Hydrotechnix

I paid £995 ($1500) for another business opportunity (Converting cars to run on Hydrogen) and even spent another £200 ($350) to fly to Spain and get the hands on training. Two months latter WHEN ALL THE CAR OWNERS STARTED TO COMPLAIN THAT THE INSTALLED HYDROGEN CONVERSION SYSTEM WAS NOT MAKING ANY DIFFERENCE IN THEIR FUEL CONSUMPTION IT WAS OBVIOUS THE SYSTEM DID NOT WORK AND THE WHOLE SCHEME WAS A SCAM. The company was operating from Spain`and “they conveniently picked you  from the airport” and took you to secluded villa in the mountains. OK the training seemed great at the time and  there was food and drink and friendly faces all around. Then in the evening I was conveniently dropped off at the airport to fly back to the UK. No address was given so nobody can find him up in the Spanish villas on the hill. Very clever but his days are numbered  now as he has ripped off many many people now.

HYDROTECHNIX – use ebay to find potential recruits

About a month after starting the business it became obvious that the customers were not happy and very little fuel savings were being made from the installed units. It was a total disaster and waste of time and money as the systems we were taught to install did not work and after a few weeks the claims for refunds started to come in… A total scam from start to finish. Again I found that all the other course attendees were having the same experience as he had a page on his website with all the installers listed up and down the country (that soon disappeared when he realized we were all talking to each other!) So I told him about the website and how I was going to expose him and he refunded me and bought back all my unused stock of hydrogen conversion units.

http://www.hydrotechnix.com/

 

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Tech guys – still scamming

I cancelled The tech guys because I was getting sick of paying £100 per month + VAT and saw zero movement in my rankings after 3 months. The kept on sending several emails a week saying “we are working on optimizing your website” yet I believe it is just an auto-responder that send out these emails so you the poor paying punter “thinks” they are actually doing something.

Then they send you these computer generated reports called AHREFS back link reports. Again they really tell you nothing and look the same every month but if call the support team, someone will walk you through them and it makes you think they are doing something but…

For £100 + VAT per month I would expect at least a couple to 3 hours work on the site… however, after paying them yet another £230 for a 1 day all exclusive day with an seo expert to work on your website….  I did not even get a phone call !!! I waited all day and at the end of the day called them… They at first tell me they were working on the site… BUT because I built the site and know exactly how long it takes to change things knew that they had not even spent 30 mins in the site. All they did was change a few keywords in the meta and some titles.

I then had an argument on the phone with them saying I paid for a whole day with and SEO guy… and eventually after 2 more days I get a reply that the “TECH GUYS” could not do much in the site because the website was created with an online web builder. I could not believe it… so then started 3 days of arguing and emails to get a refund of the £230… After 1 month I did get them to refund me for the £230. Now I am really mad because during that month while I was tring to get the £230 back, I was still getting lots of emails saying ” We are working on your website” I ignored them until I got the refund but also did not pay the monthly £100 + VAT.

Then the emails started to come, you are overdue for your last months payment. I then emailed back to say I was not continuing anymore because they had been useless and that they could not have been working on my website for the last 6 weeks because

I HAD CHANGED THE PASSWORD 6 weeks ago.

Then I start to get the threatening emails and demands of you owe us 2 months money !!!

2 months of £120 = £220 for doing sod all on my website..

http://www.the-techguys.com/

HARD TO FIND WHILE DOING A SEARCH BUT THEY CONTACT YOU WITH A VERY EFFECTIVE TELESALES TEAM. OFFER YOU 1 MONTH free AND THEN THE BILLING STARTS.

 

First Found .co .uk

First Found review for First page on google

I tried First Found from Manchester back in Oct last year 2013 and placed a website with them. Cost £350 initial set up and £70 per month including the VAT. The first month or so was very good and they did help me optimize my website and if ever I called they would advise etc. However, they did not seem to do anything as the months went on.. All I would get is a standard report of where my key words were ranking. All seemed OK at first but then I started to question WHY were I not getting any sales from the website and where are all the hits for the key word phrases…

They were supposed to analyse the site and create the key word phrases relevant to the business and that is what we pay them for RIGHT? Well, although the key word phrases were climbing the rankings and on several sites like Bing and Yahoo and a few others were on the 1st page.. Google however was a totally different story.. nowhere to be found even after 6 months or so…

So I said to them, I cannot keep paying you guys £70 per month and get zero business from the site… This only made my allocated tech guy I was dealing with run around and justify that the key words were ranking better every month and we have to give it more time..  I said but so far I have paid you people at First found over £900 and I have seen no sales generated for all your so called work.. the key word phrases are useless so why not re assess..

After another month went by I decided to cancel as I was nearly broke and could not continue..

Well the next thing they say is … I own them another £400 odd pounds because the contract does not finish for another 4 months! I told them straight that I was broke and could not continue but they just hand it over to their legal department and the letters and phone calls do not stop.

Another friend who had initially recommended them had the same experience… it became very obvious that after the first month of “optimizing your site” the work they do is virtually zero and the link building in very little..  about 20 directories in the first few months then you don’t get to hear anything else..  My friend also had the calls and letters threatening to take them to court and saying she owed all this money.

