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Scam Alert : Drip Ear Health For Tinnitus + Deafness!

Scam Alert : Drip Ear Health For Tinnitus + Deafness!

You may have seen the advertisements for Drip Ear Health, promising to cure tinnitus and deafness.

Please be warned that it is just a SCAM, and here are the reasons why…

 

Scam Alert : Drip Ear Health For Tinnitus + Deafness!

You may have seen the advertisements for Drip Ear Health, which claims to be a cure for tinnitus and deafness that has been endorsed by ENT specialists.

Take a look at some of the claims… which appear to have been translated from the original Chinese language using Google Translate.

Recently, a magical secret recipe “Drip Ear Health” has been spread wildly on the Internet. I heard that the treatment effect is very significant and will not cause any impact. Highly recommends it!

Communicate normally, tinnitus and deafness can be saved, the symptoms such as ear swelling, tinnitus, and noise disappear within 7 days, and the ear nerves can be repaired in 1 month, so that you can hear clearly without wearing a hearing aid, and your hearing returns to normal.

As long as you insist on using it, no matter how many years of neurological, senile, drug-induced, mixed deafness and tinnitus, you can quickly get cured, and recover from ear diseases!

 

Why Drip Ear Health Is Just A Scam!

Drip Ear Health is yet another Internet health scam, like the Ziverdo Kit for COVID-19, and the Herbal Visual Tea for Glaucoma or Cataract, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Featured Doctors NOT Involved With Scam

The scammers creates localised versions of the advertisement page, featuring local doctors who appear to be endorsing their Drip Ear Health product.

In our example, they featured Dr. Muthu Kumar Murugesan and Dr. Puvan Arul a/l Arumugam.

On 3 November 2021, Dr. Muthu Kumar denounced the advertisement as fake news.

This fake news has been circulating. We are not only fighting against the Covid-19 virus but the increased occurrence of fake news.

Dr. Puvan Arul is not active on Facebook, but the scammers misappropriated his photo from 10 February 2020.

Fact #2 : Drip Ear Health Is Just Ear Wax Wash

Drip Ear Health are actually Chinese TCM ear drops from 久木堂 (Jiumutang) meant to relieve itchy ears and soften or wash out ear wax.

It contains herbs like Coptis chinensis, Radix sophorae flavescentis, Borneol, Golden cypress, mint and Folium artemisia argyi.

Sounds fancy, but they are common herbs used in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) – none of which can cure tinnitus or deafness.

Fact #3 : Drip Ear Health Price Is A Scam!

The scammers are selling Drip Ear Health ear drops at absurd prices :

  • 2 bottles for RM190 (about US$45 / £33.50 / A$63 / S$61.50)
  • 4 bottles for RM263 (about US$62 / £46.50 / A$87 / S$85)
  • 6 bottles for RM278 (about US$65.50 / £49 / A$92.50 / S$90)

The price tiers are designed to “force” you to purchase the 6 bottle deal. You may feel like you got a great deal, but you just got scammed.

The Drip Ear Health is sold in Taobao – the Chinese version of Amazon – for just 25 yuan, approximately RM16 / S$5 / A$5.50 / US$4 / £3.

If you fell for it, you were just scammed into paying 3X to 6X more for bottles of expensive Chinese TCM ear drops that won’t cure tinnitus or deafness.

Please STAY CLEAR of Drip Ear Health, and SHARE this fact check with your friends!

If these ear drops work, their creators would have won the Nobel Prize for Medicine, and become BILLIONAIRES.

They wouldn’t need to sell you their ear drops on Internet websites.

 

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Petronas 50th Anniversary Scam Alert!

Please watch out for the Petronas 50th Anniversary survey scam!

Find out why it is just a SCAM, and WARN your family and friends!

 

Petronas 50th Anniversary Survey Scam Alert!

People are now sharing the Petronas 50th Anniversary messages on WhatsApp :

Petronas 50th Anniversary!

Click to enter to participate in the survey, have a chance to win 2000 Ringgit!

 

Petronas 50th Anniversary Survey : Why This Is A Scam

Unfortunately, this is yet another survey scam, like the FamilyMart 70th Anniversary scam!

For one thing – Petronas was incorporated on 17 August 1974, so their 50th anniversary would be on 17 August 2024!

Petronas confirmed that this survey is a scam in a Facebook post :

PETRONAS has been made aware of a scam online “survey” conducted supposedly in conjunction with “PETRONAS’ 50th Anniversary”.

We wish to inform that neither PETRONAS nor any of our subsidiaries within the Group of Companies are involved in this “survey”, and we appeal to the public not to respond or take part.

I know many of us are in dire straits during this COVID-19 pandemic, having lost jobs, income or even loved ones.

Unfortunately, scammers are counting on our desperation to prey on us, using the same survey scam they have been using for years :

Now, let me show you how to spot these scams next time!

If you spot any of these warning signs, DO NOT PROCEED and DO NOT SHARE!

Warning Sign #1 : Bad Grammar

Most of these scammers do not have a good command of the English language, so if you spot bad grammar, stay away.

Proper contests or events sponsored by major brands like Petronas will have a PR or marketing person who will vet the text before allowing it to be posted.

Warning Sign #2 : Offering You Free Money Or Gifts

Please do NOT be naive. No one is going to give you money or free gifts just to participate in a survey!

Petronas isn’t going to give you FREE money, just because it’s their anniversary.

They are a corporation whose business is to make money, not a charity to give you free money.

Warning Sign #3 : Not Using The Real Jaya Grocer Domain

A genuine Petronas campaign would use their real domain – www.petronas.com.

Or they would run it off the official Jaya Grocer page on Facebook – www.facebook.com/petronas/.

If you see nonsensical domains like 0yjjg61.cn, 1eaf1rnbeef.top, ldxqw.bar, etc. that’s a sign of a SCAM!

Warning Sign #4 : Asking You To Forward The Offer

No brand will insist that you must share the offer with 5 groups or 20 friends on WhatsApp.

Do not click to forward their offer to your family and friends. They will not appreciate being scammed with your help!

Warning Sign #5 : Asking You To Download + Register An App

If you click through and joined the fake survey scam, you will eventually be asked to download and register for an app.

This is VERY DANGEROUS. Never agree to download and register for any unknown app from a website.

Always download your apps from an official App Store like Google Play Store (for Android smartphones) and Apple App Store (for iPhones).

 

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Verified : KKM + MySejahtera SMS Messages Are Legit!

Are scammers sending fake SMS messages from KKM and MySejahtera to scam you out of your money?

Take a look at the viral post, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : KKM + MySejahtera SMS Messages Are Fake!

People have been sharing a screenshot of two SMS messages from KKM (Malaysia Ministry of Health) and MySejahtera, claiming that they are scam messages.

RM0 MySejahtera: You are COVID-19 positive. Kindly refresh your MySejahtera Profile and click to declare your close contact: https://bit.ly/3jNvOqL

RM0 KKM Anda adlh COVID19 positif & masih belum menjawab status kesihatan hari ini. Segera lengkapkan H.A.T. di MySejahtera. Rujuk https://bit.ly/2VMaWrC

This is a scam. If receive don’t click. Please inform all ur family members and friends ….NETIZEN WATCHDOG

Many also include a link to the Kuan Evening Edition video to prove that these messages are indeed fake messages used by scammers in “phishing attacks”.

 

Truth : KKM + MySejahtera SMS Messages Are Legit!

The SMS messages in the screenshot are legit, and came from KKM and MySejahtera.

The truth is that viral message is FAKE NEWS, and here are the facts…

Fact #1 : The MySejahtera SMS Message Is Legitimate

The MySejahtera SMS message in English is legitimate. It warns you that you have tested positive for COVID-19.

You are therefore required to declare your close contacts in the MySejahtera app or website.

The link – https://bit.ly/3jNvOqL – leads to the Close Contact reporting page in the MySejahtera website (https://mysejahtera.malaysia.gov.my/help/closecontact/).

Fact #2 : The KKM Telephone Number Is Genuine

On 24 September 2021, KKM confirmed that the 03-2703-3000 telephone number is genuine.

The Malaysia Ministry of Health uses that telephone number to call those identified as COVID-19 positive to fill up their Home Assessment Tool (HAT) in the MySejahtera app.

Fact #3 : The KKM SMS Message Is Legitimate

The KKM SMS message in Bahasa Malaysia is also legitimate.

It is a reminder that you did not fill in your Home Assessment Tool (HAT) in the MySejahtera app today.

Those who are under home quarantine must complete that home assessment test every day.

The Ministry of Health may issue a compound if you fail to perform the home assessment test, as required.

The link in the SMS – https://bit.ly/2VMaWrC – actually leads to a PDF infographic on the Home Assessment Tool (HAT) – https://www.infosihat.gov.my/images/media_sihat/poster/pdf/DiManakahHAT.pdf

The infographic explains who needs to perform self-monitoring using the HAT feature, and how to do it in the MySejahtera app.

Now that you know the truth, please SHARE this fact check, so your family and friends won’t be fooled by the fake news!

It is critical that everyone understands that these alerts are genuine, and take them seriously!

 

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Scam Alert : TnG eWallet 5th Anniversary Survey!

Please watch out for the TnG eWallet 5th Anniversary survey scam!

Find out why it is just a SCAM, and WARN your family and friends!

 

TnG eWallet 5th Anniversary Survey Scam Alert!

People are now sharing the TnG eWallet 5th Anniversary messages on WhatsApp :

Touch n’Go eWallet 5th Anniversary!

Click to enter to participate in the survey, have a chance to win 2000 Ringgit .

 

TnG eWallet 5th Anniversary Survey : Why This Is A Scam

Unfortunately, this is yet another survey scam, like the FamilyMart 70th Anniversary scam!

For one thing – the TnG eWallet was only launched in July 2017, so it would only be celebrating its 5th anniversary in July 2022!

TnG eWallet also confirmed that this survey is a scam.

I know many of us are in dire straits during this COVID-19 pandemic, having lost jobs, income or even loved ones.

Unfortunately, scammers are counting on our desperation to prey on us, using the same survey scam they have been using for years :

Now, let me show you how to spot these scams next time!

If you spot any of these warning signs, DO NOT PROCEED and DO NOT SHARE!

Warning Sign #1 : Bad Grammar

Most of these scammers do not have a good command of the English language, so if you spot bad grammar, stay away.

This scammer even got the spelling of the brand wrong! It’s Touch ‘n Go, not Touch n’Go.

Proper contests or events sponsored by major brands like TnG eWallet will have a PR or marketing person who will vet the text before allowing it to be posted.

Warning Sign #2 : Offering You Free Money Or Gifts

Please do NOT be naive. No one is going to give you money or free gifts just to participate in a survey!

Touch ‘n Go isn’t going to give you so much FREE money, just because it’s their anniversary.

They are a corporation whose business is to make money, not a charity to give you free money.

Warning Sign #3 : Not Using The Real Domain

A genuine Touch ‘n Go campaign would use their real domain – www.touchngo.com.my, not di47823.shop as shown in the scam post above.

Or they would run it off the official TnG eWallet page on Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchngoewallet/.

If you see nonsensical domains like childrerdg.xyz, uglyarticle.club, ldxqw.bar, etc. that’s a sign of a SCAM!

Warning Sign #4 : Asking You To Forward The Offer

No matter how many times you “try” this scam, you will ALWAYS win the RM 2000 “prize”.

If you don’t find that odd, you should know that no brand will insist that you must share the offer with 5 groups or 20 friends on WhatsApp.

Do not click to forward their offer to your family and friends. They will not appreciate being scammed with your help!

Warning Sign #5 : Asking You To Download + Register An App

If you click through and joined the fake survey scam, you may eventually be asked to download and register for an app.

That is VERY DANGEROUS. Never agree to download and register for any unknown app from a website.

Always download your apps from an official App Store like Google Play Store (for Android smartphones) and Apple App Store (for iPhones).

 

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Jaya Grocer 20th Anniversary Scam Alert!

Please watch out for the Jaya Grocer 20th Anniversary survey scam!

Find out why it is just a SCAM, and WARN your family and friends!

 

Jaya Grocer 20th Anniversary Survey Scam Alert!

People are now sharing these Jaya Grocer 20th Anniversary messages on WhatsApp :

Jaya Grocer 20th Anniversary!

Click to enter to participate in the survey, have a chance to win $1000!

Jaya Grocer 20th Anniversary!

Through the questionnaire, you will have a chance to get 2000 Ringgit .

 

Jaya Grocer 20th Anniversary Survey : Why This Is A Scam

Unfortunately, this is yet another survey scam, like the FamilyMart 70th Anniversary scam!

For one thing – Jaya Grocer was established in 2007, with its first outlet in Jaya 33 in Petaling Jaya 2007.

So they would only be celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2027!

Jaya Grocer also confirmed that this survey is a scam.

I know many of us are in dire straits during this COVID-19 pandemic, having lost jobs, income or even loved ones.

Unfortunately, scammers are counting on our desperation to prey on us, using the same survey scam they have been using for years :

Now, let me show you how to spot these scams next time!

If you spot any of these warning signs, DO NOT PROCEED and DO NOT SHARE!

Warning Sign #1 : Bad Grammar

Most of these scammers do not have a good command of the English language, so if you spot bad grammar, stay away.

Proper contests or events sponsored by major brands like Jaya Grocer will have a PR or marketing person who will vet the text before allowing it to be posted.

Warning Sign #2 : Offering You Free Money Or Gifts

Please do NOT be naive. No one is going to give you money or free gifts just to participate in a survey!

Jaya Grocer isn’t going to give you FREE money, just because it’s their anniversary.

They are a corporation whose business is to make money, not a charity to give you free money.

Warning Sign #3 : Not Using The Real Jaya Grocer Domain

A genuine Jaya Grocer campaign would use their real domain – www.jayagrocer.com.

Or they would run it off the official Jaya Grocer page on Facebook – www.facebook.com/jayagrocer/.

