Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Scams of the Week: April 5, 2011

Miracle Mineral Supplement - This one  makes me laugh, so I had to include it. From the website miraclecure.org, the product boasts about being a cure or permanent control for "AIDS, Hepatitis A, B, and C, Tuberculosis, Malaria and most cancer." It's been proven by "scientific clinical trials in Africa" There are no links to these trials.  If a mineral supplement cured or even helped all those diseases, the makers of the treatment would be world-famous Nobel-laureates by now.  The claims are on par with the tall tales of Pecos Bill riding tornados. They have about the same level of plausibility.

American Funding - On a more depressing note, this company has picked up where G.F. Institute left off.  American Funding claims that consumers have a grant of $20,978 pending.  All the consumers have to do is call 1-877-857-6285 and verify some information. Once you call, you are asked to pay $12.99 to receive it. Of course this is nonsense and we had to go through the same thing with a business calling itself G.F. Institute back in 2008-2009. After G.F. Institute was crushed by false advertising and mail fraud suits, I thought they would be gone for good. However, this new company is doing the exact same thing and even mails out a green postcard like their predecessors.  FYI: no one can have an pending grant unless he or she applied for one, went through the grant-writing process, which helps to create a detailed proposal on how the recipient will use the funds, and submitted it to grants.gov.

Talent Agency Seminar...Class...thingies - These companies advertise that your child is destined for silver screen.  They say that only a very select few kids will be represented by their agents and they must audition.  It all sounds ok until they select your child and say they won't represent him or her unless they are trained up--and of course, you can only use their services for this training.  The classes run anywhere from $2000-7000.  These things are similar to the same money-making opportunities that require people to buy extraordinarily expensive training programs to make any money.  What's worse, that "small percentage" of children selected isn't small.  It's about 3/4 of the children who audition.

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