Healthier Patriot advertisements pop-up in various websites. They often look like news sites, but they aren’t. They are far worse than “fake news”; they are insidious scams. Beware!
Fraud is prevalent on the Internet. Scattered through the Net are Web-based infoscams that overcharge or steal your money for “products” that don’t work or can be found for free. A common scheme they use is “affiliate marketing” by which they try to trick you into thinking that other consumers vouch for the product. Yet, they can be a fairly benign nuisance for savvy Internet users who follow these basic rules for detecting scams because while the Internet is a haven for scammers, it is also their worst nightmare when you use the Internet to investigate and research just about any deal that is offered to you.
Within a few minutes, you can discover much about someone offering you a “deal”. If you aren’t sure whether any offer that you are mulling over is a scam or not, feel free to ask us. Just use this link to contact us and we’ll check it out for you.
WHAT IS HEALTHIER PATRIOT?
Over the past few years, we’ve identified a handful of websites that market many of these scams: Healthier Patriot is appears to be a clearinghouse that directs you to offshore health scams. They have posted a number of “natural remedy” pages on the web, often promoted through news sites or Pinterest. They tout dubious vision fixes, weight loss schemes, back pain cures, diabetes remedies, toenail fungus fixes and other remedies to common ailments.
If you do a search for “Healthier Patriot”, you’ll find precious little information about the company. A Whois search turned up a website created in 2017, with no owner listed. It is based in Panama. ScamAdvisor indicates that it is an untrustworthy site whose location is hidden.
If you click on the “watch now” button, you’ll be redirected to a different site touting some remedy. Many of these sites are infoscammers that we’ve written about in the past. Just do a search on our website to find out more about how or why they are scamming you.
INSIDER CLUES ABOUT AN INFOSCAM
Like so many infoscammers, Healthier Patriot webpages engage in information trickery:
1. They have a link to or have embedded a video of the product/service offer. It is generally a long video that where you can’t fast forward through the presentation because they are trying to suck you into their pitch.
2. Once you click on the video button “Watch Now” you are directed to offshore scammers who are trying to sell you a related remedy.
3. Many of them don’t have a “Contact Us” menu or reveal information about the reviewing organization itself.
4. The quality of the writing is odd — either bad translations or boilerplate sounding sentences.
5. They are over-complicated. If you can’t explain the scheme to your 13-year old child, cousin or someone not savvy about business then you shouldn’t be doing it. Scammers often dazzle or intimidate their targets with their superior knowledge of finance or with complex mathematical explanations. But when it comes to financial deals, if you don’t understand it, don’t do it because you can never know whether you’ll get what you want if you don’t understand how you’ll get it.
6. They offer either some kind of pill or information about how to cure the ailment. There’s little information about the pill itself (a placebo or worse). And the information they are peddling can be easily found for free in any search engine.
7. They often raise conspiracies. Some “government agency doesn’t want you to know about them”, they most all claim. It may be true, but it’s not for the reason they assert. The government agencies and big corporations aren’t looking to quash their ideas as much as hold them accountable for their unscientific, bogus claims.
8. They offer guarantees. Any offer which uses the word “guarantee” or “no-risk” should be viewed somewhat skeptically. The only deals that is guaranteed are Treasury Bonds, and even there, some governments default on bonds. There’s risk in almost all transactions because otherwise, your return would be close to the 1% or so that you’ll get from the bank for your savings account. Scammers love to use those two words, so when you see or hear those questionable words in an offer, be careful.
9. Their web URL is not secure….meaning the website is not https://, so it doesn’t have an SSL Certificate. Without an SSL certificate, that information is exposed and easily accessible by cybercriminals.
10. There’s no contact or about pages at their websites.
WHY YOU WANT TO AVOID HEALTHIER PATRIOT
Needless to say, don’t fall for these Healthier Patriot scams. Make sure that whatever review site you rely upon has information about the reviewer and the organization and isn’t going to be making any money by linking you to that offering web site. They are getting increasingly sophisticated. For example, “Real vs. Scam” is a very convincing faux review site. It lists a large number of online product offerings that are “reviewed” by some guy aptly named “Steven Wright”. Not surprisingly, EVERY single offering that he “reviews” he seems to love. And he has links at which you can buy all of these great products,that include the “No Think- Fool Proof Way to Lose Fat” Diet and a number of cellulite elimination programs. Movie studios would love this guy……….but consumers shouldn’t.
One additional warning: once you give them your money, you’ll be tagged as “meat”. Once they know that you’ll fall for this pitch, the same marketers will be coming back to you over and over and over for other such pitches. So understand that if you pay these marketers anything….let alone $40…..they’ll continue to hound you with more slick schemes designed to prey on your fears and concerns. Don’t open your door or wallet to them.