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Burned by LUX HD450 phone lenses

danger-theftOver a hundred outraged customers have replied to my posts about LUX HD450‘s crummy lenses and credit-card thievery.  (Red links are to scam sites that I don’t recommend.)

Yet the scam goes on; in fact, I gather from my blog-hit stats that more people than ever are researching LUX HD450.

Contact information:
Lux HD450
2658 Del Mar Heights Rd #368
Del Mar, CA 92014 USA
Phone: 1-844-220-5101
International Returns Address:
PO Box 7574
Milton Keynes, MK119GQ, UK
Email: support@luxhd450.com
France: soutien@luxhd450.fr
Germany: kundendienst@luxhd450.de

On October 5, 2016, let’s take a fresh look at the situation.


scamometer HD450.pngRidiculous claims: Like some other web scammers I’ve been tracking, LUX HD450 seems to have shuffled the hard-sell end of the business over to tame review sites like nationlife.net.  They’ve put up the same web page that LUX HD450 was using last May.  It makes some wild claims:

  • Famous people are switching to these lenses.  Name ten.
  • Buying these lenses will make you famous instantly.  Not!
  • They’ll turn any smart-phone into a DSLR-like camera.  This is true in a twisted way; professional cameras do have interchangeable lenses.  But if clamping lenses on your phone could make it into a professional camera, people wouldn’t buy prime rib — they’d just buy hamburger and steak sauce.  It just doesn’t work that way.
  • A special coating gives great pictures even indoors in low light.  But filters work by blocking part of the light; less light isn’t going to help your indoor shots.
  • 75% discount; a scammer red flag.
  • A scientific-looking, unattributed chart shows LUX HD450 lenses outperforming photography mainstays Nikon, Zeiss, Leica and Canon.

Because LUX HD450 authored these shills’ claims, I’m dinging them a point.  -1

Post Office box:  True.  -1

mailbox serviceCorporate headquarters: 2658 Del Mar Heights Rd #368, Del Mar, CA 92014

Onerous terms:  Behind a thicket of legalese, I found these zingers:

  • You can’t sue them, or join a class action that’s suing them.
  • They’ll take your money now; but they won’t “accept” your order until they ship it.
  • You can ask for a refund at any time.  But you’ll only get one if you ask within 30 days of your order (not 30 days after receiving it).
  • Even if you never used the lenses, they may not give you all your money back.
  • If you reverse their charge on your credit card, they’ll use a record of your Internet activity to prosecute you for theft.  Do they think they’re the NSA?  Several customers have told me that, out of desperation, they’ve gotten their money back through their credit-card issuer.
  • They don’t guarantee that anything they say is true, including whether their lenses meet their own specs (which they don’t).
  • They don’t guarantee that their lenses are fit for any use.  But they are; they’re a great conversation piece when you talk to your friends about scammers.   -1

Ads, spam, robocalls:

  • They’ll use all the data you give them and that they can suck out of your browser to beam ads at you.
  • 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.  -1

two-coversLying and deception: Let’s start with the forged Digital SLR Photography magazine cover.

  • Next, Lead Technologist Simon Greig from Stuttgart; he’s just clip-art.
  • The sample photographs were taken with other cameras or were faked in Photoshop, as documented by Jim Doty.
  • Careful with that order form; it’s pre-filled for five sets of lenses.  And many people have told me that they received five sets even though they specifically ordered one.

Does this sort of self-promotional lying matter?  That depends.  Would you trust a liar with your credit card?  -1

Obfuscation: Which lenses, exactly, are for sale here?  NationLife.net and LUX HD450 web pages show black- and silver-barreled lenses on clamps, on sliding clips, and without a connecting device.

  • The top left picture shows the lenses and clamp that I received.  Notice that the macro and wide-angle lenses are screwed together.  This is how they’re delivered.  Because there are no instructions, many people complain that they only received two lenses.

