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September 09, 2009

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queen-slug

Because these scams are so over the top I keep waiting for one of them to have a cure of Poland's Syndrome, but I guess it's either too rare or too obviously not fixable without surgery.

I think that's what makes these so sad, it's not in your face obviously fake, but it's for half a moment believable fake to people to have lost hope that they will get better or who've lost home in medical science.

JP

Wow, thank you for this info. Sometimes you can just "feel" that a website is not right, and that is how I felt about didmorax.com...its a shame people out there feel the need to exploit people looking for help.

helen

Wow. I've spent the last day reading your site, and don't know whether to scream or cry.
I landed here after I was asked my opinion on the postpolio supplement. Before checking the site I advised it was 99% likely to be bogus internet marketing shit.
But this is a new level of level of scary dangerous.
Before I was pissed off at $40 e-books claiming to cure the untreatable with baking soda and apple cider vinegar. That was so lame that even a techno challenged me could download without actually paying. In comparison, that was benign (although I was astounded that anyone would blatently rip off sick and vulnerable people.
As aherbalist I thought vI should recognise the ingredients, but half I don't. The combinations are wrong and the doses random. Funny how they seem to have the same 27.62 mg of most herbal ingredients. Ths would be about 1% of a therapeutic dose for many herbs like liquorice (glycyrrhiza)
FYI the Linn you queried elsewhere is the Linnaeus classification of plants - obviously they directly copied from some source. Homeopathics such as Nux Vomica should have a dilution number, not a mg value.
You write and research so well I thought WEB MD would respond, although I had surmised they were just an internet scam site anyway.
But your efforts need to be acted upon, so go the person with power - OPRAH.
Seriously, f you sent a printout of this stuff, I can't see her being able to ignore it.
Thank the universe that there are people like you maintaining vigilance.
Helen from Australia

Rae

I agree with Helen, send all of this to OPRAH. Who in this world has more clout than her. I feel confident that she would be willing to expose these scammers.

Charles

This niche scam appears to be enormous. I was looking for natural remedies for Lichen Planus when I came across lichenplanusproducts.com, a site supposedly created by a humanitarian who wanted to share his personal "research" & experience with others by reviewing 4 good products for treating Lichen Planus, one of which is Plenical listed among the 56 products ending in "ical". Then I found this site, substituted names of 2 of the other medical conditions and found urethritisproducts.com & keratosisproducts.com. All 3 of the "products.com" sites I looked at have identically formatted website and graphics; only the names of the 4 "reviewed" products were different along with a small fraction of the text. Assuming similar feeder sites are out there for all of the 56 medical conditions, and each site reviews 4 "products", that's 224 scam sites. Unfortunately there may be many more than that. As I recall, the Internet originated in the USA as a way for Universities to easily communicate and foster research, yet be safe from people without a "need to know". I'm dumfounded that things seem so out of control now, that someone in a high "Internet" position somewhere can't just push a button and fry the servers that these scammers depend on.

One Sick Mother

Charles,

Yes. I have found some of the review sites. See here, here and here (and see all the other sites under the scams heading on the left-hand side of this site) . All-in-all I have found over 1,300 bad sites.  Are they all connected? I dont know. Some of them definitely are.

Who owns the Internet?  No-one. it is cross-border, so it is not fully regulated. Anyway. I imagine if whoever owns the Internet killed one scammer IP address, it would be  easy enough to change it on the host and the scammers would be back in business in about ten minutes or so. Or they could switch out a fried server in slightly more time.

There needs to be proper legal ramifications for activities like this. If running a scam like this might cost 50 years in jail, rather than an IP address or  fileserver;  I guarantee you the scammers would think twice.

But it isnt.
OSM

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