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Auto-V.I.N Gauge Scam

Anybody capable of fogging a mirror knows how this scam works:

TCU 100 - Giveaway teaser

TCU 100 – Giveaway teaser

The copious fine print says you can only see the actual fine print by traveling to Arizona:

TCU 100 - Giveaway fine print

TCU 100 – Giveaway fine print

I’m nowhere near hungry enough to like the odds, even for a $100 Walmart gift card.

An Auto-V.I.N Gauge (their choice of punctuation) must improve the response rate:

TCU 100 - Auto-VIN Gauge - activated

TCU 100 – Auto-VIN Gauge – activated

Is it any surprise the numbers match?

TCU 100 - scratch-off number

TCU 100 – scratch-off number

No. No, it’s not.

The “Gauge” actually contains parts, although fewer than IMO they want you to believe:

TCU 100 - Auto-VIN Gauge - components

TCU 100 – Auto-VIN Gauge – components

It’ll serve to produce measurable current & voltage for an upcoming Squidwrench Electronics Workshop¬†and, because it need not survive the experience, we will take considerable liberties with it.

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  1. #1 by RCPete on 2018-05-09 - 12:30

    There’s been some interesting* stories about incidents on that cruise line over the past few years.

    (*) in the Chinese curse sense

    • #2 by Ed on 2018-05-09 - 13:16

      No URL on the printed page suggests how interesting they might be!

      • #3 by RCPete on 2018-05-09 - 22:47

        That cruise line has a reputation. Adding “death” to a search on the company’s name gets hair raising.

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