June 9, 2009

Kevin Trudeau - infomercial scam artist or hero?

Kevin Trudeau. He's good. He's very good. There's just something about the way he pitches a product. I want to believe him. I want to like him. Even though he's been "busted" by the FTC several times for fraudulent advertising claims. In 1995, I purchased a product off of TV for the first time, Kevin Trudeau's Mega Memory. It was a series of cassette tapes that promised to improve your memory...who doesn't need that! Overall, it seemed like a pretty good system. I listened to the entire program. I filled out the entire workbook...and it seemed to work pretty well. It was basically a summary of all the standard memory tricks for remembering people's names, etc., but it worked as well as any other system, I imagine.

Well, after being banned from the air waves - a ruling came down several years ago that Kevin couldn't sell anything on TV with the exception of books (huh?). Rather than being beaten down by this hurdle, he went on to sell millions of copies of "Natural Cures They Don't Want You To Know About." This was followed up by his smashing success, "Debt Cures They Don't Want You To Know About." Next came "The Weight Loss Cure They Don't Want You To Know About." You get the idea. I've heard from a very reliable source on YouTube that he's ready to launch one of the following as his next big success:
  • Federal Stimulus Package Cures They Don't Want You To Know About
  • Global Warming Cures They Don't Want You To Know About
  • Cures For Infomercial Scams I Don't Want You To Know About

It's easy to judge Kevin Trudeau. I wrote him off years ago when I first heard about his chastisement from the FTC. However, a recent ruling came down against him for $37MM in response to supposed fraudulent claims made in his "Weight Loss Cure"advertising. Read his bio on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Trudeau), and you're sure to come to the same conclusion...BUT, watch this video of a recent "television" interview and you may change your mind...a great example of just how convincing he can be...even when you want to hate him...


There are several more videos in the long interview...I just wanted to give you a small taste here...

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

Kevin Trudeau is up to his old tricks with his fraudulent credit card billing practices. Read the complaints on ripoffreport.com--there are hundreds. This scumbag is a sociopath without any conscience. His newest scam is posing as an infiltrator into nonexistent groups such as the bilderbergers ands can be heard on fellow paranoiac Alex Jones radio programs. Stay away from anything remotely connected with Trudeau!

Anonymous said...

He almost got me!! damn

robert crane said...

kevin is a pathological liar who preys on the most desperate among us. he and his cronies like dazzling donnie boy barrett and dean "the foreclosure machine" graziosi need to be stopped.

"wanting to like him" is not helping. seek professional help! :-)

Anonymous said...

He might be trying to make a buck out what he knows and is passionate about, but who isn't these days... Those who do not desire to know the truth are innocently blind in a blissful mirrage that we call life.

Anonymous said...

There will always be morons such as some of the above that will be taken advantage of. They say that they, "Want to believe." Well, that's because most people pratice non-critical thinking. Just because someone is good looking and smoothtalking doen't make his message substantive. Usually, it's the opposite. IMO, anybody that falls for this crap deserves it. End of story.

Anonymous said...

Good morning, My friend/tenant asked me to use my VISA to get his free Kevin Trudeau books. My friend/tenant is very happy with the FREEBIES but I am still waiting to get that refund on my VISA account to classified the goods as FREE. Trust me, I will keep you posted. Should this be a scam which I like to think it is NOT...as a publisehd author of children's books I will inform all my young readers about protecting themselves against false advertising. Thank you and smile, we all have to learn our lessons in life. I was born in 1930 and could you believe, I am still learning. Have a good day.
Google me :grandma geny heywood
I am not anonymous but this is the fastest way to get my comment in.

Anonymous said...

Yes and now he's got this "your wish is your command" gimmick for a couple hundred dollars where you can practically wish whatever you want and you'll have it. Folks, if making money was that simple we'd all be millionairs.
Dont fall for it!

Anonymous said...

