Scammers promoted fake Optrimo gas saver reviews in the hopes of selling fuel saver chip devices alongside false claims, and no, it does not work.

In July 2024, Google users searched online for the four words Optrimo gas saver reviews. Optrimo (not “Optimo”) is the name of a purported fuel-saving chip device drivers can instantly install in their vehicles to save money on gas. Elon Musk never endorsed any such product, despite what some past online ads claimed. The item’s packaging displays the words “Optrimo OBD Fuel Saver” and calls the device an “economy chip tuning box.” Users apparently searched Google for product reviews after Facebook or Instagram showed ads promoting the product. Users also searched Google for Optrimo with the words Reddit, “does it work,” “scam or not,” “real or scam” and Trustpilot.

In this story, I’ll dial through everything I know about Optrimo. Mainly, I’ll reveal how I know the product is a scam, meaning all positive Optrimo reviews are inauthentic and the product does not save consumers money on fuel costs. I’ll also provide a genuine tip regarding how to save a little bit of money every time you fill up at the pump.

Is Optrimo a Scam or Legit?

The Optrimo fuel-saving chip device is a scam and Elon Musk never endorsed it, nor did Tesla or any other company. The product is kind of like the supposed energy-saving devices also marketed online that appear the size of a night light. Musk never endorsed those, either. They do nothing but light up green. The devices have zero real functionality.

As for the fuel product, fake online Optrimo gas saver reviews promoted the scheme. For years, scammers marketed the same purported fuel-saving chip device under many other names. These scammers usually jack the price up big time. For example, a third-party seller on Amazon.com listed a 3-pack of the same generic “Eco OBD OBD-Ⅱ Economy Fuel Saver” product for $9.99.

Let’s pretend the Optrimo gas saver chip device actually worked and saved people tons of money on fuel. If the product worked, it would be everywhere. Prominent news websites, TV channels and newspapers would feature the product. Even if you’re someone who believes in a conspiracy theory positing the idea mainstream news outlets hide helpful news from the general public, at least admit independent blogs would feature the product’s supposed amazing capabilities. However, no independent blogs or credible news organization positively and prominently feature the product, because it does not do what online scam ads and articles claim.

Fake Optrimo Gas Saver Reviews in Facebook and Instagram Ads

In June and July 2024, a Facebook profile named Donald Jones advertised numerous videos on both Facebook and Instagram the Optrimo scam with fake reviews. This video ad was the first step of the scam. The profile photo for the Donald Jones profile displayed a picture of a person who did not exist. The person or people who managed the profile likely obtained the picture from the website thispersondoesnotexist.com. The website displays photos of fake faces created with AI software.

Meta displayed over 100 results for scam ads the tech giant accepted money for and allowed displayed to its users on Facebook and Instagram.

The text of the Facebook ad read as follows: “Everyone’s Talking About Strange Trick. This trick to fill up any car or truck for a penny is spreading like wildfire across America… And greedy oil companies are trying their hardest to shut it down.”

The Optrimo Scam Video Ad

The ad for the Optrimo gas saver reviews scam displayed a video telling a fictional story about a man named Christian who supposedly invented the chip device. The video ad promoted fake Optrimo reviews. I transcribed the clip as follows:

Here’s how to legally steal gasoline from gas stations. This programmer got fired from his job at a German car manufacturer after exposing a software bug in the fuel management system of all cars built after 1996.

Christian worked in the ecology department, where his job was to make cars more environmentally friendly. But while working on ways to improve gas mileage, he discovered most cars were configured in a way that causes the engine to consume more fuel than it really needs. When Christian shared his findings with his manager, he was expecting a big promotion. But instead of getting a raise, he got kicked out of the car company three days later. It was then he realized how big an impact his discovery could have.

Blessed with years of technical experience, Christian teamed up with top car engineers. And after working for months on end, they finally hit the secret everyone was trying to hide. Christian’s team broke into the car’s factory settings and found all car companies used the same outdated software to manage fuel consumption. Their research showed the undeniable truth. Most cars burned 30 percent more fuel than they should. Christian immediately started building a chip to reverse this effect.

The Rest of the Optrimo Video Ad

The second half of the Facebook and Instagram video ad for the Optrimo gas saver reviews scam falsely claimed the fuel-saver chip device cuts gasoline costs by 30 percent. The clip also made the same claim I’ve witnessed in other scams, where there just so happens to be a “50 percent” discount. Naturally, there is no discount. The discounted price is the normal price. The discount aims to convince consumers they’re getting a bigger saving. In reality, by buying Optrimo, they’re throwing money away. Further, again, Amazon.com and other websites also sell the same useless product for far less cost.

