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ConsumerHealthDigest.com: Dishonest Review Site, Ranking their Own Products as #1, Hypocritical Legal Threats Against Real Unbiased Reviews


June 14, 2017 // In Supplement Scams // By admin

This turned into a rather lengthy article - so here’s the TL;DR:

 

ConsumerHealthDigest.com claims to be an unbiased supplement reviews site, however their #1 ranked product for almost every category is an unknown product from what seems like the same company.  While this connection isn’t immediately obvious, my relentless digging around revealed some undeniable connections.  

 

An organization called “Golden Street Media” is behind the company that owns ConsumerHealthDigest.com.  An attorney from Golden Street Media sent out threatening letters to a 3rd party review site that posted a negative review the product that ConsumerHealthDigest.com ranked as their #1 weight loss product.

 

There’s also a bunch of other connections between the domains which you’ll see in the full article.  It’s a long read but worth it to see what kind of shady stuff ConsumerHealthDigest.com is trying to pull off.

  

My suspicion started when I stumbled across this review on D-Pol: https://www.consumerhealthdigest.com/testosterone-booster/d-pol.html

 

 

A number of things caught my eye here:

 

First, D-Pol is (at the time of writing) the #1 ranked product in our Natural Test Booster category.  However, ConsumerHealthDigest.com only gives it a 2.5 out of 5 star rating.  That’s pretty low.  No big deal, everyone reacts differently to the same supplements. So I started reading to see why it earned such a low rating...

 

The second red flag happened when I read the first few sentences of the review.  I challenge you to also read the first few sentences.  Try it right now.  It’s going to be tough, but it will accentuate just how terribly this is written and how little it actually says.

 

Third, the profile picture of the author is clearly a stock image:

 

Lastly, I noticed at the bottom of the page they were recommending their “Top Testosterone Booster Choices”.  The number one ranked product was something I’d never heard of before, called Virectin.  I had to do some more digging.

 

 

A very suspicious pattern appears in their reviews.

 

I noticed something interesting when browsing their different categories.  All categories had a very clear and distinct #1 rated product that was way ahead of the pack.  Each one of these products looked strikingly similar.

 

Here’s their list of “Weight Loss Products” which clearly touts a product named “Phenocal” as the #1 ranked, and only 5-star product.  This category page also lists all the other similar products they have reviewed, none of which get higher than 3 stars.

 

 

Did you notice that “Muscle Pharm” is listed as one of the weight loss products they have reviewed?  It caught my eye because MP is a brand with a large line of products ranging from protein to fish oil to pre-workouts.  I was curious to see how they reviewed Muscle Pharm:

 

 

Seriously, what the heck?  Saying “it’s up to you to decide” and then giving the entire brand of Muscle Pharm a 2.5 star rating?  This makes no sense.

 

Sure enough, at the bottom of the page, there is a huge promotion for their top-ranked weight loss product, Phenocal, once again:

 

 

So I went ahead and checked out this “Virectin” and “Phenocal”.  They both had very similar landing pages, even with the same customer support number:

 

 

The “Privacy Policy” page on each of these products discloses the fact that iHealth Fulfillment is behind both of these products:

 

 

Digging deeper, I was surprised to find out that iHealth Fulfillment seemed to behind most of their top recommended products.

 

Almost every #1 recommended product on ConsumerHealthDigest.com is from iHealth Fulfillment.

 

This isn’t exclusive to just their # 1 ranked Testosterone Booster and Weight Loss Product.  It’s nearly EVERY SINGLE CATEGORY, recommending a variety of unheard-of products that are linked to iHealth Fulfillment, including the following categories:

 

Recommended Skin Brightener - Juvabrite by Solvaderm

Recommended Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream - Suvoderm by Solvaderm

Recommended Scrub - Rejuvoderm by Solvaderm

Recommended Sunscreen - Dermaxsol by Solvaderm

Recommended Facial Cleanser - Dermapure by Solvaderm

Recommended Neck Firming Cream - Revivatone by Solvaderm

Recommended Acne Product - Zeroblem by Solvaderm

Recommended Eye Cream - Eyevage Eye Cream by Solvaderm

Recommended Wrinkle Cream - Stemuderm by Solvaderm

Recommended Toner Product - Maxatone by Solvaderm

Recommended Cellulite Cream - Cellmaxa by Solvaderm

Recommended Anti-Aging Cream - Steemuderm by Solvaderm

Recommended Anti Wrinkle Serum - Stemnucell by Solvaderm

Recommended Rejuvenating Serum - ACE Ferulic by Slovaderm

Recommended Moisturizer - Dermaxsol by Solvaderm

Recommended Facial Peel - Glowpeel by Slovaderm

 

Recommended Male Enhancement Pill - Virectin

Recommended Femal Enhancement Pill - Zenofem

Recommended Testosterone Booster - Virectin (Same as recommended Male Enhancement)

Recommended Menopause Supplement - Menoquil

Recommended Prostate Health Supplement - Prostara

 

Recommended Brain Enhancement Supplement - Provasil

Recommended Weight Loss Product - Phenocal

Recommended Fat Loss Gel - Dermacut

Recommended Joint Pain Relief - Flexoplex

Recommended Topical Joint Pain Relief - Flexdermal

Recommended Bone Support Product - Bonexcin

Recommended Depression Product - Serelax

Recommended Sleep Aid Product - Somulin

Recommended Colon Cleanser - Colopril

 

So how is ConsumerHealthDigest.com linked to iHealth Fulfillment?