If you see nonsensical domains like uglyarticle.club, ldxqw.bar, etc. that’s a sign of a SCAM!

Warning Sign #4 : Asking You To Forward The Offer

No brand will insist that you must share the offer with 5 groups or 20 friends on WhatsApp.

Do not click to forward their offer to your family and friends. They will not appreciate being scammed with your help!

Warning Sign #5 : Asking You To Download + Register An App

If you click through and joined the fake survey scam, you will eventually be asked to download and register for an app.

That is VERY DANGEROUS. Never agree to download and register for any unknown app from a website.

Always download your apps from an official App Store like Google Play Store (for Android smartphones) and Apple App Store (for iPhones).

 

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Scam Alert : Ziverdo Kit To Treat / Prevent COVID-19!

The Ziverdo Kit is being promoted on social media as an easy way to treat or prevent COVID-19

Find out why the Ziverdo Kit is just a SCAM, and warn your family and friends!

Updated @ 2021-08-12 : Added new information on the Ziverdo Kit scam, including its efficacy against Delta variant, and its ties to Professor Thomas Borody.

Originally posted @ 2021-07-10

 

Scam Alert : Ziverdo Kit Against COVID-19!

The Ziverdo Kit is being actively promoted on Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp, as an easy way to treat or prevent COVID-19.

Here are two Ziverdo Kit advertisements, which suggest that :

  • it is approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO),
  • it can easily treat or prevent COVID-19, and
  • it can protect against the Delta variant too.

 

Ziverdo Kit To Treat COVID-19 : Why It’s A Scam!

People are worried about the surge in new COVID-19 cases and deaths from the Delta variant, which is highly-transmissible and appears to be partially resistant to vaccines.

Unfortunately, scammers are capitalising on our fear to sell fake cures online, and the Ziverdo Kit is one of them.

Here are the FACTS…

Fact #1 : Ziverdo Kit Is Not WHO Approved

Scammers added the WHO logo to their advertisement to suggest that it is approved by the World Health Organisation.

The truth is – the WHO does not approve of ivermectin as a treatment or prevention for COVID-19.

The WHO certainly did not approve the Ziverdo Kit for use against COVID-19.

Fact #2 : WHO Advises That Ivermectin Be Used Only In Clinical Trials

As of 31 March 2021, the World Health Organisation (WHO) advises that ivermectin be used only in COVID-19 clinical trials.

The current evidence on the use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19 patients is inconclusive. Until more data is available, WHO recommends that the drug only be used within clinical trials.

Fact #3 : Ivermectin NOT Proven To Treat / Prevent COVID-19

Ivermectin has only been shown to work against COVID-19 in lab (in vitro) studies, but does NOT appear to improve clinical outcomes or prevent transmission.

That is why the WHO and the vast majority of health authorities around the world DO NOT advocate using ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19.

Read more : Latest Ivermectin COVID-19 Study : What Does It Really Say?

Fact #4 : Ziverdo Kit NOT Proven To Treat / Prevent COVID-19

The Ziverdo Kit treatment, which you can see below, has NEVER BEEN TESTED, much less proven to work against COVID-19.

The Ziverdo Kit treatment protocol you see below is simply made up, with no evidence that this combination or protocol does anything to treat or prevent COVID-19.

Fact #5 : Ziverdo Kit Is Different From Professor Borody’s Protocol

Some people are claiming that the Ziverdo Kit is based on Professor Thomas Borody’s “proven ivermectin triple therapy”, but that appears to be false.

The Ziverdo Kit may be inspired by Professor Borody’s ivermectin triple therapy, but uses a completely protocol. The Borody protocol, as per his stalled trial is :

  • Ivermectin on Days 1, 4 and 8
  • Doxycycline x 10 days
  • Zinc x 10 days
  • Vitamin D3 x 10 days
  • Vitamin C x 10 days

As you can tell, this is quite different from the Ziverdo Kit protocol.

In any case, Professor Borody’s ivermectin triple therapy also has not been proven to work against COVID-19.

Read more : Ivermectin Triple Therapy By Professor Borody!

Fact #6 : Ziverdo Kit Does Not Work Against Delta Variant

Ziverdo Kit sellers are starting to claim that it works against the Delta variant of COVID-19.

That’s completely false, because the Ziverdo Kit has not been tested against the Delta variant, much less proven to work against it.

This is unlike the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines, which have been proven to work against the Delta variant.

Read more : UK COVID-19 Vaccines Very Effective Against Delta Variant!

Fact #7 : Ziverdo Kit Is NOT FDA Approved

One of the Ziverdo Kit website claims that “you can be sure that the best would be what the FDA would approve“, suggesting that it is approved by the US FDA.

The truth is the Ziverdo Kit is NOT approved by the US FDA. You can verify this by searching the US FDA database yourself.

The individual drugs may be US FDA approved, but the Ziverdo Kit itself is NOT approved by the FDA.

The FDA certainly does not advocate using Zinc, Ivermectin and Doxycycline against COVID-19 as the Ziverdo Kit website suggests.

Fact #8 : Ziverdo Kit Only Sold By Prescription In India!

The Ziverdo Kit is manufactured by Windlas Biotech in India, and is a Schedule H prescription drug.

It can only be sold with a prescription, and its use must be directed by a physician in India.

It was reportedly distributed in the Indian state of Goa, as part of a COVID-19 Home Isolation Monitoring Kit in October 2020, together with a pulse oximeter, thermometer, paracetamol, vitamins, face masks, hand sanitiser and alcohol wipes.

But otherwise, you need a physician’s prescription to purchase it.

Fact #9 : Ziverdo Kit Online Prices Are Ridiculously Expensive!

Despite their advertisement claiming that it only costs US$10 per treatment, the Ziverdo Kit is really very expensive :

  • 9 strip kit : US$110 (about RM461 / £79 / S$149)
  • 12 strip kit : US$140 (about RM587 / £101 / S$189)
  • 16 strip kit : US$179 (about RM750 / £129 / S$242)
  • 19 strip kit : US$208 (about RM872 / £150 / S$281)
  • 24 strip kit : US$257 (about RM1,077 / £185 / S$347)
  • 32 strip kit : US$335 (about RM1,404 / £241 / S$453)
  • 48 strip kit : US$475 (about RM1,990 / £342 / S$642)

Based on the cheapest option, here is my comparison of its cost versus vaccines that have already been proven to work.

Don’t you think it’s CHEAPER and EASIER to just get vaccinated, instead of popping pills?

Product US Price Difference
Ziverdo Kit $110
to
$475
+12.8x
to
+59.4x
Pfizer Vaccine (2 doses) $39 +4.88x
Moderna Vaccine (2 doses) $30 +3.75x
J&J Vaccine (1 dose) $10 +0.25x
AstraZeneca Vaccine (2 doses) $8 Baseline

Fact #10 : The Ziverdo Kit’s Online Price Is A Scam!

Zinc is a cheap supplement, and both ivermectin and doxycycline are cheap drugs.

Windlas Biotech actually sells the entire kit for only 150 rupees, including all taxes! That is approximately US$2, £1.45, RM 8.40 or S$2.70.

Unfortunately, scammers are selling this Ziverdo Kit online for US$110 to US$475 to gullible, scared people.

How is that not a scam???

 

Why Ziverdo Kit Is A Scam : A Summary

Let me just summarise the reasons why the online sale of Ziverdo Kit is a scam.

  1. It has not have been proven to work against COVID-19.
  2. It has not been tested against the Delta variant of COVID-19, much less proven to work against it.
  3. It is not approved by the World Health Organisation.
  4. It is not approved by the US FDA.
  5. It can only be sold with a prescription.
  6. It is being sold online at ridiculous mark-ups of over 50X!

So please do not fall for the Ziverdo Kit scam. And please warn your family and friends!

 

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SA Pulmonologist : Liver Damage In People Taking Ivermectin!

A leading pulmonologist in South Africa is warning that 90% of his patients who took ivermectin had liver damage.

Find out what’s going on, and why it is dangerous to self-medicate with ivermectin!

 

SA Pulmonologist : Liver Damage In People Taking Ivermectin!

Dr. Emmanuel Taban – a leading pulmonologist in South Africa, recently wrote that two out of three COVID-19 patients who were admitted to his hospital were taking ivermectin.

Even more worrying – he shared that some “90% of the patients using the drug, presented with liver damage“.

Specifically, his patients were presenting with “deranged liver function tests“, which is a sign of liver damage.

He also shared examples of the type of ivermectin that his patients were using before they were admitted to his hospital for treatment.

In another post, Dr. Taban reminded people that claims of ivermectin as a “miracle cure” are based on poor quality evidence.

In particular, he pointed out that the Elgazzar study from Egypt showed very positive outcomes for ivermectin against COVID-19, only to be retracted over allegations of “scientific fraud and plagiarism“.

He shared that both the Critical Care Society of Southern Africa (CCSSA) and the South African Society of Anaesthesiologists (SASA) concurred with the SAHPRA (South African Health Products Regulatory Authority) that :

Ivermectin should not be used routinely in the management of any stage of COVID-19, except in the context of sufficiently powered Randomised Clinical Trials (RCTs), with well-defined study endpoints intended for regulatory marketing authorisation.

Both CCSSA and SASA are also “deeply concerned that many patients and their families view treatment with ivermectin as an alternative to getting vaccinated“.

 

Can Ivermectin Cause Liver Damage?

Ivermectin is generally a well-tolerated drug. However, it has been known to cause liver damage.

In 2006, a 20 year-old woman from Cameroon developed severe hepatitis from a single dose of ivermectin.

In February 2021, pulmonologist Frederico Fernandes, who is also President of the São Paulo Society of Pulmonology and Tisiology (SPPT), shared about his young patient who needed a liver transplant after self-medicating with 18 mg of ivermectin every day for a week.

Hepatologist Paulo Bittencourt, who is President of the Brazilian Liver Institute of the Brazilian Society of Hepatology, stated that 27% of acute hepatitis or fulminant acute hepatitis in Brazil occurred as a result of medications, likely from the indiscriminate use of ivermectin.

He warned that taking ivermectin, chloroquine or azithromycin can lead to acute hepatitis. Even though it’s relatively rare, large-scale use by millions of people will lead to many cases of hepatitis.

Bittencourt himself recounted about a patient who used ivermectin every 15 days to prevent COVID-19. Even limited to bi-weekly use of ivermectin, his patient still developed nausea.

There is already a proven prophylaxis for COVID-19 – vaccines. Don’t put your life at risk, by self-medicating with ivermectin. GET VACCINATED!

 

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Fact Check : Ivermectin Triple Therapy By Professor Borody!

Can the Ivermectin Triple Therapy by Professor Thomas Borody really cure and prevent COVID-19?

Let’s take a look at his Ivermectin Triple Therapy, and see what the FACTS really are!

 

Professor Borody : Ivermectin Therapy Can End Pandemic In 6-8 Weeks!

This message on Ivermectin Triple Therapy by Professor Thomas Borody is being circulated on WhatsApp.

It’s quite long, so just skip to the next section for the facts.


Latest fantastic news

Sharon Stambolieff

Fantastic news today worthy of celebration!

The Sydney outbreak could be under control much sooner with this treatment protocol. Get onto it peeps
Australian GPs Can Legally Prescribe Ivermectin Triple Therapy Protocol — Professor Thomas Borody.
By COVEXIT

The Centre for Digestive Diseases issued today a press release titled “Ivermectin Triple Therapy Protocol for COVID-19 Released to Australian GPs for Infected Elderly and Frontline Workers.”

As we previously covered, this early treatment protocol combines ivermectin with doxycycline and zinc.

“Triple therapy specialist Professor Thomas Borody, famous for curing peptic ulcers using a triple antibiotic therapy saving millions of lives, today released the COVID-19 treatment protocol to Australian GPs, who can legally prescribe it to their COVID-19 positive patients. They can also prescribe it as a preventative medication. Borody says this could be the fastest and safest way to end the pandemic in Australia within 6-8 weeks.”

 

Fact Check : Ivermectin Triple Therapy By Professor Borody

Australian gastroenterologist, Professor Thomas Borody, has been actively promoting his Ivermectin Triple Therapy to cure COVID-19.

Here are the FACTS about his Ivermectin Triple Therapy, and the WhatsApp message above :

Fact #1 : That Was From 19 August 2020

While the message claims to be “Latest fantastic news”, it’s really OLD NEWS.

Professor Thomas Borody first released his Ivermectin Triple Therapy protocol on 19 August 2020.

Fact #2 : TGA Opened An Investigation Into His Claim

Right after Professor Borody issued that press statement, the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) opened an investigation, as it may potentially breach the ban on advertising COVID-19 treatments.

In February 2021, the TGA ordered former Australian senator David Leyonhjelm to take down his tweet advertising ivermectin. As his case showed, the TGA forbids :

  • all advertising of therapeutic goods containing the active ingredient ivermectin
  • making claims or representations in advertisements for any therapeutic goods that those goods [ivermectin] have any effect on COVID-19 (including that said therapeutic goods are capable of preventing, treating or alleviating COVID-19).

Fact #3 : Ivermectin Triple Therapy Still Not Approved

Almost a year after Professor Borody “released” his Ivermectin Triple Therapy protocol, it is still NOT approved for use against COVID-19, either as a treatment or a prophylaxis.

The Australian Department of Health advised that (as of 1 June 2021), ivermectin, doxycycline and zinc should only be used in “properly conducted clinical trials with appropriate ethical approval”.

Fact #4 : Ivermectin Triple Therapy Not Proven To Work

The Australian Department of Health also pointed out that Professor Borody’s Ivermectin Triple Therapy protocol has not been proven to be safe or effective against COVID-19.

There is currently insufficient evidence to support the safe and effective use of ivermectin, doxycycline and zinc (either separately, or in combination) for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19.

More robust, well-designed clinical trials are needed before they could be considered an appropriate treatment option.

