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HHO scam in India

I have been contacted to warn people in India about an HHO scam thich has popped up there in Coimbatore. I’d not think it be an isolated business, it looks just like a franchise.

“Sam.D.K” is his name, his website is, phone number is 9003342163. Address is
27,6th STREET EXTN, GANDHIPURAM and even a Youtube channel

This is a scam, the product does not work, it cannot work, it is pseudoscientific claptrap. This “invention” has been available since at least the 1970s, it did not work then and it does not work now – it is a scam.

Save 10% on your fuel costs for under £60!

Here is one real-world way of getting about 10% more from every tank full of fuel that you buy, and it costs less than £60!

No scams, no magic kits, no hard-sell from con men… it is an AA Drive Smart course which will teach you how to improve your MPG by just driving better – AA Drive Smart

Other real-world ways of saving fuel include keeping your tires inflated correctly (GT-Radial claim that under-inflated tyres could be costing drivers 10% more in fuel – Eco-Scams think that is a bit optimistic) and using “eco” tires (Which? measured a 6% increase in MPG).

The ASA throws the book at De Verde / John Hickman /

After a really long wait the ASA have finally upheld my complaint about De Verde / Complaint number A13-228861. Previous complaints to the ASA formally upheld about Mr. Hickman’s companies include A11-155520 and A12-182972. Continue reading ‘The ASA throws the book at De Verde / John Hickman /’ »

H2O Driven is yet another run-your-car-on-water scam!

Update – H2O Driven’s website has been taken down after my complaint to the ASA. It is listed as “Informally Resolved” on 24th April, see here.

H2O Driven is a scam. A clone of the run your car on water scams that go back to the 1970s. It did not work then and it does not work now. When subjected to controlled conditions this “technology” has never been shown to improve your MPG at all, let alone the risible 20% to 70% that H2O Driven claim (in fact it will make it worse). If it did work then you would violate two of the most well established rules of physics, the first and second laws of thermodynamics – basically that you can’t get more from a closed system (like a car’s engine) than you put in to that system (the fuel).
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Power4patriots is a scam… just in cast you were not sure.

I was sent this the other week but it took me an age to get round to watching it, if you have a week or so to spare (it is a long video….) then you can play Red Flag Bingo and Logical Fallacy Bingo with their hilarious presentation:

Seriously, the funniest thing I have seen in a LONG time.

A urine-powered generator? Don’t be so silly…

It is all over the Internet and news, three Nigerian school girls have invented a urine-powered generator that can produce electricity for 6 hours from a single litre of urine!

Really? Sadly, no.

I can’t find an original source for this story, where did it come from? [was it here?] Are there really some Nigerian school girls with a urine-powered generator or is this just a hoax? Either way, all those journalists that repeated the story really should be ashamed of themselves, it is so obviously wrong and/or untrue.

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John Hickman attempts to parody me

John Hickman, the HHO pusher and con man, has gone and bought and put a photo of me on it along with the words:

My name is Jon Starbuck, Im from Wales in the UK , but recently ejected from the USA as I was annoying everyone. Now bored, I cant get a job so I go on the internet and discredit emerging new Technologies that I know nothing about! If I cant see how it works, then it cant!
Im not qualified to comment, but i will anyway because I have nothing to do and my book sales are in decline! I need a real job ….and a Life ! Until then, I will go on the Internet and be annoying to any company that is sucessful because im not!…. if you pioneer a new technology, watch out because i will try to discredit it…even if the evidence is there, i will ignore the proof and rant on! …and on!…and on!…my biggest fear is becoming irrelevent! ( oops!, too late!)

Note – all spelling and punctuation is his and not mine… not that mine is so great.

It will be gone in a day or two as I have made a complaint about it, but I have saved a copy for posterity.

Why do you suppose that Mr. Hickman feels that this is a valid response to me calling him out as a con man who rips off kids for tens-of-thousands of pounds rather than just providing evidence that his magic product does what he says it does? I’m sure you can work that one out for yourself.

Thou shalt not commit logical fallacies!

Really great website listing many of the common logical fallacies.
Essential reading for most people commenting on this website…

And they have a poster for you to print out too!

HHO Plus of Portugal is a scam

I have just received an email from a guy who has recently been made redundant and is looking to invest his redundancy pay out to invest in HHO Plus of Portugal. I think I talked him out of it which is great since it is yet another incarnation of the HHO scam. Continue reading ‘HHO Plus of Portugal is a scam’ »