scamOne of these scams is called “Erase Herpes” or Erase Herpes Review.  It should be setting off fraud alarms because it contains two words that scamsters over the centuries have loved to use: “miracle” and “cure“.  The other big red flashing light that should be triggered is that nowhere in the promotional materials do they let on to the basis of this “miracle cure”.  Further, they don’t even tell you anything about the alleged Dr. Christine Buehler. Of course, if you try to order it, you’ll be taken to another site called homeherpesrevolution or getrideofcoldsores-fast.com.   Below, we’ll tell you why these Finally, if you try to find any kind of review of this miracle cure you are bludgeoned by fake review sites that are not independent or objective; they are just more marketers trying to take your money.   The new twist in this scam is it claims it is “free”….you are only making a “refundable deposit.”   Don’t believe it.

We see this kind of scam all of the time; it is an almost textbook scheme by which Internet marketers overcharge consumers for dubious information, much of which is readily available on the Net for free.  The typical price charged by these other scammers is $37….identical to what other miracle cure scam marketers want to charge your credit card. And it is an “infoscam” because they are offering scientifically questionable information that supposedly “cures” something.  In fact, it isn’t a cure and it certainly isn’t proven.  It is offered by an unidentified company and a fake “doctor” with no credentials.  The company doesn’t disclose any of its contact information on the official product website.  We dug a bit into these particular herpes cure schemes and here’s what we found out.

The emails send you to an even slicker web siteasking for the “low price” of $37 for an ebook guaranteed to “cure herpes in 17 days” as well as some additional related pamphlets. Is it a scam?  Is it a rip-off? Does it work?  You’ll never find out from the websites, largely because of an increasingly pernicious Internet industry that offers fake product review sites; You’ll also never be able to find out about the credentials of Dr. Buehler. We spent quite awhile trying to find a board-certified medical specialist on herpes who admitted to authoring this book and came up empty.   That’s because there is no Dr. Buehler who admits to being associated with this scam;  they just stole the name of a pediatrician.   If a website fails to feature the credentials of the author and/or if a Google search turns up nothing about this person, you can bet this is a marketer driven product. So, should you spend the $37?  We recommend not, for the following specific reasons:

1.  There’s a reason this sales pitch is slick — they spend a lot of marketing money to get it to you.  Who is paying for that? You are!   Like so many scams of this ilk,  it offers a long, drawn-out “story” about how it discovered some obscure substance that has been “hidden” by Big Pharma.

2. If you look for a review of the product, you are deluged with lots of fake review or scam sites that simply direct you to the main sales site or offer some pablum talking about how the product is highly rated or recommended.  (such as scamX.comand infoscamreviews.com)  The marketers for this service paid to have these fake sites thwart any customer looking for real reviews.

3. The author is an unknown.  Not only does the site fail to offer the credentials of the so-called doctor, but they outright stole the identity of another doctor.   It is a common strategy of these scammers to use “doctor” names that are very common. One tip-off:  not many medical researchers have a trained announcer’s voice.

4. There is no cure for herpes because herpes is simply a condition….not a disease. The Herpes Simplex Virus is not Herpes Simplex: the former is simply a virus (a potential cause) named after the effect for which it is best known, while the latter is one of the many diseases (a potential effect) that the former may or may not cause in its host.  (Just as having VZV doesn’t automatically mean you have shingles and hosting HIV doesn’t automatically mean you have AIDS.) Thus, “Herpes” technically refers to the skin sores which can be caused by the virus, but in most carriers – over 80% – that doesn’t occur.  If they actually were “the same thing”, as many prefer to believe,  Herpes Simplex sores would occur in 100% of carriers.  It’s important to be able to differentiate cause and effect in order to understand all the shady advertising.

5.  To buy the Erase Herpes “modules”, you are required to use Clickbank.   This Internet payment gateway has generated a number of complaints about difficulties in securing refunds and getting responses. It is unregulated and known to serve unscrupulous businesses.  It is akin to going into the wrong bar in a bad neighborhood;  they may serve the same booze but you’d not want to hang with the other patrons. Yet, Clickbank apparently delisted Erase Herpes, so you can’t buy its rip-off product from Clickbank.   So the scammers created some other sites that they redirect to….these sites are still listed with Clickbank.

 

All these so-called cures tell you pretty much the same thing:  S eat right (limit seeds, nuts, chocolate and caffeine/stimulants; be sure to get meats and dairy), get rest, avoid too much sun, alcohol and tobacco and reduce mental and emotional stress.  Essentially, they are just saying to take care of your overall health.   And, not surprisingly, the cold sores will go away in less than two weeks because cold sores rarely last longer than that.   You are spending your money for obvious and readily available information.

Based upon our findings, we strongly recommend against anyone forking over their hard-earned money for an overpriced, medically-questionable Internet offer. If you choose to hand-over your $37 to this unscrupulous marketing machine, then be prepared for what follows because once they find someone willing to part with their hard-earned money, you can be sure that they’ll be back with more dubious offers.  Diabetes Free isn’t the only offender.   Other alleged herpes cures use the same tactics to reduce your bank account rather than your insulin levels. You’ll now be marked as a “cow” and they’ll try to milk you every way they can with additional offers and costly upgrades. You may want to think twice before you give your money to these and similar Internet infoscammers.  The video says “we aren’t in it for the money” and claims you can return the money.  This isn’t the only thing you shouldn’t believe in the video, but recall our warning above that your money may not be coming back when you ask for it from Clickbank.