Sunday, December 21, 2008

Kimkins Wins the Slim Chance Award

The Worst Diet Promotions of 2008 snag 20th Annual Slim Chance Awards

HETTINGER, ND – Healthy Weight Network released its 20th annual Slim Chance Awards today, highlighting both the hidden dangers of diets and supplements that often contain unknown ingredients and sometimes potent drugs, and the merely ridiculous.

To call 2008 a typical year in the weight loss field would be too easy. This year’s awards go to an infamous huckster of diet infomercials, known for his outrageous disregard of injunctions against him; $139 body-shaping jeans impregnated with substances that supposedly reduce cellulite; a pill that’s “proven” to make your belly fat vanish; and a dangerous starvation diet launched recklessly on the Internet with false promises of safe, fast and permanent weight loss.

All in all, a typical year that synthesizes all that is deceptive and exploitative in this field. So, here they are, the 20th annual Slim Chance Awards (only “Worst Product” is shown here):

WORST PRODUCT: Kimkins diet. It must have seemed an easy way to get rich quick. Founder Heidi “Kimmer” Diaz set up a website and charged members a fee to access the Kimkins diet, boasting they could lose up to 5 percent of their body weight in 10 days. “Better than gastric bypass,” there was “no faster diet,” and in fact she herself had lost 198# in 11 months. Stunning “after” photos were displayed. In June 2007 Women’s World ran it as a cover story, and that month alone PayPal records show the Kimkins site took in over $1.2 million. Then users began complaining of chest pains, hair loss, heart palpitations, irritability and menstrual irregularities. This was not surprising since Kimkins is essentially a starvation diet, down to 500 calories per day and deficient in many nutrients (shockingly, laxatives are advised to replace the missing fiber). In a lawsuit, 11 former members are uncovering a vast record of Diez’s alleged fraud. They found that the stunning “after” photos, including one of Kimmer herself, had been lifted from a Russian mail order bride site. According to a deposition reported by Los Angeles TV station KTLA, Diaz admitted using fake pictures, fake stories and fake IDs, and a judge has allowed the litigants to freeze some of her assets.

For a full list, go to Quackery and Fraud

Monday, November 10, 2008

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Excuse the mess.....






Please excuse the mess while this blog undergoes some renovating.

Help will be coming from many of the anti-kk bloggers. Just bear with us for now.

In the mean time check the webring or the blog roll for some up to date info.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Woman's World Apology - FINALLY!


For all of us who have written (and some of us many, many times) to Woman's World magazine demanding a retraction of their article about Kimkins - CLICK HERE!
It's not enough though - I want to see this printed in their magazine along with an article detailing the entire scam!
But.. it is nice to see :)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

What you can do!

Hey! How about a new post? Certainly been awhile!

This was posted at LCF by BamaGal - Thanks for the info! I wanted to repost it here for all of those sitting around wondering what can possibly be done while sitting online to help get rid of Kimkins and the scamming scammer behind it... well........ here ya go!

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I do not want to step on anyones toes here....BUT


Time to squash everything and move on.


As we know from reading the court papers Heidi is still having people sign up. The only way to guarantee the closing of the site is through the federal channels. Even WHEN Heidi loses the class action lawsuit---she can still run the site and sign up more unsuspecting people.


How about we ALL get involved here---here are some really good ways:


Contact the Federal Trade Commission

The FTC enters Internet, telemarketing, identity theft and other fraud-related complaints into Consumer Sentinel®, a secure, online database available to hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies worldwide






Internet Crime Complaint Center
The IC3 is co-sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C)


IC3's mission is to serve as a vehicle to receive, develop, and refer criminal complaints regarding the rapidly expanding arena of cyber crime. The IC3 gives the victims of cyber crime a convenient and easy-to-use reporting mechanism that alerts authorities of suspected criminal or civil violations. For law enforcement and regulatory agencies at the federal, state, local and international level, IC3 provides a central referral mechanism for complaints involving Internet related crimes.

it does not take much of your time to file this report--it is very easily done in my opinion---this is the most important thing we can do right now---


Contact your states Attorney General

another very simple thing to do---since this is the internet---each state should be involved not just CA



National Consumers League’s Fraud Center
Use this form to report suspected telemarketing or Internet fraud.


all of these next ones require very little time and effort---


Epinions.com

People search here for opinions on various things. So leave yours relating to Kimkins. Become an Epinions member and publish your review.



Complaints.com

Consumers in Control Online compliant form



Complaints Board.com Submit a Complaint



Troubleshooter.com
The Internet home of consumer advocate Tom Martino Submit a compliant

Call the HelpCenter 1-866-966-HELP (4357)



ConsumerAffairs.com

To report any type of consumer fraud or scams


If you have not contacted these agencies---my first question is

WHY THE SAM HILL NOT????


no offense ladies and gents---but the time spent he say she say back and forth could be better put to use


no, I am no discounting anyones feelings, nor do I wish to ruffle any feathers---I just want to see some action being done instead of just paying lip service to bringing Heidi and her minions to justice....


Don't be an arm chair quarterback--actually get into the game....

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Great post, great advice, great links. Thanks Bama!