So, what's Kevin Trudeau up to these days? (Besides counting those great big stacks of money, that is). Back in August he was selling huge loads of his "Natural Cures" book, which is a rather huge load in and of itself, even though people seemed to be catching on to the fact that there are no cures in it. The New York State Consumer Protection Board certainly caught on back then, calling Trudeau's book a fraud "from cover to cover".
Well, he's still moving truckloads of the book, much to my disgust. Demolition jobs like this one in the major media don't seem to have slowed things down much at all. Still, Trudeau seems to have branched out a bit. Customers are now complaining that they're being signed up for his newsletter ($71, don't you know) when they order the book by phone. Oddly enough, it proves to be difficult to cancel the newsletter (and its $14.95/month charges), since no one seems able to get through to customer service. No doubt the next phase will see people involuntarily signed up for a "lifetime membership", which runs a mere $499.
Not content with that, the latest report is that he's reselling his mailing list - which must be sizeable - for even more money. And as you'd expect, he only deals with the classiest marketers:
'Customers who call one of Trudeau's toll-free order numbers have received spooky junk mail from a Nevada company, claiming to be a 'secret society' with 'personal knowledge' about these consumers. This junk mailer calls itself the 'Nouveau Tech Society,' but it is actually another book publisher in Henderson, Nevada that sells a $150 book teaching people how to rule the world. . ."
This appears to be the Neo-Tech/Zonpower people, who are a batch of crazed scamsters from way back. I thought about putting a link in there, but the tiniest Google search on any combination of those names immediately throws up dozens of pages of over-the-cliff weirdness. (You'll go from a standing start to UFOs full of Bavarian Illuminati very quickly, so be warned.) Quite a crew to work with, I have to say - the only thing that I can be sure if is that if they're dealing with Kevin Trudeau, their checks must have cleared.
Trudeau's response to this complaints? A press release of breathtaking arrogance, titled "Bureaucrats Try to Interfere With the Sale of Trudeau's Best-Seller." (That link is worth reading, although if you have a tendency to high blood pressure, I'd think twice.) As usual, Trudeau wraps himself in the First Amendment, pretending to having never heard of the concept of commercial speech.
So, Mr. Trudeau, just for you I'm going to exercise my First Amendment rights. In my considered opinion, you are a fraud. A con man. A shameless opportunist and peddler of lies and gibberish. You are urging cancer patients, HIV patients, diabetics and people with every other life-threatening disease under the blue sky to throw away their drugs, stop seeing their doctors, and send their money to you in exchange for all the dust you can shake from your expensive shoes. Enjoy your money, won't you?