Tag Archives: Strong Current Enterprises

Undone by UberTorch Flashlights

Money taken out of my acct immediatiy plan to go to my bank and dispute charge right away hope i get my money back expensive lesson very angry at this company dont order anything from them ever they are a ripp off

This in response to my post about a different offering from SC Enterprises Ltd, TV Frog.  Now I see they’re selling those Chinese flashlights that you’re supposed to be able to blind and hit people with, in this case branded UberTorch.  Contact information:

SC Enterprises Ltd
19-21 Crawford Street, Dept. 706
London, UK W1H 1PJ
By Phone: +1 716 330 1335
By Email: support@ubertorch.com

September 4, 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

  • You’d have the ability to disorient any would be attacker with the push of a button.  Right, get out your flashlight, fumble it to the correct setting and shine it in his eyes.   See how far you get with this plan before you’re looking at the ceiling.
  • This light’s incredible LED technology is used by the U.S. Navy Seals, the Coast Guard, …  They’d have to go to an antique store to buy an incandescent bulb flashlight.

Suspicious location: -1.  19-21 Crawford Street, Dept. 706, London, UK W1H 1PJ is a mailbox.  It’s shared by known scam TV Frog.  po

Onerous terms: -1

  • You have 30 days from the day you ordered to return the flashlight — not from the day you receive it.
  • You have to return the flashlight unused.
  • All sales are as-is and final.  
  • They won’t give you a refund, only another flashlight or non-transferable store credit.
  • You pay the return shipping (apparently to the Netherlands)
  • They don’t guarantee that the flashlight is fit for any use; nor that anything they say is true.

Ads, spam, robocalls: +1.  With your permission, they’ll email you advertising.

Lying and deception: -1

  • With Over 20,000 Sold This Month, People Are Talking:  A peek at the source code for the web page shows that this number isn’t a variable; it was typed in with the rest of the sales pitch.  Are they going to go back and edit it every month?  I don’t think so.
<h2>With Over 20,000 Sold This Month, People Are Talking:</h2>
  • We are proud to be fulfilling great products in the USA, helping to provide jobs to American Citizens.  I found a British address; see “Suspicious location” above.  UberTorch’s governing law is BC, Canada.  ScamAdvisor reports that the web site is based in the Netherlands; and buyers of associated product TV Frog have to return their defective products to a Netherlands address.  I see no evidence of shipping from a US location.

Obfuscation: -1.  Careful with that order form; it’s pre-filled for a quantity of three flashlights ($135).

Phony reviews: +1.  Despite SC Enterprise’s claim that “People are talking” I couldn’t find any UberTorch reviews, phony or otherwise.

Crummy product: 0.  I couldn’t find any unbiased ratings.  Keep in mind that a good product can be the bait for a scam.

Overpriced: -1.  SC Enterprises prices one UberTorch at $67.  Amazon offers the UberTorch for $149.  It has no customer ratings yet.  Amazon also carries the remarkably similar Woqhain 800 lumen zoomable flashlight for $9; it’s rated 4.5 stars.

Bad service: -1.  My test email to support@ubertorch.com has gotten no reply yet after five days.


Total score; -5

Unauthorized charges: I found no reports of this.  ScamAdvisor gives UberTorch website a trust rating of “Low – may be unsafe to use.”  SC Enterprises accepts PayPal.

Conclusion: Buy a flashlight at your local hardware store.

 

 

Advertisements

Not lion about the HDZoom360 phone lens

This site may not be safe to use,“  according to ScamAdvisor.com. It rates the HDZoom360 trust level “Low.”

On May 20, 2017 let’s zoom in on HDZoom360 (red links are risky; do not click).  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, +1 means false, and 0 means undetermined. A reminder; I penalize the seller for statements made by shills.

Ridiculous claims: -1

  • Adjustable focal length.”  This feature is the reason why it’s called a “Zoom lens.”
  • The power of a $4,000 DSLR in your pocket,” boasts the HDZoom360 outfit in a review of itself.  There are important differences other than the lens between a phone and a real camera, particularly a $4,000 camera.
  • Christie from Dallas went to Africa last summer, and she had an epic trip.”  Should I believe Christie sprang for a safari without bringing a real camera?

Suspicious location: -1. 19-21 Crawford Street, Dept 706, London, W1H 1PJ is a mailbox.  It’s shared with TV Frog (FreeSeeTV), another line of business of Strong Current Enterprises.po

Onerous terms: -1

  • They don’t guarantee that the lens is fit for any use; nor that anything they say is true.
  • You have 30 days from the day you receive the lens to return it unused for a refund.
  • You have to ship a lens you’re returning to a PO box in the Netherlands at your expense.  In 30 days?

Ads, spam, robocalls: +1.  You can opt in to receive email; you can opt out.

before-after-focus-filterLying and deception: -1

  • Um, about that safari, Christie … “Check out my image using the HDZoom360 at at Nairobi National Park in Kenya:”  Wow, what a gorgeous shot of the late, well-known Cecil the lion!  But in 2015 he was killed in Zimbabwe, which is about 2,000 miles from Kenya.
  • Uses a ‘NASA optical formula’ with ‘genuine glass aspheric lens’ that’s superior to professional camera equipment worth thousands of dollars.”  But in Wikipedia I read that since 1956 “Aspheric elements are often used in camera lenses.
  • Genuine glass?

Obfuscation: -1

  • The lens is described as an 8x18 zoom lens.  The expression 8x refers to the ratio of the lens’ longest to shortest focal lengths.  But the following numerals “18” don’t mean anything.
  • Careful with that order form; a quantity of three lenses ($132) is already filled in.
  • Count-down timer, implying that you don’t have time to make a careful decision.

