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Slimed by Brilliant Download (2017)

thank you for haveing this siet for me to use becuz b4 i was only borowing my freinds movies and games and now i can haev my own withot trying to get them to give me thiers .

Brilliant Download is so pleased with this customer (if he exists) that they display the above testimonial on their own web site.

scamometer -5rNovember 25, 2017: I wrote about this outfit a year ago; it looks like nothing has changed.  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 (bad), +1 means false (good), and 0 means undetermined. I penalize the seller for statements made by shills.  Contact information:

Web site: BrilliantDownload.com

Ridiculous claims: +1.  None found.

Carmen_SandiegoSuspicious location: -1.  Brilliant Download hides their location, earning my Carmen Sandiego “Where In The World?” award.  A clue; their Customer Care office hours are given in London time.

Onerous terms: -1

  • Free trials are typically offered to potential subscribers of a service.  But not by this outfit; you have to pay $2 just to try it.  And then you only get to try it for three days.
  • At the end of your three-day trial they’ll charge you $100 for a one-year subscription.  Then you can ask for a refund for 27 more days.  After that, your one-year subscription is cast in concrete and you are not going to get out of it.

Ads, spam, robocalls: +1.  Brilliant Download keeps only your email address, and they don’t share it.

Lying and deception: -1.  My problem with their claims is that they lead you to draw a conclusion that’s not supported by the actual words.

  • Fast Speed: Basically it depends only on the speed of your connection because downloads go directly from the highspeed servers to you.”  Whose high-speed servers are they talking about here?  Further down I read “We don’t host or link any file …
  • Sign up and get instant access to tons of links to movies, tv shows, music and other legal files.”  Do you get movies, TV shows, etc.?  No, just links.  Are the links only to legal files?  Hmmm …  Do you get the links from Brilliant Download?  Um, no.

Obfuscation: -1.  To find out the price, you have to give them personal information.

Phony reviews: 0.  I can’t check the on-site testimonials.  All the external reviews I found looked legit, and were very negative.

Crummy product: -1.  As far as I can determine, you can’t find anything thru Brilliant Downloads that isn’t available with Google.  And you’ll pay the same for the content either way.

Overpriced: -1.  Brilliant Downloads is asking $40 a month or $100 a year for their “consulting service.”  You can find the same links on Google for nothing.

Bad service: -1.  I see many complaints about failure to reply to emails and give refunds.  From PissedConsumer.com; “I sent a mail to cancel membership 3 days later that was when the site charged me $40. I sent several mails for refund and cancellation of membership but no respond.  I contacted my bank and I was asked to get a new card in order to avoid future debits from the site.

Total score; -5

Unauthorized charges:  CREDIT CARD RISK ALERT.  Brilliant Download forces people into subscriptions by ignoring emails that ask for cancellations and refunds.  It looks like the three-day trial charge is a ruse to get your credit card data.  They also charge people who have had no contact with them, apparently using hacked credit card data.

  • From SiteJabber.com; “found a PDF I wanted, paid for trial membership, then the book was no longer listed. Surprise surprise I then got a call from my bank about suspicious activity on my account – they tried to take $80, the thieving ***************s. Luckily my bank stopped the payment, but my card in now cancelled, so all in all a complete scam – avoid it like the plague!
  • From ComplaintsBoard.com; “I haven’t used the website of Brilliant Download and recently I checked my account statement and found out that these guys charged me couple of times. I emailed them and got response that I wouldn’t see my money and they didn’t tell me, where they have found my person and card details. Guys, spread this information and be very careful with them. It’s really impossible to return money.
  • A bad sign; Brilliant Download doesn’t accept PayPal.

Conclusion: Just search with Google.  It costs nothing.  Here is a brief tutorial video on how to use Google Search.

laughBlooper: Sentence diagramming challenge: “ … you CAN NOT in ‘good faith’ believe that any copyrighted work that you believe is being infringed is not authorized to be displayed on our site.

 

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Slimed by Brilliant Download

Brilliant Download‘s service is poor; credit card fraud seems to be their real business.  

This attractive, low-key website poses as a legal alternative to movie, music and game pirating systems like BitTorrent.  Customers say that it’s not what it appears.  It’s so notorious that in Google it’s hard to find the real Brilliant Download link among all the warnings to stay away from it.  Yet somehow it persists.

Scam-O-Meter

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Brilliant Download’s score: -8.

This is a fun way to see how a potential scam “measures up.”  I explained it here.

Ridiculous claims: Actually, Brilliant Download claims very little.  The scope of file access it does claim is already available to its members via Google for nothing; so those claims are, technically, true.  0

Post office box: Brilliant Download doesn’t even have a physical address.  Their business hours are given in London time.  Their web server is located in San Francisco, according to its IP address.  Complainants suspect that the site is really Chinese.  The scary part is that all of the above could be true.    -1

Onerous terms: Broken English here and in other parts of the site should raise a red flag.

  • We don’t guarantee our performance.  We don’t even monitor it ourselves!
  • We don’t guarantee that the files we index are safe to download.
  • After you’ve been a member for 30 days, we won’t refund any money.
  • “…You CAN NOT in ‘good faith’ believe that any copyrighted work that you believe is being infringed is not authorized to be displayed on our site.”  Extra credit; diagram this sentence.  -1

Invasion of privacy: They claim that the only data they collect is your email address.  They don’t say what they do with it.  The Privacy Policy is rudimentary and not credible.  0

Lying and deception: On download speed, Brilliant Download says “Basically it depends only on the speed of your connection because downloads go directly from the highspeed servers to you.”  The key word here is “The”; apparently this company has no servers.  Elsewhere, Brilliant Download says they don’t host any files; they refer you to other websites to download files.  -1

Obfuscation: In order to find out the monthly subscription price ($39.99), I had to give them personal information (not my own, naturally!)  -1

Phony reviews: All online reviews of Brilliant Download that I’ve found are complaints and warnings to stay away from them … except for the testimonials on the Brilliant Download site.  I particularly enjoyed this one:

thank you for haveing this siet for me to use becuz b4 i was only borowing my freinds movies and games and now i can haev my own withot trying to get them to give me thiers . so now i get all the latest movies and games and even music without problems here , this site is the BEST! keep doing what you are doing becuz it is working well.
John Sanders, Houston  -1

Crummy product: One customer concluded:

It is very misleading and does not actually have free downloads as it advertises. Rather, it only redirects you to google to pay for downloads on other websites like you would have anyways.

Also, you have to download and install their software to use the service.  Considering the company’s reputation, that seems risky.  -1

Overpriced: From what I gather from the website and customer complaints, this “consulting service” provides nothing that you can’t get from Google for free.  I see complaints that indexed e-books are really only reviews of the books.  Authors have found their own work pirated thru the site.  -1slimed credit card

Unauthorized charges: The order form, and Terms and Conditions, state that you can get a three-day trial for $3; after that you’re billed $39.99 a month until you cancel your membership.  The $3 trial is a ruse to get your credit-card data.  Customers have complained that monthly subscription charges go on no matter how hard they try to cancel, until they block their credit cards.  -1

Bottom line

Just use Google, and forget these guys.