It appears that the PowerPro scammer are hitting social media and advertising platforms with this scam device. This is a scam review to try and make it look a legitimate product:
and a news article from the UK
These devices have been around for many years and don’t work.
Scammers are also getting cleverer as they are now also posting reviews on platforms like Youtube (like this) and their own review websites to make the products look legitimate when one does a search to see if they work. Once these sham reviews and advertisements are removed, they quickly pop up again.
Has been done, but Youtube seems to be unable to stop it being reloaded as soon as it is removed. It would be good if they had a video scanner which could automatically detect past videos which had been removed and then have them deleted. This would annoy the scammers as they would have to create a new unique video each time they wish to upload rather than just reloading the same thing over and over again.
" It’s called Watt Pro Saver and its tech was originally created by no other than the legendary Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, and futurist, Nikola Tesla. Initially it was concealed from the general public because it offered average families the opportunity to save on their monthly energy costs."
It appears that snake oil is just as versatile as plastic but even more dangerous.
It looks remarkably similar to the PowerPro. It is possible that the name has been changed to try to be in front on online reviews about this sham product. As they say ‘the tiger cannot change its stripes’.
This advert has been appearing in a number of locations, including on social media and also some news websites. I recall seeing it on Fairfax and Yahoo News. Click and it is exactly the same scam as above, just under a new name Voltex. Same tiger, different stripes.
I see these adverts often on the sites I visit that have google ads etc. I think we have been earmarked as “gullible, elderly” and fed a constant diet of things “taking Australia by storm” or “every Senior must have” or “Police advise Seniors to use this device” along with “(insert celebrity eg Dick Smith or Pollie + photo) urges - buy Bitcoin / scam investment / etc”
We are on satellite NBN so our “location” varies from WA to Western Sydney to Rural Vic - with location specific adverts for Aged Care, State Elections etc. None of any relevance to us. Sick of them. They are wasting their time and bandwidth on us!
More an issue for a minority?
Is there a solution. Ad/pop up blockers stop items (but not all) loading in the browser window. Is the solution to stop them at the other end by filtering them out at a remote server?
Of course that would break one of the fundamental rules of the internet.
In the example I took a screen shot of, I’m assuming the issue is partly down to ‘Hoo-gle’ which has captured the address bar of Safari. Even when you type in the exact web address it still routes through Google! We remain the product.
Perhaps I should get one of those “trick to cut electricity bills” battery taped to a nail and wrap my WiFi cable around it - and save 90% on my internet!
I am surprised some scammer hasn’t thought of that one …
Online ads have been popping up on Australian screens spruiking a magic product that promises to slash electricity bills by “up to 90%”. It’s a scam.
For starters, the party or parties behind the campaigns haven’t even used an accurate image in the ads. What is shown (displayed above) definitely won’t work as it’s a basic electromagnet. After seeing the ad eleventy-bazillion times in the last couple of weeks, I clicked to see what they were actually peddling.
The “real” device is one of the many versions of so-called power savers that are heavily promoted from time to time. They keep popping up as people keep buying them. These devices aren’t cheap given what they are – in this case costing around $75 a throw, and throwing it is what you’ll end up doing with one. It could be the worst $75 you’ve ever spent as there have been some instances of these sorts of devices overheating and catching fire.
The “power savers” have been marketed under a bunch of names. Unfortunately in this incarnation being thrust in front of Australian eyeballs, the device has been given the same name as a legitimate electrical supplies company in Australia. That poor company, which has absolutely nothing to do with the scam, has been copping a virtual earful in online reviews.
Assuming it’s like other devices of this nature, it’s just a plug containing an LED, small circuit board and capacitor; basically an ineffective power factor correction capacitor. This doesn’t reduce the real
Hi @cliveed_15, I have moved your post to a similar thread about the same sham products.
Yes it is and it has a reincarnation every few months as information becomes widely available that a particular product name is a sham product.
@cliveed_15, I agree with @syncretic, if you know of the current brand/name of the sham product please include it in the thread so that it will appear in internet searches of anyone looking for information on the product. It might save others losing their hard earned cash on these sham products.
The ACCC took action against the suppliers of a similar product in 2013.
If the supplier of this latest device is outside of Australia it is more difficult an action. Whether any action should be taken or is possible against the websites which permit delivery of the content? It would be a great outcome, although they might claim to have no control.
Welcome to the power of Google and others to not care.