Fraud E-mail Spam Promoting Rick Simpson Cannabis Oil is Doubly Despicable
Earlier this week, we here at Irregular Times received a comment from one “Ahsa Durrow”:
“Hello my name is Ahsa Durrow from united state of America and I want to thank rick simpson and the entire management of ricksimpsonmedicalservices for their life saving cannabis oil that cured my Dad’s thyroid cancer,the doctor told us there was little he could since despite all the chemo and radiation,he wasn’t responding to treatment.so a friend of mine came to our rescue by ordering this cannabis oil from rick simpson medicals services which he said rick has been helping patients fight against cancer of various types so we decided to give it a try,so far my Dad is improving very well and presently he can walk around the house all by himself.i felt it’s necessary i let others especially those suffering from this acute disease that once you have a good cannabis oil,it can really give a second chance at life.if you happen to be in dying need of this cannabis oil,you can contact the foundation who supplied us with this email:firstname.lastname@example.org,For more information and the delivering process,”
It’s enough to make you shed a tear, isn’t it? A dad saved from cancer is a very lovely story, after all. I was going to very gently point out that Ahsa’s dad had gotten better after chemo and radiation and cannabis oil, then very gently ask how her dad would know so firmly which one did the trick. I’d then very nicely drop in a reference to the Skeptic’s Dictionary entry on the many problems with claims regarding supposed cannabis oil cures. Perhaps I’d add this encyclopedic treatment from UK Cancer Research.
But then I had a hunch. Maybe it was the “united state of America” phrase that tripped my attention. The sales pitch at the end certainly drew my eye. But the point is I checked. Always check.
It turns out that this comment from “the united state of America” actually comes from the Old World, delivered via an IP address in Manchester, England. Perhaps “Ahsa Durrow” had taken a visit while writing her heartfelt, spontaneous testimonial.
Perhaps. But it also turns out that this exact paragraph has been cut and pasted in to hundreds of comment forums all over the internet, under different names like “Ahsa Durrow” but also “Asha,” “Rose Joel,” “Carl,” “Joy,” “Morgan Law,” “Steve Jones,” “Bob Joe,” “Charity Lucas,” “Jubrine Richie,” “Carry Ashar,” “Maria Pack,” and on and on and on. Now, either that’s one fella who has a had lot of children with different last names, or it’s a piece of cut-and paste spam.
There’s even one single forum that’s been on the receiving end of two versions of the same text, but inserting the names of different “services” that cured the same “dad”:
It’s a miracle! Steven Jones Medical Services and Rick Simpson Medical Services cured two dads in exactly the same way, prompting exactly the same breathless “anecdotal testimonial” by two different
robots people. Now that’s what I call replication!
No, actually, that’s what I call a scam.
When people lie about their identity in spreading false claims about miracle cures on webpages drawing the desperately ill and their loved ones, I’m not just miffed. I am so angry at this level of bullshit exploitation of other people’s pain. For what? For a few extra dollars in sales commission? Are their souls so cheaply purchased?