A Call To Action

I logged in to LowCarbFriends this afternoon to see this message from BamaGal:
I do not want to step on anyones toes here….BUT Time to squash everything and move on.As we know from reading the court papers Heidi is still having people sign up. The only way to guarantee the closing of the site is through the federal channels. Even WHEN Heidi loses the class action lawsuit—she can still run the site and sign up more unsuspecting people.How about we ALL get involved here—here are some really good ways:
Contact the Federal Trade Commission
Federal Trade Commission – Offices and Bureaus
The FTC enters Internet, telemarketing, identity theft and other fraud-related complaints into Consumer Sentinel®, a secure, online database available to hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies worldwide

Internet Crime Complaint Center
Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)
The IC3 is co-sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C)

IC3’s mission is to serve as a vehicle to receive, develop, and refer criminal complaints regarding the rapidly expanding arena of cyber crime. The IC3 gives the victims of cyber crime a convenient and easy-to-use reporting mechanism that alerts authorities of suspected criminal or civil violations. For law enforcement and regulatory agencies at the federal, state, local and international level, IC3 provides a central referral mechanism for complaints involving Internet related crimes.

it does not take much of your time to file this report–it is very easily done
in my opinion—this is the most important thing we can do right now—

Contact your states Attorney General

another very simple thing to do—since this is the internet—each state should be involved not just CA
National Consumers League’s Fraud Center
Use this form to report suspected telemarketing or Internet fraud.

all of these next ones require very little time and effort—

Epinions.com
People search here for opinions on various things. So leave yours relating to Kimkins.
Become an Epinions member and publish your review.
Complaints.com Consumers in Control
Online compliant form

Complaints Board.com
Submit a Complaint

Troubleshooter.com
The Internet home of consumer advocate Tom Martino
Submit a compliant
Call the HelpCenter
1-866-966-HELP (4357)

ConsumerAffairs.com
To report any type of consumer fraud or scams
Complaint Form

If you have not contacted these agencies—my first question is
WHY THE SAM HILL NOT????

no offense ladies and gents—but the time spent he say she say back and forth could be better put to use

no, I am no discounting anyones feelings, nor do I wish to ruffle any feathers—I just want to see some action being done instead of just paying lip service to bringing Heidi and her minions to justice….

Don’t be an arm chair quarterback–actually get into the game….

“push” Kimmer’s buttons. come on she pushed yours long enough—2Big
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Awesome Post, Bama! Thank you for helping us bring things back into focus.
Remember folks, that even the unintentional diversions that come along from time to time are only helping Heidi by distracting us. Let’s keep our eye on our goals here. Yes, we have come along way with seeing the Lawsuit becoming a reality, but we aren’t done yet!  You DO still want to see the 404 Page Not Found error message when you type in Kimkins.com, don’t you?

If so, we’ve still got plenty of work to do. So, let’s roll up our sleeves and get to it!

Take a look at the list that BamaGal just posted. Start at the top and work down, start at the bottom and work up, or just pick what looks easiest to you to do first, but DO something on that list today. And then do something tomorrow and the next day and so on. There is still so much to be done.

After you have done it, talk to two like minded friends and encourage them to do it as well. The more of us that file reports, the more quickly things will happen. Remember, it IS the squeaky wheel that gets the grease.

If it has been a while since you contacted the Attorney General for instance, please feel free to send them a follow up email asking for a progress report.

Don’t be shy about this. We can’t afford to be. The longer we are silent, the more people that get sucked into this scam, the more likely they are to develop eating disorders, the more likely that the story that Medusa shared with us will become reality for more people over at Kimkins.

Don’t rely on everyone else to file the reports. Don’t think that your voice doesn’t count. If everyone felt that way, nothing would get done. Your voice DOES count. So please step up and make yourself heard.

Imagine if it were your daughter (or sister, or mother, or niece, or cousin, or best friend) who was the next person to sign up for Kimkins, and they didn’t know about it being dangerous because you didn’t report it.

