Each time I come on RADAR and I see people launching new products/services, I get happy because I know its only a matter of time before one or more Nigerian startups become unicorns in their own rights.
It is because of this I get very upset each time I see people trying to corrupt our tech ecosystem with scam.
One of such scams that I came across yesterday is a product called Piuni. You know that saying about if it is too good to be true, then it is probably a scam, that is exactly how I felt when I watched the video.
I mean you need to see the bogus claims being made.
- Operating in 140 countries
- Headquarters in Arkansas
- A variety of products etc.
- Ten(10 years) above other tech companies…
I think all these claims are just bogus for several reasons amongst whom are:
There is no way you will operate in 140 countries and the only mention about you in google are all Nigeria related
A simple google check lists your office on Allen Avenue despite you claim to based out of the US
You hold training sessions and all the pictures available on google are pictures about Nigerians
They make a claim that they have Universal recharge card, when i feel they just determine your network from your mobile number and then give you a relevant recharge card. If truly universal, the phone nos shouldnt matter. Just sell me recharge card and forget what I do with it.
They claim to own the payment platform called U-Pay, which can be used on over 50,000 services worldwide, but yet they cannot even get the logo right!. The logo on thier site and video cannot even be found on google images. Above all, the link for more details on the site doesnt work!
Then talk about U-SIM… I cannot even find anything related about their U-SIM on google despite being so “ground breaking”
Anyway, I am just so upset and wanted to vent here… especially since I could not find any site on google telling people that Piuni is a scam and for them to stay clear.