You must’ve seen the picture of “Sneha” (a Tamil actress) holding an iPhone while promoting a mobile brand named “Vobizen” mobiles. The picture has gone viral now, even MKBHD & SuperSaf have tweeted about it!
“Brand Ambassadors of Huawei and Google found posting sponsored tweets using an iPhone…”
Vobizen Mobiles, “Hold my beer…” https://t.co/wF8zSSWRKH
— Safwan Ahmedmia (@SuperSaf) September 15, 2018
But wait, this is the first time you’re hearing about Vobizen mobiles. Right?
Well, they’ve managed to go under radar for far too long.
First, let’s take a look at their website, and their product lineup.
Yes, you read that right.
Their phone just costs INR 499 ($7)!
Also there is no next day delivery available for the phone. It will be delivered in 55-85 days!
Does that seem all too familiar to you? Does that ring a bell?
All of these three models are the different colour variants of the same phone, named Vobizen Wise 5.
Watch the phone’s official video:
Yes, the phone features 5MB rear camera & 2MB front camera! (Thank you Ershad for finding the video!)
No, you won’t find any unboxing or reviews of this phone in YouTube or blogs, you can guess the reason.
Now, let me share some screenshots of real people who’ve commented on the Vobizen Facebook page. (They don’t have Twitter or Instagram by the way).
Now, some more screenshots from various website who’ve posted about this “awesome deal” when it was launched.
And now, the Google reviews for them:
You can see this clearly that they’ve been cheating people for well over an year and no one really got the phones they ordered from Vobizen.
But, they’ve posted some posts about dispatching phones and even posted a screenshot of a customer receiving an order. Take a look:
Look at it one more time, this isn’t their promised Vobizen Wise 5, instead it’s a Lava phone.
I assume that they delivered some of the orders, but instead of the phones they promised they must’ve delivered some of the orders, just to show social proof!
Why they got viral in the first place?
My best guess would be that they’re trying to get back in to the market after being silent for sometime.
And they updated their Facebook profile picture using an year old launch event pic. Quoting Sneha as their brand ambassador.
Now, she holding the iPhone in her hand could very well be intentional and they must know that this type of guerrilla marketing must go viral.
What should you do?
Nothing much, just don’t give these guys any more attention. As this would only lead to them cheating more people and ofcourse, don’t buy into s#it like these.
These kind of scams just happens far more often in India. Just don’t be dumb and remember:
“If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”