What does fly-by-night mean?
Here’s your word of the day.
Not for me. I definitely knew what this term meant before this. Didn’t have to Google it.
Well, now that that’s out of the way, we can get started on the main topic.
Fly-by-night companies (instant usage, eh?) often resort to underhanded tactics to attempt scam money out of vulnerable targets.
And an often target that scammers look for are the elderly.
Elderly are often kind and vulnerable with a somewhat impaired ability to judge rationally. Kind of like children, except that the difference is that the elderly have money from their life’s savings.
Yes, the money that they were planning to retire and live out the rest of their life peacefully on. That’s the money that these scums are planning to scam.
They’re always coming up with new methods to scam money, and this next one you’re about to hear plays the long game.
3-Month Sales Strategy
In a post by Jeryl Ng on Facebook, he had detailed down the entire strategy that “Cosmo Goodness” deploys to psychologically influence old people over a period of 3 months.
It’s pretty long, so don’t worry, I’ll try my best to summarise it for you.
They’re a bunch of scums. The End.
Okay, just kidding.
Basically, Jeryl’s grandmother is a victim at their Bedok branch where they reel in senior citizens or various ill people for free electrotherapy sessions on their electric chair.
They claim that the electric chair is so miraculous that it cures anything from joint problems to diabetes to even cancer.
Wow! The cure for cancer! Get it now!
After a month of free daily (psycho) sessions, they’d then introduce the models of electric chairs they have available for purchase – with the basic model priced at $26,000 and the premium model at $36,000.
The staff there would then also go on about random Big Pharma conspiracy nonsense that you’d thought you only hear about from Anti-Vaxx people – such as how the government is trying to get you to waste money on medicines and surgery that don’t work.
They even asked Jeryl’s grandmother to stop taking her medications.
This one really annoyed me.
They also added that $26,000 for a “complete cure” is worth it compared to hundreds of thousands for surgeries that don’t work.
Really? Then why got two models? Basic one for a complete cure then the premium one leh? Grants immortality ah?
Then after the second month, they’d claim that they have to close their shop soon due to increasing rental costs and their chairs selling out.
This was when they’d then introduce “testimonials” from other people who claimed that the electric chair worked perfectly. Jeryl, however, believes that these were hired actors.
During the third month, they then started to pressure Jeryl’s grandmother with a discounted price of $17,000 as they had to clear their stocks and that it was apparently “their last day”.
She then gave in and made a down payment.
This eventually led to a lot of conflicts and issues within the family, and after a chain of events, Jeryl’s grandmother asked for a refund and more time to prepare the money.
Then apparently now, they extended the closing day. So coincidental hor?
He Went Down To Another Branch With His Grandma
At another branch, Jeryl got to see their tactics firsthand.
They employed various tactics such as:
- Planting fake “testimonials” in the crowd to fish out potential victims to talk about the miraculous cure
- Getting newcomers to sit in front
- No cameras or video recordings
- Cheer the elderly up with “Yay”s and applause to psycho them
- Emphasise the free sessions
They apparently also fed some scientifically-nonsensical “info” about human bodies having electrons and thus recharging the electrons cures anything – even breast cancer.
He also shared two photos of the sessions that he probably took secretly.
Also apparently, this isn’t the first time Cosmo Goodness has hit their news.
Back in 2017, their actions came to light and were broken down by Mothership.
Looks like they haven’t corrected their actions after that.
Cosmo Goodness Manager Commented On His Post
Well, in a turn of events, the alleged manager of Cosmo Goodness known as Francis Pang commented on Jeryl’s post.
I don’t even really understand his comments. They don’t even justify his actions at all.
“Visit me soon” some more.
I’d rather hear “We hope to see you again” from Nurse Joy.