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.