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Shipwrecked by Siren Song (Siren Saver) Alarm

If a woman runs into a store for protection from a mugger, and the store owner robs her, it’s front page news.

If 30,000* women send for a gadget for protection, and the seller robs them all, that’s still front page news — on this little blog.

*Siren Saver advertises that they’ve sold this many sirens.  On July 11, 2017, let’s look at Siren Song Alarm from SirenSaver.Com.  Contact information (see “suspicious location” below):

Email: support@sirensaver.com

There may be nothing illegal or wrong with the following business practices. But they suggest that the seller is not to be trusted. I’m using my Scam-O-Meter scoring system; -1 means true, +1 means false, and 0 means undetermined. I penalize the seller for statements made by shills.

Ridiculous claims: -1

  • Luckily for me I remembered I had my Siren Saver alarm on my purse, and since I was too scared to scream for help, I quickly reached for the alarm and pulled the pin.
  • Quickly becoming one of the most sought after safety devices in America.
  • UPDATE: Due to increased social media attention, we’re currently almost sold out, so please hurry and get yours before they’re gone!

Suspicious location: -1.  7514 Girard Ave Ste #1-175, La Jolla, CA 92037, United States is a  mailbox in a PostalAnnex shop.hq

Onerous terms: -1

  • ALL refunds or warranty replacements will be subject to a 30% restocking fee.
  • If you reverse their charge on your credit card, that’s “Theft.”
  • They don’t guarantee that the siren is fit for any use, nor that anything they say is true.
  • They disavow any guarantees not specified in the Terms Of Service, which contain no guarantees.  This term seems to wipe out their advertised “Satisfaction Guarantee.”

Ads, spam, robocalls: -1

  • They’ll beam ads at you, spam, phone and text you; you can only partially unsubscribe.
  • They’ll share your data with other companies that will do the same.
  • If they sell their company, your data is part of the deal.

Lying and deception: -1.  expertShill People Lifestyle, a.k.a. NationalSafetyBlog, which advertises on Facebook, manufactured an expert reviewer out of clip art.  At the bottom of the page a disclaimer admits the whole thing is fiction.  If they lie, and then mutter “That was a lie,” I’m dinging them for lying anyway.

Obfuscation: +1.  None found.

Phony reviews: -1.  The scam site drips with testimonials by made-up people.  Clicking on them just leads me to the order form, which has even more testimonials by made-up people.  The more credibility props you see, the more you should suspect they’re needed.

Crummy product: -1 From Amazon: “Don’t waste your money. This would not draw anyone’s attention you could scream louder.”  “This came with no instructions so had to figure out how to put it together. Not as loud as I thought it would be and the key ring fell apart so I had to replace it.

Overpriced: +1.  False; the $20 price is in the middle of the pack of personal sirens I looked at on Amazon.

75% discount: +1.  False.

Total score; -4

Unauthorized charges: CREDIT CARD RISK ALERT.  I found many complaints of more products sold than ordered, more money charged than advertised, and continuing unauthorized charges.

  • From #ReportScam: They did not work as advertised and I have been trying to return them, but they will not give me an adress to return them and will not refund. Now I find an additional charge in March for 19.97 plus a foreign transaction fee? I have reported to my bank’s fraud division.
  • From Ripoff Report: “I bought three Siren Song alarms and nothing more. Just received and e-mail, that went to my junk/spam folder notifying me that I have been charged $8.95 for a “VIP Membership” which would be a recurring monthly fee! Low and behold it showed up in my bank as a pending charge. I DID NOT consent to this or give anybody permission to use my card for anything other than the purchase.
  • The Better Business Bureau rates Siren Saver “F” with 18 negative reviews.  “I bought a 2 siren song and they charged me 3 different times once 39.70 and the second time for 4.95 and then 59.95 I called them they told me it was for a subscription fee but refused to tell what the subscription was for …

SirenSaver.com doesn’t accept PayPal, which isn’t too surprising.

Conclusion: Just scream.


Robocopp sound grenades are a scream

Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 8.56.23 AMIf you don’t want to scream in an emergency, or you don’t think you can, get out your Robocopp and pull the pin, just like a grenade.  It will sound a claimed 120- or 130-db (decibel) alarm, louder than a pneumatic riveter four feet away.  That’s loud enough to cause pain and permanent hearing loss, according to Galen Carol Audio.  Of course, unless you first don hearing protection, Robocopp will hurt and damage your own ears as much as an assailant’s.

Following the 2016 Brazil Olympics potty scandal, swimmer Brian Lochte recouped some of his losses with an endorsement from Robocopp.  This set off my own special alarm; another self-defense gadget to explore!  Let’s see what the Scam-O-Meter has to say about Robocopp on 9/1/16.

Ridiculous claims: Robocopp itself claims very little.  The alarm is up to 130-db depending on the model, and it comes in designer colors.  The company offers “campus safety solutions.”  They say nothing about the alarm’s ability to deter an assailant or summon help.  Testimonials on Robocopp’s site tell of scaring away a dog, a teenager, a guy following a woman, and just feeling reassured to have the alarm at hand.  A bit dubious perhaps, but not ridiculous.  +1

Post Office box:  One out of Robocopp’s three bay-area addresses is a UPS store.  The other two look like real places.  +1

  • 2443 Fillmore St Suite 3804121, San Francisco, CA 94115
  • 1610 Harrison St Suite D, Oakland, CA 94612
  • 500 Westover Dr Suite 4121, Sanford, NC 27330

Onerous terms: 

  • The website advertises “100% money-back guarantee” and “1-year unlimited warranty.”  The Terms and Conditions take none of this back.
  • “We don’t guarantee the product is suitable for any use; nor that anything we say is true.”  Not a desirable clause, but mild compared to real scams.  +1

scamometer robocoppAds, spam, robocalls:  Strangely, Robocopp’s Privacy Policy is among the worst I’ve seen.

  • We’ll use the personal information you give us and that we suck out of your browser to beam ads at you and spam you.
  • We’ll share it with other companies that will do the same.
  • You can’t opt out, other than in response to an inquiry from us about a specific use of your data.  -1

Lying and deception:  The deception that’s happening here is subtle and implicit.   A customer may suppose that the alarm will be more useful and effective than it really is.  Amazon reviewer James Yamanoha cautions,

… While I can imagine that this alarm sound would deter potentially dangerous animals or startle a would-be assailant, once the pin is pulled, the device is very easy to drop or have it knocked out of your hands. For those wishing to gain a more serious and in-depth understanding of violence/crime/criminal/personal-safety/self-defense dynamics, I would highly recommend starting with Facing Violence: Preparing for the Unexpected by Rory Miller.

… It would be wise to also think critically about the potential for using such a device and be realistic about its limitations. No device is a panacea.  

It would have been forthright of Robocopp to state these cautions themselves.  So I feel I must penalize them somewhat for the omission.  0

Obfuscation: None found.  +1

Phony reviews: None found.  +1

Crummy product: Apparently not.  It won five stars from 72% of 18 reviewers.  +1

Overpriced: The 120-db model is $15; the 130-db is $20.  Amazon offers them at the same price, along with several competitors that sell for a similar price.  +1

Unauthorized charges: I found no complaints of this.  +1

Bottom line: +7

If you buy into the idea of a screaming-gadget, or you just like collecting gadgets, this one seems as good as any.  Buying it from Amazon would avoid Robocopp’s no-opt-out Privacy Policy.