Fact #5 : Borody Was Working On Patentable Ivermectin Triple Therapy

Back in August 2020, Professor Borody announced that he was involved in a Phase 2 study in the US to potentially develop the triple therapy as a single “blister pack” compliance product.

This appears to be a patentable ivermectin triple therapy product by Topelia Therapeutics, with the study funded and run by ProgenaBiome.

Professor Borody has “corporate affiliation” with both ProgenaBiome LLC and Topelia Therapeutics.

Fact #6 : Borody Phase 2 Trial Stalled

Professor Borody’s Phase 2 study (ClinicalTrials.gov ID NCT04482686) appears to have stalled.

Despite kicking off on 22 July 2020, it was still in the Recruiting stage, as of their last update – 14 May 2021, even though they were supposed to start the trial on 9 December 2020!

Fact #7 : Borody Switched To An Even Smaller Trial

After the Phase 2 trial stalled, Professor Borody moved to an even smaller trial, whose results were released on 7 July 2021 as a pre-print (not peer-reviewed).

The study reported “a highly effective ICT (Ivermectin Combination Therapy) which led to 100% survival and cure” in “moderately to severely ill COVID-19 patients with hypoxia”.

However, there are a few immediate concerns over that study :

  • It was a very small study, with just 24 participants – two of whom refused the treatment.
  • It was not a randomised controlled trial – the researchers picked who could participate
  • It was not a double-blinded trial, so patients knew they were receiving the ICT, not a placebo
  • The subjects were treated remotely, so compliance is uncertain.
  • The subjects were asked to self-monitor and self-record symptoms, and medical readings (EKG, blood pressure, temperature and SpO2), so accuracy of those data is uncertain.
  • The subjects were asked to perform their own swab tests for SARS-CoV-2, so test accuracy is uncertain.

Fact #8 : Australian GPs Always Had Right To Prescribe Off-Label

Professor Thomas Borody claimed that the release of his Ivermectin Triple Therapy allows Australian GPs to legally prescribe ivermectin. That’s not true.

Australian doctors have long had the ability to prescribe medicine off-label. As Richard Day in Australian Prescriber notes :

There is no legal impediment to prescribing off label, however the onus is on the prescriber to defend their prescription for an indication that is not listed in the product information.

Fact #9 : Ivermectin Did Not Help Australia Control Pandemic

When I watched the recent MAECC briefing, where they claimed ivermectin can end the COVID-19 pandemic in 6-8 weeks, I wondered how did they come to this conclusion?

I now realise that they plucked that claim from Professor Borody, who said on 19 August 2020 that ivermectin could end the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia within 6-8 weeks.

When Professor Borody made that claim, Australia was already handling the pandemic very well though contact tracing, interstate border closures, travel bans, as well as curfews and lockdowns.

They maintained a very low number of cases over the last 11 months, even without using Professor Borody’s Ivermectin Triple Therapy.

Fact #10 : Ivermectin Did Not Help Other Countries Control COVID-19

To be fair to Professor Borody, Australians did not take up his Ivermectin Triple Therapy.

So let’s take a look at India and Peru where pro-Ivermectin proponents claim have successfully controlled COVID-19 with ivermectin.

Despite the use of ivermectin, India suffered a massive and disastrous wave of COVID-19 infections and deaths from March 2021 onwards. That’s why India stopped using ivermectin on 27 March 2021.

Peru continues to suffer high numbers of COVID-19 cases over the last 18 months. Does it look like ivermectin is working for them???

Read more : India Drops Ivermectin, HCQ + Favipiravir As COVID-19 Drugs!

Fact #11 : Ivermectin Triple Therapy Fuelling Online Scams

Ivermectin and ivermectin protocols like I-MASK+ (from the FLCCC) and Borody’s own Ivermectin Triple Therapy, have NOT been proven to work against COVID-19.

Unfortunately, Professor Borody’s promotion of his ivermectin triple therapy protocol has allowed online scams to proliferate.

Case in point – the Ziverdo Kit online scam.

Made by Windlas Biotech in India, the Ziverdo Kit uses the same combination of ivermectin, doxycycline and zinc that Borody recommended.

Even though this combination only only US$2 per kit, scammers are selling at highly inflated prices to gullible people online.

Read more : Scam Alert : Ziverdo Kit To Treat COVID-19!

 

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Did US Supreme Court Overturn Universal Vaccination?

Did the US Supreme Court overturn universal vaccination because the COVID-19 vaccine is not really a vaccine?

Find out what’s going on, and what the FACTS really are!

 

US Supreme Court Overturned Universal Vaccination?

A long essay about a recent US Supreme Court decision is being shared on WhatsApp and websites, claiming that the US Supreme Court overturned universal vaccination because the COVID-19 vaccine isn’t really a vaccine at all.

Allegedly, Senator Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and a group of scientists filed a lawsuit against Bill Gates, Dr. Fauci and Big Pharma, and they won!

It is a long essay, so if you just want the facts, please skip right to the next section.

A BIG VICTORY FOR FREEDOM IN THE UNITED STATES.

* The Supreme Court overturned universal vaccination. *

* – US infectious disease specialist Bill Gates, Dr. Fauci, and Big Pharma * lost a US Supreme Court case, failing to prove all of their vaccines over the past 32 years were safe for the health of citizens!

The lawsuit was filed by a group of scientists led by * Senator Kennedy *.

– Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: * “The new COVID vaccine must be avoided at all costs. I urgently draw your attention to important issues related to the next vaccination against Covid-19.

For the first time in the history of vaccination, the so-called latest-generation mRNA vaccines directly interfere with the genetic material of the patient and therefore alter the individual genetic material, which is genetic manipulation, which was already prohibited and was previously considered to be a crime.*

 

No, US Supreme Court Did Not Overturn Universal Vaccination!

The entire essay is a rambling pile of nonsensical lies about vaccination, and the mRNA vaccines against COVID-19.

Let’s break down the individual claims, and tell you what the FACTS really are :

Claim : US Supreme Court overturned universal vaccination
Verdict : False

This claim is completely false, because the United States has never mandated universal vaccination in the first place! Therefore, there is nothing for the Supreme Court to overturn.

The government continues to have broad authority to make a vaccine mandatory during a public health crisis, as decided by the Supreme Court in their 1905 decision in Jacobson v. Massachusetts.

In 1922, the Supreme Court “settled that it is within the police power of a state to provide for compulsory vaccination” in their unanimous Zucht v. King decision.

However, compulsory vaccination is quite different from universal vaccination.

Claim : Bill Gates Is An Infectious Disease Expert
Verdict : False

Bill Gates is not an infectious disease expert. The writer may have confused Bill Gates with Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Not sure how that’s possible since they don’t even look alike! Other than they are both white men, and wear glasses?

In fact, Dr. Francis Collins actually looks like a mix of Bill Gates and Dr. Fauci in this picture!

Bill Gates, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins and NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, May 2016, Photo Credit : Bill Branson

Claim : Bill Gates, Dr. Fauci + Big Pharma Lost A Supreme Court Case
Verdict : False

Bill Gates, Dr. Fauci and Big Pharma were never part of any US Supreme Court case.

The new, ultra-conservative US Supreme Court did deal public health advocates a blow in 2020, when they ruled against the State of New York in Roman Catholic Diocese Of Brooklyn, New York v. Andrew M. Cuomo.

But that Supreme Court case had nothing to do with pharmaceutical companies, Bill Gates or even Dr. Fauci.

In that case, the Supreme Court ruled that the State of New York cannot bar people from gathering in churches and synagogues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was a ruling against New York’s lockdown measures, not vaccines.

Claim : Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Is A Senator
Verdict : False

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is not, and has never been, a US Senator.

The writer probably confused him with his illustrious father, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1968.

Claim : Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Filed Supreme Court Lawsuit 
Verdict : False

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. never filed any lawsuit that was brought before the US Supreme Court.

In July 2019, he filed a lawsuit against the state of New York, to overturn a new state law that bars parents from refusing to vaccinate their children on religious grounds.

His family actually spoke out AGAINST him, calling him “an outlier in the Kennedy family“, and pointing out that his uncle President John F. Kennedy and his father, Robert F. Kennedy, both promoted vaccinations to stamp out preventable diseases.

He lost that lawsuit on 9 December 2019, after the New York state law was ruled constitutional.

That lawsuit was over the measles outbreak, and happened before the world first became aware of COVID-19 on 31 December 2019.

So it had NOTHING to do with COVID-19 or COVID-19 vaccines.

Claim : mRNA Vaccine Changes Our Genes
Verdict : False

It is physically impossible for vaccine mRNA to penetrate the cell nucleus, so it cannot possibly change the cell’s DNA.

The mRNA is also automatically destroyed by the cell, after use. Therefore, it can only exist for a short period of time.

Vaccines based on the viral vector technology are the ones that enter the cell nucleus, but even that only affects a small number of cells, and does not become part of our DNA.

Vaccines do NOT integrate with our DNA. Vaccines will NOT turn us into GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms).

Claim : mRNA Vaccine Is Not A Vaccine
Verdict : False

A vaccine is simply any biological preparation that gives your body an active, acquired immunity to a particular infectious disease.

The mRNA vaccine is a vaccine, even though it does not use the dead or attenuated virus to provide the protection.

It works quite similarly to a viral vector vaccine, in that they both use our cells to create the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein to trigger our body’s immune system.

Read more : Pfizer + Moderna mRNA Vaccines : How Do They Work?

Claim : Vaccinated People Cannot Use Other Treatments
Verdict : False

First of all, COVID-19 has no treatment or cure, as of 24 July 2021.

That’s why the vaccines are so important – they prevent COVID-19, so you wouldn’t need any treatment!

But even if you are infected with COVID-19 after vaccination, you can still receive treatment for it. Vaccines do not prevent other treatments from working.

More importantly, COVID-19 vaccines have been proven to prevent death and hospitalisation.

That is likely why all nine justices on the US Supreme Court were fully vaccinated by 5 May 2021, as confirmed by Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg.

Read more : Ivermectin + Supplements : Better Than COVID-19 Vaccines?

Claim : COVID-19 Can Be Cured By Removing Toxins
Verdict : False

COVID-19 is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is a novel coronavirus – a new virus that has never been encountered before.

COVID-19 is NOT caused by accumulation of toxins in your body, because it would have existed long before 2020 if toxins were the cause.

More importantly, removing toxins from your body (which your liver and kidneys do every single day!) will NOT cure or prevent COVID-19.

 

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Can Hackers Use Good Morning Messages To Hack You?

Can hackers use Good Morning videos, pictures and messages to hack your devices, and steal your data?

Find out what is happening, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Hackers Are Using Good Morning Messages To Hack You!

This post about Chinese hackers using Good Morning videos, pictures and messages to hack your devices, has gone viral on social media and WhatsApp.

It’s a long message, so skip to the next section for the facts!

Dear friends, please delete all welcome photos and videos in Good Morning format and the like. Read below the article to the end, which will be clear why I ask about it. From now on I will only send personally prepared greetings.

Read it all !!! Send this message urgently to as many friends as you can to stop the invasion.

Olga Nikolaevna Lawyer: Caution:

ATTENTION

For those who like to send Good Morning pictures! Good day! Good evening!

Do not send these “good” messages.

Today, Shanghai China International News sent SOS to all subscribers (this is the third reminder) that experts recommend: please do not send good morning, good night, pictures and videos,.

Reports show that hackers in China designed the images, the video is so beautiful to hide the phishing codes inside them, when everyone sends these messages, the hackers use your devices to steal personal information, such as bank card information and data to crack the phone.

It has been reported that more than 500,000 victims of fraud have already been deceived.

 

Good Morning Message Hackers : Just Another Hoax!

Many of get spammed with Good Morning or Good Night messages every day from family and friends.

While they often clog up Facebook, Telegram and WhatsApp groups, they really do NOT allow hackers to hack your devices.

Here are the reasons why Good Morning messages are very irritating but harmless…

Fact #1 : Shanghai China International News Does Not Exist

The news organisation, Shanghai China International News, that was stated in the hoax does not exist.

Fact #2 : Hackers Do Not Design Good Morning Pictures + Videos

Hackers (from China or anywhere else) have better things to do than to create these Good Morning pictures and videos.

In fact, they are mostly created by websites and Facebook pages for people to share, and hopefully attract new followers.

Fact #3 : No Fraud Involving Good Morning Messages

There has been no fraud involving Good Morning or even Good Night messages, videos or pictures.

Certainly, half a million victims of such a scam would have made front page news. Yet there is not a single report on even one case.

Fact #4 : Image-Based Malware Is Possible, But…

Digital steganography is a method by which secret messages and other data can be hidden in digital files, like a photo or a video, or even a music file.

It is also possible to embed malicious code within a Good Morning photo, but it won’t be a full-fledged malware that can execute by itself. At most, it can be used to hide the malware payload from antivirus scanners.

In January 2019, cybercriminals created an online advertisement with a script. The script itself would appear innocuous and pass any check.

However, the image itself has an “almost white” rectangle that is recognised by the script, triggering it to redirect the user to the cybercriminals’ website.

Once there, the victim is tricked into installing a Trojan disguised as an Adobe Flash Player update.

Fact #5 : Malicious Code Executes Immediately

If you accidentally download and trigger malware, it will execute immediately. It won’t wait, as the hoax message claims.

Deleting Good Morning or Good Night photos or videos will free up storage space in your phone, but it won’t prevent any malware from executing.

Also, most malware require some sort of action to trigger their execution. Generally (but not always), just downloading a malware won’t trigger it.

 

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FamilyMart 70th Anniversary Survey Scam Alert!

Please watch out for the FamilyMart 70th Anniversary survey scam!

Find out why it is just a SCAM, and WARN your family and friends!

 

FamilyMart 70th Anniversary Survey Scam Alert!

People are now sharing these FamilyMart 70th Anniversary messages on WhatsApp :

FamilyMart 70th Anniversary!

Click to enter to participate in the survey, have a chance to win $1000!

