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Busted! Inferno Lighter 2017

It will help you in times when you need it most when you are on picnic or lost in wild remote areas, it will help you find your way in some of the craziest nights.

So HealthyUSA extolls the Inferno Lighter.  I posted an article about them a year ago.  Today I noticed their ad on Facebook; so I guess it’s time to take another look.  Has anything changed?  And, after over a year of blogging about web scams, will I see anything new?  Contact information:

Inferno Lighter
8894 Towne Centre Dr. #105-553
San Diego, CA 92122
support@infernolighter.com
1-844-756-0640

August 8, 2017: 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.

Ridiculous claims: -1.  

  • Made, and designed by a team of engineers” Good to know it wasn’t a team of baristas or a rugby team.
  • “Did you know that recent studies have also proved butane can also be the cause of cancer?”  Hmm, something to think about as you inhale that tobacco smoke.

Suspicious location: -1.  8894 Towne Centre Dr. #105-553, San Diego, CA 92122 is a mailbox.  This address is shared by La Creme Skin Care; ScamGuard lists 23 complaints against La Creme, roundly criticized for unauthorized charges.  hq

Onerous terms: -1

  • They’ll take your money when you order a lighter, but they won’t “accept” your order until they ship it.
  • If you want a refund, you “may” need to return your unused lighter within 30 days from your order — not from the day you received it.
  • Reversing their charge on your credit card is “theft.”
  • They don’t guarantee that their products are any good, nor that anything they say is true.
  • You can’t sue them, join a class action that’s suing them, or join a group arbitration.

Ads, spam, robocalls: -1  

  • They’ll beam ads at you and spam you.  You can opt out.
  • 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.  These guys have Photoshop, and they know how to use it.

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Obfuscation: -1 

  • Careful with the order form; it’s pre-filled for five lighters ($145).
  • The Terms And Conditions are unnecessarily long and legal.

Phony reviews: -1.  Clicking the testimonials just leads to the order form.  Web publisher reviews of the Inferno Lighter such as BoldSurvivalist and PreppingPros are really advertising.

Crummy product: 0.  Five Amazon customers rated it 3.9 stars, but some of the reviews look fake.  I liked this one-star review; “Cool concept, got shocked twice though. Makes very annoying high pitched sound.”  Keep in mind that a scam can involve a good product.

Overpriced: -1.  Inferno is asking $56 for one lighter.  Amazon carries Inferno Lighters for $20.  Other electric lighters on Amazon run from $15 to $29.

75% discount: -1.  True.

Total score; -9

Unauthorized charges: The Better Business Bureau rates Inferno Lighters B+, with two resolved complaints.  Inferno Lighter doesn’t accept PayPal.  I found no complaints of credit card fraud, but the association with La Creme is troubling.

Electrical hazard: As I pointed out in 2016, users of similar lighters have reported that if you touch the “flame” you’ll get a powerful shock.

Conclusion: If you like to show off gadgets, you might enjoy buying this type of lighter on Amazon.


laughBloopers: HealthyUSA shills Inferno as a “Tactical” lighter.  After the apocalypse, how will you recharge it?  “Just imagine you are stuck in jungle and you need to light any substance immediately and all you are left with is a single match stick either you give your best shot or bear with the misery, horrible, isn’t it?

What changed in a year?  In 2016 the order form disabled my browser’s back button; now it doesn’t.  Wise move; taking over peoples’ computers doesn’t gain any trust.

Busted! Inferno lighter

This is essentially a taser and will shock the s*** out of you if you make contact with your skin.


Credibility: Low

xBut let’s start with the bust, because a good product sold in an evil way is still a scam.  I’ve followed the laughing bearded man from LUX HD450’s Suttgart laboratory, where he is named Simon Greig, to Inferno Lighter’s Engineering Division, which he leads as Daniel Cowen.  Such a talented fellow, and cursed with such a long commute!

The order form shows that the usual buy-lots-to-get-the-advertised-price game is played here.  I also see another classic scam warning sign; the order form disables my browser’s back button, so I have to close the tab to escape from it.  The same post-office box hosts La Creme Skin Care, featured in a Ripoff Report; it’s the “free trial” scam.

Now let’s see what Inferno Lighter has to say about their products, adjusting for their earned credibility as we go.

