Pablo Escobar’s brother is back with another foldable phone at an ultra-low price. But there’s growing evidence he may be trying to scam consumers.
On Monday, Roberto De Jesus Escobar Gaviria began to sell a second foldable phone, dubbed the Escobar Fold 2. It looks a lot like the Samsung Galaxy Fold, but the big difference is the price: Roberto’s phone will only cost you a mere $ 399 when the actual Galaxy Fold retails for $ 1,980.
We don’t recommend you buy it. Two months ago, Roberto introduced his first foldable phone, the Fold 1, for only $ 349. To further hype up the device, his company, Escobar Inc., released an ad for the product, featuring scantily-clad models, that managed to attract over 1.6 million views on YouTube.
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However, users who ordered the device online say their phones have yet to arrive. In other cases, the company simply mailed a book about Roberto’s upcoming smartphone business along with a pamphlet that promises the consumer will be upgraded to a Fold 2 shipment in March.
YouTuber “LGP Tech” has been chronicling the long wait to receive his order, which was originally made back on December 16. So far, he’s only received the book and pamphlet, but told PCMag he doesn’t believe it’s a scam. At least not yet. He recently received an email from Escobar Inc., promising that he’s “one of 1,000 clients” selected to get the Fold 2, which should be arriving soon.
“I’m really excited about it,” he said in his latest YouTube video while adding: “The worst case scenario at this stage is I open up the box and it’s another book. Or it’s something else other than the phone.”
A separate user on Reddit who ordered a Fold 1 told PCMag the phone was almost certainly part of a scam. “No one is going to receive a phone,” the user said while adding an another post: “Anyone who has [a Fold 1] is either involved in the scam or attached to someone involved in the scam.”
Indeed, there’s a small Reddit forum devoted to the Fold 1, but it doesn’t appear anyone has received their orders yet. Some users say their refunds have also been declined, forcing them to dispute the charge with their credit card companies.
Escobar Inc. didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. But in a press release, the company claims it was able to reduce the foldable phone’s cost by sourcing the technologies from China. “My goal is to become the overstock kingpin of electronical (sic) devices this year,” Roberto said in the statement. “All these factories simply have too much technology laying around, nobody is buying anything in China from secondary factories. We cut the prices and give clients direct discounts under the Escobar brand umbrella.”
The Escobar Fold 2 was introduced today with more YouTube videos featuring scantily-clad models, in addition to an odd endorsement from former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
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