I have had the same experience now with 3 different SEO companies – TWO in the UK and another from India…  It seems like the best money making scam in the world because all these so called “SEO companies” are targeting us poor individuals and companies with the promise of “FIRST PAGE ON GOOGLE” but none of them can deliver because of either the Google dance where Google keep changing the rules and the alogarithms or they simply have no idea what they are doing and they can grab 3 or 4 months of $150 or more from us suckers.

Please comment  if you also think SEO is a big waste of money

And remember, if you do use First Found they will hold you to a one year contract if your site is making money or not. Be Warned.

First Found
St. James’s Buildings
Oxford Street
Manchester
UK
M1 6FQ

http://www.firstfound.co.uk/

LOMUK (ERG – Emergency Response Group)

LOMUK – HEAD OFFICE – 293 EASTWOOD ROAD NORTH, SS9 4LT

Is a company that advertises on Google Adwords under various keyword phrases like electricians luton, plumbers bedford, locksmith St albans, pest control dunstable, glazing bedfordshire. In fact they seem to cover the whole country.

When you call they tell you the call out fee is £95 + vat per hour  – This seems to have been changed recently to £150 !

and then they ask for your credit card details before they send out an engineer.

So they can turn up and drag out a small job to a few hours and charge you whatever they like.

They told me it would be about 2 hours for someone to come and the hourly rate was £95 + vat and then asked for my card details… hesitantly, I gave them as I was in dire need of an electrician being without power all night and needing something done quick.

I then called another electrician and was told the call out fee was only £60 for the 1st hr and 30 per hour thereafter. I immediately called LOMUK back to cancel the appointment. Then the nightmare began. The girl on the phone said… if you cancel there will be a Cancellation fee. I said but I only called you 10 minutes ago how can you charge me a cancellation fee. I argued this for another 5 mins and then told her directly to not charge my card as it would be fraud.

As soon as I got off the phone I called my bank… Only to be told they had just taken £54 off my card ! So then I had to speak to the Bank Fraud dept and then make a police report…

So the bank was totally useless in helping me and said only the fraud dept can instigate a claim.

So after the electrical job was sorted out (£60 all in) I jumped in my car to go and have a face to face word with the company….

This is where you have to small a rat cos the company address of LOMUK Latimer road, Luton, LU1 3XD is an industrial estate just a few streets away from where I live!  On arriving there and looking at all the units in the estate I found that LOMUK were nowhere to be found.

True review of what happened when I called them for an emergency call out

They told me it would be about 2 hours for someone to come and the hourly rate was £95 + vat and then asked for my card details… hesitantly, I gave them as I was in dire need of an electrician being without power all night and needing something done quick.

I then called another electrician and was told the call out fee was only £60 for the 1st hr and 30 per hour thereafter. I immediately called LOMUK back to cancel the appointment. Then the nightmare began. The girl on the phone said… if you cancel there will be a Cancellation fee. I said but I only called you 10 minutes ago how can you charge me a cancellation fee. I argued this for another 5 mins and then told her directly to not charge my card as it would be fraud.

As soon as I got off the phone I called my bank… Only to be told they had just taken £54 off my card ! So then I had to speak to the Bank Fraud dept and then make a police report…

So the bank was totally useless in helping me and said only the fraud dept can instigate a claim.

So after the electrical job was sorted out (£60 all in) I jumped in my car to go and have a face to face word with the company….

This is where you have to small a rat cos the company address of

LOMUK,  Latimer road, Luton, LU1 3XD is an industrial estate just a few streets away from where I live, I could not believe it!

LOMUK Latimer road, Luton, LU1 3XD

On arriving there and looking at all the units in the estate I found that LOMUK were nowhere to be found.

But a search on the internet brings up their head office here. 

This is the address below … a vacant shop with flat above that is up for sale..

lomuk - head-officen293 EASTWOOD ROAD NORTH, SS9 4LT

LOMUK – HEAD OFFICE – 293 EASTWOOD ROAD NORTH, SS9 4LT

I then went home and exchanged several emails to the company all to no avail.

They claimed the engineer was rushing out to see me and was only 10 mins away when I called to cancel….. This is the part that makes me really angry as £54 is not a lot of money but to many people it is a huge amount of money to lose just because of a “10 min”  time between my initial call and the cancellation call.

More updates on this company will be forthcoming

The head office address is

LOM Facilities, 293 EASTWOOD ROAD NORTH, LEIGH ON SEA. SS9 4LT

How the scam works:

They advertise under Google adwords so as to get a top position on the Google search page.

They then use various phone numbers to confuse the customers..

0800 numbers that redirect to somewhere else

other landline numbers that when answered claim to be nothing to do with the company.

They target people looking for electricians and plumbers, locksmiths, glaziers and pest control. All the services where they can charge an extortionate call out fee and hourly rate..

What they don’t tell you on the phone is 

The terms and conditions… Click here to view 

If you have any review of the above company… please post in the comments section

If this website  helps just one more person not get ripped off by this company it will have done it’s job… People in need of emergency services should not be taken advantage of by LOMUK.