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UK couple convicted in fake bomb detector scam

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Doubtful News has kept up on the ongoing accusations, arrests and convictions of those involved in a scam that garnered millions of dollars from security forces around the world in exchange for a cheap, useless “bomb detector” and device that was claimed to find other things including drugs and missing children. Jim McCormick and Gary…

Sorry… We don’t serve spirits.

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Here’s a question. Is there any pub in Great Britain that hasn’t yet claimed to be haunted? The “Paranormal Pound” is not to be sniffed at, especially in the current climate of frequent pub closures and many landlords in debt to not only banks, but breweries as well. The latest two pubs to claim that…

Ketchum wants you to help fund her study on human origins

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Melba Ketchum, veterinarian, is asking for $9000 to study elongated “human” skulls. It must be because she did so well with the Sasquatch genome study. She is spearheading a GoFundMe campaign to raise money. Ancient Human Origins, N American Giants by Melba Ketchum – GoFundMe. We have been doing genetic studies on the origin of…

Kamal-Ji, devotee of Sai Baba, charged with fraud

Yet another “spiritual healer” accused of fraud. I sort of like this trend, other than the obvious conclusion that people are still falling for this garbage. This person advertised via flyers and ads but many clients may have come via word of mouth. Since people are apt to trust “advice” from their friends, this is…

Swami versus Guru: Sai Baba was no godman or god

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Happy Tuesday morning with religious groups talking smack about each other in India. Religious leader Swami Shree Swaroopananda Saraswati ji says guru Sai Baba is a conspiracy to create division among Hindus. Shankaracharya vs Sai Baba: Devotees seethe with anger as Sai Baba’s cult is challenged – daily.bhaskar.com. A complaint has been lodged against Swami Swaroopanand in…

Psychic shaman sent to jail for 10 years in U.K. conviction

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This is another landmark victory against psychic fraud. This time in the U.K. A conviction and significant jail time for this faith healing fraudster. [Oma and Pa have a magic tree ] Con woman ‘shaman’ jailed for 10 years over £1m frauds – Telegraph. A witchdoctor con woman whose crimes were described by a judge as…

FTC Settlement against Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing’s deceptive practices

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Another pyramid scheme that targeted immigrant communities is exposed. FTC Settlement Bans Pyramid Scheme Operators From Multi-Level Marketing. In January 2013, the FTC and the states charged the Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing (FHTM) defendants with deceiving consumers by claiming they would earn significant income through selling various products and services if they signed up as FHTM…

Amway’s latest lawsuit

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Amway, one of the world’s biggest multi-level marketing companies, is in court again. Amway’s Claims Are Malarkey, Distributors Say. The world’s largest Amway distributors expanded their business from Taiwan into Chinese communities in the United States, defrauding their new clients with promises of “enormous profits,” nine Amway sellers claim in court. Lead plaintiff Longsheng Lei…

Trudeau is in prison and his infomercials are still airing!

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Why is this happening? Well, it’s a bit odd… Pitchman Kevin Trudeau in prison but ads air. Churchman sat up and watched in disbelief as Kevin Trudeau, the dapper, effusive pitchman who had just been sentenced in Chicago to 10 years in prison for lying in an infomercial about his weight-loss book, held up a…

Ramtha school hosted Romanian tax dodgers

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Wanted tax dodgers joined up with J.Z. Knight’s Ramtha school. Feds: Pair hiding with Yelm cult suspected in $73M tax cheat – seattlepi.com. A Romanian couple accused in a plot to dodge $73 million in taxes have been arrested after joining followers of a fringe religious movement in Yelm. Radu Nemes and his wife Diana…

Call forwarding scam disrupts Florida dentist

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How did this happen? And what a pain! Ft. Lauderdale Dentist Claims Phone Number Was “Hijacked” « CBS Miami. A Fort Lauderdale dentist says her phone line was “hijacked” by scammers. The phone has been ringing off the hook at Dr. Patty’s Dental boutique in Ft. Lauderdale, but the calls aren’t coming from clients. “Stop…

Will the public get 10 years safely isolated from Trudeau? YES! (Updated)

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Updated 17-Mar-2014 Perpetually prosecuted pitchman Trudeau was sentenced on Monday. They asked for ten years and they got it. Kevin Trudeau: Prosecutors ask 10 years in prison – chicagotribune.com. Federal prosecutors want jailed TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau sentenced to at least 10 years in prison for repeatedly defying court orders to pay a whopping $37…

“Fake bomb detector” device gets patent in Romania

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Someone needs to explain this insanity to me. Is it money? I’m guessing is money and really ignorant buyers. BBC News – Bomb detectors similar to fake devices get patents in Romania, the BBC learns. Bomb detectors similar to fake devices sold by a fraudulent Somerset businessman have been patented by a Romanian company, the…

Is the ark funded?

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Did the Ham on Nye debate spur funding to finally build the ark. Color me VERY skeptical. Ham is slimy. Noah’s Ark park in Kentucky will be built, officials say. Founders of Northern Kentucky’s controversial Creation Museum said Thursday that enough money has been raised to proceed with a biblical theme park built around a…

Dowsing for hepatitis NOW cures AIDS too!

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Somedays, it actually does amaze me what seemingly sane people will think is real. The fake bomb detector/drug detector/dowsing devices are now claimed to cure AIDS and hepatitis C. It’s creating an international embarrassment for Egypt. Egyptian army’s AIDS-cure claim gets harsh criticism – CNN.com. Egypt’s army claims it has invented a cure for AIDS…

Want some of fraudster Kevin Trudeau’s STUFF? Come on down.

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KEVIN TRUDEAU ESTATE SALE IN OJAI Starts On 2/28/2014. BY ORDER OF THE US DISTRICT COURT, MUNYON & SONS HAS BEEN RETAINED TO SELL THE ENTIRE CONTENTS OF THE RESIDENCE OF KEVIN TRUDEAU – AUTHOR & TV PITCHMAN. The government hired an estate dealer to auction off all Trudeau’s stuff to help him meet his…

Bigfoot researcher fined for defrauding government

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Peter Byrne was an acclaimed monster hunter. He got into some big trouble lately. This is actually from December but I felt it was interesting enough to make a quick note of it here. USDOJ: US Attorney’s Office – District of Oregon. A former resident of Pacific City was sentenced in federal court on December 3,…

Congregation gets some resolution to Ponzi scheme fraud

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In an update to this story, Bible marketing: Ponzi scheme took many investors, some members of the church have settled their suit. I-TEAM: Settlements for some in Bishop Eddie Long’s congregation. He came into church with promises of riches for Bishop Eddie Long’s congregation. Ephren Taylor, a self-described financial guru, left with nearly a million…

Herbadeath?

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Things heat up against Herbalife with a call to look into their business practices. Senator Calls for Inquiry Into Herbalife – NYTimes.com. Herbalife, the nutritional supplements company that has long been in the cross hairs of a powerful hedge fund manager, is coming under increased scrutiny in Washington. Senator Edward J. Markey, Democrat of Massachusetts,…