FamilyMart 70th Anniversary!

Through the questionnaire, you will have a chance to get 2000 Ringgit .

 

FamilyMart 70th Anniversary Survey : Why This Is A Scam

Unfortunately, this is yet another survey scam.

For one thing – FamilyMart was established in Sayama, Japan in September 1973 and incorporated on 1 September 1981.

So they would only be celebrating their 70th anniversary in September 2043 or September 2051!

I know many of us are in dire straits during this COVID-19 pandemic, having lost jobs, income or even loved ones.

Unfortunately, scammers are counting on our desperation to prey on us, using the same survey scam they have been using for years :

Now, let me show you how to spot these scams next time!

If you spot any of these warning signs, DO NOT PROCEED and DO NOT SHARE!

Warning Sign #1 : Bad Grammar

Most of these scammers do not have a good command of the English language, so if you spot bad grammar, stay away.

Proper contests or events sponsored by major brands like FamilyMart will have a PR or marketing person who will vet the text before allowing it to be posted.

Warning Sign #2 : Offering You Free Money Or Gifts

Please do NOT be naive. No one is going to give you money or free gifts just to participate in a survey!

FamilyMart isn’t going to give you FREE money, just because it’s their anniversary.

They are a corporation whose business is to make money, not a charity to give you free money.

Warning Sign #3 : Not Using The Real FamilyMart Domain

A genuine FamilyMart Malaysia campaign would use the real FamilyMart Malaysia domain – www.familymart.com.my.

Or they would run it off the official FamilyMart Malaysia page on Facebook – www.facebook.com/FamilyMartMY/.

If you see nonsensical domains like uglyarticle.club, ldxqw.bar, etc. that’s a sign of a SCAM!

Warning Sign #4 : Asking You To Forward The Offer

No brand will insist that you must share the offer with 5 groups or 20 friends on WhatsApp.

Do not click to forward their offer to your family and friends. They will not appreciate being scammed with your help!

Warning Sign #5 : Asking You To Download + Register An App

If you click through and joined the fake survey scam, you will eventually be asked to download and register for an app.

That is VERY DANGEROUS. Never agree to download and register for any unknown app from a website.

Always download your apps from an official App Store like Google Play Store (for Android smartphones) and Apple App Store (for iPhones).

 

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Scam Alert : COVID-19 Relief Fund By Federal Government!

Please watch out for the COVID-19 Relief Fund by Federal Government scam!

Find out why it is just a SCAM, and WARN your family and friends!

 

Scam Alert : COVID-19 Relief Fund By Federal Government!

People are now sharing this COVID-19 RELIEF FUND message on WhatsApp :

Apply For The Covid-19 Relief Fund Provided By The Federal Government. Hurry Up, It takes few seconds to apply. Dont [sic] miss this opportunity.

Apply Here

Note : I added the Scam Alert overlay to prevent it from being further abused.

 

COVID-19 Relief Fund : Why This Is A Scam

I know many of us are in dire straits during this COVID-19 pandemic, having lost jobs, income or even loved ones. Unfortunately, scammers are counting on our desperation to prey on us.

I will now show you why this COVID-19 Relief Fund message is just another scam. Please warn your family and friends!

Fact #1 : No Global Relief Fund By Any Federal Government

When a scam tells you that “the federal government” is giving away money, you should always ask yourself – WHICH federal government???

No government in the world is giving away money to anyone across the world. Not even the three richest economies in the world – US, China and the EU – have a COVID-19 relief fund to give money away like that.

Fact #2 : The Three Questions Are A Red Herring

Most of these scams employ simple but useless questions to trick you into thinking that this is genuine. Look at the three questions this scam is asking :

  • What’s your age range?
  • How much money do you want to receive?
  • What’s your employment status?

In a real government relief programme, your eligibility status will be based on some official document – your identity card, driver’s licence, passport, etc.

No one is going to give you money simply because you answer a few questions. And NO ONE is ever going to ask you how much you want to receive!

Fact #3 : No Government Will Ask You To Invite Friends / Groups

A real government relief programme will NEVER ask you to invite friends and groups on WhatsApp, much less insist that you invite 15 friends or 5 groups before they give you money.

That’s a dead giveaway that this is a scam, and the scammers want you to help them scam other people. So NEVER invite your friends to join the scam.

Fact #4 : SNF Global Relief Initiative Is Not By Any Federal Government

To make the scam look legit, the scammers used the SNF Global Relief Initiative for the COVID-19 Pandemic graphics.

That initiative is not by any government, but by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).

And just in case you are wondering, no, the SNF does not give away money to individuals. They only make grants to non-profit organisations and collaborative funds.

Fact #5 : The Domain Is New + Protected

If you check the domain “relief-fund.live“, you will see that it was only created on 24 March 2021.

Even more suspiciously, all contact and ownership details have been REDACTED FOR PRIVACY. That’s often a sign that the owners are worried about being sued or prosecuted.

Name: relief-fund.live
Registry Domain ID: ac787c4c5c19460696fa1bf46d133faa-DONUTS

Nameservers:
dns1.registrar-servers.com
dns2.registrar-servers.com

Registry Expiration: 2022-03-24 11:41:35 UTC
Updated: 2021-03-29 11:42:31 UTC
Created: 2021-03-24 11:41:35 UTC

Name: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Organization: Privacy service provided by Withheld for Privacy ehf
Email: Please query the RDDS service of the Registrar of Record identified in this output for information on how to contact the Registrant, Admin, or Tech contact of the queried domain name.
Tel: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Fax: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Mailing Address: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY Capital Region REDACTED FOR PRIVACY IS

Fact #6 : The Comments Are Completely Faked

You may notice a bunch of comments at the bottom of the scam website. They are only there to trick you into thinking that other people received the money.

Try refreshing them. They will never change, unlike a real live comment stream. The time codes will not change either.

Try clicking on the Like option. Nothing will happen. Your Like will not register.

That’s because this is a fake comment stream. It’s all hardcoded and fixed.

Now that you know that this is just another scam, please warn your family and friends.

And please remember – no one gives away money like that. Don’t fall for these scams!

 

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Scam Alert : Herbal Visual Tea For Glaucoma / Cataract!

Please watch out for the Herbal Visual Tea scam, which claims to cure glaucoma, cataract and many other diseases of the eye!

Find out why this Herbal Visual Team is just a scam, and warn your family and friends!

 

Scam Alert : Herbal Visual Tea By Li Tianfa / Tianfa Lee!

The Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology (MSO) is warning people again about fake Facebook pages using their photos

Take a look at a selection of fake Facebook pages that the Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology (MSO) identified and shared on their Facebook page.

 

Why Herbal Visual Tea Is A Scam!

All these fake Facebook pages appear to promote the Herbal Visual Tea by Li Tianfa, who also goes by the name Tianfa Lee.

So why is this Herbal Visual Tea a scam? Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology Warned About This Scam

On 5 January 2021, the Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology reported these scam posts to the police, Facebook and MCMC.

The Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology has been made aware of malicious scammers who have cut and pasted our committee members and other members photos to be used to promote dubious fake eye products or services . We have reported these posts to the Police , Facebook and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) . Please do not respond to these scammers .

That didn’t stop these scammers, who continued to create new fake Facebook pages to promote Herbal Visual Tea.

On 21 May 2021, MSO again warned about these scammers.

The Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology (MSO) strongly condemns the action of certain irresponsible parties who misuse official images from our Society, seemingly endorsing certain health products of dubious benefits. The health claims are callous, misleading and without any sound evidence.

The public is advised against purchasing these products of unknown entity. Existing patients with eye conditions should always consult their eye doctor before stopping their existing medications or trying these alternative treatments.

The Society appreciates those who have notified us of these ads. Please help us to report these ads to Facebook so that we can stop others from being duped into buying these products.

Fact #2 : Those Fancy Associations Do NOT Exist!

This Li Tianfa / Tianfa Lee claims to have a TON of titles, but if you check them online, these organisations do not really exist!

  • International Exchange Center for Traditional Complementary Medicine : Does Not Exist!
  • Academic Association of Ophthalmology of Malaysian Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine : Does Not Exist!
  • Malaysia Association of Chinese Medicine : Does Not Exist!
  • Professional Chinese Acupuncture Association of Malaysia : Does Not Exist!
  • Indy International University, Malaysia : Does Not Exist!
  • Miaofa Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital : Does Not Exist!

There is a Center for International Exchange of Traditional Chinese Medicine, but he is not listed amongst its many consultants and lecturers.

Malaysian Chinese Medical Association exists, but he is not even in its committee, never mind one of its NINE Vice Presidents!

INTI International University exists, but he does not appear to be in their faculty list.

There is a Miao Fa TCM 妙法中醫 store, but it is a traditional Chinese medicine store, not a hospital!

Fact #3 : Dr. Li Tianfa Disavowed The Product!

Here is the kicker – Dr. Li Tianfa is the owner of Miao Fa TCM, and he declared that the Herbal Visual Tea is a SCAM!

Clarification! Clarification! Clarification!
Scammers are misusing my identity!
I, Dr. Li Tianfa would like to clarify, and solemnly declare that this Herbal Visual Tea is not my product!!!
Please don’t be! fooled!!
Our Facebook page is miaofa tcm!!!

澄清!澄清!澄清!
无良商人,盗用了我良好的声誉!!!
我李添发博士,在这里澄清,郑重声明,这个(视明茶)不是我的产品!!!
请大家不要上当!!!
我们的Facebook是miaofa tcm“妙法中医”!!!

So please do NOT blame Dr. Li Tianfa. He appears to be an innocent victim of these scammers, just like all those who were fooled into purchasing the Herbal Visual Tea.

Fact #4 : There Is No Proof This Tea Cures Anything

The Herbal Visual Tea consists of common ingredients like longan, chrysanthemum, honeysuckle, cassia seed, wolfberry, Galli gigeriae endothelium corneum, black sesame and mulberry.

Pretty much ingredients you can buy at any traditional Chinese medicine store!

There is simply NO EVIDENCE that such a concoction can cure glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, optic atrophy, fundus lesions, retinal detachment, vitreous body turbidity, floaters, presbyopia, astigmatism, hyperopia, night blindness and more that the scammers are claiming!

This Visual Herbal Tea is nothing more than a SCAM! Please warn your family and friends!

 

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Scam Alert : Toyota 80th Anniversary Celebration!

The viral message about the Toyota 80th Anniversary Celebration and the giveaway of a Toyota Corolla is a SCAM!

Find out why it is a SCAM, and please alert your family and friends!

 

Scam Alert : Toyota 80th Anniversary Celebration!

This is the link that has gone viral on WhatsApp, claiming to offer you a chance to win a Toyota Corolla during the Toyota 80th Anniversary Celebration!

It’s just a scam, so we added that overlay to prevent it from being further abused.

Please DO NOT CLICK on the link, or proceed with the “contest”.

 

Why Toyota 80th Anniversary Celebration Contest Is A Scam!

For those of you who are wondering – how do you know it’s a scam, here are the facts…

Fact #1 : The Link Is Highly Suspicious

If you look at the URL – the link – it goes to http://1s7wttd.nodxteh.cn.

It is obviously not a Toyota-related link, but an unrelated Chinese-registered (.cn) domain.

In addition, it is not an SSL-encrypted link, which would start with https://. While not a hallmark of a scam link, legitimate websites will use SSL-encrypted links (with https, not http)

When you see such links, DO NOT CLICK on them.

Fact #2 : Toyota’s 80th Anniversary Was In 2017

Toyota was established on 28 August 1937. They celebrated their 80th anniversary in 2017.

Here is a 28 August 2017 tweet by the Toyota Motor Corp.

Fact #3 : Toyota Is In The Business Of Selling Cars

Toyota is in the business of SELLING CARS, not giving them away.

Not surprisingly, they did not give away even a single car when they celebrated their 80th anniversary in 2017!

Fact #4 : The Page Has So Many Troubling Clues

If you click on the link, you will be led to this page, claiming you will get a free gift with Toyota… and a chance to win a Toyota Corolla.

The page is full of grammatical mistakes – something an actual Toyota website would not have.

On top of that, why would Toyota give you a Corolla for answering simple questions like “Do you know Toyota?” Seriously…

And below that is a list of comments by people who claimed to have won the Toyota Corolla. Do you really believe that Toyota is giving away so many cars?

Try clicking on their names, and nothing happens. Nothing happens either if you click to Like. So where are the likes coming from?

They are all FAKE COMMENTS. If you check the code, you can see that both the comments and pictures were manually inserted.

Fact #5 : You Will Always Win The Car

You can try the contest any number of times, and you will ALWAYS win the car.

Why? Because the next step involves you sharing this with 5 groups or 20 friends on WhatsApp!

So no matter how many times you participate, you will ALWAYS win the free Toyota Corolla. Do you think that’s the case with a real contest?

This is a SCAM. DO NOT SHARE and do NOT proceed beyond this page.

 

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Scam Alert : CIMB Customers Hit By Fake SMS Messages!

Scammers continue to target CIMB customers, using many different kinds of fake SMS messages.

Do NOT click or call if you receive any of these fake SMS messages!

And please warn your family and friends!

 

Scam Alert : CIMB Customers Hit By Fake SMS Messages!

Whether you are a CIMB Bank customer or not, you may receive one of these alarming SMS messages :

RM 0.00 CIMB: Confidential!

Dear CIMB users, your account will TERMINATED on 24/12/20. Verify via http://www.cimbclickikm.cc to keep on using CIMB Clicks services.

Please make verification within 24hours to avoid service interruption.

RM0 CIMB: Instant Transfer RM4998.78 to CHAY LEE FEN/HONG LEONG on 23-Dec-2020, 13:06:35. Call the no. at the back of your card for queries.

If you receive any of these SMS messages, please DO NOT click on the link, or call the number. JUST IGNORE THEM, or delete them.

RM0.00 CIMB: MYR 2968.00 was charged on your card num 4204 at Shopee.MY. If this is not your txn, call 1800-9767 now.

