FTC Notices That Diet Pill Spammer's Diet Pills Don't Work

from the next-thing-you-know,-they'll-be-telling-us-that-the-moon-isn't-made-of-cheese dept

Last week, the FTC announced that a judge had shut down the operation of a diet pill spammer after it turned out (shockingly, we know) that the claims made by the spammers about the pills were either completely false or (at best) unsubstantiated. While the spammers were in violation of the CAN SPAM law, it would seem that they should be in violation of other fraud regulations as well, such as false advertising. Of course, with so much spamming going overseas these days, perhaps what’s more amazing is that these guys were in the US and it was possible to find them in order to shut them down. We’re sure someone somewhat less easily shut down will quickly fill in the void.

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Just Me says:

1st Post

WOW!! Really??!! Where do I get these miraculous pills??
Can someone post a link??

What gets me with all this spam crap is that people still fall for this stuff. If a company sends out 100K emails and got Zero response they would stop sending emails.
It’s all those dumb ___’s out there clicking this links that are keeping spam coming. So long as those suckers keep clicking links we’ll all keep getting spam.

Also, there was a case not too long ago of a company out in BC selling such pills. Turns out they had traces of (among other things) human feces in them.
After seeing that I’m darn sure I’ll never buy pill sof the web (not that I would have to begin with).

Mark says:

Re: 1st Post

“Also, there was a case not too long ago of a company out in BC selling such pills. Turns out they had traces of (among other things) human feces in them.”

It’s not that disturbing. The FDA allows for some PPM % to be in food and such, I’ll see if I can dig up the link. It’s a good read, especially when you get to the rodent feces and expired insect PPM.

TheDock22 says:

Like this will stop spammers....

Supposedly jailing the biggest spammer in the US was suppose to stop spam. It didn’t, in fact my spam filter at work easily gets twice the amount of spam it used to.

Now they fine these people, which is supposed to help to stop spam, but it won’t. Sometimes I think the government is going about this wrong. I say make spamming illegal, with severe jail time. That will reduce it in the US.

Oh and the post about The FDA allows for some PPM % to be in food and such does NOT apply to feces, it applies to rodent hair (with the threat of hantavirus the FDA would never allow feces from any animal). Here is the link to the percentages (http://www.sixwise.com/newsletters/05/06/29/how_many_insect_parts_and_rodent_hairs_are_allowed_in_your_food.htm)

soxgal (profile) says:

Re: Like this will stop spammers....

Since most prolific spammers are very good at forging message headers, playing mail server roulette and vanishing before you can trace the message origin, making UCE illegal in the United States won’t do anything to stop spam. Not to mention that the U.S. has no jurisdiction outside its borders. Good luck in finding, trying and convicting offshore spammers.

People need to learn to use their “delete” option. As time consuming as it is, simply deleting spam messages is more efficient than investing time in tracing headers and reporting abuse to all ISPs in the chain.

TheDock22 says:

Re: Re: Re: Like this will stop spammers....

Get Gmail, you’ll never see a spam message again, its filter catches them all.

Well I was talking about a company e-mail server. Gmail isn’t allowed. But I do have gmail for a personal account and still get 5 – 10 e-mails that sneak by per week (which is still better than Yahoo).

No system is 100% reliable.

Oliver Wendell Jones (profile) says:

Read This And Lose Weight!

If you read this posting you can lose weight!*

That’s right, all you have to do is eat healthy, adopt a regular exercise routine and read this posting as little as 3 times per day!*

Don’t need to lose weight? No problem, this same posting can reduce the appearance of age lines*, male pattern baldness*, general ugliness*, and much more*!

Call 1-800-fake-pills now to receive a free sample (credit card required so we can sign you up for a subscription to our worthless pills and continue to send them to you and bill you outrageous amounts while you struggle to find a phone number to cancel your subscription and good luck getting through to our one operator who works 3-4 minutes per week, and btw, you can’t return the pills to us because we package them in such a way you could easily tamper with them, so we can’t refund the money we’ve already taken)

*The statements regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. N-yah, n-yah, you can’t sue us for fraud as we covered our butts with a disclaimer!

GoblinJuice says:

Not sure about these pills in particular, but diet pills – those containing ephedra, which is now banned – do work. =)

The two principle products being sold by the company are so-called precursor HGH, which is claimed to stimulate the release and/or production of your body’s HGH, and diet pills containing Hoodia.

If it’s a supplement or herb or an OTC performance enhancer, I’ve probably tried it – as long as I’ve heard something good about it. (Trust me, you don’t want to see how many empty buckets of whey and creatine I have. =))

I’ve never heard anything good, from a reputable source, about hoodia.

As for the precursor HGH, it never made any damn sense to me… so I never bothered to try it. HGH is one thing, the so-called precursors are another all together.

John (profile) says:

Two points

First, to all the people who say they never receive any spam in their Inbox:
1) How long have you had your address?
2) How many places do you use your address?

If you just set up your account last week, then of course you won’t get any spam.
If you only use your address to talk to friends (and never post it on any website, anywhere), then of course you won’t get spam.

If you’re like the rest of us who have had e-mail addresses for a while or use them on sites that require valid e-mails, then you’ll get spam.
And, yes, gmail delivers spam to my Inbox at the rate of about 5 messages per week. Admittedly, this is FAR better than Yahoo, which delivers 10-15 spam messages to my Inbox every 2 or 3 days.

The second point is what one of the above posters already mentioned:
Who are these people who keep clicking on spam messages and buying this junk? This point can’t be stressed enough: if people didn’t but these “products” then the spammers wouldn’t have any income. If they had no income, spamming people would become worthless and they would look for other work.

GoblinJuice says:

Re: Two points

You’re also forgetting what I call the “brute force method” of spamming. (I’m sure spammers have a different, more professional sounding name for it. Ha.) Basically, it’s firstnamelastname@domain.com and variations.

Example: BobJones@gmail.com, BJones@gmail.com, BobJ@gmail.com, Bob.Jones@gmail.com, etc, etc. (Sorry to Bob Jones, if there really is one. =))

If you were the sorry schmuck that had that acct, you could keep the addy to yourself… but you’d still get spam. And some would slip right thru the filters.

Spam, like junk mail, is part of life. Sure, there are steps you can take to reduce most of it, but… eh… c’est la vie.

Lucy says:

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The diet plan I’m on right now is the Medifast Diet. The caloric intake is roughly 800-1000 calories. However, it doesn’t make my body feel weak. It is a bit of a pricey diet, but there are plenty of coupons available on the internet.http://www.swoopup.com/stores/deals/Medifast-Diet

.You should never pay full price.

My advice is just choose a diet plan which your body reacts positively to. No one knows your body better than you do!

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