This is getting old. The fake CNN report featuring Anderson Cooper, Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, Denzel Washington and others talking about how much smarter they have become for taking a certain smart pill is now being used for something called "Geniux." If you've been here before, you know that the same ad has been used to sell Neurocell, Synagen, Cogniq, Alpha ZXT, Intellux, and others.
[update June 12, 2016 -- the same technique is now being used to sell beauty products called Gavali and Vida using a fake Vogue article-- see http://pricefixer.blogspot.com/2016/06/melania-trump-fake-vogue-article-gavali.html]
[update July 7, 2016 -- I'm still getting tons of hits for my posts on Geniux, Neurocell, Adderin, and Synagen, which suggests that they are still perpetrating this scam. Today, I happened to run across a May 7, 2015 Forbes article by Matthew Herper addressing a similar scam involving a fake Forbes story with fake testimonials by Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, and a guy from Shark Tank (Mark Cuban). Forbes actually took the trouble to interview Buffet and the Shark Tank guy and confirmed that they had never taken the supplement at issue (something called BrainStorm Elite). And someone even reported the matter to the Federal Trade Commission:
“That’s something that we typically see,” says Richard Cleland, assistant director in the Division of Advertising Practices at the Federal Trade Commission. “A lot of fingerpointing. ‘I’m not to blame, they’re to blame, I didn’t get the money, they got the money, I didn’t write the ad, they wrote the ad.’ I think from our point of view it’s not a legal defense. We can and have and will go after the manufacturer and the affiliates.”By the same logic, the FTC should be going after the sellers of Geniux, Neurocell, Adderin, and Synagen, as well as all the other fake pills documented here.
Mr. Cleland's contact info is readily available on the internet here: For convenience here is his phone number and email address:
Assistant Director Division of Advertising Practices
If you're annoyed by this scam -- or have been victimized by it -- I suggest you call or email Mr. Cleland and point him to this site. You can mention FTC Complaint Ref. No. 65703157, although that doesn't seem to have gone anywhere.
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If they can copy their old ads, I guess I should be able to copy my old posts. I need to simply have a standard post every time a new drug is the subject of this scam "report."
I'm copying the below from my January 28 post, which addressed the use of the report for Addium (or maybe Synapsyl -- they were very sloppy in their use of the report that time):
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
For the sake of documentation, I'm reproducing the "Geniux" report below.