CSCT's Zoetron - Not a Cancer Cure
"People who went there were intelligent people," she said. "They were smart, they were funny. They believed in God. They all had one thing in common, though - they were going to die."
Shelia Lewandowski, daughter of victim
Zoetron finally charged by the Canadian Competition Bureau
Why did it take Canada's Competition Bureau years to finally charge the Canadians involved in this egregious scam?
- Search Google News for Zoetron
- Criminal Charges Laid in Cancer Treatment Scam Following Competition Bureau Investigation - Press release - August 2, 2005
The Competition Bureau announced today that criminal charges have been laid against Michael Reynolds of Toronto, Ont., and John Armstrong of Penticton, B.C., for making false or misleading claims regarding the efficacy of their alleged cancer treatment. The principals of the now defunct CSCT Inc., operating out of Kitchener, Ont., and Penticton, B.C., claimed that their treatment, known as Cell Specific Cancer Therapy or Zoetron Therapy, could selectively kill cancer cells without harming healthy cells.
Zoetron crushed by FTC?
The bottom line is this, two years ago, the FTC closed their web sites, and froze their bank accounts in the U.S. But guess what, we don't see anyone behind bars anywhere. They DID NOT HAVE TO ADMIT THAT THEY DID ANYTHING WRONG.|
Duh, so why aren't they crushing rocks on a chain gang in Ohio, or British Columbia, or Kitchener, Ontario? What about their victims, some 850 of them who paid these guys all of that money?
- CSCT, Inc. Settles FTC Charges Press release - Feb. 14, 2004
Michael John Reynolds John Leslie Armstrong agreed that their company offered bogus electromagnetic cancer therapy to U.S. citizens. So what about the Canadian's who fell for this?
The settlement prohibits the defendants from making false claims in connection with the marketing and sale of any service, program, food, drug, or device and prohibits them from helping others to do the same thing.
- Stipulation Final Judgement - Feb. 12, 2004 - Adobe .pdf - 20 pages.
- Search Google News for FTC and cancer
- CSCT, Inc. closed down - February 20, 2003 -
FTC, Canada, and Mexico Officials Crack down on Foreign
Companies That Offer Bogus Cancer Treatment
In coordination with officials in Canada and Mexico, the Federal Trade
Commission has charged CSCT, Inc., based in British Columbia, with making
false claims that it can treat cancer by using an electromagnetic device to kill
cancer cells. The FTC alleges that the company uses its Internet Web site to
advertise this treatment to consumers in the United States and elsewhere.
According to the FTC, the defendants charge consumers $15,000 up front for
several weeks of "treatments" with the electromagnetic device.
They've closed their web stites, frozen their bank accounts in the U.S., but guess what, there have been no bloody arrests anywhere. Duh, so why haven't they? What about the victims, some 850 of them who paid the jerks all that money?
- Feds Sue 'Zoetron' Cancer Cure Company - FindLaw.com
Gloria Owens of Portage, Ind., put off experimental chemotherapy to try the therapy at another CSCT clinic, in the Dominican Republic, after doctors said her brain cancer was terminal, her daughter said at a news conference held by the FTC.
Her mother spent $20,000 for 10 days of the treatments, also called "Zoetron Therapy," while her condition steadily worsened, Shelia Lewandowski said at the news conference.
- Zoetron defense web site - they want you to believe that they are honest
- Patients warned about quack cancer therapies - Feb. 23, 2003
Camille Baines - Canadian Press
"Stay away from the Internet," Polevoy said. "It's dangerous."
People often turn to unproven and ineffective therapies because they distrust the medical establishment or because conventional cancer treatment such as radiation, chemotherapy and surgery failed to cure their disease, says Dr. Terry Polevoy, a quack-cure watchdog.
Desperate people and their families seeking alternative therapies often turn to the Internet for a world of resources.
That's where charlatans looking to profit from such easy prey take advantage of those who are willing to try just about anything.
- Money wire used to defraud patients - San Diego Union Tribune - February 21, 2003
According to the FTC, patients wired $15,000 to CSCT's Canadian office and arranged to go to the Tijuana clinic for up to eight weeks. By the time some of them left the clinic, their condition had deteriorated so much they couldn't be treated effectively by other means, the FTC said.
Did the web site registration service, owned by a Canadian internet guru, and his empire of related internet companies knowlingly allow this scam to operate? Did they actually handle the transfer of money over the internet? Which banks were involved?
- The unfunniest scam of all- Toronto Star - Feb. 21, 2003
The snake oil season is upon us. This isn't a funny story. This is a story about cancer sufferers who read about a treatment called Zoetron Therapy, marketed by a Canadian outfit called CSCT Inc. Chicago District Court judge David Coar issued an injunction prohibiting the cancer-killing claims, shutting down the Web site and freezing the assets of John Leslie Armstrong and Michael John Reynolds, the corporate principals behind CSCT. In court filings, an excerpt from a telemarketing call quotes Armstrong, who is believed to live in the Toronto area, promising that the therapy "actually kills cancer cells."
