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Bigfoot Captured breaks History: Channel continues to fake out viewers

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WOW! History Channel pulled a “Mermaids” gimmick. Why would they sabotage their credibility? Oh wait, ever since it became the “Hitler” Channel a while ago, it’s been heading downhill. According to this review of their latest special program, Bigfoot Captured, a “shameful fake documentary” about Bigfoot, it’s hit rock bottom. Reviewer Jim Vorel of Paste Magazine takes the…

When your porn business tanks, become a “doctor”

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An arrogant man has all his porn producing equipment stolen so he decides to enter the medical field treating people without an appropriate license because he doesn’t think the rules apply to him. This is why we have regulations. He’s in jail. A judge set bail at $1 million Wednesday for an alleged phony doctor after…

Exposed “healer” Popoff is back to take your money

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We are again pleased to bring you news of brilliant skeptical activism from UK’s Good Thinking Society as they expose former fraud televangelist Peter Popoff. He’s back to his old tricks “healing” people. But also, he has what appears to be a lucrative fund-raising plan that demands money from patrons in exchange for gimmicks and…

“Intuitive counselors” taking investors for a gullible ride

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Even really smart people fall prey to wishful thinking and flowery third-party advice when they feel out of control. Economic uncertainty has resulted in a psychic boom. Same as it ever was… Source: Psychic readings: How executives are making a fortune through psychics – Fortune It’s well known that successful professionals have a coterie of…

If it sounds too good and green to be true, it probably is.

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The Mantria corporation has been known as being fraudulent for many years now. Finally, those involved have finally been indicted for their bullshit “speed wealth” program. They promised to make their investors “stinkin’, filthy rich” with high-risk bets on real estate and green energy.Instead, federal prosecutors said, the cofounders of a company in the Philadelphia suburbs…

Blessing scam alert in Vancouver

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News alert: Vancouver Police say there may be more victims of a blessing scam or evil spirit scam that has robbed people of significant amounts of cash and jewellery.Three women have now been arrested in connection with the scam, which came under investigation on July 8.The Vancouver Police Financial Crime Unit began the investigation into a…

Dear John Oliver: Preach it, brother

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John Oliver of HBO’s Last Week Tonight takes it to greedy televangelists and those preaching the “prosperity Gospel” and “seeding”. Give money (seed) to get money. And people give… But it gets worse, some preachers push faith healing and collect money for their claims that God will heal. And people give… Oliver exposes the bizarre legality…

Show of hands: Palmistry is bullshit

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The Good Thinking Society (UK) produced a set of videos documenting an investigation into palm readers. There is no basis to palmistry, it doesn’t work, it makes no sense, and the GTS shows that at least in this case, it sounds more like scripted repetition instead of any personalized reading. You will love how all…

Kevin Trudeau must pay back millions of dollars

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A tentative plan was announced to provide refunds for hundreds of thousands of people who bought Kevin Trudeau’s silly diet book. Source: Judge may order refunds for buyers of Trudeau weight-loss book – Chicago Tribune The plan greenlighted by U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman calls for the Federal Trade Commission to send several rounds of checks to…

International Astrology Foundation smacked for deceptive practices in Iowa

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An Iowa judge has ordered a New York-based company that prosecutors say conned people into paying for outlandish psychic readings and prophecies to stop soliciting Iowa residents and refund nearly $14,000 already sent from them. Source: Court orders New York psychic outfit to reimburse Iowa residents for ‘outrageous’ deception Polk County District Court Judge Douglas…

Indian “institutes” teaching people “ghost hunting”

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Ghost chasing is becoming a more popular hobby in India. People are paying to take courses from “institutes” to learn how to operate the equipment. It seems like India may be about 10 years behind the US in the popularity of fall for such stuff. An increasing number of urban Indian professionals are signing up…

SEC database hoax sent Avon stock soaring

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Did people with dollar signs in their eyes jump on an obviously fake bid for Avon? Or is the story that what was thought to be a secure way of gaining information has been manipulated? An S.E.C. filing that appears to have been a fake bid for the cosmetics company raises questions about the potential for…