HELP!! This guy is ripping me off MONTHLY on my credit card...I haved tried email, telephone with NO SUCCESS. I don't even receive the f### updates that I'm apparently paying for.....how do I get rid of this guy????
The only thing I agreed to when I received the supposedly FREE books was one free computer update on new subjects etc and could cancel AT ANY TIME using the phone number I received with the books....it was IMPOSSIBLE to get a human on that phone line as well as leave a message because their answering service was unable to take any further messages.....please help....anyone have a phone number that is not OUT OF SERVICE??

Anonymous said...

For those of you who are being hit with monthly fees for “updates” and other BS, cancel the credit card/bank account they use to post these outlandish fees. It may be a temporary inconvenience for you but you’ll be able to keep your money in your pocket and they may even have the nerve to call you to ask for an updated payment method.

Anonymous said...

CANCEL YOUR CREDIT CARD!!!

THEN GET A NEW ONE.

This will take care of it.

Anonymous said...

Just listening to him right now. Boy what a con artist. He can spew more garbage in 30 seconds than most people can do in a life time.

Stay way from him!

Anthony Wayne said...

SCAMSCAMSCAMSCAMSCAMSCAMSCAMSCAM!!

Anonymous said...

THIS GU IS THE BIGGEST SCAM ARTIST. HE SELLS
HIS CURRENT DEBT CURES BOOK FOR 19.95 AND CHARGES YOU $22.00 S&H CHARGES. HE SHOULD BE IN JAIL!!!!!

Richard said...

I bought many of his book, great stuff, and it really work!

Anonymous said...

Call the credit card company and tell them your card number has been stolen and to send you a new card.

Anonymous said...

Good morning, I am trying to correct a wrong. Above, in this column I promissed to get the record straight regarding the charge on my VISA account. This is my 3d trial I hope I make it this time: YES,YES,and YES, Kevin did pay me back and YES,YES,YES, the books were indeed free. Thank you.Grandma geny heywood
check me out: www.grandma-genys-fun-house.com

Anonymous said...

WE HAVE WATCHED IS LASTEST TV SHOW, WHERE
HE HAS A STACK OF BOOKS, HOW YOU CAN DO THIS
AND THIS AND HE IS SPEAKING TO TWO BLONDS,
WITH BOOBS STICKING OUT AND SHORT DRESSES, IT SURE SHOWS HOW DESPERATE KEVIN IS GETTING TO
GET VIEWER ATTENION. THIS FOR US IS NOT CLASSY AT ALL.

Anonymous said...

Yes please read above, Kevin DID pay me back. Thank you Kevin. signed by geny heywood

Anonymous said...

DONT FALL FOR "FREE". IT WILL COST OVER A $100 AND EVEN WHEN YOU RETURN IT YOU DON'T GET YOUR MONEY BACK.

Anonymous said...

Cancel your credit card and get a new number.
Reporting it lost or stolen will do.

Anonymous said...

Wow. I'm not sure who is scarier - Trudeau or Alex Jones.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great article.. I was scammed out of my money and then the company used my stolen website script.. Topitfirm.com does it all the time.. Don’t fleece your clients because now it will haunt you..

Eventually, they will be caught and thrown in jail for this ripoff..

Anonymous said...

If you see Trudeau coming put on some hip boots and grab a shovel cause its gonna get real deep!

Anonymous said...

How can teaching people to improve health by eating non toxic untouched fruit and vegetables and food that was originally intended by man a scam? Its common sense that chemicals are bad and were not meant for your body. Oh..and the Bilderberg Group does exist.. so its not non-existent. do your research

Anonymous said...

At above post, Trudeau doesn't actually teach you anything from his books. It's all a scam; my dad bought his natural cures book and it claimed to have the cures to every disease. So we checked it out after many pages of rambling about the evils of the FTC and US gov't, followed by BS methods of so called naturally curing one self, we found that the book had no cures for cancer; it said to get medical attention. That is false advertising. Trudeau tries to make his book sound real and legit; however none of it is actually based on real science. Trudea isn't even a fucking doctor so how the hell could he even know natural cures to every disease. IN SHORT: stay the fuck away from Kevin trudeau if you don't want to be scammed. He belongs in a prison.