 

If you’re not convinced there is something incredibly shady going on with an “unbiased reviews” site which seems to only recommend mystery products by one fulfillment company, we did some more digging.  I soon discovered potential link between ConsumerHealthDigest.com and one of their recommended products, Phenocal.  It took a few steps, but it’s pretty undeniable.  Here we go.

 

From the “Terms and Conditions of Use” page on ConsumerHealthDigest.com (https://www.consumerhealthdigest.com/general/termsofuse.html), they listed the location of their business:

 

 

This site is owned and operated by 21 Century Web, 15, Software Technology Park, Link Road, Sadar Nagpur, 440001, Maharashtra, India

 

The interesting part is that they had this text in the form of an image.  I guess they didn’t want search engines to pick up on it for some reason.


So doing a little googling, I found out their homepage is 21centuryweb.com.  I checked their domain whois to see the registration info on the domain.  Sure enough the registration info matched up perfectly with the info listed on ConsumerHealthDigest.com’s terms page:

 

 

So 21CenturyWeb.com is clearly behind ConsumerHealthDigest.com.  However, it’s very important to note that 21CenturyWeb.com is registered to the organization “Golden Street Media” - this will eventually lead us back to the products they are ranking as #1.

 

Golden Street Media sent out a threatening letter over a negative review of Phenocal

 

Now here’s where it gets interesting.

 

In 2012, the website UltimateFatBurner.com (UFB for short) posted a rather honest review of Phenocal.  I had never heard of UFB before this, however their review looks to be pretty honest and objective.

 

In 2013, UFB received a threatening letter from an attorney over that negative of Phenocal.  Thankfully, Paul from UFB is fighting the good fight and decided to post this threatening letter in it’s entirety.

 

The letter is claiming:

 

This Website falsely leads the consumers to believe that the website is consumer
friendly Website providing non- biased reviews, when, in fact, the website
generate revenue by exploiting the “Phenocal®” trademark.

 

They are essentially trying to argue that UFB is illegally using the trademarked term “Phenocal” to lure visitors in just to promote a different affiliate product.  Remember this part because it’s going to make them look extremely hypocritical very soon...

 

Now the most important piece of information contained in this letter is the name of the company that the attorney is representing:

 

 

And now we’ve linked the folks behind Phenocal to the folks behind ConsumerHealthDigest.com.  Could it be a coincidence?  Unlikely.  

 

Wait!  That’s not the only legal threat I could find that was publicly posted online.  This negative review of Solvaderm earned Beauty4Free2U.com a similar letter earlier this year from the same guy at GoldenStreetMedia.com:

 

 

Does Solvaderm sound familiar to you?  It should, since we just listed 16 different products from that brand that received the #1 rank on ConsumerHealthDigest.com

 

This is two letters that I could find which were posted publicly by bloggers who are standing up against this kind of bullying.  I wonder how many other bloggers received similar letters and just took the content down out of fear…

 

The GoldenStreetMedia.com domain has very similar registration info to ConsumerHealthDigest.com.

 

The email of the attorney sending the legal threat on behalf of Phenocal is “legal@goldenstreetmedia.com”.  Let’s look at the domain whois for both GoldenStreetMedia.com and ConsumerHealthDigest.com:

 

 

The whois info on both of these domains looks strikingly similar.  Yes, they are both using privacy companies, however they are using the exact same one.  More importantly, they are using the same nameservers!  

 

The Name Servers on these domains unveils an undeniable web of lies.

 

 

According to DomainTools.com, there are only 134 domains using *.icerocit.com as their nameserver, so it would be unlikely for this to be by coincidence.  Sadly, every domain we’ve suspected to be linked together seems to be one of the few domains using these namesevers.

 

Let’s dive into the list of domains I found to be using *.icerocit.com as their nameserver:

 

ConsumerHealthDigest.com - NS21.ICEROCIT.COM

The “honest reviews site” we’re exposing here...