Cimb Your account is judged as high risk by the system, PLS re-verify your account. cimbclicksecurity.com

Note : These scams do not just affect CIMB Bank. In fact, all banks are affected :

 

Why These CIMB SMS Messages Are Fake

Let us show you how to identify these fake CIMB SMS messages.

If you spot any of these warning signs, BACK OFF and DO NOT PROCEED!

Warning Sign #1 : Grammatical Mistakes

If you carefully read the first SMS messages above, you can easily spot numerous grammatical mistakes. A bank will never send such poorly worded messages to their customers.

However, they may copy the real SMS message from CIMB to trick you into thinking that this is a real transaction. Such fake SMS messages will have proper grammar.

Warning Sign #2 : Embedded Links

Banks will NEVER embed links (URLs) into the message. If you see embedded links, always think – SCAM SMS!

Unlike the Public Bank SMS scam, they used a copy of the real SMS message to trick you into clicking the URL in the first message.

Warning Sign #3 : Wrong Links

And always check the link – www.cimbclickikm.cc and cimbclicksecurity.com are not the correct addresses for the CIMB Bank websites (www.cimbclicks.com.my or www.cimb.com.my).

The best policy is to manually key in the bank website address. NEVER click on any link in an SMS, even if it looks legit.

When you see any website with .cc links, be wary because the .CC domains are registered in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands – an Australian territory of only 14 km², with only about 600 inhabitants.

Warning Sign #4 : No Personal Login Phrase / Picture

To avoid phishing attacks, banks now give you a secret response (like a picture or a phrase) to confirm that you are visiting their legitimate website.

If the website you are visiting gives you the wrong picture or secret phrase, you have been tricked into visiting a fake website designed to mimic the real bank website.

You should also remember that the bank website must show you secret picture or phrase right after you enter your login, but BEFORE you key in your password.

If you are asked to key in your password without the website displaying the secret phrase or picture, you have been tricked into visiting a fake website designed to mimic the real bank website.

 

CIMB Advice To Protect Against Fake SMS / Email Scams

Here is a list of DOs and DON’Ts to protect yourself against fake SMS / email scams.

Please DO follow these good practices

  1. Pay attention to your transaction alerts and check your account activities regularly. In case of any unusual activity, please contact us immediately.
  2. If you wish to contact us, ONLY call the number on the back of your card or refer to CIMB website “Contact Us” page.
  3. Always check the URL of the website that you are making purchases from. Ensure  the “lock” icon or “https” appears on the website’s address bar.
  4. Always find a reputable seller on online marketplaces by searching for reviews from other customers to know their experience.
  5. To access CIMB Clicks, type the entire URL as follows: www.cimbclicks.com.my
  6. Always remember to log out once you have completed your banking transactions.

Please DO NOT follow these bad practices

  1. Don’t panic and give personal information to fraudsters impersonating representatives of government agencies etc. even if they deploy fear tactics. Immediately call the number on the back of your card to verify with CIMB.
  2. Never apply for personal financing through unverified links or individuals promising a lower rate. CIMB does not impose any application charges for personal financing applications.
  3. Never take instructions from anyone to change the mobile number in CIMB records to any number other than your own mobile number.
  4. When transacting online, never continue with a purchase if you have any doubts if the seller is not genuine.
  5. Never share details such as your card number / User ID / PIN / password / TAC  with anyone or key them in in any website other than CIMB Clicks.
    (Note: CIMB will never ask for  your ‘User ID’, ‘Password’ or ‘TAC’ under any circumstances outside of CIMB Clicks).
  6. Do not click on links or open email attachments from unknown / unreliable senders / sources.
    (Note: Emails from CIMB will always end with @cimb.com such as cimb.marketing@cimb.com

 

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Employee Used Fake COVID-19 Test To Skip Work!

An employee used fake COVID-19 test results to skip work, forcing the cafe to close and her colleagues to get tested!

Find out what happened, and why this employee could possible be sent to jail!

 

Employee Used Fake COVID-19 Test To Skip Work!

On 7 April 2021, Justin Tay shared how an employee at his cafe in Skudai, Johor, used fake COVID-19 test results to skip work!

The employee started work as a waitress at the cafe on Monday, 5 March 2021.

She sent her employer a text message the next day – Tuesday, 6 March 2021, claiming that she just tested positive for COVID-19, and was unable to go to work.

He immediately close the cafe, and arranged for it to be disinfected. He also notified customers who were present yesterday, and sent all 13 employees (including himself) to be tested for COVID-19.

While waiting for his test results, he was informed by the doctor that the RTK-Ag (antigen rapid test kit) produces results within 10 minutes, and that his employee’s test results was dated 4 March 2021.

That made him suspicious, so he queried the female employee. She initially claimed that she only received the result on the day she reported for work – a day after she allegedly did the test.

When he told her that he would send the results to a lawyer for advice, the female employee resigned from her job, and finally admitted that the COVID-19 test results were fake.

She apparently asked her friend to edit the positive COVID-19 test report. When you compare both reports, you can see the editing – her friend used a much larger font.

Before reporting the matter to the police, he called up her parents. The female employee and her father came to meet the cafe management, but insisted they did nothing wrong.

So Justin Tay lodged a police report, and reopened the cafe. He estimated his loss at several thousand ringgit, because the cafe was closed and he had to send everyone for COVID-19 tests.

In addition, news spread that their employee was infected, and this caused amok panic and customers to stay away.

 

Police : Employee With Fake COVID-19 Test Under Investigation

The Iskandar Puteri police chief, ACP Dzulkhairi Mukhtar, confirmed that they will be investigating the case under Section 420 of the Penal Code.

If convicted, the employee can face imprisonment of between 1-10 years, with whipping, and will also be liable to a fine!

420. Whoever cheats and thereby dishonestly induces the person deceived, whether or not the deception practiced was the sole or main inducement, to deliver any property to any person, or to make, alter, or destroy the whole or any part of a valuable security, or anything which is signed or sealed, and which is capable of being converted into a valuable security, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than one year and not more than ten years and with whipping, and shall also be liable to fine.

 

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Scam Alert : Fake DON DON DONKI Giveaway!

A fake DON DON DONKI giveaway is being actively shared on social media.

Please IGNORE it, and do NOT click or participate in it

 

Scam Alert : Fake DON DON DONKI Giveaway!

After DON DON DONKI – Japan’s biggest discount chain store – opened their first store in Malaysia, people have gone ga-ga, and scammers have taken notice.

They quickly created a fake DON DON DONKI giveaway, and many people have been sharing it on WhatsApp and Facebook.

Clicking on it leads you to a fake DON DON DONKI Brand Awareness Survey.

To the uninitiated, it may appear genuine. It has a Google domain, and there is a 100% Guarantee stamp, after all. So how can this be a scam?

Consider for a second the many genuine surveys you have done in the past. Have you ever seen a survey with just TWO questions?

This fake DON DON DONKI survey is intentionally short because the scammer doesn’t want people to quit on seeing a long survey.

In a genuine survey, you would be asked to key in your details for DON DON DONKI management to contact you.

Instead, after you submit, you are taken to what appears to be a Don Don Donki page, asking if you are a member.

This is a FAKE Don Don Donki page. You have been redirected to www.promohebat-my-76.com/cgi-bin/wingame.pl, with the string partner_pk=355.

What basically happened is that you have been tricked into this page by the scammer’s affiliate with a partner number of 355, who gets paid for every person tricked into opening this page.

Whether you choose Yes or No, you will be taken to the same page which is made to look as if you are registering for the voucher.

The truth is you are being tricked into agreeing to share your information with AP Marketing Asia Pacific Limited – a Hong Kong company that collects data to sell, or to push promotions for their clients.

If you key in your details, then you are agreeing to let them sell your email address and contact information to third-parties, as well as accept promotional offers from their clients.

In the next page, they will ask you for your mobile number, and your date of birth. This exposes you to scammers who can use this information for phishing attacks against you or your bank.

In subsequent pages, you are asked to participate in surveys for their clients like Etiqa, and then asked to participate in even more surveys and games.

Ultimately, this is nothing more than a scam to get you to participate in AP Marketing Asia Pacific Limited‘s marketing games and surveys.

You will NOT receive anything and only waste your time. Even worse, you will expose your personal information to AP Marketing’s clients, who may include other scammers.

So please WARN EVERYONE about this fake Don Don Donki giveaway!

 

Don Don Donki Confirms Giveaway Scam!

Don Don Donki was quickly alerted about this giveaway scam, and they issued a statement warning their fans not to participate.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Dear DONKI Fans,

We were informed that a fake page is pretending to be us and is running a giveaway contest.

Please note that DON DON DONKI Malaysia has only one official Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/DonDonDonkiMY) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/DONDONDONKIMY/)

To protect your personal details, please do not engage, instead report suspicious pages.

We are grateful for loyal DONKI fans who made us aware of this situation.

Keep safe offline and online. Thank you!

 

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Scammer vs Scalper : Five RTX 30 Series Cards Gone!

A scammer just cheated a scalper out of FIVE GeForce RTX 30 series cards in a COD deal!

Find out how he got cheated in a Cash-On-Delivery exchange, and learn from his mistake!

 

Scammer vs Scalper : Five RTX 30 Series Cards Gone!

Scalpers have been taking advantage of the graphics card shortage, and massive increase in GPU mining, to make a killing on every graphics card they lay their hands on.

But the high prices and massive profits associated with graphics cards have also attracted scammers, who prowl online marketplaces looking for their greedy marks…

One scalper today shared how he was cheated of five NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards. What was even more shocking – he got scammed in a Cash On Delivery deal!

What Did The Scalper Lose?

The scalper lost five GIGABYTE graphics cards :

  • RTX 3070 AORUS Master (S/N : 210841066018)
  • RTX 3070 AORUS Master (S/N : lost)
  • RTX 3070 Gaming OC (S/N : 210841068841)
  • RTX 3070 Gaming OC : (S/N 210341039296)
  • RTX 3060 Gaming OC : (S/N 210441056468)

How Much Did The Scalper Lose?

We have no idea how much the deal was supposed to be, but he was quoting freaking high prices of :

  • RM4,699 (~US$1,135) for ASUS ROG Strix RTX 3060
  • RM5,500 (~US$1,329) for ASUS RTX 3060 Ti TUF Gaming

As you can tell, that is something like 2.5X more than what the cards really cost.

Based on that, we guesstimate that the entire deal was probably “worth” RM 34,000 (~US$8,200) to the scalper.

How Did The Scammer Fool The Scalper?

Here’s the interesting part – how the scammer fooled the scalper in a Cash On Delivery (COD) deal.

The scalper is not very clear about certain aspects, but from what we can gather with some investigations of our own…

  1. The scammer arranged to meet the scalper in a shopping centre, probably to gain his trust.
  2. He made an Instant Transfer, which failed. He probably set the transaction limit low.
  3. He blamed the bank transfer transaction limit, and said he would ask his wife (???) to change the limit.
  4. He then offered to transfer the money via a CIMB IBG GIRO transfer.
  5. The scammer likely initiated a Scheduled Transaction (which can be cancelled), and showed the scalper the online transaction receipt.
  6. By giving the scalper only a glance at the transaction receipt, or covering up the scheduled part of the receipt, he conveys the impression he had already transferred the money.
  7. To his credit, the scalper checked his own bank account and saw that the money was not deposited.
  8. The scammer then called the bank in front of the scalper, who confirmed that a GIRO transfer cannot be cancelled.
  9. The scammer sent the scalper a picture of his identity card and bank transaction receipt (probably through WhatsApp), to seal the deal.
  10. Once he walked away with the five graphics cards, the scammer quickly deleted the picture of his identity card and the bank transaction receipt, and cancelled the scheduled transaction.

So that was how the scalper went from potentially making a killing on his five GeForce graphics cards, to getting slaughtered by a scammer in a Cash On Delivery deal!

The scalper wondered if there was “Black Magic” involved. The truth is – the scammer used his greed to stop him from just walking away with his cards.

What Do We Know About The Scammer?

The scalper provided these details about the scammer who cheated him of his five graphics cards :

  • Surname : Ng
  • Race : Chinese
  • Identifying Features : Scar below right eye, tattoo on back of neck
  • Identity Card Number (partial) : 800831
  • State of Origin : Johor
  • Mobile Number : 013-277-6995
  • Vehicle Type : Honda HRV (Charcoal colour)
  • Vehicle Number Plate : 3553 or 5335

We have to point out that we cannot vouch for the authenticity of the scalper’s claims, or the details he shared.

 

Scammer vs Scalper : The Original Post

This was what the scalper posted on the issue :

*Scammer Alert *

Chinese Guy , Have Scar below right eye , tattoo behind neck
Beware of this person phone number 013-277-6995 Surname NG
IC No 800831, ic from Johor, Driving Honda HRV Charcoal Colour car plate could be (3553 or 5335) security doesn’t allow to take the file , too blur , i can only remember that, This person contacted me at Carousell ,mainly fishing graphic card seller in Carousell, couldn’t speak english , starting he will text in malay , He is scamming a lot of Graphic Card , Im a seller , i met him and COD at Cheras Connaught Avenue and Eko Cheras, his tactic is he will make instant transfer first , then failed, then he say he will ask his wife to change the limit , and then he will transfer you CIMB IBG GIRO transfer, and cancel it (after you leave) , i did check my bank account , money is not in, after that just in front of you he call the bank , the bank said once GIRO transfer has been made it cannot be cancel , he will ask u to snap his car plate no , but later give more excuse say that his wife drove away the car, but he came alone, im not sure is there any Black Magic ,he will keep on mentioned about his Wife he will send you the receipt and ic , he was nervous too , after he send me his ic , his uc image face was totally covered , after sending u the receipt he will quickly leave within a sec but he will delete the IC and Receipt , after the next sec you leave , so u are not able to trace him. mainly talking about mining have few farm in Seremban, and how do police trace using a thermal gun, evolving from using old bitcoin mine machine to graphic card, want to get 60 pieces, as a victim , i know that this is very stupid but I hope that no one will be the next victim after me.
5 pieces of graphic card has been scammed
rtx 3070 aorus master SN210841066018
RTX 3070 AORUS MASTER SERIES NUMBER LOST
RTX 3070 GAMING OC SN210841068841
RTX 3070 GAMING OC SN210341039296
RTX 3060 GAMING OC SN210441056468

 

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YouTube Content ID Abuse By FUGA Aggregation?

