4K 10-300X40mm Zoom Telephoto Scam
I was prompted to post this after following a advert link https://monocular-telescope.com/ and considered buying the item. BUT having been ripped off on two previous occasions by similar tempting tech products, a I7 Computer and a SDS200 Scanner, I decided to google the product and find out more about it.
I suggest you also do a lot of checking on ANYTHING that you intend to buy online if the cost is over $50 – OR whatever you think you can loose without expecting a refund on! Yes sometimes people DO get refunds, BUT DONT count on it!
By – Kevin Busarow, Oberwerk
One of the biggest scams we’ve ever seen in the optics biz was the “Rated #1 Best Nightvision High Powered Waterproof Binoculars” promoted on Facebook. But recent ads for a “4K 10-300x40mm Super Telephoto Zoom Monocular Telescope”, also on Facebook, take fraudulent advertising to a whole new level!
We received several calls from customers asking if we carried these things, and someone even drove to our office to see if we might have them. Knowing the ad was pure BS, we blew $80 on one just so we could do a factual review, and save you from wasting your hard-earned dollars on garbage. You’re welcome.
Who’s really at fault here? There will always be scammers out there trying to rip people off. But it’s Facebook that gives scammers the appearance of legitimacy. How often have we seen Facebook ads for products that we know are junk- like that plug-in gadget that will save 40-60% on your electric bill? There’s absolutely no vetting of ads as long as Facebook is paid.
When presented with any ad, Facebook gives us the option to report it as a scam. But Facebook’s response is “we will no longer show you this ad”, meaning they don’t care that it’s a scam, and they will continue to show the ad to everyone- except you! So I blame Mark Zuckerberg’s greed more than anyone else for this. Buyer beware on Facebook!
Article by Kevin Busarow, Oberwerk https://oberwerk.com/10-300x40mm-super-telephoto-telescope/
COMMENT by Ken Harman
My chief concern is why does PayPal, and all the other credit cards including AMEX allow their brand names to be on ALL the various FRAUD sites… giving this scam product credibility. Even worse one site – owthin.com goes out of their way on the their site to state protected by PayPal. The scam starts with a facebook video ad. It shows a much larger monoscope and the video zoom examples are actually from a Nikon CoolPix P1000 a $1000 camera.
Nikon’s legal department should be contacted, for that matter so should John Hopkins University. The actual nano lens article was referring to endoscope optics, and nothing to do with this product. Using their name is a complete intentional fabrication. This scam is also perpetrated by many other merchant sites other than owthin.com they include:
Even amazon & eBay (now owns PayPal) products sold as (third party).
This is something the FTC should get involved with since millions of dollars are being captured and consumers are still getting burned. I myself have been dealing with PayPal since I was duped. I will eventually get a refund from them. The bigger concern is this. When I asked PayPal if they do due diligence before they accept a merchant (yes), then why is their brand still linked to professional scam sites out of China – continuing the fraud?
Not good. This might be the tip of the iceberg and turn into a class action law suit for major purchase capture brands not doing their job. I really hope it’s not a situation where they look the other way since they – after all get a percentage every time a sale is made. If that’s so – not good for consumers in general. Sorry for the long phrasing, just a lot in play.