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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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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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