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.

  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.

  2. #4 by TEB on 2018-06-26 - 00:29

    I Just got one today in Oakland CA 06-25-2018. My numbers match yours!

    • #5 by Ed on 2018-06-26 - 08:13

      OK, you get one car, I get the other! [grin]

      • #6 by Lisa on 2018-07-01 - 18:16

        I received one on 6-30-2018 in West Chester, PA. My numbers also match yours. Thanks for inspiring me to take the thing apart and retrieve its two perfectly good LR41 button cell batteries before I toss the rest.

        • #7 by Ed on 2018-07-05 - 08:05

          Following the money on those things definitely leads into some dark alleyways …