scamJust the title of this recent Internet offering 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. David Pearson. Instead, of information, they offer fear, largely that “Big Pharma” is stonewalling this information, thus playing into consumers’ fear of conspiracies (not that pharmaceutical companies are angels…) 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 the Diabetes Free 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. Under the “Contact Us” page, it simply lists the email “support@diabetesfree.org” and nothing else.  We dug a bit into this particular Diabetes scheme 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 diabetes” 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. Pearson. We spent quite awhile trying to find a board-certified medical specialist on diabetes who admitted to authoring this book and came up empty; 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 a Google search turned up nothing but a family doctor in Massachusetts with no expertise in diabetes.   It is a common strategy of these scammers to use “doctor” names that are very common.  He claims he’s risking his career to bring this information to you.  Truth is there is no career to risk because he doesn’t exist.  One tip-off:  not many medical researchers have a trained announcer’s voice.

4. Perhaps most importantly, there is an abundance of free or low-cost diabetes prevention information on the Internet.  Amazon offers a number of ebooks that cost nothing and provide well-established, scientifically-supported diabetes treatment plans. The titles include: Diabetes, the Ultimate GuideThe Sugar Solution and Mayo Clinic Essential Diabetes Book — all of this information is free or less than a few bucks; Even easier, you can just click this link and find excellent information about diabetes prevention.

5.  To buy the Diabetes “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.

6. This site suggests that a miracle hormone is the key to this cure. In this particular scam, it is “IGF” which is a type of hormone that is only indirectly related to diabetes.  Check out these more reliable sources (both are free):

Joslin Diabetes Center
Men’s Fitness

And please consider the recently reported case of a Type-2 diabetes sufferer.   She was 3 years old and morbidly obese.  After 6 months of lifestyle changes monitored by doctors, she was “cured”.   For many people, lifestyle changes really do make a difference.   The doctors replaced her soda and fast food diet with balanced home cooked meals and water.

Based upon our findings, we strongly recommend against anyone forking over their hard-earned money for an overpriced, medically-questionable Internet offer. You can create your own “diabetes miracle treatment” for free through weight loss, aerobic exercise along with some resistance training (weights and bands),eating low glycemic foods (including gluten) reducing stress in your life.This is the prescription outlined by hundreds of books online.

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 cures, like Diabetes Destroyer 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.   Diabetes is a serious illness that shouldn’t be ignored. However, Diabetesfree.org should be ignored.