Also, the Terms and Conditions document is even more stuffed with purposeless text than usual.  It’s quite an effort to sift out the terms that matter.  -1

Phony reviews: Vague, wildly enthusiastic reviews from websites you never heard of before, with image-links to the scam site but no mention of hands-on testing, are just advertising.  The NationLife.com “review” has over a dozen links to LUX HD450.  I see other phony reviews by:

  • Infinite Power Solutions
  • garciniacambogialean.com
  • Assistive Tech
  • The Healthy Order
  • LUX HD450lens.con (yes, they’ve reviewed themselves)
  • Sports Gear Central (copied from the above web page)

… and many more.  -1

screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-10-33-00-pmCrummy product: I’ve tested the lenses, and this is true.  I can take better pictures with my unaltered iPhone 6.  Many people have confirmed my opinion.  Luana Daniels writes:

Sadly, I did not do my research before ordering the lenses. The lenses did not work at all with my phone. I had ordered five sets to use as gifts for family also, and when I asked to return and get a refund I was told it was past the 30 days since the order was placed, even though it has been less than 30 days since receipt. Horrible customer service!!  -1

Overpriced: True.  -1

  • LUX HD450; $56
  • Amazon (same lenses, branded “Universal”); $7

Unauthorized charges: I’ve received many reports of unexpected charges and failure to refund money.  Mark Davidson writes:

Total scam. Don’t hand over your credit card details.  My $29 order was gouged for $195 on my credit card.  -1


Scam-O-Meter score: -10

Stay away!

  • Magic lenses, or even a “good camera,” won’t make you a good photographer.  But with a little effort and guidance, you can learn to take nice pictures that people will admire, even with just your phone.

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    I took this photo with an unmodified iPhone 6.

  • If you still want to try phone lenses, Amazon has a wide selection.  Pay attention to the customer reviews.
  • If you’re already a victim of LUX HD450, see this post for advice.

To victims of the LUX HD450 phone lens scam

 

danger-theftAre you a victim of LUX HD450?  If so, I am truly sorry.

I’ve received hundreds of replies and comments about my posts like this one covering LUX HD450 phone lenses.  My posts warn people that the lenses are crummy, and that the company steals from buyers’ credit card accounts.  Still, among the replies are several that have mistaken me for the LUX HD450 company.  Here is how I’ve been answering them.

I am just a blogger and reviewer; I have no connection to the lens company. I only posted some articles about them. So I can’t do anything about your order. Sorry!

How to contact LUX HD450:
Lux HD450
2658 Del Mar Heights Rd #368
Del Mar, CA 92014 USA
Phone: 1-844-220-5101
International Returns Address:
PO Box 7574
Milton Keynes, MK119GQ, UK
Email: support@luxhd450.com
France: soutien@luxhd450.fr
Germany: kundendienst@luxhd450.de

My advice is:

  1. You can try calling the company.  But beware; they may try to trick you into waiting until you can’t get your money back from your credit card issuer.  They may tell you promises and lies, such as fake shipment tracking numbers.  
  2. Refuse to accept any packages you receive from the company, and return them unopened.
  3. Call your credit card issuer’s fraud department, and request that their charges be reversed and your card blocked. Request a new credit card.
  4. You’ll have to move any scheduled or automatic payments that you’ve set up on your old card over to the new card yourself.

I know from personal experience that changing credit cards is a huge nuisance. But I think this is the quickest, surest way to free yourself from a credit thief.  Some readers have also forced LUX HD450 to refund their money by complaining to the state attorney general or the Better Business Bureau.  The FTC has posted advice on how to report online fraud.

If you still want this type of lens, you can safely buy similar ones on Amazon. You’ll see a variety of products there; pay attention to the customer reviews, most of which are honest.

Here are some more detailed suggestions for getting your money back.

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I took this photo with an iPhone 6.

Now, a bit of straight talk about taking better pictures.  Putting different lenses on any camera can be fun. Keep in mind, tho, that you can’t make your phone into a better camera by clipping a lens to it.  A photographer could explain why, and probably tell you more than you wanted to know.  Put simply, that would be like making hamburger into prime rib by putting steak sauce on it.  The sauce may make the hamburger more fun to eat, but it’s still hamburger.

Photography is an art.  With a little effort and guidance, you can learn to do it well enough to enjoy yourself and create nice pictures that people will admire–even with just your phone.  As you learn more, a better camera can become a great tool.  But a better camera won’t by itself make you a better photographer.

Several other web scammers are following in LUX HD450’s path.  The above advice also applies to customers of HD360x and HDFX360.

Phone lens scammer HD360x sure looks familiar

HD360x is a lot like LUX HD450; ugly. (Thanks to D. Stoddard for the tip.)  Same web pages; same crummy lenses.