The ad continued:

They called it Optrimo. It’s a revolutionary device that uses cutting edge AI technology to calibrate your car’s fuel usage, reducing gas costs by 30 percent without any decrease in performance. And just the size of a matchbox, it plugs under the dashboard of any car made after ’96, instantly getting you almost double the mileage from a single tank of gas. That’s an average of $3,000 in savings for every driver each year.

Installation is easy and takes less than 30 seconds. Just plug it in and it works. Optrimo instantly reduces fuel costs without any maintenance needed. 80 percent of Americans are struggling through this current fuel crisis. That’s why the inventors of Optrimo want as many people as possible to know about their latest invention. But six weeks after they started selling the chip, they got sued by two big oil companies. They already stopped them from distributing it over stores in the U.S. and forced them to sell exclusively online. Now they’re trying to take that away too, and it looks like they’ll succeed.

Today, it’s already used by more than 1.5 million people, saving them thousands in fuel costs each year. And if you want similar results, here is what you need to do. Click the link below to visit the official website and claim a 50 percent discount while supplies last. The founders of Optrimo are so confident in their product that they are offering a 30-day money back guarantee with no questions asked. But you have to hurry up. With gas prices at an all time high, more orders are coming fast, so click on the link in this video to get Optrema with a 50 percent discount and immediately enjoy lower fuel costs.

The Landing Page

A fake article “advertorial” was the second step of the Optrimo scam, which again was fake and was not real or legit.

The fake article on get.osteosleeve.com/optrimo/us/ps displayed the headline, “BREAKING: “Big Oil” Wants to Make the Fuel-Saving Device Illegal.” As an example of the content in the lengthy story, the article featured the following text:

A US-based company has created a revolutionary and affordable fuel-saving device that cuts your car’s fuel consumption in half while lowering your carbon footprint. The economy is so significant that, within 30 days, the chip pays for itself in fuel savings.

It’s called the Optrimo, and it’s the first truly revolutionary external fuel-saving device that actually works. We say external because it works with your vehicle, even if it doesn’t have hybrid technology or any other kind of fuel-saving improvements.

The Final Step: Product-Purchase Page

The last step of the Optrimo scam took place on the same website (get.osteosleeve.com/optrimo/us/ps) after clicking a link in the “advertorial” article.

That final page falsely claimed, “Cut Down Your Fuel Consumption by Up to 55 Percent with Optrimo.” The page’s author also lied when adding logos for TechRadar, TechCrunch, Fox, Gizmodo, Wired and The Verge. None of these companies or publications ever positively reviewed Optrimo.

Scammers promoted fake Optrimo gas saver reviews in the hopes of selling fuel saver chip devices alongside false claims, and no, it does not work.

According to the terms and conditions on osteosleeve.com, OMExpeditions LLC manages the website. The terms also list a mailing address known for accepting mail for scammers who attempt to conceal their true identities from prying eyes. That address reads, “30 N Gould St Ste R Sheridan, WY 82801.”

Did Optrimo Receive Positive Reviews on Trustpilot?

According to the osteosleeve.com website, Optrimo received a Trustpilot rating of 4.7 out of 5. The white stars in Trustpilot’s trademark green blocks show this rating at the top of the product-purchase page.

However, scrolling down on the same page revealed the supposed reviews had nothing to do with Trustpilot. Instead, the website displayed the word “TrustRate,” which is not a real thing. If the green color surrounding the white stars did not perfectly match the green color displayed on Trustpilot’s website, then this much was still clear: The intention of the scammers was to mislead consumers into believing they were looking at a Trustpilot rating for 8,258 reviews.

Note that the scammers accidentally published “8.258 reviews” with a period instead of a comma, perhaps indicating the origins of this scam might possibly be outside the U.S.

A search of Trustpilot.com found zero reviews or results of any kind for Optrimo or OMExpeditions LLC.

30 N Gould St Ste R Sheridan, WY 82801

In the past, The Sheridan Press reported on the history of scams associated with the “30 N Gould Ste R” address located in Sheridan, Wyoming, under the zip code of 82801.

According to the article, the story’s author did not believe scammers worked out of the building at the address. Rather, many people, scammers include, apparently register their purported business with a agents who might physically work in the building. Naturally, this strategy allows the scammers to keep their faces and names out of the public eye.

Genuine Way to Save Money On Gas

Readers looking for a legitimate method to save on fuel costs should check out GasBuddy.com. The website and mobile app won’t save you 30 or 55 percent but it will keep a little bit of money in your pocket. If any readers sign up, feel free to use my referral code: EMWZF2A.

Editor’s Note: I will update this article if I receive any further information about the Optrimo gas saver reviews scam. Feel free to discuss this matter in the comments below.

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Rosie Barfuss

Thank you! I thought the ad sounded too good to be true!!

Lore Stull

As soon as I saw the ad I googled “tryoptrimo scam”. Here you have a great debunking of what I suspected. Kudos!

Mark

Thank you!!