 

21CenturyWeb.com - WOLF.ICEROCIT.COM

The alleged owner of ConsumerHealthDigest.com

 

GoldenStreetMedia.com - NS5.ICEROCIT.COM

Organization that registered 21CenturyWeb.com and legally threatened someone over the use of the trademark “Phenocal”

 

Phenocal.com - NS5.ICEROCIT.COM

Official website for Phenocal, ConsumerHealthDigest.com’s #1 ranked diet pill

 

Virectin.com - PYTHON.ICEROCIT.COM

Official website for Virectin, ConsumerHealthDigest.com’s #1 ranked test booster and male enhancement pill

 

Solvaderm.com - NS5.ICEROCIT.COM

Official website for the Solvaderm brand, which makes practically every single ConsumerHealthDigest.com’s #1 ranked beauty products.

 

If you don’t think that these linked nameservers are a dead giveaway, there’s still more technical connections I’ve found between the domains:

 

ConsumerHealthDigest.com shares the same google_conversion_id value as their #1 ranked products’ websites.

 

One thing that many web users don’t know is that you can view the source code for any web page by right clicking and selecting “View page source”.

 

 

Different websites often contain some unique tracking codes to help them keep stats, target ads, etc.  I noticed that the google_conversion_id tag has a value of 1027304704 for ConsumerHealthDigest.com, Phenocal.com, Virectin.com and even Solvaderm.com:

 

 

 

 

 

The connection is undeniable at this point.  Whether or not there is a single entity behind all of these sites doesn’t really matter.  It’s extremely unlikely that all these #1 ranked products happen to share so much technical information and organization names.  There's a material connection here and makes it impossible for ConsumerHealthDigest.com to be unbiased when ranking all these products as #1.

 

Ultimately, the legal threat against UltimateFatBurner.com was incredibly hypocritical.

 

Remember earlier when we mentioned that part about the legal threat being hypocritical?  

 

This Website falsely leads the consumers to believe that the website is consumer
friendly Website providing non- biased reviews, when, in fact, the website
generate revenue by exploiting the “Phenocal®” trademark.

 

Well this is EXACTLY what ConsumerHealthDigest.com is doing themselves.  Those terrible reviews of D-Pol and Muscle Pharm (and hundreds of other undeserving products) that we mentioned earlier are nothing more than attempts to lure in visitors searching for those products and then push them towards their own products which they rank as #1.

 

Not only is this fake “unbiased review” site giving 5-star reviews and #1 ranks to all their own products, they (or an organization closely linked to them) go out of their way to try and threaten other objective and honest review sites.

 

Absolutely despicable.

 

I’m expecting a threatening letter from Golden Street Media for this.

 

Craig Schwartz - if you’re reading this, you’re probably warming up your typing hands to compose yet another baseless legal threat against someone who is trying to provide some truth in a notoriously shady industry.  Go ahead, prove my point - send over the letter and I’ll promptly post it here for everyone to read.

 


COMMENTS (7)


  • Momo1
    Rep: +2,699
    June 14, 2017

    As always Tommy, great article and catch!

    I think we all here on SR should go on their site and give horrible reviews on that crap they sell and see how many letters we can collect and then used them to wall paper one of my client's office, who works hand and foot with the CFPB, and send this Golden Street Media company packing



  • Parasite
    Rep: +736
    June 14, 2017

    Great sleuthing Tommy!



  • bzyczek
    Rep: +820
    June 15, 2017

    Nice detective work on the technological side ..



  • mhseaver670
    Rep: +6,015
    June 20, 2017

    Detective level 9000.



  • August 26, 2017

    All scam sites run by 21 Century Web owned by these 2 guys -
    Khalid Rizwan & Mohammed Khanbahadur who live in Nagpur, India. Their facebook profiles are https://www.facebook.com/khanbahadur
    https://www.facebook.com/khalidrizwan. All authors and reviews are fake. These sites should be banned.



  • October 6, 2017

    It looks like you're not alone. They seem to be in the skin care business too. See these articles. I'm glad there are bloggers out there ready to take on jerks like this.

    http://www.abeautifulwhim.com/is-solvaderm-a-scam-here-are-the-facts-you-decide/beauty/#comment-7188

    http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/primark-llc-solvaderm/internet/primark-llc-solvaderm-thebeautyinsiderscom-consumerhealthdigestcom-solvadermgolden-st-1361219



  • Janine
    Rep: 0
    October 11, 2017

    YES!!! I'm 100% with you on this and have made numerous reports to the FTC and others about Solvaderm. Solvaderm is the same business model, same type of review sites, bogus reviews, etc - only with skin care products. Same owners! It's a DISGUSTING display!

    I wrote an article about the skin care company research on my blog. Readers should see this as well. It's the same hosting name, same profiles of authors that appear to be fake.... same patterns and behavior.

    Craig Schwartz (and his shitty formatted email) comes from an IP address in India. But the owners are in the New Jersey/New York area. I put the details on my site with the owners names and contact information. They also own the fulfillment company that they use. I can't imagine they won't get caught here at some point. It's becoming more and more exposed which is good because people are being mislead.

    http://www.abeautifulwhim.com/is-solvaderm-a-scam-here-are-the-facts-you-decide/beauty/




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