Whether it shares other evil traits like credit-card fraud remains to be seen.  screen-shot-2016-09-07-at-9-50-55-pmIts base in Canada may make legal recourse for US citizens difficult.  Let’s see what this operation is up to on September 7, 2016.

Ridiculous claims:  

  • Buying these lenses will make you famous online.  “Many Instagram Famous Celebrities have finally shared their secrets about how they have gained over a MILLION FOLLOWERS in a very short time-frame. … Most of them used to take pictures simply with their phone, but they weren’t gaining any followers until they started using the HD360X for instant high quality pictures. Now, they have created their own empire with one simple device!
  • They outperform lenses by Zeiss, Leica, Nikon and Canon, according to an unattributed scientific-looking chart.  I’ve tested the lenses; this claim is so false!  -1

HD360xPost Office box: The scam site doesn’t offer a physical address of any kind.  Their Privacy Statement divulges the Canadian address of their Privacy Compliance Officer: 1415 33 St N, Lethbridge, AB, T1H 5H2, Canada.  Here I see a mini-storage warehouse.  -1

Onerous terms: 

  • Believe anything we say at your own risk.
  • We don’t guarantee that our products are fit for any use.
  • Any returns are subject to our return policy.  (I couldn’t find the Return Policy on the website.)  -1

scamometer HD360xAds, spam, robocalls: HD360x has a good Privacy Policy, if you’re willing to trust them to stick to it.  Because they’re based in Canada, spammed US citizens aren’t likely to have any recourse.

  • Information collected during a transaction is only used to complete the transaction.
  • If we want your information for marketing, we’ll ask for it.  You can opt in or opt out at any time.  +1

Lying and deception:  

  • The web page masquerades as a review of the vendor; but its domain is HD360x.com.
  • It has the byline “Matt Perez.”  I found no Matt Perez who has anything to do with photography or journalism.
  • A different lens is shown in the sidebar than on the main part of the page.
  • “We set our design goals to make these lenses the finest in the world, bar none.”   So says the fictitious Simon Greig, HD360x’s Lead Technologist (and LUX HD450’s, too?).  -1

Obfuscation:  

  • Most of the Terms and Conditions document is not about clip-on phone lenses; you’ll have to read it pretty hard to pick out what little meat is there.
  • You have to drill down through three web pages to see the price list.
  • An animated timer suggests that you don’t have time to comparison-shop.  -1

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 11.07.26 PMPhony reviews: I see the usual suspects; Assistive Tech, Infinite Power Solutions, etc.  This type of scam is a cooperative enterprise among many “companies.”  Any vague, wildly enthusiastic review by someone you never heard of before with a button linking you to the seller is getting paid.  -1

Crummy product: I’ve tested these lenses; “crummy” is about right.  -1

Overpriced: HD360x offers a single set of lenses for $56, and quantity discounts down to $27.50 for 20 sets.  Amazon has a wide selection of clip-on phone lens sets, including what looks like the identical product under another brand for $5.99.  -1

Unauthorized charges: Once they’ve got your credit-card data, they turn unresponsive.  A typical complaint:

… the customer “service” is unfriendly, they refuse to cancel orders (within the first minute after it was placed!), they do not acknowledge emails, refused shipments, or returns. I am still waiting for a refund from April (it is August as I write this). -1

Final Scam-O-meter score: -8

Even if you still want the lenses, you’ll avoid a lot of trouble and grief by steering clear of these guys.

If you’re a victim

I am very sorry to learn it. Here’s the best advice I’ve been able to come up with for victims of phone lens scams.

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The sticky web of the LUX HD450 phone lens scam

 

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Much of this web is in darkness; here is what I’ve been able to figure out as of 7/25/16.

The product

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 11.07.26 PMThis scam involves a poor-quality, overpriced set of clip-on lenses for smart phone cameras.  The vendor habitually delivers and charges for five sets, regardless of how many sets the customer orders. Thru credit card fraud, many customers have lost over $100 on these lenses advertised at $29 and selling for $10 on Amazon.

The Mailbox

LUX HD450 corporate headquarters are here:

mailbox serviceHow to contact LUX HD450:
Lux HD450
2658 Del Mar Heights Rd #368
Del Mar, CA 92014 USA
Phone: 1-844-220-5101
International Returns Address:
PO Box 7574
Milton Keynes, MK119GQ, UK
Email: support@luxhd450.com
France: soutien@luxhd450.fr
Germany: kundendienst@luxhd450.de

The website

WebsiteInformer.com lists LuxLense LLC (see “The company”) as the owner of luxhd450.com .  The website gets over 25,000 visits a day.  My blogs get at most 600 a day.  I feel like a gnat trying to defend a goal the size of NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building.

