Here’s installment #2 in my scavenger hunt for flashlight scams.
Ridiculous claims: Other than the 75% discount that’s practically a mandatory scammer badge, the website makes no claims–at least not the way I entered it. What a clever strategy to leave the boasting to the fake reviewers, such as Smart Trends Club; “You’d have the ability to disorient any would be attacker with the push of a button.” This way, if a claim becomes inconvenient, G700 can go “We never said that!” So far I haven’t been penalizing a site for what its advertisers say; so, reluctantly, +1
Post Office box: G700 gets the Bricks and Mortar Award. Looks bleak, tho. +1
- Office: 4025 S Old Hwy 94, Suite R – Saint Charles MO 63304.
- Returns: 1860 B Scherer Parkway, Saint Charles MO, 63303.
Onerous terms: Their terms aren’t the greatest, but I’ve seen a lot worse.
- They don’t guarantee that their products are fit for any use.
- They don’t guarantee that anything they say is true.
- You can only return a purchase within 30 days of getting it.
- If the package you return was opened, and they decide to accept it anyway, they’ll charge you a 20% restocking fee. 0
- They’ll use the info you give them and that they can wring out of your browser to beam ads at you and spam, text and robocall you.
- They’ll sell your info to other companies that will do the same.
- Did you register on the National Do-Not-Call list? No matter; they’ve given themselves permission to call you anyway.
- You can unsubscribe by clicking a button or by other contact. Good luck with that. -1
Lying and deception: None found. +1
- As you progress thru the scam site, you discover that you’re actually dealing with the NGOA Buyers Club (National Gun Owners Association). Or perhaps nationalprotectionassocation.com. Or maybe universityofguns.com. Or it could be ILMG Corporation. No, wait–it’s LumiTact. Dazed and confused yet?
- While you’re wondering who these people really are, offers of free gifts and an invitation to phone pretty operators pop up on your screen.
- The order form shows an offer to add four flashlights to your order (two of them free?) for $88. How easy to forget that this is in addition to your regular order, for which they’ll also charge you. -1
Phony reviews: Bountiful. Oddly, most of those I checked are currently having some kind of 404 connection issue. -1
Crummy product: On Amazon, the light wins generally high customer reviews. However, ScamGuard posters ding the product and the service; “What I received was non working flashlights, car charger/wall charger. I have called them and emailed them with negative results. They do not answer the phone number provided. The email address is not working. The company is a fraud. Their product is junk.” 0
Unauthorized charges: ScamGuard reports 50 complaints against universityofguns.com . Many complain of unresponsiveness, false statements, slow shipping, not receiving merchandise, and cancellation and refund trouble. “I ordered four of the G700 flashlights plus a rechargeable battery pack on December 6th, 2015. All I got at the time was a receipt number, no shipping information, dates, etc. Repeated calls to the phone number listed on their site (314-669-1685) gets nothing but an answering machine and some phony line about being 2-4 weeks behind in shipping. This is all BS. I reported the fraud to my credit car company (Discover) that the almost 200 dollar charge was BOGUS. They have credited my account and are supposedly investigating.” -1
Scam-O-Meter score: -2
The complaints on ScamGuard are troubling. You can buy the same light for less than half the cost from Amazon.