My articles exposing this scam and the threads on Budget Light Forum must be having an effect, because this scam is mutating faster than the Ebola virus. I’ve covered this scam in great detail, even though it seems like a losing battle.
The gist of the T2000 Tactical Flashlight scam is the same as the others: Sell you a $6 flashlight for $75 by convincing people –usually older, non-technically-savvy people– that this is an incredible breakthrough in technology that you’re getting for a steal.
Whether it goes by the Lightstrike 360, Shadowhawk X800, G700 or others, you can be sure the same two sock puppet twitter posts will be calling it the “brightest flashlight ever.” Funny how the same twitter post applies to half a dozen brands!
The ad normally starts with a claim that it’s the brightest ever, or used by the military, or it can blind a bear, or some other ridiculous claim. But they all follow a common theme.
If you click on the ad, enter the same two sock puppets! You can find Marky Johns on virtually every single one of these scam pages, with his “no big deal” post.
Wait, which product did you get?
The “review” page you get from clicking on the ad make ridiculous claims, like
“The T2000 Tactical Flashlight is currently the most popular tactical flashlight of choice for most Americans due to it’s powerfully disorienting “strobe mode” that allows the user to flash a blinding strobe light into the attackers eyes, leaving them “disoriented beyond belief.”
Wait, but I thought it was the other version that was the most popular. Oops. They mostly copy and paste the claims, though they change it just enough to try to fool Google into thinking it’s unique content.
The “review” then gives it 5 stars, before you scroll to the bottom and see:
THIS IS AN ADVERTORIAL AND NOT AN ACTUAL NEWS ARTICLE, BLOG, OR CONSUMER PROTECTION UPDATE
There are so many versions of this same scam, it’s getting hard to keep track of them. But I’m all in now. Otherwise it’ll keep mutating into something much harder to identify as a scam. My blog makes pennies and these guys probably make millions, so it’s almost a losing battle staying on top of it.
I’ve put together a guide for understanding LED flashlights which might be helpful to understanding the complex world of LED flashlights, written by me, a “flashaholic.”