An alert reader posted a comment on my Synagen post with the following phrase:
"Brain Scientists Invent World's First IQ Boosting Supplement.
BY RICHARD MASON
Updated 0202 GMT(0902HKT) Thursday, January 28, 2016"
I googled it, and the first hit was what turned up below. Yet another iteration of the same old article. This time, the pill that Stephen Hawking swears by, and which made Anderson Cooper even smarter, is called Synapsyl. Except for in the place where you order it, where it inexplicably says "Get your bottle of Addium", while the bottles in the picture are labeled Synapsyl. Whoever posted this particular version of the ad clearly forgot to take their brain-boosting smart pill this morning.
In case this is your first encounter with this scam, I don't really have time to explain it to you right now in any detail. Just let me assure you that it's obviously a scam, since the same ad has been run again and again, with different names for the supplement. I.e. in one article, Anderson Cooper tries out Neurocell and comes out twice as smart, and in another, it's Synagen. And then there's Cogniq, Intellux, etc. Just check out the other posts on this blog and you'll see the other examples.
The FTC has been notified -- Ref. No. 65703157, phone no. 877-382-4357 -- but apparently doesn't care. None of the major internet entry points where this fake ad appears -- MSN, Cox, CNN, Aol, to name a few -- have cared enough to do anything. Neither have any of the celebrities whose names, likenesses, and reputations are being used.
Note that by putting the ads on entry points like these, they are clearly preying on elderly people -- maybe your aging parents or grandparents -- who aren't quite savvy enough to do the google search that you did to find this blog. Do all those poor elderly victims a favor and take some action -- if only to call the FTC and get them to start moving on this matter.
All I can do is try, whenever I become aware of a new name, to copy the new scam ad and post the name here. The current list is (I think):
Here's my post on Neurocell: http://pricefixer.blogspot.com/2015/09/neurocell-fake-cnn-report-scam.html
And here's my post on Synagen: http://pricefixer.blogspot.com/2015/08/synagen-iq-scam.html
And here's the list of fake celebrity endorsers:
Sir Isaac Newton
Yes, Sir Isaac himself. One of the ads says the formula for one of these fake products came out of one of his notebooks. Hey, maybe if I take it I'll finally understand calculus!
Finally, below is the "ad" fake news report I found for Synapsyl. Again, scroll down to the end and you'll see that the scammer were too dumb to remember the name of their product. Maybe it's Addium.