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Pay to pray growing in Kenya faith healing churches

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Kenya’s Healing Churches: Faith or Fiction?. As Christian churches grow in size and number in Kenya, they have created a growing industry of faith healers and televangelists. Concerns are also rising that these new churches exist only to exploit the poor and desperate. Kenyans are looking to spot the wicked among the righteous. Exorcisms, twice…

Chiropractors pitch you dubious “cure” for diabetes

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Be aware of such scams. Call 12: Promise of diabetes ‘cure’ has a catch. Diabetic Solutions MD promises it can help cure diabetes through a step-by-step process and nutritional supplements that could cost you thousands. Don’t be misled by the MD in the title. The doctors pitching the supplements are licensed chiropractors whose practices revolve…

N.Y. attorney general trying to trump Trump on his “university”

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Some people just aren’t great teachers. N.Y. attorney general suing Trump’s school for fraud – CNN Political Ticker – CNN.com Blogs. New York’s attorney general accused Donald Trump in a lawsuit Saturday of defrauding students who studied at the billionaire mogul’s investment institute, though Trump’s representative said a large majority of the school’s alumni were…

UK government agencies ignored warnings of fake bomb detector

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The aftereffects of the fake bomb detector scandal continues. Governments promoted the use of the devices that caused deaths due to failing to detect bombs and people possibly imprisoned on false positives. UK government promoted fake bomb detectors | World news | The Guardian. Three British government departments and agencies promoted the international sale of…

Ghost tour business courting Massachusetts town

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Let’s just be straight about this… Officials hope ‘ghosts’ will bring tourists – Taunton, MA – The Taunton Daily Gazette. As part of their drive to increase tourism in Middleboro, selectmen may be looking to the supernatural to attract sightseers after learning that a ghost tour company is interested in coming to town. Town Manager…

A roll in the dough

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A classic case of if it sounds too good to be true…You’ve got to be kidding me. Mountain View: Arrests made in ‘roll around in cash’ online date robbery scheme – San Jose Mercury News. Police arrested three males as suspects in a “blind date” robbery scheme in which victims would be wooed by a…

Spirit Story Box app will tell you a story, alright

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There’s a sucker downloading every minute. Spirit Story Box Is The Latest iPhone App For ‘Ghosthunters’. Technology is often the enemy of superstition, but a new iPhone app aims to convince you otherwise. Spirit Story Box, a 99-cent iPhone app launched recently by Roger Pingelton and Jill Beitz, of Greenwood, Ind., claims to detect and…

Trudeau ordered to reveal assets “they” don’t know about

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Even the judge called this guy a liar. Even after legal troubles, he still lives the high life. This is an update to earlier stories about pitchman Kevin Trudeau’s current court issues and his hidden assets that the Federal Trade Commission wants revealed. TV pitchman ordered to reveal hidden assets – chicagotribune.com. A federal judge…

Sweat and squeeze guru is free to build empire again

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I can’t help but think of the new season of Arrested Development. But, this is neither funny nor fiction. Motivational speaker that pimps “Harmonic Wealth” is free from prison after two years and looks like is on track to continue his business. They’re watching as guru in sweat lodge case goes free – CNN.com. New…

Nonsense is big business, as shown by this guy

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People buy into this stuff. No matter how ridiculous. Chinese wizard of the web conjures up $1.9m a year. A Chinese magician has conjured up a personal fortune after setting up an online “spell” emporium that is reportedly earning him more than one million yuan ($180,000) each month. Luo Shun, 31, from Hunan province, started…

Loch Ness area chamber disrespects tourists by throwing researchers under the bus

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As readers may be aware, I have an unnatural interest in paranormal tourism. I’m not opposed to marketing a place for its legends and mystique but frequently the claims bleed over into reality, cheapening the experience with hoaxes, mock-ups and crappy merchandising. This distorts the reality and is, essentially, lying to visitors. I found this…

Watch your donations, OK?

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With 24 confirmed deaths so far and still many people missing after the tornado in Oklahoma this week, beware of fake charities trying to scam you for donations. Oklahoma Tornado Survivors Need Your Help, Scammers Don’t – Consumerist. There are no confirmed reports of fake tornado charities yet, but surely they’re coming. Scammers popped up…

Herbal remedies do not cure cancer. Cancer quack sentenced. (Updated)

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This type of story about empty promises to very vulnerable people can apply to many around the world. Too many continue to make money for their hyped and useless, possibly dangerous, “cures”. Doctor who promised cancer cure faces sentencing – Yahoo! News. At the age of three, Brianica Kirsch was diagnosed with brain cancer. Her…