Is FUGA Aggregation committing YouTube Content ID abuse by claiming copyright for music that was provided FREE years ago?

Let’s take a look at what’s going on recently!

 

YouTube Content ID Abuse : What Is It?

Content ID abuse is a constant problem with YouTube, with copyright holders given almost complete control over what is “rightfully theirs”.

Copyright holders use the YouTube Content ID system to identify videos that contain material that belongs to them. They then have the right to :

  • file a copyright claim, to monetise your video
  • take down your video, which slaps your channel with a copyright strike

There are many problems with the Content ID system which opens it to abuse :

  • copyright holders can “take over” and monetise your video even if their content is used in a small segment, or recorded incidentally (background music, for example).
  • copyright holders do not need to prove that they own the copyright to the content they are disputing, which leads to false claims.
  • the 3 strikes rule makes it easy for unscrupulous copyright holders to extort money from YouTube channels to withdraw a copyright strike

Even the BBC highlighted the problem in 2019, sharing how a copyright holder used the YouTube copyright strike feature to extort money, while others are using the copyright claim option to unfairly take over the monetisation of videos created by other people.

 

YouTube Content ID Abuse By FUGA Aggregation?

Now, we come to the recent aggressive Content ID action by FUGA Aggregation over a piece of music called Funky Dream by Fine Haters.

Since October 2018, we have been using a free piece of background music called Clean Sheets by Trout Recording, that was provided as royalty-free music by the Facebook Sound Collection.

Obviously, we never had a single copyright claim for this music.

But starting from 10 March 2021, we started receiving copyright claims by FUGA Aggregation for our videos that used Clean Sheets.

In just 8 days, they issued 14 copyright claims for videos using Clean Sheets, claiming that it was music called Funky Dream by Fine Haters.

Naturally, we disputed their claim, stating that the music was actually Clean Sheets by Trout Recording, and even shared the link to the Facebook Sound Collection where FUGA can check our claims.

So we were really surprised when FUGA “reviewed” our dispute, and rejected it, stating that their claim was “still valid”.

So we did a quick search of Funky Dream, Fine Haters and Kobb Records, and found this video posted on YouTube on 6 March 2021 – just before FUGA started shooting out those copyright claims.

The Funky Dream music was attributed to Fine Haters, and released on 20 February 2021, and was published by Kobb Records.

Amazingly, it was a longer copy of Trout Recording’s Clean Sheets, which was undated but definitely posted in 2018 or earlier. You can download Clean Sheets, and listen for yourself here.

We cannot find any information on the musician or band known as Fine Haters, or the publisher, Kobb Records.

On the other hand, Trout Recording has both a Facebook page and a website.

 

Why We Believe This Is Content ID Abuse By FUGA

Now, both Funky Dream and Clean Sheets sound identical, so Content ID was accurate in this instance.

However, who actually owns the copyright to Funky Dream / Clean Sheets? Trout Recording or Fine Haters?

I definitely believe that Trout Recording would have a better claim, since they released Clean Sheets in 2018, if not much earlier.

But why did FUGA reject our explanation, even though we shared the evidence with them?

The YouTube copyright claim system does not require FUGA to offer us an explanation, so there’s no way to know.

At this point in time, YouTube gave us the option of appealing or replacing the song, neither of which actually works :

  • appealing gives FUGA the right to issue a takedown (with a copyright strike) if they disagree
  • replacing the music destroys the video, because it would overwrite the voice-over

So, like probably 99% of other content creators who get stuck like this – between the Devil and the deep blue sea – the best option is probably to :

  • replace the music even though it destroys the video and voice-over, just to deny FUGA the right to unfairly monetise the video.
  • edit and repost a modified video with different background music.

This is extra work that we will have to do for each and every video that uses Clean Sheets, even though it was provided as royalty-free music years ago, and there is evidence that Funky Dream is just a copy of Clean Sheets.

Ultimately, this is yet another example of how the YouTube Content ID system is being abused…

 

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Malaysia : Up to RM500K Fine + 6 Year Jail For Fake News!

Malaysia just gazetted an emergency ordinance with up to RM500,000 and up to 6 year jail time for anyone creating, spreading, financing fake news!

 

Malaysia : RM100K~RM500K Fine / Jail For Fake News!

On 11 March 2021, the Emergency (Essential Powers) (No. 2) Ordinance 2021 was gazetted, and will come into effect the very next day – on 12 March 2021.

This new emergency ordinance includes hefty fines and even jail time for fake news on COVID-19 and the Emergency proclamation.

  • Creating, offering, publishing fake news : Up to RM 100,000 and/or up to 3 years imprisonment
  • Continuing the offence : Up to RM 1,000 per day
  • Court may require apology to person affected by the offence
  • Refusal to comply with court order to apologise : Up to RM 50,000 and/or up to 1 year imprisonment
  • Providing financial assistance for creating, offering, publishing fake news : Up to RM 500,000 and/or up to 6 years imprisonment
  • Failing to remove fake news within 24 hours of an order : Up to RM 100,000
  • Refusing to remove fake news after conviction : RM 3,000 per day

This emergency ordinance will come into effect on 12 March 2021.

 

Malaysia Fake News Fine / Jail : The Details

Here is a quick summary of critical parts of the Emergency (Essential Powers) (No. 2) Ordinance 2021.

OFFENCES

Emergency (Essential Powers) (No. 2) Ordinance 2021

4. (1) Any person who, by any means, with intent to cause, or which is likely to cause fear or alarm to the public, or to any section of the public, creates, offers, publishes, prints, distributes, circulates or disseminates any fake news or publication containing fake news commits an offence and shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding one hundred thousand ringgit or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or to both, and in the case of a continuing offence, to a further fine not exceeding one thousand ringgit for every day during which the offence continues after conviction.

(2) The Court may, in addition to any punishment specified in subsection (1), order the person convicted of an offence under that subsection to make an apology to the person affected by the commission of the offence in the manner determined by the Court.

(3) Any convicted person who fails to comply with an order made under subsection (2) commits an offence and shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding fifty thousand ringgit or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or to both.

Providing financial assistance for purpose of committing or facilitating commission of offence under section 4

5. Any person who directly or indirectly, provides or makes available financial assistance intending that the financial assistance be used, or knowing or having reasonable grounds to believe that the financial assistance will be used, in. whole or in part, for the purpose of committing or facilitating the commission of an offence under section 4, commits an offence and shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding five hundred thousand ringgit or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six years or to both.

Failing to carry out duty to remove publication containing fake news

6. (1) It shall be the duty of any person having in his possession, custody or control of any publication containing fake news to remove such publication within twenty four hours from the time a direction is given by a police officer or an authorised officer.

(2) Any person who fails to comply with the direction under subsection (1) commits an offence and shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding one hundred thousand ringgit, and in the case of a continuing offence, to a further fine not exceeding three thousand ringgit for every day during which the offence continues after conviction.

(3) Any person affected by the direction of removal of such publication by a police officer or an authorised officer may apply to the High Court to review the direction.

 

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460 Deaths + 243,612 Injuries From COVID Vaccines In UK?

Did the UK government report 460 deaths and 243,612 injuries from COVID-19 vaccines in the latest 4 March 2021 report?

Find out what’s going on, and what the FACTS really are!

 

460 Deaths + 243,612 Injuries From COVID Vaccines In UK?

Health Impact News continues to share misleading news about the COVID-19 vaccination programme in the UK.

Framing it as a report, Brian Shilhavy from Health Impact News listed what appears to be a shocking list of 460 deaths and 243,612 injuries from the Pfizer and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines in the UK.

To avoid being outright labelled as fake news, he shared the report without context, only presenting them as raw numbers.

For the COVID-19 mRNA Pfizer- BioNTech vaccine analysis they report:

  • 2033 Blood disorders including 1 death
  • 1032 Cardiac disorders including 25 deaths
  • 3 Congenital disorder
  • 713 Ear disorders
  • 10 Endocrine disorders
  • 1242 Eye disorders
  • 9360 Gastrointestinal disorders including 11 deaths
  • 26,394 General disorders including 111 deaths
  • 17 Hepatic disorders
  • 466 Immune system disorders
  • 1863 Infections including 33 deaths
  • 393 Injuries including 1 death
  • 965 Investigations
  • 525 Metabolic disorders including 1 death
  • 11,565 Muscle & tissue disorders
  • 20 Neoplasms
  • 16,107 Nervous system disorders including 14 deaths
  • 29 Pregnancy conditions including 1 death
  • 1235 Psychiatric disorders
  • 187 Renal & urinary disorders
  • 338 Reproductive & breast disorders
  • 3575 Respiratory disorders including 12 deaths
  • 6042 Skin disorders including 1 death
  • 16 Social circumstances
  • 45 Surgical & medical procedures
  • 992 Vascular disorders including 1 death

Total reactions for the COVID-19 mRNA Pfizer- BioNTech vaccine212 deaths and 85,179 injuries

 

UK Report On COVID Vaccine Deaths + Injuries : The Facts

Health Impact News basically summarised the weekly Yellow Card report from the UK MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency).

However, by omitting context about this report, the article conveys the false perception that the COVID-19 vaccines are dangerous.

Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : It Was A Yellow Card Summary Report

The UK government report mentioned in the article was the weekly Yellow Card summary report (as of 21 February 2021).

As you can tell – it is released on a weekly basis, and is otherwise not special in any sense. The 21 February edition will soon be superseded by the 28 February edition.

Fact #2 : Anyone Can Report Anything On The Yellow Card Site

What Health Impact News “neglected” to mention was that ANYONE from ANYWHERE can report ANYTHING on the Coronavirus Yellow Card reporting site.

You can report that the COVID-19 vaccine caused you all kinds of injuries, from giving you AIDS or brain cancer to killing you outright.

Heck, you can create a Yellow Card report even if you are NOT living in the UK, and have NOT actually received the vaccine!

Here are screenshots of us reporting that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine caused a leg fracture, that resulted in an abnormality in an unborn child!

This is how absurd the Yellow Card reporting system really is. No different from the US VAERS system really.

Fact #3 : Yellow Card Reports Are NOT Evidence Of Side Effects

Health Impact News also “neglected” to mention that Yellow Card reports are NOT evidence of actual adverse reactions.

The UK MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) which operates the Yellow Card programme stated very clearly that (with our emphasis) :

It is very important to note that a Yellow Card report does not necessarily mean the vaccine caused that reaction or event.

We ask for any suspicions to be reported, even if the reporter isn’t sure if it was caused by the vaccine. Reports to the scheme are known as suspected adverse reactions (ADRs).

Many suspected ADRs reported on a Yellow Card do not have any relation to the vaccine or medicine and it is often coincidental that they both occurred around the same time.

It is therefore important that the suspected ADRs described in this report are not interpreted as being proven side effects of COVID-19 vaccines.

Fact #4 : Known Side Effects Are Mild / Inconsequential

Health Impact News also intentionally “failed to expose” the fact that the side effects of both Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines are mild and/or inconsequential.

Thanks to large trials involving over 100,000 people, scientists have determined that the side effects of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines for COVID-19 are mild and/or inconsequential.

The UK MHRA classified the known side effects into how commonly they occur, as follows :

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects

  • Very Common : pain at injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, fever
  • Common : injection site swelling, redness at injection site, nausea
  • Uncommon : enlarged lymph nodes, feeling unwell
  • Rare : temporary one-sided facial drooping (Bell’s palsy)
  • Very Rare : severe allergic reaction

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects

  • Very Common : tenderness, pain, warmth, redness, itching, swelling or bruising at injection site, generally felling unwell, feeling tired, chills, headache, nausea, joint pain or muscle ache
  • Common : a lump at injection site, fever, vomiting, flu-like symptoms
  • Uncommon : feeling dizzy, decreased appetite, abdominal pain, enlarged lymph nodes, sweating, itchy skin / rash

Fact #5 : COVID-19 Killed Almost 2.6 Million People… So Far

It is perplexing why Health Impact News is focusing only on the 460 “reported deaths” in the UK Yellow Card database, that have NOT been proven to be caused by the vaccine.

We should point out that as of 27 February 2021, COVID-19 has killed :

  • Almost 2.6 million people worldwide
  • Over 124,000 people in the UK

Those are real people who died from COVID-19. Real people with families who have to live with the loss.

On the other hand, the COVID-19 vaccines have been proven to be safe, and will prevent millions of deaths from what is now a preventable disease in the UK and all around the world.

 

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Seafood Scams On Facebook : How To Detect Them!

Seafood scams on Facebook have been proliferating recently, and Facebook just doesn’t care.

So it is up to all of us to spread the word and WARN EVERYONE about these seafood scams on Facebook.

Updated @ 2021-03-07 : Added another confirmed seafood scam page and two reported bank accounts.

Originally posted @ 2021-02-14

 

Seafood Scams On Facebook : What’s Going On?

We were first alerted to the world of Facebook seafood scams by people who were cheated by Ocean Sense and East Malaysia Seafood Agent.

These Facebook seafood scam pages have a simple modus operandi :

  • offer online seafood delivery at very attractive prices and even free delivery
  • advertise on Facebook to reach out to people, and avert Facebook’s ire
  • ghost you after you deposit money into their bank accounts
  • delete your negative comments on their Facebook page

Even though many people reported Ocean Sense and East Malaysia Seafood Agent as scam pages, Facebook declined to take action and they are STILL ACTIVE.