Anonymous said...

Um, you're joking, right? Trudeau is a huckster, liar, dirtbag, end of story. Do your homework -- the reason he can sell book on TV (vs. other products) is because books fall under Free Speech. Research why this dirtbag is allowed to still scam people out of their money.

Anonymous said...

I just found this thread. I completely understand that some people have had problems with credit cards and KT's offers. But if problems with credit card charges were the only thing that classified a "scam," Wal-Mart, Amazon.com, and Domino's Pizza would all be "scams." (I've had problems with credit card charges from all three.)

If you don't like KT's info, that's ok. Please understand that no matter what you read, you have to use DISCERNMENT (sp?). You have to use common sense and figure out where your own beliefs fit into the information you're reading. I've used common sense to make THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS off KT's teaching. And I've done it HONESTLY and with INTEGRITY.

So if you think he's a scam artist, that's ok. But I'll continue to gain the information I WANT from his teachings, and continue to prosper and improve myself.

I'm sure whatever you're doing is making you super happy......Isn't it?

"If you want things in your life to change, you have to change things in your life."

Wishing you all the best.

Anonymous said...

I can not stand Kevin Trudeau.. I remember him pitching the Atkins diet and said he hasn't lost weight on any other diet.. Months later he was pitching his weightloss cures and saying he never lost anything on the low carb diet.. When was he lying.. then or now? I think hes never even tried the diet.. I have never even seen him overweight have you? makes you go hmmmm... He is a snake and a con artist.. Stay far away from him.. I hope he gets sued again and put in jail where he belongs.

Anonymous said...

Unbelievable how brain dead people are. This guy IS good. Real good. Good at lying and scamming people out of their hard earned money. I've been doing some research and all I can find is how much of a crook and scam artist this guy is. I read only 2 comments that said they got helped by this guys books. Yeah, trolls paid for by Trudeau or his cronies. Nothing is free. Period. Anything that looks too good to be true is always a scam. I know why people believe him too. He actually uses some truths to make his points, but never delivers the info he promises and then he charges peoples credit cards monthly for newsletters he never sends. You actually have to cancel your credit card to stop the charges. Charges that were never approved in the first place. If you buy something with your credit card it's like cash and it's a hug job to deal the credit card company to have the charges removed. Even if you sent the thing back, you won't get your money back. So beware. Do not buy anything from this creep. His company will harrass you to death too from all I've been reading. Don't be stupid and believe a word this guy says.

Anonymous said...

That's my story written on January 31st 2010, above...I could join the unhappy group of "abused readers" but I found a solution to fix the problem.
When I noticed that my VISA was being charged by his company each month, I cancelled my card. All in all I consider that I have paid for a bit of education. Now that I have learnt my lesson, I never use credit cards.Thank you Kevin, you probably saved me some cash.
signed by grandma geny heywood

Anonymous said...

OK now I must add that if the books were free on a first trial order, there was a second order when they were not, thus my last letter ...SSSO I paid a bit, and my 88 year old tenant is happy with what he thinks are freebies. He will never get another chance now that I have no credit cards
Have a good day Kevin Trudeau

Anonymous said...

I have always hated this jerk. Every time I see his ferret-face I want to punch the TV. He has inflicted so much suffering on many people. He's ripped off the desperate who only want to better their lives.
And the blood on his hands for those who have probably died from his "natural" cures from diabetes to MS.
He deserves the worst possible punishment a prick like him should get--absolute poverty. He's no better than a drug dealer so he should have all of his property and profits confiscated.

Anonymous said...

I have the natural cures, and so far it's all greay...digestive enzymes, calcium and magnesium, chorlation tablets...go to food health stores and they also agree...do heavy metal cleanses, and the other cleanses...is he good or bad? so far seems good w/ a young blemish was all?

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