Friday, August 3, 2007

Thema CUTS = Lying Liars

Therma CUTS is the latest in a long line of bogus so-called "herbal remedies" which spammers claim will promote weight loss. Its predecessors are Anatrim and of course Hoodia, "As seen on ABC, CNN and even the Oprah Winfrey show!!!". Spam for this crap has been thrown out there to tens of millions of people per day, most of whom have absolutely no desire to hear about this totally fake "supplement."

However what sets Therma CUTS apart from most of the other spamvertised products is their complete lack of care about how much they lie. They have an entire page of alleged "testimonials", some of which I will quote here from the recently promoted sight, superbottle dot com:

Michael - Houston, TX
It's not easy to lose excessive weight, moreover, it's kind of... funny for a man to lose weight;-) Meanwhile, after thirty my tummy started to irritate me. Now I think I've found the way to get rid of it! Having no need to change my lifestyle, having no diet to keep and having no time for gym , I've got rid of those several centimeters in waist and now I can wear trousers as if I were twenty.

Ellen (41 y.o.) - Chicago, IL
Having born a baby, then the other one I've become such a Big Mom that I've stopped liking myself! I live too long to believe Draconian curations not mentioning withstanding them...My sister-in-law adviced me Therma Cuts and I got rid of all the fixations. That was so easy! I feel that I live again...T-H-A-N-K-Y-O-U!!!

Graduate - London
From the moment I've recieved Therma Cuts pills for testing I don't have to refuse so many things to like myself. My family was constantly afraid that caring for stature I would get bulimia or even something worse. Now they recommend yor product to other parents, my colegues etc. It's such an age when a man cares for's OK:-)

Peter - Quebec
I've been a sportsman. Now I'm 52. Having terminated my sport career I've started to gain weight rapidly. Life situation only promoted that. This was not a tragedy, but my physision recommended me Therma Cuts - which is a very popular prepapation for weight reduction! I did not have to wait long for first results. I feel myself light and skilfulczuj?. I know something about metabolism and pharmacological ways of its management, that's why I admire natural methods like THERMACuts even more. I couldn't do that wihtout assistance, but I would never decide for chemical one!

Anna 30 y.o. - Dresden
For my friends I pretend that I believe all those diets in glamour magazines. In fact I have my own proven method for health and slenderness - THERMACUTS. The funniest thing is that the envy my beautiful body and think that I'm always on a diet! I visit gym from time to time with my friends but I do this only to...charm men:D

Who are these zombies? And why do they all have the same affectation in their broken English? Who would ever possibly believe that these are genuine? It's patently obvious that the same language-challenged imbecile wrote every single one of these entries, and is likely responsible for every word of the website itself, as well as (of course) the brilliant copy found in the spam messages themselves:

A sleek & swift method to lose excessive pounds is no more a fiction, but truth!

"Therma Cuts" the most effectual way is get rid of pounds in a natural manner.

This is absolutely new natural herbal pharmaceutic that permits you to abate your need for food.

Based on this radical remedy you do not need to wear out yourself with dubious diets and waste your spare time for jogging.

Owing to recent held down a task to make a tablet combining unique natural properties, medicinal characteristics and inferences of multiaspect scientific analysis.

One more weighty advantage of "Therma Cuts" is that there’re no side effects in it! Moreover it aids to improve your health and rejuvenize you organism!

Fill in your life with colours of merriment!!!

Further proof is available in their "How It Works" section:

Therma Cuts helps to lose excessive weight by decreasing energy need and at the same time increasing the use of energy. Why the fight with fat is so effective?

"Why the fight with fat is so effective?"

Why indeed?

Tons more of this crap all over the other pages of the site as well.

And of course they claim to have the support of all the usual organizations, none of whom actually do support them.

Why are people sending their hard-earned cash to a site that can't even properly describe what it is they sell? Why isn't anyone investigating these idiots? (Besides me of course.)

It's unfortunate that a lot of drug laws around the world are so lenient when it comes to herbal supplements. They should be much harsher when it's obvious that an organization is making completely false claims. They feature a jumbled collection of icons at the bottom of every page with the heading "Our Awards" above it. You don't get "awards" from Mastercard or Pharma Checker. You also shouldn't feature an icon claiming you have an SSL secure server when in reality you offer no such protection.

And of course what spammed website would be complete without a stock photo of an anonymous "Doctor", with an endorsement like this beside it:

ThermaCuts is effective and absolutely natural product which effectiveness has been scientifically proved. It has no side effects. It is a safe method of weight reduction without exhausting diets and uncontrolled physical training. I recommend.

That's followed by a signature of "Dr. Jacob Prescott". His writing also sounds a lot like "Peter" up there in the endorsements. This is a ridiculous scam and I for one am amazed that anyone would throw away their money after even glimpsing a few words, let alone reading any complete sentences. This is complete bullshit.

Searching for specific phrases in this website turned up site for a variety of other alleged weight loss remedies including "ThermaZan". All of the copy was identical on these sites, with the exact same list of effects and alleged active ingredients.

The official Spam Wiki also features an article concerning Therma CUTS, and further detailing their myriad bald-faced lies.

To be clear: there are actually several sites out there which have done real investigations into the claims made regarding Hoodia and its brethren like Therma CUTS. Here is only one of several reports questioning the effectiveness of Hoodia. It's clear that the pills are designed to generate high numbers of re-orders, since users require a much higher dose than any of the websites out there claim is adequate. That report does claim that it has its uses, but has so many caveats and warnings surrounding it that it's questionable whether a large percentage of the population should believe it actually assists in weight loss. Add to that the fact that the author of that report also performed a great deal of exercise, probably in stark contrast to the target audience of this spam, and that tends to (pardon the pun) weigh heavily against the claims of these spammers.

Stop ordering this crap, everybody. You are wasting your money and enriching a bunch of losers who have absolutely no actual life skills.

SiL / IKS / concerned citizen


Anonymous said...

Ha! It always amuses me to see non-Americans pretending to be Americans, and then forgetting (or not knowing) that Metric units are not used. lol Yeah, that dude in Texas really worries about his "centimeters" ;)

Anonymous said...

Hi, the most funny think is that on the polish language version of their page there are exactly the same comments (literally translated) signed by polish users... Maybe that just coincidence

IKillSpammerz said...

It's extremely unlikely that any of that is a coincidence. In fact it may be that they started in Polish and (badly) translated back to English.

I notice that these types of spam have completely died off since August.


Anna Maria said...

Is our englisch really so bad ? I'm from Germany :(

Anonymous said...

What's strange is that's ppl fall for such an so obvious scam. They claim to have laboratories and factories, yet no address is posted. Real, legimit, companies always have a contact address and phone number so you can reach them.

As soon as i find a questionable site, I check the contact info.

But I do agree that herbal remedies should require some form of authenicatuion. At least they should be possible to be prosecuted if they claim more that is true.