“Well, you can’t teach everybody!”  -Dr. Jennifer Brown

Godaddy.com started hosting luxhd450.com on March 17, 2016, per EasyCounter.  Odd that LuxLense LLC’s address for website-owning purposes is different:

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7582 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas Nevada 89123

The connections

What a coincidence.  This is the address of another scammer I’ve blogged about; Shadowhawk Flashlights.

It’s also the address of Bizwhiznetwork.com.  This company’s lines of business on 7/25/16 included online jobs and pre-payday loans.

The company

The bottom of the LUX HD450 web page (which, we now see, might really be owned by Shadowhawk) says “Made by LUXHD Cameras.”  This company is imaginary; I’ve found no mention of it by anybody other than LUX HD450.

No manufacturer?  No problem.  At their prices, they can afford to buy the lenses from Amazon and repackage them.  However, there really is a company behind LUX HD450.  Trademarkia states, “LUX HD450 is a product created by LuxLense LLC,” same address.  The company was incorporated March 17, 2016 in Delaware, via its registered agent Paracorp.  What a coincidence; that’s the date the LUX HD450 website went up on Godaddy.com.

The lawyer

To communicate with LuxLense LLC’s mysterious owner, one must apply to his or her legal correspondent, a Los Angeles business lawyer.  The lawyer’s address is shown below; apparently, he likes to keep a low profile.

JOSEPH D HUSER, JOE HUSER, ESQ., 424 S BROADWAY, SUITE 902, LOS ANGELES, CA 90013Judson.png

The trademark

LuxLense LLC’s assets include one trademark; LUX HD450, created May 24, 2016 according to Inventively.  Trademark File lists its status on June 1, 2016 as “New application – not assigned to an Examiner.”

 

If you’re a victim

I am very sorry to learn it. Here’s the best advice I’ve been able to come up with for victims of phone lens scams.

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LUX HD450 clip-on phone lenses; an honest review

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The power of a $2,000 DSLR in your pocket!”  If only it were true.

I’ve already written about the vile practices of the LUX HD450 company.  Now let’s take a close look at their product.  The important question is “Would these lenses help me take better pictures with my phone?”  Two quick pieces of advice:

  1. No.  The best use of these lenses would be as a gift to a child.
  2. If you still want to buy them, save yourself money and grief by ordering the identical product on Amazon.

Quick sample:  The “red hall” photo at the top of this post is a fisheye lens shot, using a tripod and self-timer. Notice that the balcony in the top left is out of focus.  The black corners are the lens’ interior, as if we were looking out of a tunnel, because the lens isn’t wide enough for the job.  I wasn’t able to center the lens on the iPhone 6’s camera because the clip mount was on the edge of the phone’s body; that may have made the distortion worse.

Unpacking

The set consists of a macro lens,  a wide-angle lens with lens cap (and these two lenses arrive screwed together), a fisheye lens with lens cap, a plastic clip with a threaded opening that holds a lens, and a velvet bag.  There are no instructions; the most informative text I’ve found is Amazon’s product description.

The lenses have metal barrels; I was expecting plastic.  Because they don’t have inside lens caps like serious lenses do, they’re harder to keep clean.  The velvet bag doesn’t work well for storage.  The drawstring doesn’t close the bag very well, so they fall out.  When I grope around in it for a lens, I risk getting the lenses dirty with my fingers, because they don’t have enough caps.

The clip-on mounting system is imprecise and insecure; so it’s liable to distort your pictures.  

  • There’s no way to make sure the center of a clip-on lens is aligned with the center of the camera’s lens.
  • Unless you’re careful, you may seat the lens at an angle rather than flush against the phone’s case.
  • There’s no provision for dealing with variations in the distance of the clip-on lens from the phone’s lens.  Some phones have protruding cameras; others don’t.  And you may be keeping your phone in a protective case that increases the distance between the phone’s lens and the clip-on lens.

