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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:phoenixtears47@gmail.com,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”:

Robot text promoting fake cannabis oil cures.  Do you need any greater indication that this is a scam?

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?

5 thoughts on “Fraud E-mail Spam Promoting Rick Simpson Cannabis Oil is Doubly Despicable”

  1. andy pete says:

    I was 41 years old when I was diagnosed with
    early-stage lung cancer after having treatment for
    a painful kidney stone. I felt healthy; I had never
    smoked a single cigarette in my life, and had no
    symptoms.
    Finding my doctor — and so much more
    When we got home I started searching online for
    information about the cancer with which I’d been
    diagnosed. I was looking for whatever I could
    find. During that research I came across peoples testimonies about how cannabis oil has helped them get their life back, so i decided to give it a try, i found this mail and i order the medication online via: [deleted e-mail address]@gmail.com and it was delivered to me. after taking the cannabis oil for some time i went back for check up and the doctor said that the cancer cell we decreasing, am happy and healthy.

    1. Jim Cook says:

      Really, “andy pete?”

      What a coincidence that someone named Todd Hardy has written a testimonial for Cancer Treatment Centers of America at which he tells his story:

      “I was 41 years old when I was diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer after having treatment for a painful kidney stone. I felt healthy; I had never smoked a single cigarette in my life, and had no symptoms.

      Finding my doctor—and so much more

      When we got home I started searching online for information about the cancer with which I’d been diagnosed. I was looking for whatever I could find. During that research I came across…”

      But the real Todd Hardy didn’t try cannabis oil. He had radical surgery — a lobectomy. See http://www.cancercenter.com/community/survivors/todd-hardy/ for the real story.

      But of course you know this already, you evil, moneysucking scumbag, “andy pete.” And you don’t care, you particularly poor specimen of the human species. I’d wish shame on you, but you clearly have no shame. After all, you couldn’t even take five minutes to write your own fake story to try to trick desperate people out of their money. I’m not writing this note for you. I’m writing this so no one falls for your callous trick.

  2. Nicole Trinity says:

    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: ,For more information and the delivering process

    1. Jim Cook says:

      Another cut-and-paste lie. What “Nicole Trinity” writes here has also been written under the name of:

      Patricia Warren
      Adams Austino
      Adams Sam

      What a callous reality hack, seeking a few bucks off of the gullibility of suffering people.

  3. Miriam English says:

    Thanks Jim. A blog site I visit regularly (http://theaimn.com) had similar spam posted by “Asha Durrow” today. This one was about a supposed miraculous cure of advanced liver cancer this time, using cannabis oil and advertising the same scammer address. (This Asha certainly has a lot of family members getting cancer. 🙂 ) I, like you, am a very skeptical person and the post triggered my bullshit alarms. I checked on the facebook address used to verify the post and it contained only these kinds of fraudulent posts — dozens of them. I’ve notified facebook of the fraud. Hopefully the account will be suspended soon.

    One of the people who frequent the above-mentioned blog site posted a link to your page. I just wanted to thank you for helping to stop these disgusting parasites profiting from people’s pain and misery.

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