Sunday, August 30, 2015

The diet scammer, "Huge Wads of Money," and GlennBeck.com

The diet scammer, "Huge Wads of Money," and GlennBeck.com

0 comments

Another adaptation/excerpt from "The Backlash," now looking at some of high-def hucksters looking to make a quick buck of the swirl of fear and anxiety surrounding the rise of the so-called Tea Party movement. This guy was a fed-nailed diet scammer of the early 2000s who found a new and lucrative line of work -- selling "survival seed banks" and solar generators to readers of GlennBeck.com and his radio listeners (along with conservative sites likeWorldNetDaily.)

But the best part is where Bill Heid brags about how he does it, on a website called HugeWadsofMoney.com (the source of the picture at top):

Of course, some experts question whether the seeds that Heid and his Solutions from Science are peddling are really that unique or worth $149.99. The same kind of questions have been raised about the other major project that Solutions from Science promotes on GlennBeck.com, an "'Amazing' Solar Generator" which "Is Like Having A Secret Power Plant Hidden In Your Home.",a 1,800-watt solar generation that Solutions From Science sells for $1,597, plus a $95 shipping charge. Critics say the amount of power generated by this device could run a household appliance such as a freezer for a short period of time but 1,800 watts is not nearly enough to power an entire house, as the ad implies. (The ad also shows a line of police in riot gear on a burning city street, noting that "Civil Unrest Might Even Cut Your Power.")

Beck fans might have been less likely to buy in the first place if they had seen another Web site operated by Heid -- the one called Hugewadsofmoney.com. It is here that this major sponsor of GlennBeck.com -- in searching for marketing affiliate partners -- reveals his plans for making, well, huge wads of money off the economic crisis.

"It doesn't matter whether you share the same world view as these customers or not ... but you'd be a fool to ignore the birth of a massive new industry right before our eyes!" writes Heid, who also mentions his partnership with the late direct-mail legend Gary Halbert, who served prison time in the early 1980s on a mail fraud conviction related to his marketing activities. "And the worse things get, the better you'll do, because many consumers are just now becoming aware of their dependence on a way of life which may be gone forever and which will require a dramatic process of education and preparation."

You can read the whole thing here.

0 comments
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
 
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog

Will Bunch
Also on Philly.com
letter icon Newsletter