxidant. Terms & Conditions
Well it had to be somewhere, didn’t it? Despite all the criminally outrageous claims on their front page, their T&C actually states:
Our Products have not been evaluated by the FDA or EU Health Authorities, and Our Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Fortunately, they have a UK contact number of 0044 20305 10825, which makes it a London number. Why not give them a call and see which bit is correct – does it cure, or doesn’t it?
You’ll also see here, in small print, only once, that you’ll be charged £69 per month for 30 days supply. Except it’s written thus: “At the end of your 15 day trial period you will be charged GBP 69.”
Of course, upon reading the consumer complaints listed at the bottom here, you’ll find that many people can’t get through on the phone. In that case, the information on their FAQ page to the question:
I did not place this order and do not recognize the charge on the credit card statement. I think it is fraud.
…should be taken with a large grain of salt. The answer they give is that making a false claim of fraud is a criminal offence. Er..no. It isn’t. All you are doing is to resolve a dispute over charges to your credit card that you consider erroneous. It’s not a criminal offence to dispute the bill!!!! This is what they say to frighten you, and it’s only to frighten you:
We take Credit Card fraud very seriously and considerate it a crime. Our Risk/Fraud Department will verify that the transaction is indeed fraud and was not ordered by you. In such case we kindly ask you to contact us and our Customer Service Team will be happy to assist you. Please prepare the following information before calling or writing to us: name on your credit card, descriptor(s) on the charges, amounts, and date(s) of the charges, your billing and shipping address.
We would like to inform you that making a false claim is a criminal offense and you will be prosecuted if such claim is made. All information that you provide us, along with all related log files and IP addresses will be forwarded to the local police department and district attorney. In addition the governmental cybercrime agency will use this data to investigate and establish the physical location and computer from which the account was created.
If you can’t contact them through the phone, as many have found to their cost, the above information is doubly bogus.
On the other hand, the claims they make for the product on their main landing page, really are criminal. There is no way in hell that GSK et al would dare say anything like this.
Anyone who has read mine and other’s Google Treasure Chest, Acai, Government Grant and Teeth-Whitening investigations will suspect that there’s more to this business than County Durham alone. They hide their domain WHOIS for a start.
Because of their secretive nature, their misleading and dangerous claims which are in plain contradiction of their T&Cs, and the ‘unreliability’ (and that’s being generous) of their customer service as evidenced by the many complaints, this bunch of clowns are much worse than a comedy act. Scammer or crook? I couldn’t possibly say, but fetch me a bargepole to poke them away. Tommy Cooper would say “Scam-Crook; Crook-Scam. Scam-Crook; Crook-Scam. Scam-Crook; Crook-Scam.”
I’ll finish now, using words taken directly from their webpage by saying :
The US alone contains widespread parasites accross(sic) the nation.
(Mostly in Utah, from my experience, but not exclusively in the US.)
Extra Links(Just a few of the many complaints about this lot):
http://cacaweb.com…tradingplanetltdcom-arnaque.html (French website which has done a brilliant exposure=connection routine and even demonstrates how the linked companies manage to ‘accidentally’ get the wrong country code in their WHOIS records!) Two new County Durham companies and addresses are now added to my catalogue of shame because of this….see below
Imprint of www.acaiberryexclusive.com
LB Cassiopeia Media Limited LB Cassiopeia Media Limited
118 Fines Park
Tel: United Kingdom +38 616 004 917
Imprint of www.effectivecleanse.com
LB Eridanus Entertainment Limited
57 Langden Close
Co Durham DH8 7NG
Tel: United Kingdom +39 064 523 0442
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…
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.
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.
Robert G Allen
In paragraph #29 we see Rauscher Bekke aka ReVLife etc. One of their addresses is
12399 Belcher Road South
Largo, FL 33773
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.
A Flying Pig
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.
“The Spanish study of top triathletes found those who cover more than 186 miles (300km) a week on their bikes have less than 4% normal looking sperm.”
Well I do a bit less than that, so naturally, I thought,
What is the normal amount of good sperms in my jism?
…..as you do, if you’re a bloke, which I am….
Fortunately, the article tells you, a bit lower down. And it’s at this point, that you become shockingly aware of the piss-poor science and piss-poor interpretive reporting going on….
Quite simple, really. They’ve completely buggered up any normal definition of the word,
What the article says is that if you are really fit, your good jism count goes down to ~5%. This means 1 in 20 sperms are duff! So for an elite cyclist, normally, most of their sperms are bad.
Come, Come. You Can’t be Serious!
However, if you are a “normal” bloke, the “normal” amount of fit and healthy sperms is…wait for it… it’s coming…here it is…aaaahhhhh!
So in other words, most men’s sperm is 80% duff. Only 1 in 5 are good! So for a non-cyclist, normally, most of their sperms are bad. Exactly the same.
What Is Normal?
Born in 1972 in Uccle, Belgium, Axel is the son of five-time Tour de France champion Eddy Merckx.
This is my point. It’s normal to have most of my sperm completely incapable of fulfilling their duty. A fit, elite, cyclist, by definition, is continuously stressing their body beyond it’s limits, and when the body is stressed it’s secondary functions are put into standby. It’s the same for women.
The point is the poor use of words. In the article, the phrase abnormal sperm is used to describe poor viability sperm. However, most sperm has poor viability!
So poor quality sperm is not abnormal – it’s normal! It’s the good sperm that’s abnormal, so please get it right!
As an aside, we’ve evolved to have a proponderence of ‘inferior’ sperm. They are actually necessary to our survival. Their function is manifold – from the physical one of blocking the passage of later sperm to promote the success of the first individual’s mating, to providing the correct chemical environment for the passge of the more viable sperms. There is a chemical and biological arms race going on at the microscopic level, about which we are only now just becoming aware. It’s been happening for a billion years and no doubt will continue for a lot longer…
Chris Boardman and his Son
The Spanish team has just looked at the jism. They intend to do further research. Might I suggest they do a statistical analysis of the fecundity of former professional cyclists as a starting point. Start with “The Animal”, Eddy Merckx and his son Axel. Then go and chat to Chris Boardman and his son and Bernard Hinault and his. Go and see the cycling daughter of Britain’s greatest ever cyclist, Beryl Burton.
These people were at the very, very, top of their sport for years and had children. There are many more like them. Nuff said.
The Next Dalai Lama Rejects Buddhism and Hero Worship, that is!
Way back in 1986, the next Dalai Lama, a little Spanish boy, was chosen. Apparently, Osel Hita Torres can’t take it, a life deprived of television, movies (save one), football and girls.
He’s now a film student in Madrid.
He rejects all that his status gave him and yet the monks still worship him. How long this will last, I don’t know.
I earnestly hope that he and the monks are happy. I practice Nichiren’s Buddhism. It’s not like this at all. Not one bit. Nada. In fact, Nichiren explicitly denounced the worship of idols and people, and the elevation of people to any such ‘god-like’ status.
Nichiren was para-phrasing the original Buddha’s words, as well as their intent when he said,
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