 

Seafood Scams On Facebook : How To Detect Them!

The problem with seafood scams on Facebook is how easily scammers create them. Even if they get banned by Facebook, they will simply create a new one.

Facebook also partly enables them to continue with their scam by ignoring reports, claiming that there is nothing on the scam pages that go against their Community Standards. Duh – as if the scammers will post on Facebook admitting that they are scammers.

So how do we detect these seafood scams on Facebook?

Step 1 : Check List Of Reported / Confirmed Seafood Scams

The first thing you should do is run a quick search online on the name of the seafood vendor. See if anyone has reported them to be a scam.

Confirmed Seafood Scams On Facebook

Multiple people have reported that these Facebook seafood vendors have cheated them :

Reported Seafood Scams On Facebook

These Facebook pages have been reported to be scam pages, but we haven’t been able to independently verify their reports :

Step 2 : Check With The Commercial Crimes Department

Next, use the Commercial Crimes Department’s website to check for bank accounts that have outstanding police reports.

For example, the CIMB 8604503834 has two outstanding police reports lodged against it.

DO NOT BANK ANY MONEY to any account flagged by the Commercial Crimes Department’s website.

Step 3 : Check List Of Reported Company + Bank Accounts

Just because a bank account has not been flagged by the Commercial Crimes Department’s website doesn’t mean it’s safe.

That’s because many people do not bother to lodge a police report, or it may be a recent scam.

Here is a list of reported company and bank accounts, which you should AVOID :

Name Bank Account
Yap Kok Keong CIMB 7635-3713-28
A&B Bintang Trading CIMB 8604-5038-34
Car Boutique Venture CIMB 8604-5267-74
GS 028 Seafood Trading CIMB 8604-5270-14
Lee Pea Ching CIMB 7075-3700-47

Step 4 : Look For An Address

Genuine seafood vendors on Facebook will share with you their address, so you can drop by and select your seafood if you wish.

But don’t just trust the address they post. Always check the address on Google Maps, and use Street View to check if the shop really exists.

Step 5 : Look For Angry Emojis

A genuine seafood vendor may have one or two angry emojis by dissatisfied customers, but scam pages will have A LOT of them.

Hover over the reaction emojis, and look at how many are positive (likes or wow), and how many are negative (angry).

Scam pages will have a lot of angry emojis because they often delete negative comments, so angry customers have only one option – show angry emojis to warn potential customers.

Step 6 : PM People With Angry Emojis

To find out for sure if this is a scam, just PM (private message) those who left an angry emoji react to the Facebook page.

That’s how we were able to confirm that Ocean Sense and East Malaysia Seafood Agent are seafood scam pages.

Step 7 : Pay Only By Credit Card / Cash On Delivery

If you are still enticed by the great offer and want to take a risk, insist on paying with a credit card, or cash on delivery.

NEVER PAY to a bank account directly, because there is simply NO PROTECTION, and NO WAY for you to get your money back.

Using a credit card protects you against fraud, because the payment is not instantly credited to the vendor.

If you did not receive the seafood you ordered, simply call up the bank and inform them. They will refund the money.

If the seafood vendor insists on a direct bank transfer and refuses even cash on delivery, it is highly likely that they are scammers.

 

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Scam Alert : Remote Control Electricity Saver!

Please WATCH OUT for this remote control electricity saver scam being promoted on Facebook and WhatsApp!

Find out why it is just a SCAM, and WARN YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!

 

Remote Control Electricity Saver On Facebook / WhatsApp

After TNB started introducing expanding the installation of the new smart digital meter, people noticed that their electricity bills shot up significantly.

This led scammers to introduce “electricity saving devices”, and the latest one is this Remote Control Electricity Saver that is being promoted on Facebook and WhatsApp.

This Remote Control Electricity Saver (超省电) claims to let you cheat the new digital electricity meter by turning it on and off remotely.

  • Only applicable for digital meter
  • No tracking on adjusting the meter
  • No evidence left to show illegal action
  • Not required to remove the current meter

It is being advertised on Facebook (with our English translation).

Alat Kawalan Jauh Penjimatan Kuasa
(Remote Control Electricity Saving Device )
-Single Phase Rm450
-Three Phase Rm750
-Warranty 1 tahun
(-Warranty 1 year)
-Free Postage

如果每个月电费是你的负担救星来啦
完全不动TMB电表,不更改原本线路,安装后,完全看不出任何破绽,用遥控开关省电…
适合于,有地住家,店面,办公室,工厂
上门安装,做好直接看效果 当天安装,当天开始节省70%或以上电费,终生使用
适合所有电表,包括旧电表,digital meter,电子表,及最新的smart meter(single phase or 3 phase meter)
最重要是换了电表,我们的系统一样能使用

If every month electricity bill is your burden
doesn’t move the TMB meter at all, doesn’t change the original line, after installation, can’t see any break at all, use remote control switch to save electricity…
is suitable for, land home, storefront, office, factory
is installed at the door, and it’s done to see the direct effect installation on the day, start saving % or more electricity bills on the same day
Earn ($) in points! Details
The most important thing is to change the electrical meter, our system is just as usable!! !!

 

Remote Control Electricity Saver : Bullshit Scam!

Electricity saving devices DO NOT WORK, period.

So if you see anyone selling them, it’s a scam. You are better off just giving your money to a charity… or to me.

Feel free to ask for my bank account number. At least, you will be supporting my work!

Now, here are the reasons why this Remote Control Electricity Saver is a scam, like all other electricity saving devices!

Reason #1 : The Videos Are So Fake

The videos they use as “evidence” are so fake. They basically shows the scammer turning the electricity meter on and off using the Remote Control Electricity Saver.

In reality, one scammer just turns an electrical appliance on and off, whenever his/her partner turns the Remote Control Electricity Saver off and on.

What does it prove? Absolutely nothing!

Reason #2 : The Device Looks Like A Piece Of Shit

These scammers do not even bother to make their Remote Control Electricity Saver look decent.

It looks like a cheap toy from the bargain bin in the 1980s – a crude black plastic box with tiny buttons and two LED lights. Something kids might pretend is a remote detonator for a toy bomb.

Reason #3 : It Doesn’t Even Pretend To Use A Capacitor

Electricity saving devices use a capacitor to improve the Power Factor* for inefficient devices like fans, fluorescent light ballast and voltage transformers.

By claiming to control the digital meter remotely, it doesn’t even pretend to use a capacitor! What it really claims to do is MAGICALLY stop the digital meter from recording your electricity usage.

* Important Note : Capacitor-based electricity saving devices are still a scam because utility companies do NOT charge residential or small business users for “reactive power” – electricity loss due to Power Factor inefficiency. So it doesn’t matter whether you improve your Power Factor or not – you are only charged for the actual power that is used, and not power that is lost.

Reason #4 : The Man Has Nothing To Do With The Scam

The scammers misappropriated a picture of Liaw San, a retiree from Kajang, making it look like he endorsed their product.

Liaw Sam gained infamy in 2014 when he was slapped with a RM 11,656 (~US$2,914) electricity bill, instead of his usual electricity bill of RM 50~RM200.

 

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Scam Alert : East Malaysia Seafood Agent On Facebook!

There is another seafood scam page on Facebook called East Malaysia Seafood Agent (海鲜海产代理 or 东马海产代理)!

Please SHARE this scam alert, and help bring down that scam page!

 

Scam Alert : East Malaysia Seafood Agent On Facebook!

Please be warned that there is another seafood scam page on Facebook called East Malaysia Seafood Agent (海鲜海产代理 or 东马海产代理)!

It is related to Ocean Sense, another seafood scam page on Facebook.

Like Ocean Sense, East Malaysia Seafood Agent offers fresh and frozen seafood at very attractive prices, with free delivery and discounts for large purchases :

Cannada lobster
加拿大波士顿龙
Sex : mix
Size : 1.5 – 6 kg per 1
Price : 78 per kg
Take over 10KG free shipping
10公斤以上包邮

Alaska King crab fresh and huge
阿拉斯加 帝王蟹
Sex : mix
Size : 2 – 5 kg per 1
Price : 88 per kg
Take over 10KG Free Shipping
10公斤以上免邮

PM and message us for more details
Contact : 016 868 6538 Ah Yap

However, one of our readers confirmed that he was cheated by this vendor, and he shared with us the details of what happened.

Noticeably, the vendor behaved very similarly to Ocean Sense, replying in PM and deleting negative comments. That’s why the page has many Angry reacts, by people who were blocked from commenting.

 

East Malaysia Seafood Agent Scam : What Happened?

This customer ordered a large quantity of lobsters and Alaska king crabs from East Malaysia Seafood Agent, and was told to bank the money to :

Yap Kok Keong
CIMB 7634-371-328

This is the EXACT SAME person and bank account for Ocean Sense!

We checked the CIMB account number with the Commercial Crimes Department’s website, which showed that no report has been lodged against it… yet.

However, it doesn’t mean it is a safe account. At least 61 people have looked up the same number.

Oddly enough, when he asked for the bank account for the company (whose SSM record he furnished above), he issued him an invoice at a different company, and told him to bank it into “his relative’s company” instead :

Car Boutique Venture
CIMB 8604-5267-74

We checked the CIMB account number with the Commercial Crimes Department’s website, which showed that no report has been lodged against it… yet.

However, it doesn’t mean it is a safe account. At least 19 people have looked up the same number.

By this time, he was very suspicious, and decided to take a small gamble.

He said that he would bank a deposit of RM 200 into that Yap Kok Keong personal account, and pay the remainder on delivery.

As expected, he never delivered the seafood and then ghosted this customer.

 

Help REPORT East Malaysia Seafood Agent On Facebook!

Even though he reported East Malaysia Seafood Agent page as a scam to Facebook, the page is still active, and the person running this page is actively deleting negative comments.

Here is how you can help prevent more people from being scammed.

Step 1 : Report To The Police!

If you are one of those who were scammed, please report to the police ASAP.

This would help get the bank accounts blacklisted, and listed in the Commercial Crimes Department’s database.

Step 2 : Publicise The Scam!

Share this article, or the news about East Malaysia Seafood Agent, with your family and friends.

Alert your community via social media – Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Telegram, etc.

Step 3 : Report The Scam To Facebook!

Facebook is quite lax about scams. They need many people to report a page as a scam before they will even bother to take action.

So follow these steps to report the East Malaysia Seafood Agent Facebook page as a scam.

  1. Go to the East Malaysia Seafood Agent Facebook page.
  2. Tap on the … menu on the upper right corner.
  3. Select Find support or Report Page.

  1. Select Fraud or Scam and Other.
  2. Click Next.

  1. Select Report Page.

  1. Tick the I believe that this goes against Facebook’s Community Standards check box.
  2. Click on the Report button.

That’s it! You have done your part in reporting a scammer.

But for this to work, many more people must report the page as a scam. So please share this out, and get your family and friends to help report them.

Facebook is very lax, and will likely claim that the page doesn’t contravene their Community Standards. But without enough reports, they will take it more seriously.

 

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Scam Alert : Ocean Sense Seafood On Facebook!

A new seafood scam page on Facebook called Ocean Sense have already scammed several people!

Please SHARE this scam alert, and help bring down that scam page!

Note : There is a similar scam, involving the same person and bank account. See this article for more details!

 

Scam Alert : Ocean Sense Seafood On Facebook!

Please be warned that several people have allegedly been scammed by Ocean Sense – a seafood vendor on Facebook.

Ocean Sense offers fresh and frozen seafood at very attractive prices, with free delivery and discounts for large purchases :

Shipping fee 25
Take over rm300 free shipping
Take over rm500 10% discount (Each item )

Alaska king crab frozen
MYR 80 size – S (800g-1.5kg)
MYR 90 size – M (2kg -3.5kg)
MYR 100 size – L (4kg-5.5kg)
___________________________

Alaska king crab live
MYR 100 size – S (800g-1.5kg)
MYR 135 size – M (2kg-3.5kg)
MYR 170 size – L (4kg -5.5kg)
___________________________

Canada lobster live
MYR 75 size – S (1kg-2.5 kg)
MYR 85 size – M (3kg -4.5kg)
MYR 95 size – L (5kg -6.5kg)
_____________________________

Snow crab live
MYR 89 per kg 1-3kg per pic

However, several customers reported that the vendor would block them after receiving payment, and delete any negative comments on their page.

SCAMMER ALERT

“OCEAN SENSE” – seafood supplier.

Do not purchase from this vendor. It is a scam. Blocks purchasers from FB/FB messenger and mobile number after monies for orders are banked into his account.

FB business name: Ocean Sense
Vendor / Acc name: Yap Kok Keong
Payment Account: CIMB 7634-3713-28

Be careful with online purchases during this depressed period of time!

We checked the CIMB account number with the Commercial Crimes Department’s website, which showed that no report has been lodged against it… yet.

However, it doesn’t mean it is a safe account. At least 61 people have looked up the same number.

In fact, a similar East Malaysia Seafood Agent page is also using the same CIMB bank account owned by Yap Kok Keong!

Another Ocean Sense customer just shared screenshots of his interaction with the same vendor, who used a different bank account :

A&B Bintang Trading
CIMB 8604-5038-34

After paying Ocean Sense RM500, he was told that seafood he purchased would arrive at 11 AM. But there was no sign of it at 12 PM, which was when the buyer realised he was cheated.

According to the Commercial Crimes Department’s website, this CIMB bank account had two police reports lodged against it.

You should AVOID dealing with A&B Bintang Trading, and definitely DO NOT send money to CIMB 8604503834.

If you have been cheated by this company, please LODGE A REPORT at the nearest police station!

We reached out to Ocean Sense, and after some digging, they claim that they are based in Tawau, and that their customers can purchase seafood from them at this address :

Ocean Sense
1st Block, Batu 13,
Jalan Airport
91000 Balung,
Tawau,
 Sabah

Contact : Tommy Tan
Tel. : 010-775-9395

However, there is no Jalan Airport in Tawau, and Jalan Airport Baru is just an empty road leading to the Tawau Airport.

