On Sunday I had the unique pleasure (and distain) to find myself flooded with live samples of an old spam campaign technique using a new face: a weight loss scam featuring Pop star Gwen Stefani’s relationship with Country music icon Blake Shelton. The email’s format is reminiscent of a Twitter post which makes the target (user) believe that a tweet from Stefani herself says that she has just ended her relationship with Blake Shelton over the fact that he has lost A TON of weight and LIED to her about it… A few thoughts came to my mind after seeing the email. “Um. What?”
I will give it to the spammers in their ever-evolving ability to make me laugh at the silliness of the campaigns they present to us. Some are riddled with grammar errors and sentence structures that make no sense whatsoever, some come up with the most outrageous things like the earth is going to implode unless you donate a certain amount of money, and of course there is the classic 419 scams which most of us know as the Nigerian scam emails.
In the screen capture, you see the email lets the recipient know that Blake Shelton has lost over 90 lbs using some “incredible” product which Gwen caught him using. It then states towards the bottom that apparently Shelton lied to Gwen about his method of weight loss and that she “can’t trust this man ever again.” The email then closes by including a button link to a website infomercial that outlines this amazing weight loss product and tries to sell it to the target. The product is called the Garcinia Melt Diet and many celebs including Khloe Kardashian has lost weight with this product. The site also claims that the diet is “Dr Oz approved”. Once you read further on the website, you can click a link to get a free 30 day supply of this product.
Clearly this email is targeted towards individuals who believe that by taking a simple pill that you can shed over 20lbs of body fat easily but we know better. We know that time and time again many companies, both legit and shady in nature, have offered us snake oil or “the most incredible weight loss pill EVER!” that never gives us the results we desired. Hopefully no one gets scammed by these false claims however I have no doubt a few people may take a look at this scam email and think “I might try that product.”