Massachusetts Attorney General Sues School Health Corporation Over Selling Snake Oil Theraworx Prodcut to School Districts 

Sadly the AG does not have the legal authority to sue the manufacturer of the Theraworx Protect product, Avadim Health, and get it taken off the market. Hopefully the FDA has taken notice and is working to get the snake oil hand sanitizer re-labeled accurately and the FTC will ensure the false advertising stops.

Of course Avidim Health’s other snake oil placebo products (Theraworx Releif, PHUEL, and Combat One) are almost certainly exempt from regulation in the USA. This is because Orrin G. Hatch (R–UT) made sure we have a law that specifically exempts snake-oil placebo’s from needing to be effective.

Source: Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey sues School Health Corporation over selling school districts $100,000 of ‘fake’ hand sanitizer –

Uxbridge Police Chief making excuses for the kids as he tries to downplay town’s racial problems

Source: Family decries ‘subculture of racism’ at Uxbridge High School – MetroWest Daily News bolding mine

Uxbridge Police Chief Marc Montminy said he heard from the school resource officer in early June that the school was handling the situation internally. The chief spoke to Darius’ family recently, though.

The town hasn’t had much experience with racial bias, said the chief, who came to Uxbridge last year from Manchester, Connecticut.

He also raised the possibility that the offending students might have acted more out of jealousy or rivalry toward the newcomer.

“We haven’t determined yet whether there’s intent behind it,” Montminy said. “My question, is this a racist vein that runs through the town or more likely an attempt to get under the skin of an individual?”

Classic excuse for racism, maybe it was some other factor that caused the people to use clearly racist language. Yeah right, the reality is you only use racist language when you are making racist comments, period.

Postal Scam

Here’s a clever postal scam of some sort. A post card in UPS colors claiming there is a package waiting for you. No idea what they would try to scam you for if you call their toll free number but I’m sure it can’t be good.



Quack Miranda Warning

In case you aren’t aware, the Quack Miranda Warning takes the form of:

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease.

This statement is required on health products when the manufacturer and seller either are unable or unwilling to show the product is useful the way normal health products show their usefulness. It provides the manufacturer/seller some immunity from legal liability. So to protect your health and/or prevent wasting money on useless products all you have to do is avoid buying any product that bears this warning. Be aware that, like all fine print meant to protect undeserved profits, this warning will be in a tiny font in the most obscure location of a page.

It used to be that you’d only see this warning on diet pills, weird vitamins and other things you’d ingest. This warning has worked so well at limiting liability that pretty much all useless products relating to health in any way shape or form now include the warning. Case in point, xZubi, the warning is in the smallest font at the bottom of the home page.

I find the easiest way to check for the warning is to search any suspect page for the phrase “evaluated by the FDA” (Firefox & Internet Explorer, press Control+F to search a page) .  I hope this information helps you avoid wasting money or damaging your health, Happy New Year 2011.

2007 Internet Crime Report

This months’ Conformity magazine email newsletter, “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” column, pointed me to the Internet Crime Complaint Center 2007 Annual Report.

The whole report is well worth reading, I amazes me how so many people are gullible enough to fall for basically the same old scams. Here’s the start of the conclusion section:

The data indicates that fraud is increasing; however, reported complaints remained relatively level with 206,884 complaints in 2007, down from 207,492 complaints in 2006, 231,493 complaints in 2005, and 207,449 complaints in 2004. This total includes many different fraud types, non-fraudulent complaints, as well as complaints of other types of crime. Yet, research indicates that only one in seven incidents of fraud ever make their way to the attention of enforcement or regulatory agencies. The total dollar loss from all referred cases of fraud was $239.09 million in 2007 up from $198.44 million in 2006.

Only 1 in 7 incidents are reported and those total 239 million dollars so, the total Internet fraud take is likely more than 1.5 billion dollars in 2007, ouch. This doesn’t even take into account all the non-Internet specific forms of fraud that often involve television, telephone and print advertising as well as Internet methods for finding suckers (e.g. ultrasonic pest repellents, diet pills and books, books on running your car on water, psychics, astrology). The total dollars lost annually to all the various scams must be in the tens of billions of dollars. 😦

Appendix – 2 of the report “Best Practices to Prevent Internet Crime” is a good reference for avoiding becoming a victim of fraud. For reports from previous years and broken down by state go to the IC3 Annual Reports page. Some good sources to help you spot and avoid scams are listed below.

Hot Scams

NCL’s National Fraud Information Center/Internet Fraud Watch Crime (Fraud Squad )

Consumer Fraud Reporting

Ripoff Report

Fraud Guides

Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection

Consumer Fraud in the United States: The Second FTC Survey

Double Glazing Sales Dirty Tricks