 

Help REPORT Ocean Sense Seafood On Facebook!

Even though these customers have reported Ocean Sense as a scam to Facebook, the page is still active, and the person running this page is actively deleting negative comments.

Here is how you can help prevent more people from being scammed.

Step 1 : Report To The Police!

If you are one of those who were scammed, please report to the police ASAP.

This would help get the bank accounts blacklisted, and listed in the Commercial Crimes Department’s database.

Step 2 : Publicise The Scam!

Share this article, or the news about Ocean Sense, with your family and friends.

Alert your community via social media – Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Telegram, etc.

Step 3 : Report The Scam To Facebook!

Facebook is quite lax about scams. They need many people to report a page as a scam before they will even bother to take action.

So follow these steps to report the Ocean Sense Facebook page as a scam.

  1. Go to the Ocean Sense Facebook page.
  2. Tap on the … menu on the upper right corner.
  3. Select Find support or Report Page.

  1. Select Fraud or Scam and Other.
  2. Click Next.

  1. Select Report Page.

  1. Tick the I believe that this goes against Facebook’s Community Standards check box.
  2. Click on the Report button.

That’s it! You have done your part in reporting a scammer.

But for this to work, many more people must report the page as a scam. So please share this out, and get your family and friends to help report them.

Facebook is very lax, and will likely claim that the page doesn’t contravene their Community Standards. But without enough reports, they will take it more seriously.

 

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Beware Of AirAsia X Scam On WhatsApp!

AirAsia X is warning about a scam on WhatsApp that is trying to trick people into making payments.

Please watch out for this scam, and WARN your family and friends!

 

Beware Of AirAsia X Scam On WhatsApp!

There is a new scam on WhatsApp involving AirAsia A.

Scammers pretending to be AirAsia X are sending messages on WhatsApp, asking people to make a payment into an account allegedly belonging to a credit management company.

AirAsia X announced that neither they nor their employees are involved with that scam.

Just like banks, AirAsia X will NOT engage with customers, or solicit payments through any instant messaging apps like WhatsApp.

All official AirAsia X announcements are made through the mass media, or these official channels on social media :

Twitter: www.twitter.com/airasia
Instagram: www.instagram.com/airasia
Facebook: www.facebook.com/airasia

 

Other Scams To Watch Out For

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HUAWEI New Year Gift Scam : Don’t Click Or Share!

Watch out for the HUAWEI New Year Gift scam that’s circulating on WhatsApp!

Do NOT click or share. Just delete it, and WARN YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!

 

HUAWEI New Year Gift Scam : Do NOT Click Or Share!

Scammers are sending out this message on WhatsApp, claiming that HUAWEI is giving away New Year gifts.

Please do NOT click on the message, or share it. Just delete it and warn your family and friends!

 

Why This HUAWEI New Year Gift Offer Is A Scam

Let us show you why this HUAWEI New Year Gift offer (and similar offers) is just a scam.

If you spot any of these warning signs, BACK OFF and DO NOT PROCEED!

Warning Sign #1 : Not Using The Real HUAWEI Domain

A genuine HUAWEI campaign would use the real HUAWEI domain – www.huawei.com.

The use of a different domain (2021-whatsapp3w.bar) should warn you that this is not a legitimate HUAWEI website.

Warning Sign #2 : HUAWEI Does Not Give Away Free Gifts

HUAWEI is a for-profit corporation whose goal is to make money, not give it away.

They are not a charity, and will never give free gifts to celebrate a new year, or anniversary.

They only give free gifts to promote the purchase of their latest products.

Warning Sign #3 : Ridiculous Prizes

While brands may sometimes give away branded swag like a face mask, a t-shirt, or a cap; they will NEVER give away CASH as a prize.

And there is no way they would give away US$5,000 cash prizes. That’s just nuts! It should be cheaper to just give away one of their latest Mate 40 Pro smartphones.

 

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Maybank B40 Subsidy Scam : Do NOT Click Or Call!

Watch out for the new Maybank B40 subsidy scam! It is a phishing attack to gain access to your Maybank account!

Do NOT click or call. Just delete it, and WARN YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!

 

Maybank B40 Subsidy Scam : Do NOT Click Or Call!

Scammers are sending out this SMS claiming that Maybank (MBB) will issue the B40 subsidy after you fill in some information.

Please do NOT click on the message, or call the telephone number. Just delete it and warn your family and friends!

 

Why This Maybank B40 Subsidy Offer Is Just A Scam

Let us show you why this Maybank B40 subsidy offer (and similar offers) is just a scam.

If you spot any of these warning signs, BACK OFF and DO NOT PROCEED!

Warning Sign #1 : No Such B40 Subsidy Program

The Malaysian government has not announced any B40 subsidy program.

Neither would Maybank offer free money for the B40. It’s a bank, not a charity.

Warning Sign #2 : Bad Grammar

The bad English grammar should be a warning sign that this is not a legitimate offer.

Warning Sign #3 : Not Using The Real Maybank Domain

A genuine Maybank campaign would use the real Maybank domain – www.maybank.com.my.

The use of a different domain should warn you that this is not a legitimate Maybank website.

In fact, Google Chrome will warn you that this website is a phishing attack – to get your personal and banking information.

Warning Sign #4 : Asking You For Your Information

The banks – whether they are Maybank, Public Bank, CIMB, etc – will NEVER ask you to fill in your personal details.

Think about it – they already have your information because you have an account with them!

Even if there is a legitimate B40 subsidy programme, they only need you to log into your Maybank account. They do NOT need you to register your details again.

These scammers ask you for these details so they can use them in phishing calls, to convince you that they are really from Maybank.

Warning Sign #5 : Asking You For Your Bank Login!!!

This is a BIG warning sign. Banks will NEVER ask you for your user name and password.

If you key in this information, you are basically giving these scammers access to your Maybank account.

They will call or message you and try to get your TAC (Transaction Authorisation Code) number that is sent to your mobile number. DO NOT GIVE THAT TO THEM!

If you sent them your user name and password, please contact the bank immediately, and change your password!

 

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Tesco New Year Scam Alert : Do NOT Click / Forward!

Now that the New Year is almost here, the Tesco New Year Scam is going viral on WhatsApp!

Do NOT click on the message if you receive it. Do NOT forward it either!

Just delete it, and WARN YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!

 

Tesco New Year Scam Alert : Do NOT Click / Forward!

People are sharing this Tesco New Year promotion that claims to offer a gift card valued up to RM1000, but it is really nothing more than a SCAM!

Please do NOT click on the message, or forward it to anyone. Just delete it and warn your family and friends!

 

Why This Tesco New Year Offer Is Just A Scam

Let us show you why this Tesco New Year gift card offer (and similar offers) is just a scam.

If you spot any of these warning signs, BACK OFF and DO NOT PROCEED!

Warning Sign #1 : Bad Grammar

Most of these Tesco gift card scams have bad grammar (example #1, example #2), which is a big clue that this isn’t a genuine Tesco offer.

In this example, they capitalised TESCO and use the grammatically incorrect “win up to RM1000 Tesco Gift Card!

Warning Sign #2 : Offering You Free Money Or Gifts

Please do NOT be naive. Nothing is FREE in this world, much less a RM1000 gift card.

Tesco isn’t going to give you FREE money, just because it’s the new year, or their anniversary.

They are a corporation whose business is to make money, not a charity to give you free money.

Warning Sign #3 : Not Using The Real Tesco Domain

A genuine Tesco Malaysia campaign would use the real Tesco Malaysia domain – www.tesco.com.my.

Or they would run it off the official Tesco Malaysia page on Facebook – www.facebook.com/TescoMY.

This scam is using a BlogSpot.com domain – which is not something any genuine company would do.

Warning Sign #4 : Asking You To Forward The Offer

No brand will insist that you must share the offer with 5 groups or 20 friends on WhatsApp.

Do not click to forward their offer to your family and friends. They will not appreciate being scammed with your help!

Warning Sign #5 : Asking You To Download + Register An App

If you click through and joined the fake survey scam, you will eventually be asked to download and register for an app.

That is VERY DANGEROUS. Never agree to download and register for any unknown app from a website.

Always download your apps from an official App Store like Google Play Store (for Android smartphones) and Apple App Store (for iPhones).

 

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RM399 Laguna Redang 3D2N Holiday : Bait & Switch Scam?

The Laguna Redang Island Resort is claiming that the recent RM399 offer for a 3D2N holiday at their resort is a scam!

Umance, who sold it to over 9000 people, insists it is not a scam, and is now offering a replacement deal instead.

Find out what is going on with this dispute about the RM399 holiday package between Laguna Redang Island Resort and Umance!

 

RM399 Laguna Redang 3D2N Holiday : A Umance Offer

Umance is an entrepreneur who made his name selling seafood online, but appears to be branching out into the hospitality business.

For Singles Day on 11/11, he offered a 3D2N holiday at the Laguna Redang Island Resort for only RM399 (~US$99), with 7 meals included!

 

Laguna Redang Island Resort : Umance Offer Is A Scam!

After Umance sold his RM399 holiday package to over 9000 customers, Laguna Redang Island Resort denounced him as a fraudster.

Umance has disputed this. Here is a rough timeline of what happened.

11 November @ 1:57 PM

Laguna Redang Island Resort issued a terse announcement that they do not endorse, and neither are they participating, in any third-party 11/11 event or Facebook live event.

It has come to our attention that there are companies falsely advertising for our package, we wish to clarify that Laguna Redang Island Resort do not endorse nor participate in any third party 11.11 event or Facebook live event.

11 November @ 6:31 PM

In a second announcement, Laguna Redang Island Resort did not authorise the deal, or consented to it.

Dear Valued Guest(s),

It has recently come to our attention and knowledge that there has been a deal circulating in Facebook in relation to the stays package(s) by promoting and/or selling with conditions of non-expiry permanent tickets, waiver of surcharges, under name of Laguna Redang Island Resort.

Kindly be informed that Laguna Redang Island Resort has never come to consensus in approval, authorized and/or consented to such deal or transaction.

We reserve all our rights. Any inconvenience caused is utterly regretted.

Best Regards,

Laguna Redang Island Resort

11 November

This screenshot of a bank transfer of RM 100,000 from Ricksman MS Sdn Bhd (Umance’s company) to Laguna Redang Travel was shared online, as evidence that Umance had indeed booked those rooms.

12 November @ 11:10 PM

Laguna Redang Island Resort confirmed that they received RM 100,000 on 11 November 2020.

However, they insisted that they never agreed to the deal, and asked the bank to reject and return the sum.

They also insisted that Umance was a fraudster impersonating as an agent of Laguna Redang Island Resort, and asked those who purchased it to lodge a police report.

LAGUNA REDANG ISLAND RESORT (“LAGUNA”) would like to alert the public of fraudsters pretending to be agents of LAGUNA in order to defraud the holiday makers of their money. These fraudsters will defraud the public online or through social media and impersonate as agent of LAGUNA with “attractive packages” which are obviously NOT offered by LAGUNA.

Please note that LAGUNA has no connection with such deceptive practices, and does not, under any circumstances, offered such “attractive packages” nor request anyone to transfer funds to bank accounts that are not under LAGUNA’s name.

On the recent incident circulating in Facebook in relation to an “attractive packages” offered, LAGUNA would like to alert the public that LAGUNA has no connection with such “attractive packages” nor has offered and/or authorized and/or consented to such “attractive packages”. An unauthorized sum of RM100,000.00 was banked into

LAGUNA’s bank account on 11 November 2020 without LAGUNA’s knowledge and authorization and LAGUNA had on 12 November 2020 instructed the bank to reject the receipt of the said sum of RM100,000.00 and requested the bank to remit the said sum of RM100,000.00 into the sender’s account.

For those who have conducted transaction with the suspected fraudsters, please report the matter to the police immediately as LAGUNA has lodged a police report on 11 November 2020 to protect our interest and to prevent further fraud.

 

Umance Replaces Laguna Redang with Tanjung Rhu Langkawi!

At around 5:30 PM on 14 November 2020, Umance posted a video, in which he reiterated that it was not a scam.

However, due to technical issues (likely Laguna Redang refusing his booking), he will fully refund all purchases, or replace it with a 3D2N holiday in the Tanjung Rhu Resort in Langkawi.

In a second video, he shared that the Tanjung Rhu 3D2N holiday package will be managed by Fantastic Tour Services Shd. Bhd. with these features :

  • Tanjung Rhu Resort room on a twin-sharing basis
  • includes 1 day Langkawi road tour
  • includes 3 meals x 2 days
  • no expiry date + ability to change name or date
  • free luggage bag with every 2 tickets

He also offered this Tanjung Rhu 3D2N holiday package to those who missed the earlier offer, at RM399 per person or RM798 per room.

 

Laguna Redang To Tanjung Rhu : Bait & Switch Scam?

While the Tanjung Rhu Resort offer seems like a great deal, sharp-eyed netizens pointed out that Fantastic Tour itself is offering a much better deal at only RM244 per person!

You would actually save RM355 (39%) per room if you purchase the Tanjung Rhu deal directly from Fantastic Tour Langkawi themselves, albeit without free meals and different freebies.

This makes the whole RM399 Laguna Redang holiday package look suspiciously like a bait-and-switch scam.

In such scams, customers are “baited” with an incredibly good offer, but later they will discover that what they purchased was no longer available.

That’s when the “switch” happens – you are persuaded to accept a cheaper replacement instead of a refund, or upgrade to a more expensive alternative.

While we cannot be 100% sure it is a bait-and-switch, it is interesting how fast Umance came up with the Tanjung Rhu replacement package.

Heck, he was actually in Langkawi today to record his Facebook Live video with his team, and both reps from Tanjung Rhu Resort and Fantastic Tour!

One thing’s for sure – Umance is a businessman, and businessmen don’t go into the business to lose money… Caveat emptor! Buyers beware!

 

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