Macro lens

  • If you’re having trouble unscrewing the macro and wide-angle lenses, slip the end of a wide rubber band over the rim of the macro lens to protect it, grip it gently with pliers, and grip the rim of the wide-angle lens with your fingers.

These boring pictures are meant to test the lenses, not to sell them.  To minimize camera shake, I mounted the phone on a tripod and took these pictures hands-off, using the self-timer.  I’ve drawn some figures on the pictures with Photoshop Elements; I haven’t edited them in any other way.

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iPhone 6

Here is a test grid, taken with the naked phone.  (Please reply if you think you know what this grid is part of!)  The rows of holes should all be straight; and as the purple lines show, they are.  I used autofocus, as I figured a user of clip-on lenses would do.  The picture is a bit unfocused, even tho the phone claimed it was in focus.  To check the focusing, I enlarged the parts of the picture where the circles are.

Here’s the same grid, photographed with the macro lens.  I had to bring the phone to within 7/8 of an inch from the subject to focus it.  The pink lines show that there’s quite a bit of inward bending of straight lines (pincushion distortion).

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iPhone 6 + macro lens

Magnified focus test areas:

Wide-angle lens

A brick wall serves as our test pattern.  Here it is with the naked phone.  The white lines check for distortion.  I see slight pincushion distortion along the bottom line.

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iPhone 6

Magnified focus test areas:

Here’s the same wall, looking thru the wide-angle+macro lens combination.  There’s quite strong barrel distortion.  In addition, the inside of the lens body intrudes into the corners of the picture.  The lens isn’t wide enough for the job.

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iPhone 6 + wide-angle lens

Magnified focus test areas:

Fisheye Lens

Here’s the naked-camera test shot.

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iPhone 6

I’m skipping the straight-line test for this picture because I expect a fisheye lens to bend the scene.  Magnified focus test areas:

Here’s the iPhone 6 plus the fisheye clip-on lens.

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iPhone 6 + fisheye lens

Magnified focus test areas:

Conclusions

  1. The clip-on mounting system can cause distortion.
  2. The wide-angle and fisheye lenses don’t focus as well as my phone’s built-in camera.
  3. The wide-angle and fisheye lenses intrude the lens interiors into the corners of the pictures.
  4. All of the lenses have edge distortion and focusing issues.

You might have a little fun with these lenses if you’re not fussy about picture quality.  But if you’re shooting with a DSLR now, you’ll want to keep it.

If you’re a victim

I am very sorry to learn it. Here’s the best advice I’ve been able to come up with for victims of phone lens scams.

Contact information:
Lux HD450
2658 Del Mar Heights Rd #368
Del Mar, CA 92014 USA
Phone: 1-844-220-5101
International Returns Address:
PO Box 7574
Milton Keynes, MK119GQ, UK
Email: support@luxhd450.com
France: soutien@luxhd450.fr
Germany: kundendienst@luxhd450.de

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LUX HD450 clip-on phone lens; irate customers

 

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Here is a summary of incidents I’ve been told about in replies to my posts about this lens set.  Most replied to my initial post about this product on WordPress; others posted to the “Skeptics” Facebook page I created about the product.  Some people reported more than one of these incidents.

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Researched, decided not to order; 8 people.  Good for you!  Reasons given included the countdown timer on the vendor’s website, the pressure to buy multiple units, blurry images of credit cards on the order form and unbelievable reviews.

  • “Did some digging to find some reviews and found exactly what you found; a bunch of vague overenthusiastic posts on a bunch of ‘planted’ web sites.”
  • “Everybody, please do due diligence when shopping for any products, online or face-to-face!! Much easier to keep your money safe and in your account if you don’t click that online link and fall innocent prey to these unscrupulous online scammer con-artists lowlifes!”

Read post, decided not to order; 16 people.

  • “THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! They almost got me. Will spread the word.”

I’m glad I was able to help.  Typically, about 4% of people respond to a query.  So I’m hoping that my posts dissuaded 400 (or many more) people from getting entangled with the HD450 outfit, and generally encouraged consumer wariness toward the Internet.

Read post, cancelled order; 1 person.  Shad o’Hayes managed to reverse the charge after reading the post.

  • “As soon as it clears, the B of A is going after them, hopefully with snarling bulldogs.”

Unexpected/unauthorized charges; 5 people.  These stories told of a combination of bait-and-switch marketing, mysterious charges and delivery of unordered products.  Several people were confused and thought their problems might be their own fault.  But to me it looks like confusion is a strategy of the HD450 outfit.

