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Emporio Time watches scam??

  • 17-11-2022 12:05pm
    Registered Users Posts: 7,371 ✭✭✭

    Long story friend was walking to work in South Dublin when a car pulled over and asked for directions to the airport. He said his phone didn't work as he had no data. My friend showed him directions on Google Maps and he took a picture of the phone and by way of thanks, the guy handed him over a bag with 3 brand new watches. There was a business card in the bag (attached). The whole thing just stunk of a scam to me but he didn't get my friends details and my friend didn't give him money so I don't know what the scam is. So many things don't make sense

    • How was he going to possibly navigate using a screenshot?
    • Here's a link to the website on the business card Looks half finished, broken links everywhere
    • One of the watches was a Brian Smith watch Again this can't seriously be a real brand with a logo like that can it? The prices are listed with PT as a currency? I don't know any currency code of PT
    • What business selling high end watches uses Gmail as an email provider?
    • Can't find any evidence of the business at the New York address on the business card

    Just not sure whether to tell my friend go to the Gardai



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,067 ✭✭✭leath_dub

    This sounds like a variation on the old leather jackets scam from a few years back. Almost the same modus operandi - on the way to the airport and trying to offload merchandise at ridiculously liw prices. Usually the contents of the box will be vastly inferior to the samples they show you.

  • Registered Users Posts: 18,757 ✭✭✭✭Del2005

    How was he going to possibly navigate using a screenshot?

    People got around before GPS using written directions or maps.

    How is getting 3 free watched a scam BTW?

  • Registered Users Posts: 80,252 ✭✭✭✭Atlantic Dawn

    How old was the car he was in? Anything over 5 years wouldn't be a hire car, likely 3 year cut off in olden days.

    No idea of scam but why would someone with a New York business address be using an Italian phone number? Perhaps he is an apprentice scammer and made a complete balls of the scam forgetting to get payment for the watches?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 700 ✭✭✭Ljmscooter

    +39 is not the US country code

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,177 ✭✭✭Fandymo

    He should definetly go to the Gardai. They’ll be very interested in this. I’d get him to copyright the story first though, so some devious copper doesn’t sell it to Hollywood.

  • Registered Users Posts: 17,782 ✭✭✭✭silverharp

    maybe they just saw the guys's phone and felt sorry for him, obviously wouldnt have any money worth scamming

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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,655 ✭✭✭Gregor Samsa

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,383 ✭✭✭Montage of Feck

    Sounds like the plot of a David Cronenberg film.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,493 ✭✭✭Wheety

    Maybe he just got your mate to get rid of his rubbish for him.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,371 ✭✭✭fletch

    I know people got around before GPS but a screenshot from a phone would be absolutely useless really when trying to navigate through the city centre.

    Unless my friend isn't being truthful about not giving him money, I really can't understand the modus operandi of the whole encounter.

  • Registered Users Posts: 726 ✭✭✭murphthesmurf

    He should be happy, he got 3 free watches. Just don't go clicking on any dodgy websites.

    If he went to the Gards they'll probably take the watches, no one will ever be prosecuted, the website will remain up, and your friend just lost 3 free watches.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,314 ✭✭✭cml387

    The address seems legit. Block on the corner of Broadway and W 30th street, unfortunately google streetview can't go to 36th floor.

  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 90,315 Mod ✭✭✭✭Capt'n Midnight

    Probably was worried about getting caught with watches that had drugs hidden in them.

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    For a few euros, he gets to live rent-free in someone's mind for life now. Same as people who leave a watermelon on someone's doorstep.

  • Registered Users Posts: 111 ✭✭ Cup

    Well Holy God, that’s a thing. My life is improved knowing that.

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    I predict great things for this thread

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  • Registered Users Posts: 636 ✭✭✭gary550

    if directions are worth 3 watches I wonder what a handjob would get you?

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,059 ✭✭✭✭Leg End Reject

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,371 ✭✭✭fletch

    That's what I thought too but I asked him over and over if he gave yer man anything, but he insists he didn't...

  • Moderators, Education Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 10,016 Mod ✭✭✭✭artanevilla

    These are not high end watches.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,655 ✭✭✭Gregor Samsa

    A kitchen clock, two stopwatches and a sun dial.

    Don't ask how I know...

  • Registered Users Posts: 1 eiredub2023

    Similar thing happened to me yesterday while out for a stroll in Rathfarnham area, so be cautious.

    Same, I was asked for directions to airport and as a sign of appreciation “Eugenio” wanted to give me a present. He presented me with a bag with 3 watches and mentioned that I could get two for free if I paid for the cheapest one (worth approx. 250 euro). At that point, no, but thanks… he even asked for my card details since I didn’t have cash on me…and that wasn’t going to happen either.

    All of this happened in the Church of annunciation car park in Rathfarnham (where there is CCTV). 

    “Eugenio “ was driving a gray/silver Hyundai SUV. Was quite well dressed and wearing a ton of cologne…

    I suspect he was targeting our most vulnerable people (elderly people) at the church…and proved luck with me for some reason.

    Sad and disgraceful really.

  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 60,004 Mod ✭✭✭✭Wibbs

    The watches are pure shíte, made of the finest Chinesium and can be had from the land of the Yellow river for 10 to 20 quid. And you'd be overpaying at that. So lord knows what's going on. Maybe they were nicked and he was getting rid?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,378 ✭✭✭silliussoddius

    Only the best watch sellers have a gmail email address.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,273 ✭✭✭xxxxxxl

    Unless its a Hotmail account I would not go near it.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 636 ✭✭✭gary550

    freudian slip on eugenios emporio watch website

    bottom of the page, email ends with .con

    He put an almighty amount of effort into dirt when he could of just started a legit business and probably made a few quid.