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Healbe

  1. As Healbe's $1.1m Indiegogo scampaign closes, what now for fraudulent crowdfunding?

    A few minutes ago -- midnight Pacific time -- the Indiegogo campaign for miracle calorie-counting wristband, "GoBe," officially ended. Absent any last minute fraud prevention action by PayPal or the major credit card issuers, Moscow-based Healbe is about to receive somewhere in the ballpark of $1,100,000 from users of the crowd-funding platform.

    By James Robinson , written on

    From the News desk

  2. Healbe Hustle: The full story of how a failed Russian cake shop owner humiliated Indiegogo and took "the crowd" for over $1m

    For the past three weeks, I’ve been reporting on a company called Healbe and their Indiegogo campaign for a seemingly-miraculous calorie counting wristband, the GoBe. I’ve shared with Pando readers each new scientific red flag, each new comical statement from the company’s CEO, each new piece of bluster from their PR flacks, and each inexplicable head-in-the-sand response by Indiegogo.

    By James Robinson , written on

    From the News desk

  3. WTF? Healbe scampaign reaches $1m thanks to undisclosed contribution from Indiegogo's hardware chief

    In a development that will surprise absolutely no one who has been following our coverage, Moscow-based Healbe’s Indiegogo scampaign for a calorie-counting wristband has finally crossed $1 million in doomed donations. A few minutes later, an anonymous comment was posted on the GoBe's comment page congratulating the company on its achievement...

    By James Robinson , written on

    From the News desk

  4. As media outrage grows louder, Indiegogo scampaigners launch PR counter assault

    With just six days of scampaigning left to go, Indiegogo-fraudsters Healbe have launched an all-out PR assault to stem the tide of refunds.

    By James Robinson , written on

    From the News desk

  5. With seven days to go, Indiegogo must explain its fraud checks or suspend Healbe's million dollar scampaign

    Over the past three-weeks I’ve been reporting on serious red flags around Russian-based Healbe and their near-$1m Indiegogo campaign for a watch that can allegedly count the calories in what you eat.

    By James Robinson , written on

    From the News desk

  6. Refund demands flood in as Healbe's Indiegogo scampaign enters final days

    For the past two-and-a-half weeks, I've been reporting on serious red flags around Russian-based Healbe and their near-$1m Indiegogo campaign for a watch that can allegedly count the calories in what you eat.

    By James Robinson , written on

    From the News desk

  7. Revealed: Healbe isn't Indiegogo's first giant medical scam

    One scam slipping past Indiegogo's fraud algorithms might be carelessness. Two starts to look like complicity.

    By James Robinson , written on

    From the News desk

  8. After Pando shows clear evidence of fraud, Indiegogo responds by... deleting anti-fraud guarantee

    What’s the right thing to do if your crowdfunding platform guarantees to detect “any and all” cases of fraud, but then is shown clear evidence by Pando of a near-$1m fraudulent campaign happening right now?

    By James Robinson , written on

    From the News desk

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