Claims: Not too bad

A lighter lighter? “This lighter is made with a zinc alloy, so it’s lighter, but more durable than typical lighters,” Inferno Lighters explains.  Nicholas Martin comments on Amazon, “It’s got a little weight and feels sturdy enough to survive any falls that may take place.”  But Amazon’s lighter might not be identical to Inferno’s.  “It has that ‘high quality heaviness’ you expect from a top quality product,” Icarus Lighters boasts of their very similar lighter.  Not sure how to score this one.

A safer lighter? “A British Report links, ‘butane lighter fluid leads to 52% of all deaths occurring from abused solvent chemicals. It’s dangerous stuff!'”  “Abused” as in sniffing?  Yes.  A cheaper solution might be, don’t sniff your lighter.

Anyway, Inferno Lighter neglected to link that report, and I can’t find it.  I did find a lot of paranoid posts by potheads, and this on Answers.com:


Butane gas in its natural state , when inhaled may not necessarily cause cancer . However , it is believed that when burned or incinerated . the by-product , in the form of Hc and Co , has been proven by the E.P.A. carcinogous .


All right, Daniel Cowen, five points to you!  But, does it make sense for somebody who inhales tobacco smoke to worry about the carcinogens in their butane lighter’s smoke?

xOn the other hand, the electrical-shock warning we started with is not just theoretical.  It’s from “Matt,” an Amazon purchaser of a very similar lighter.

  • “Fattdogs” adds, “I learned really quick though not to touch it, as it went through my nail and flexed all the muscles up my arm into my neck, so it makes me wonder what type of voltage it carries, but works good!”
  • “River,” who must not have read the other reviews, commented,”I like it better than a traditional lighter because unless you purposefully stick your finger in the electricity you won’t get burned from a flame in the wind. (Note: I’ve never stuck my finger in it, so I have no idea what happens if you do, but I wouldn’t advise it.)”

Still, most Amazon customers are very pleased.  Of course, that’s no reason to buy a lighter from Inferno for three times as much money.  And wouldn’t they love to fondle your credit card.

I’m waiting for the tactical-flashlight people to realize the weapons potential of these lighters and come out with a hybrid product.

checkA better lighter? “The Inferno Lighter has a wider lighting surface, which allows it to spark almost everything. The Inferno Lighter can light all sorts of things including cigars, candles, incense, and hemp wicks.”  Pretty sly of Daniel to sneak “hemp” in there.  Fawning review site Infinite Power Solutions made this Trump-like point; “Many reviewers appreciate the fact that the Inferno Lighter isn’t susceptible to wind.”

checkAn impressive lighter? “The first thing you’ll notice is how much attention you get when you use it. I’ve yet to use it in public without drawing a crowd.”  Now I think we’ve hit a nerve (tho this again is Icarus Lighter touting their similar product).  Sexy, and just a bit dangerous!  Amazon customers think so too.  “This is the coolest lighter ever.”  “The purple arc is very cool, it lights my cigarette fast.”  “Absolutely love this lighter!”  “This is a really neat product.”

Legal chicanery

xTerms and Conditions are where you find out how you’ll be treated if you proceed.  In Inferno Lighter’s case, not very well.  Behind the obfuscation, I find:

  • You can’t take us to court.
  • We’ll take your money now, and maybe ship the lighter later.
  • We’ll give you a discount if you buy lots of lighters, but you can’t re-sell them.
  • Our 30-day refund period starts on the date of your order, not the date you get your lighter.
  • Even if you never use your lighter, we can duck refunding your money.
  • If you reverse the credit card charge, that’s theft.
  • We don’t guarantee that the lighter is any good, nor that anything we say is true.
  • We aren’t liable for any loss or damage.  (re: shock hazard?)

The Privacy Policy is also illuminating.  Basically,

  • We’ll collect every bit of information you give us, and everything we can suck out of your browser.  It’s ours forever; if we sell our company, your personal information will be part of the deal.
  • We can use it to beam ads to you and spam you.
  • We can give it to our “affiliates” who can beam ads to you and spam you.

Conclusion

Other than the shock hazard, electric lighters sound pretty neat to me.  I’d just buy one from someplace reputable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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