If you were moved by the recent posts on Medusa’s blog, imagine if it was someone in your family being discussed there. How would that make you feel?

I have a 15 year old daughter who is “watching her weight” like many of her friends in high school. I am fighting this fight for her, and for every other daughter who may be tempted to go to the extremes of Kimkins. I don’t want to hear about any more people who have been hurt by Kimkins. I want to do what I can to help spread the word, to warn people about the dangers of the Kimkins Diet.

I never followed the Kimkins Diet. I never joined the Kimkins.com site. I can’t join the Kimkins Class Action Lawsuit. But I CAN make myself heard.

I can speak up for the victims. I can alert the proper authorities. I can tell others about it. I can encourage you to do the same.

Don’t discount your power to effect change.

We CAN make a difference: One IC3 report at a time; One letter to the Attorney General at a time; One Complaint Form at a time.

Please make yourself heard. Don’t let anyone else be harmed by Kimkins!

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9 Responses

  1. Thank you so much for the great list! Every bit of help we can get in the battle against Kimkins is so very badly needed.

  2. thanks for getting the word out about what those not part of the lawsuit can do to help in the Kimkins.com battle getting
    Kimmer diet advice off the web

  3. oops forgot to say thanks for quoting me about pushing Kimmer‘s buttons

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  5. Great stuff as usual. One thing we’d like to ask the bloggers and other activists to do is keep in mind that there’s some confusion on the part of some people about what to say when contacting these links.

    A couple of comments left at Yucky’s reflect this confusion — some people seem to think they’re supposed to be clicking all over the internet and directing people to all the antikimkins blogs or something.

    In our opinion, people are making this whole thing a lot more complicated than it needs to be and a lot more complicaed than it should be.

    This is just our opinion, so feel free to disagree or disregard, but as far as we’re concerned, all that anybody needs to do is to submit to whatever links or authorities or individuals the following FIVE items:

    1. a copy of the brilliant “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Anorexics”
    2. a copy of the 3fatchicks article “Anatomy of a Diet Scam”
    3. a copy of the petition
    4. contact info (John Tiedt)
    5. a brief (one or two calm, factual paragraphs, neatly typed and correctly spelled) letter written by you personally telling a little bit about yourself and why you’re requesting an investigation into Heidi Diaz and Kimkins.com.

    That’s all. There is absolutely NO need to send tons of links to blogs or boards or anything else. The items one through four cover the foundational documents, and the fifth item adds the necessary personal voice.

    It’s fantastic work everyone is doing compiling lists of people and places to contact — but we feel that along with those lists it’s necessary to offer those who wish to participate in the effort, some clear and simple suggestions regarding what the heck they might want to concentrate on sending/posting to those links.

    from Say NO to Kimkins:

    Thank you, yustyucky!

    That is very good advice. We are actually hosting a “30 in 30 Challenge” to Take Down Kimkins which will hopefully help with exactly that. Each day we will be focusing on one aspect of the list of links and how to best complete the form or send in information to get the best result. We will even have some creative videos to help with the process. We DO want to help everyone be able to have their say.

    Remember, folks: Say NO to Kimkins!

  6. I can address the links and stuff and why they too are important while the wheels of justice are turning and we all know how slow they have been and continue to be new dieters are out searching for information about weight loss and are finding info on kimkins when they google and up until recently when the about.com article about the negative effects of kimkins with the big push given it by those with those links started showing up all the returned info found was positive for kimkins thanks to the marketing blitz done for Kimkins.com by Kimmer and her affiliates. Not knowing about the dangers they were buying new memberships and were financing the kimpire and endangering their own health.

    Now thatnks to those changes in the google returns folk are finding Honeybees blog, the about.com article and other places on the first page of the search returns for kimkins, and Kimkins.com.

    So folk please do all you can to help stop the spread of the kimpire and don’t just file one report and wait cause there have been reports filed in 2006 that still have not seen any actions taken by the federal government nor the State of CA. sure if you contact them they will say they are investigating but while they investigater more victims are being made.

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