ALERT: The Secret Gas Savings Switch Scam

warningIt’ll usually pop up as a video touting a “switch” already in your car that will double your gas mileage and save you thousands of dollars a year.   They’ll also mention a gadget that saves $1000 a year.   10 minutes into the video, you begin to realize that they aren’t selling mechanical devices as much as a guide about how to drive a car more cost-effectively.    Still, they drop lots of references about” gadgets” and “installations” and “materials”, to make you think that you are getting something more than just a some tips on paper.  It is allegedly authored by a “Damian Campbell”.   Beware!   It’s a scam.

All you will receive for your $27 is a  small collection of “guides”  if you accept this “offer”.    It is sold by a company called “Peak 10” and it is a scam.   The switch is more of a switcheroo than anything else.   In the consumer business, we call it “bait and switch”.   It is just selling a bundle of  “research” and the research turns out to be not much more than you can find in a simple Google search.    More importantly, they’ll have identified you as a target for future scams — so you’ll be opening up a floodgate of specious offers like this “secret gas switch”.

And who is Damian Campbell?   Allegedly, he is a survival expert, although it appears his expertise is preying upon people’s fears, more than anything else.   Here’s one person’s effort to track this guy down.   His “books” (mostly all survival guides) are panned on Amazon and other booksellers sites.  And his other publication:  “Sold Out After Crisis” has been similarly panned on shopping feedback sites. We’ve only found one picture of him — it is the same one in his publications, his social media and every other image of him.   From what we can tell, it is likely that he is an avatar for a very clever and unethical marketer.   He buys ads on various sites, including the somewhat reputable Bottom Line Secrets, that link you to a video that explains his offer.   Like other such promotional videos, it is an overly long sales pitch designed to hook you in by preying on your desire for money, for a quick solution and to inflame your passions….in this case, about how the oil companies are scheming against you.

Our advice:  avoid this bait and switch scam;  there is no magic switch or device.   At a minimum,  take the time to check out some of the on-line complaints about this scam and how difficult it is to get a refund.   RipOff Report has a particularly thorough case history.   And avoid the ambiguous “Daily Scam Reviews“,  “Review Tools” “Scam Review Today“,  “Queen’s Reviews” and other such “scam” websites — they are little more than automated shills for these scam sites, designed to conceal real scam reports.   Save your money, and your pride.

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  1. ARNOLD CARL TAPP
    ARNOLD CARL TAPP says:

    HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED TO ME> I BOUGHT AND PAID FOR THE VIDEO DISC , WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO BE INSTALLED IN A COMPUTER,
    THE DISC WAS INSTALLED , BUT NOTHING HAPPENED . IF THIS IS A SCAM , IT WILL BE REPORTED TO :
    FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION , NATIONAL BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU , FLORIDA STATE ATTORNEY , SCAMBOOK ,
    RIPOFF REPORT AND EVERY OTHER AGENCY CHARGED WITH PROTECTING THE PUBLIC FROM FRAUD .

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  2. Joe H.
    Joe H. says:

    Yep. A scam. That’s what I thought. There also seems to be a whole bunch of fake “review” websites saying that the “secret gas switch” a great thing that really works, though they provide no real review…..just a bunch of stats. And it even looks like someone who speaks in broken English put a couple of them together. So they’re all probably set up by the scammers themselves. It took a while to sift through the myriad of fake review websites to find this one. Thanks!

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  3. Nancy
    Nancy says:

    I subscribed to a sewing club newsletter. The sewing site is legitimate. I really enjoy it and it’s quite helpful. However, since I signed up for the sewing newsletter, I keep getting emails from this Damian Campbell and an extremely right wing site, WND. I get something from each of them every day. At first, it was entertaining to read the comments and articles from these paranoid tea-baggers. Now, it’s annoying. I have “unsubscribed” several times and they continue to send me this stuff every day. This Damian Campbell, is always trying to sell something. If it’s not how to maintain a vegetable garden in your basement, complete with fish in the lower level, to dehydrated food that will last for 10 years. I am so glad I found your site because I thought there really might be a “switch” for my car. I’m always looking to save money on gas, like everyone else. I will continue to just delete the emails from Damian Campbell. Thank you so much, for letting me know he’s a scam.

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    • admin
      admin says:

      Yes, Nancy, we found the same as you; Damian Campbell’s target market is the “survivalists” who don’t trust government or big businesses. Their skepticism isn’t necessarily unwarranted, but they appear to be less skeptical of Mr. Campbell than they are of others. Glad that our post was helpful for you.

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