Another Scam Email From Huckabee

I wrote recently about Mike Huckabee making money by selling his mailing list to a laundry list of con artists and scam companies. Buzzfeed reports on the latest one, a quack cancer cure allegedly found hidden in the Bible. Huckabee himself even recommends the scam in his email, saying it was “important information.”

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I’ll say this: They know their target audience. It forwards to this site, which has a video about this “revelation” found in the Bible. The site claims that they’re under “intense political pressure” to remove the video, but they pledge to leave it online as soon as possible. That and the email above use all of the well-worn marketing techniques that appeal to all the right wing emotional buttons.

Wingnuts eat this shit up with a spoon. Unnamed people — Obama, of course — are putting “intense pressure” on them to take the video down (as if that could actually happen on the internet). And it’s a secret discovery that’s been hidden, perhaps even suppressed because they don’t want you to know this. And of course, those evil atheists can’t explain this. Sure I can. It’s a scam marketed to an audience that is highly susceptible to scams. And the purpose is to separate them from their money as efficiently as possible.

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  • caseloweraz

    Bible researchers (purportedly) discover cure for cancer hidden in a Bible passage.

    Do the researchers notify the NIH with this information? Do they work with a private research hospital?

    NO! They post the information (read: “information”) on a Web site and charge for access.

    MPWSS (Makes perfect wingnut-scam sense).

  • Kevin Kehres

    How much does it cost to have this super-secret revealed?

  • ArtK

    I understand that his grandfather’s last name was “Hucksterbe.” The family changed it, but not their profession.

  • Modusoperandi

    And the purpose is to separate them from their money as efficiently as possible.

    And, sure, they die of cancer, but that could happen anyway, right?


    Kevin Kehres “How much does it cost to have this super-secret revealed?”

    Prayer plus magic water/oil. And salt to taste.

  • Sastra

    If they’re claiming to cure cancer and making money off of it then they may indeed be facing some pressure to take it down — and pay a hefty penalty. Or should be, if agencies had the time, power, and budget to do their job properly.

    The religious have become so used to getting away with saying unevidenced bullshit that the concept of “fraud” may have become unintelligible to some of them.

  • eric

    These same bible scholars have also discovered a secret passage in Genesis, where it tells of a further punishment visited on the snake. Not only must it go about on its belly and be reviled, but it is doomed to have its oil squeezed from its body by followers of God’s word.

  • Kevin Kehres

    @5 Sastra

    HAH! Tell that to Burzynski.

  • ChristineRose

    In case anyone’s interested, I found someone who paid $74 and got the whole book. The secret passage is where Jesus fasts for 40 days in the wilderness and the cure is a ketogenic diet with intermittent fasting. They also claim the program was tested by the NIH and the University of South Florida, both of which denied involvement.

  • roggg

    How is it that unabashed con artists in America not only dont go to jail, but they get serious consideration as presidential hopefuls? Theatre of the absurd, at it’s finest.

  • Michael Heath

    ChristineRose @ 8,

    I was interested in the claim; so thanks for sharing that.

  • beezlebubby

    I have mixed feelings about this. Surely, decreasing the numbers of credulous people is a worthwhile goal. I just wish we could do it by persuasion and appeals to logic instead of them dying off while buying into scams.

  • philipelliott

    Likely those who fall for the scam have already reproduced, so we can’t count on this to clean up the gene pool.

  • cottonnero

    I don’t know; the ads between Ed’s post and the comments take a little of the fun out of mocking Huckabee’s clickbaitery.

  • abb3w

    The obsessive interest that “secret knowledge” prompts in some people seems intriguing to me. It’s a major part of a lot of different “mystery cult” religious traditions, and even some notable Christian heresies.