  • “I just purchased this product but found I was billed for five of the items when I know I purchased only one. In addition, I was charged $72 for a warranty, that they called an upgrade.”
  • “I thought … that I would be paying 29.95 only to find out that would be the cost for each item if you ordered 5 (very fine print). I contacted the company and was told … the cost for one box was 58.00 and since there was an error I didn’t have to pay for the shipping and handling. to my suprise not only was I charged 85.00 (shipping and handling) for the product but I was also sent 5 items and was charged 185.00. (double charged).”

BTW, Amazon sells the same lenses for $9.99 plus shipping.  You’ll deal with a reliable company, and you’ll only have to buy one set to get that price.  But, as they’re identical, the lenses from Amazon are no better than the overpriced ones from HD450.

Poor service; 3 people.  Service seems to get especially poor once they have your money.

  • “My card was charged at two locations. Said I would be getting an email receipt with information within a few minutes. Still haven’t heard from them via email. No answer calling customer service for two days. Finally got a real person who said he would see I got an email right away. Nope. I’m beginning to doubt there actually is a product.”

Received product; 2 people.  Delivery is slow, and the product is toy-quality at best.  Review to come.

Critical Facebook post was deleted; 2 people.  When I started looking into this product, the HD450 outfit had a “fan club” Facebook page.  Facebook’s TOS requires that pages that appear to host user discussions about a product not be owned by the vendor.  Wildlife photographer Lee Duer and I posted critical comments on it; they were promptly deleted.  So I created a “Skeptics” Facebook page to host real customer posts where the vendor couldn’t censor them.  The “fan club” page soon disappeared.

“Infuriates me that these low-lifes get off with no consequences on taking folks’ hard-earned money!”  My feelings exactly.  There’s nothing practical we can do about HD450 and the like but warn each other and learn.  Buyer beware.

 

If you’re a victim

I am very sorry to learn it. Here’s the best advice I’ve been able to come up with for victims of phone lens scams.

Contact information:
Lux HD450
2658 Del Mar Heights Rd #368
Del Mar, CA 92014 USA
Phone: 1-844-220-5101
International Returns Address:
PO Box 7574
Milton Keynes, MK119GQ, UK
Email: support@luxhd450.com
France: soutien@luxhd450.fr
Germany: kundendienst@luxhd450.de

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LUX HD450; beware the laughing bearded man

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If you’re researching the LUX HD450 clip-on phone lens, I’ll tell you up front; I don’t recommend the lens or the company selling it.

One of the LUX HD450 websites you might land on features an impressive signed statement by Lead Technologist Simon Greig, based in Suttgart; his photo is above.

I wondered.  Could a company whose headquarters is a post-office box really have a Technologist?  A Lead Technologist (implying that he supervises a team of Lesser Technologists)?  In Suttgart (implying that LUX HD450 has a laboratory or something cool like that in Germany)?  Wow!

Let’s have some fun with a different kind of Google search.  You can upload a photo to Google, search on it, and get a list of web pages in which the picture appears.  It turns out that photos of the laughing bearded man are for sale on a number of image websites like Shutterstock and Dreamtime.  What an interesting man Lead Technologist Simon Greig is to have a second career as a model.

Now here’s an intriguing result.  The laughing bearded man has also given a testimonial for LuxQue, which describes itself as “A boutique real estate marketing firm.”  But the testimonial is signed “Alex P., Pulatani Builders.”  (After I first posted this article, LuxQue changed their testimonial picture!  This is why I no longer provide links to scammers; why help them?)

And here’s an even more intriguing result.  David Cowen, Lead Engineer for Inferno Lighter (an electric lighter for cigs or whatever) looks just like Simon Greig!  And this website is just like the LUX HD450 website, right down to the Order Form that once you enter you cannot escape save by closing the browser tab.

And, now, the Twilight Zone result.  A photographer coincidentally named Simon Greig includes this copyrighted photo in his Shutterstock portfolio of pictures for sale.  His description; “An adult male in his early forties with a full beard wearing a jacket and shirt. He is laughing.”

If Greig were marketing a picture of himself with this description, he’d be a funny man indeed.

If you’re a victim

I am very sorry to learn it. Here’s the best advice I’ve been able to come up with for victims of phone lens scams.


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