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FTC shuts down fake news sites that advertise dubious health claims

FTC Permanently Stops Six Operators from Using Fake News Sites that Allegedly Deceived Consumers about Acai Berry Weight-Loss Products Alleged Fraudulent Affiliate Marketers will Surrender Assets under Settlements Six online marketers agreed to settlements with the Federal Trade Commission that will permanently halt their allegedly deceptive practice of using fake news websites to market acai…

Film Maker exposes false hope cancer clinics of Tijuana

Here is a story not to be missed. A film maker, who emerged from her own treatment for breast cancer, investigates the cancer clinics in Tijuana, Mexico Cancer Sell People & Power goes undercover to investigate the clinics offering cancer patients little but false hope. Alongside the cancer chat rooms and online supplements stores I…

Power Balance $hips off to China for $8 million: Consumer fraud charge not settled

Wristband Maker Power Balance Sold to Chinese Manufacturers – Bankruptcy Beat – WSJ. The Chinese manufacturer that made thousands of Power Balance LLC bracelets got court permission to buy the California-based company after no other bidder put in a higher offer. That deal, valued at more than $8 million, enabled Contec Corp. to “buy” the…

Psychics foresee profitable video chat sessions in their future

You just knew this was coming… PsychicsLive.com Sees Video Chat As The Future Of The $2 Billion Psychic Market Whether you believe in psychic consultation or not, the industry pulls in $2 billion a year and is primed for disruption. Pay-per-minute phone calling still dominates the market despite being around for decades. Launching today, PsychicsLive.com…

Ghost Hunters say Frankfort distillery is haunted. Ghost tours commence.

Frankfort distillery offers ghost tours after TV show says it’s haunted | Travel | Kentucky.com. …27 ghosts [were] identified by a team from the SyFy TV network’s popular Ghost Hunters series who visited the distillery earlier this year and documented their findings on a show that aired Nov. 16. According to those investigators, the 125-acre distillery is…

Residences in Hong Kong cheap – if someone died there

Fascinating way to take advantage of superstitious beliefs and get yourself a cheap place Hong Kong’s hot market in ‘haunted’ houses  “Chinese people, especially in Hong Kong, don’t like houses where something unfortunate has happened. “This means they can sell for less, which makes the rental yields greater. The normal yields are between 3-4%, but…

Holy Hologram! Power Balance files for bankruptcy?

City Beat: Sacramento arena namesake Power Balance files for bankruptcy. Power Balance, the Southern California wristband company that purchased the naming rights of the Sacramento Kings’ arena earlier this year, filed for bankruptcy protection last week, documents show. The company’s filing for Chapter 11 reorganization comes after it settled a $57.4 million class action lawsuit…

Ghost-Hunting Tools: I call them “phoney”

Digital Dustup Over Ghost-Hunting Tools – WSJ.com. In the digital dustup, purists prefer to collect data with widely accepted engineering tools to better convince a skeptical public. Other ghostbusters say the digital applications have the potential to open new avenues for tracking spirits, which many believe manipulate energy to communicate since they no longer have…

American Bigfoot scientists and researchers felt hoodwinked by Russian Yeti event

Dr. Jeff Meldrum, professor of anatomy and anthropologist at Idaho State University, has spoken out about his recent excursion to Siberia to examine the existence of the Russian Yeti. Dr. Meldrum was a featured speaker at the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Conference in Youngwood, PA on Sunday, October 23. His conclusion: the yeti evidence was poor and…

Psychic frightens child into stealing in order to remove curse

Psychic said stealing jewelry would remove curse, sheriff says – latimes.com. A psychic was arrested by Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials for allegedly scaring a 12-year-old girl into stealing $10,000 in jewelry. During “psychic readings,” the suspect, Jackeline Lopez, of Palmdale, allegedly told the girl “horrible things” would happen to her unless she stole the…

TRUE Tales Of The Paranormal app for iPhone

Treat yourself this Halloween to True Tales Of The Paranormal for iPhone. ‘True Tales Of The Paranormal’ for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad brings out the Halloween spirit with over 100 REAL stories and pictures of Paranormal Activity. The app currently boasts over 100 real stories and pictures about Ghosts, UFOs, and the Simply Unexplainable.…

Don Lapre, King of Informercials, accused of scams, found dead

Self-Described “King Of Infomercials” Found Dead In Jail Cell According to CBS News, Lapre was only a few days away from standing trial for allegations that his his company, The Greatest Vitamin in the World, tricked at least 220,000 people with worthless Internet-based businesses mostly revolving around a pyramid scheme to sell vitamins that did…

Falling for online dating scams

Romance Scams Online Hit Hundreds of Thousands of Victims, UK Study Finds New online research led by the University of Leicester reveals that over 200,000 people living in Britain may have fallen victim to online romance scams — far more than had been previously estimated. The study is believed to be the first formal academic…

Pharmacists market dietary supplements: Unethical? (Updated)

Hard to swallow: pharmacists split over pill push | theage.com.au. On Monday, The Age revealed that the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, which represents 94 per cent of Australia’s 5200 pharmacies, had struck a deal with Blackmores to recommend some of its dietary supplements when patients pick up common prescriptions. Australia’s Health Professions Registration Act, pharmacy…

Paranormal group raising money to save building for ghost hunters

Paranormal group hopes haunted house is 1st step to saving old Radford mental hospital | The Republic. A paranormal research team hopes turning a former Radford mental hospital into a haunted house next month will be a step toward saving the more than century-old building. …the Mountain Ridge Paranormal Research Society hopes to collect about…