FTC slashes weight loss scam scheme

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The FTC charged the group Sale Slash for violating the FTC Act and the CAN-SPAM Act. They used spam emails and banner ads to fake news sites that were designed to look like a genuine endorsement. It was also alleged that they used unauthorized celebrity endorsements, such as Oprah Winfrey, and made false claims to…

Florida woman scammed out of $220K from “psychic”

What’s with Florida and psychics? Is it all the retired people with money? L.A. ‘psychic’ charged with scamming Brevard victim. A California woman who claims to be a psychic has Brevard County’s criminal justice system in her future after her arrest on charges of exploitation of the elderly, scheme to defraud and criminal use of…

Faith-based fraudster Ephren Taylor receives 19 years in jail

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Finally! Some positive news to report. A fraudster is sent to jail for 19 years. We’ve been covering the antics of Ephren Taylor since 2013 when his Ponzi scheme duped investors and he was caught living under a false ID, hiding from authorities. His scheme, where money from one investor is paid to keep the others…

Herbalife declared NOT fraudulent (Edited)

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More disappointing news on the legal front today. Herbalife is in the clear after years of dogged pursuit accusing them of fraud. Herbalife wins dismissal of U.S. ‘pyramid scheme’ lawsuit | Reuters. Herbalife Ltd won the dismissal of a lawsuit that claimed the maker of weight-loss and nutritional products fraudulently portrayed itself as a legitimate…

Ancestry.com now labeled evil due to copyright claim cheap shot

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In a strange update to this story, government files obtained through FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) have been claimed to be copyrighted. Jason Colavito notes it in this piece: the Black Vault database of Project Blue Book was taken down after Ancestry.com asserted that it owns the copyright (!) to the Air Force’s UFO files,…

‘Charles Manson in a box’ sideshow plan falls apart

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Shall we have a pity party for either one of these darlings? Charles Manson wedding off after it emerges that fiancee Afton Elaine Burton ‘just wanted his corpse for display’ Serial killer Charles Manson’s supposed budding romance with a woman 53 years his junior has been allegedly exposed as a money-making scheme. According to journalist…

Psychic mail fraud scheme busted by U.S. feds

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The US Justice Department has brought the hammer down on a psychic fraud scheme that solicits customers via mail that looks personalized targeting elderly and and economically vulnerable people promising wealth. WASHINGTON: Did these mail-order ‘psychics’ see the Justice Department coming? | Suits & Sentences | McClatchy DC. The Justice Department on Thursday filed civil complaints…

Bogus bomb detector dealer jailed

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Makers of the plastic gadget sold as a bomb detector called Alpha 6 are the latest in a string of fraudsters to face punishment for their greedy game that cost lives in war zones. BBC News – Fake bomb detector husband jailed for three years. Samuel Tree, 68, was sentenced to three and a half…

Psychic scam in Milwaukee caused woman to believe she was cursed

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A variation on the “blessings scam” has struck Wisconsin. The perpetrator is at large, wanted for felony theft. Woman loses $20K in psychic scam, believed money needed to be blessed | Local News – WISN Home. [T]he victim told police as tarot cards were arrayed on a table in July, the self-proclaimed psychic, 38-year-old Agueda…

Herbalife as “a force of mass deception in America”

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The North American Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, has a very involved and interesting piece on Herbalife corporation and why the multi-level marketing scheme is still going strong today – denialism. People have found it unimaginable that this is a fraudulent business plan. Unthinkable, Unimaginable And Unspeakable: Why Wall Street Clings To The Herbalife Myth – NASDAQ.com.…

Kevin Trudeau Appeals Conviction: Says the government messed up the case

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As expected, Kevin Trudeau appealed his conviction on contempt of court charges that sent him to prison for 10 years. This article also give us some insight into why we still see his dubious books for sale and his ridiculous infomercials on TV. Infomercial Scammer Kevin Trudeau Appeals Conviction – Consumerist. The appeal contends that…