Phony reviews: -1.  The scam site features lots of tweets and reviews by people without full names.

Crummy product: -1.  Cindy posted on ScamAdvisor.com, “Every time you touch the zoom to focus it it falls off the camera. Waste of money!!!

burned-linkOverpriced: -1.  Amazon doesn’t carry it.  But they offer several similar zoom lenses, such as this 12x model for $15.

75% discount: +1.  False.


Total score; -6

Unauthorized charges: CREDIT CARD RISK ALERT

  • Ripoff Report carries this complaint; “I Ordered  1 HDZoom360 lens for $43.99 and was offered a second one for the same price plus lifetime warranty at $13.20 each total cost about $113.00. However $290.00 has been debited to my credit card.
  • Cindy also posted, “It is a scam, I bought one they charged me for two.
  • HDZoom360 accepts PayPal.

Conclusion: Avoid.  If you must have this type of lens, buy it from Amazon or another reputable seller in the United States.

laughBonus outtakes:  I think I see why this scammer doesn’t have a real job:  240 – 44 = 196.  196 / 240 = 82%, not 45%.

goof

Fragged by TV Frog “free TV” box

Every year, you’re feeding thousands of dollars to greedy cable companies.  …Doesn’t it just make you want to call up the cable guy and tell him to stuff it?

So, it seems that getting a TV Frog isn’t just an economic move — it’s revenge.  On 5/16/17 let’s take a look at this internet streaming box.  Marketed by FreeSeeTV, actually sold by Strong Current Enterprises Ltd.  Contact information:

FreeSeeTV
19-21 crawford street, london w1h 1pj, England
International: +1-716-330-1335
United States: 1-888-836-8088
Email: support@freeseetv.com

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, +1 means false, and 0 means undetermined.  A reminder; I penalize the seller for statements made by his shills.

Ridiculous claims: -1

  • Get it now, before “the big cable companies successfully shut them down,warns shill Take My Damn Money.  Scammers love to claim that their products are barely legal.  But that shutdown won’t happen; TV Frog is just an internet connection for your TV.

Suspicious location: -1.  19-21 crawford street, london w1h 1pj, England is a mailbox.  This address is shared by HDZoom360.  This is also the address of an “academic assistance company.”

po

Onerous terms:  -1

  • All products are sold ‘as is’ and all sales are final. …No refunds will be issued.
  • You have 30 days from the date of delivery to exchange your unused box for another box, or for store credit.
  • You pay the shipping on your returned box — apparently, to London, England.
  • They don’t guarantee that the box is fit for any use; nor that anything they say is true.

Ads, spam, robocalls: +1.  You can opt in to receive email, and opt out.

Lying and deception: -1

  • After floating a conspiracy theory about exploitative cable company fat-cats, Take My Damn Money asserts “Millions of Americans are saying goodbye to cable for good.”  Fake news alert!  MarketingCharts.com reports, “people are not abandoning pay-TV in favor of these streaming services; instead, they are choosing to supplement their pay TV services by, in essence, creating their own TV bundles.
  • TMDM also claims “it’s the only product of its kind to offer 4K resolution.”  But Highya.com reports that Roku Premiere and Amazon Fire TV also have 4K resolution.
  • How can TVFrog sell at nearly half the price of its competitors? Honestly, it can’t.”  Thanks for the honesty; Highya.com shows that it’s not that cheap.

Obfuscation: -1

  • TMDM lists the price at $50 in one place and $75 in another.  FreeSeeTV’s web site only reveals the $80 price on the second page.
  • Careful; the order form is pre-filled for a quantity of three TV Frogs ($185).
  • Important links are camouflaged at the bottom of the order form.hidden

About Us | Contact Us | Terms and Conditions | Privacy Policy | Affiliate | Manual | FAQ

Phony reviews: -1.  Paid shill Take My Damn Money writesWhen your cable company calls you to ask why you cancelled your service, just give them our number. They know us.”  Looks like the reviewer forgot to edit the puffery he got from SCE.

Crummy product: -1.  (Updated 7/9/17) Replies by many disappointed readers make it clear that TV Frog is buggy and poorly-supported.

  • There is no Remote in the box and no Paperwork ! ( No Manual or Instructions ) I have tried to work all three of them, Only one will come on and it won’t follow my instructions thru’ the included mouse ! 
  • i just had mine arrive and I can’t figure out how to update Kodi or even get Ice Films or anything decent on this. 
  • 1) The product is sh!t quality is just horrible.
    2) Android. OK, I could do a lot with the little box.
    3) It read my music and video library
    4) After 1 day, through some kinda bad update I suppose, Android box now won’t boot.
    5) Now, 24 hours later, It’s now a brick.

Overpriced: +1.  Today’s $80 single-unit price seems about in line with prices on similar products listed in Highya.com.  Amazon doesn’t carry it.  Their own streaming gadget is $90.

75% discount: +1.  False.


Total score; -4

Unauthorized charges:  I found no reports of this.  SCE accepts PayPal.

Miscellaneous: 

  • SCE also markets the HDZoom360 smart phone lens.  ScamAdvisor.com rates the HDZoom360 with a trust level of “Low” advising “This site may not be safe to use.
  • Other reviewers reported that SCE falsely advertised a 100% satisfaction guarantee.  But I found no such advertising.  Perhaps SCE removed it in response to those criticisms.

Conclusion: Buy an internet box from a reputable seller located in your own country (or city!).

Bonus outtakes: TMDM cautions, “Be careful, though – some apps exist in a legal gray area, such as Exodus, which streams TV shows and movies for free. That’s a little TOO cheap, if you ask us.”  How convenient of them to disclose the name of the free streaming company–not that you’d ever use it.

Related: Snopes; “Is TV Frog a legitimate alternative to cable?