- Cancer cure a fraud, U.S. says- B.C. company charged - Vancouver SUN - Feb 21, 2003An Okanagan-based company that
claims its treatment can kill cancer
cells is facing charges after a
year-long undercover investigation
by the U.S. Federal Trade
Cell Specific Cancer Therapy Inc.
based in Naramata, had been using
its Internet Web site to advertise its
$15,000 US electromagnetic cancer
treatments at a Mexican clinic. It
boasted it has treated 800 cancer
patients since opening in 1998.
Web sites not shut down as claimed by FTC
Background to cancer fraud
Domain registration process fueled illegal activity
The Kitchener-Waterloo Connection
- Domain Registration for CSCT.COM goes way back to May 29, 1997 when it was registered with an address at 253 King Street N., Waterloo, Ontario. You will notice that on the registration, no city was mentioned. It so happens that I live in Waterloo, and drive by that address almost every day.
It was originally registered by someone named Paul Krusky who operated out of the National Online office. The phone number for this company is still 519-725-0606. The King Street location operated for years as a computer retailer and repair shop as well.
They also operate WorldWithoutWire.com. They say that their management is tops in its field. Well, if they registered these cancer scammers back in 1997, what were they thinking about? The original registration through Network Solutions shows only one name, and that name is not, as far as I know, associated with CSCT.COM itself. This is a big tipoff that someone wants to hide their identity from the public. And I guess you might say that our local area has helped keep these identities secret along with the folks in Ottawa that appear to be associated with the registration of the latest web site in B.C.
- WorldWithoutWire - Acceptable Use Page -
- Acceptable Use Policy - .pdf file
World Wide Wire is strongly committed to protecting the privacy of consumers of its interactive products and services.
Does this it mean that WorldWideWire.com won't share any information with the public in regards to those companies or individuals who may have used them to set up web sites that were clearly aimed, right from the beginning, to defraud the public?
The Ottawa - Penticton Connection
Does this mean that URL owner's names will not be provided to the public who feel that they are being scammed or defrauded by web site that are registered through companies owned by Rob Hall? When Dax Kent registered the web site in November 2002, his was the only name that appears on the registration sheet. The fact that the company under investigation was originally incorporated in Kitchener, Ontario, and operates in an entirely different city in British Columbia is not available on the registry of NameScout.com. Why is that? Wouldn't you want to know who really owns these scam operations?
- Registration for zoetrontherapy.com - Dax Kent from Penticton, B.C. registered the ZoetronTherapy web site on November 26, 2002. The company registered the domain name through Namescout.com.
- Namescout.com, a web site that registers new URLs we believe is also affiliated with Momentous.ca and Internic.ca. According to our sources the owner of these companies is Rob Hall. The company is privately owned. It has offices in Ottawa, and believe it or not, there is a link to the Barbados as well. Anyone wishing to communicate with them in Ottawa can reach them at:
613-820-4374 or fax them at 613-820-0777.
- Momentous.ca press release showed the world that they meant business back in June 2000.
The Momentous.ca stable of companies currently includes:
Internic.ca, Canada's largest domain name registrar (owner of the
Internic trademark in Canada);
CVO.ca (Canadian Virtual Office) offers on-line office services such as
hosting and email to small businesses;
Inetbank.ca, A secure online transaction processor for credit cards;
Domains.ca, An à-la-carte domain registrar.
Echelon Internet, An Internet Service Provider;
Creditcheck.ca, An on-line, real time credit bureau reporting service.
- Registration for inetbank.ca - 43 Auriga Drive, Nepean, ON. When you try to go to the site, there is nothing there, it says Coming Soon. Well we tracked them down after finally resorting to an Excite search and guess what we found. It's under the same directory as Momentous.ca. However none of it is live.
INETBANK.CA IS A FULL-SERVICE ON-LINE TRANSACTION AUTHORITY, PROVIDING REAL TIME CREDIT CARD PROCESSING
- Canadian NewsWire search for "rob hall" and "internet"
- Internic.ca partners with Canada Post - press release - Jan 16, 2003
- canadapost.internic.ca web site
- Canadian NewsWire search for "internic.ca"
- Rob Hall's internic.ca protects privacy of web site owners.
- August 7, 2001
"The technology that we have invented creates a temporary e-mail address
for our customers. These temporary e-mail addresses are then forwarded to the
customers real domain address registered with us making it difficult for
companies to invade the owners' privacy," said Rob Hall."
Dax Kent - was he duped?
Dax Kent has been told by the Courts of B.C. to refuse to respond to questions about his role in the registration of the web sites. Who is he, and why would anyone in his position be held accountable?