back to article Latest bendy phone effort from coke empire spinoff Escobar Inc is a tinfoil-plated Samsung Galaxy Fold 'scam'

The latest flashy gold smartphone touted by Escobar Inc, the company set up by Roberto Escobar, brother of infamous Colombian drug baron Pablo, appears to be a Samsung Galaxy Fold in disguise. YouTuber Marques Brownlee said he discovered this shocking revelation when he finally got his hands on the Fold 2. Within about 30 …

  1. stuartnz

    A derisive snort

    Seems the most apt response to the idea of buying one of these, I think.

    1. Olafthemighty

      Re: A derisive snort

      But it's so shiny!! Must be worth it.

    2. KittenHuffer Silver badge

      Re: A derisive snort

      I think that depends on what exactly you're snorting!!!!

    3. Anonymous Coward

      Re: A derisive snort

      I think a derisive snort is better applied to Sammy's overpriced version while Pablo's scam priced but shiny version needs more of a spit take.

  2. Andy Non Silver badge

    Fools and their money

    enough said.

    1. Tom 7

      Re: Fools and their money

      Talking of fools and their money - where can I buy shares in El Reg. I have a feeling once we go into lockdown it may see a slight increase in ADHD workers with gibberish on their hands?

      1. MyffyW Silver badge

        Re: Fools and their money

        Even in the best of times I can always find time to ... ahem ... invest ... in El Reg commentarding

      2. W.S.Gosset

        Re: increase in ADHD workers with gibberish on their hands

        Then they should wash their hands. With soap. Haven't they seen all the helpful videos and earnest finger-waggings?

      3. Androgynous Cow Herd

        Re: Fools and their money

        Not me. I wash my hands a lot...

    2. werdsmith Silver badge

      Re: Fools and their money

      The problem with saying "Fools and their money" is that these so called fools always seem to have a ready supply of money to waste.

      So maybe we should all become fools.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Fools and their money

        False economy.

        100 fools play the lottery. 1 wins. You notice the 1 that won, and the news story it generates. Meanwhile 99 lost out big time.

        Thus don't subscribe!

      2. jonathan keith

        Re: Fools and their money

        A splendid idea! Now, if you'll just follow me over here, I have a very new, ever so shiny gizmo that I know you are just going to fall in love with, and which I guarantee will make you the envy of your friends...

  3. Waseem Alkurdi

    So Escobar Inc is all about continuing the family legacy?

    And Samsung has become a bloody ODM?

    (Assuming Samsung knows of this)

  4. Michael H.F. Wilkinson Silver badge

    When the brother of a notorious drug lord makes you an offer that sounds too good to be true, it might be in your best interest to refuse (politely, of course)

    1. Saruman the White Silver badge

      I have always held to the view that any other that sounds too good to be true, probably is just that!

      I have rarely found any evidence to contradict this.

      1. werdsmith Silver badge

        Of course, that's a very old, popular and true cliche.

        In this case though, it never even sounded even remotely plausible.

        1. Stevie

          it never even sounded even remotely plausible

          Not without the inclusion of a free shoulder-surfing autonomous selfie mini-drone it didn't.

  5. Alistair



    There are moments in m life where I have no option but to make that face, raise an eyebrow, sigh, shake my head and walk away.

    Escobar Inc. That would be one of those moments.

  6. macjules

    Not much to see here ...

    People with money to burn get burnt by Colombian scammers.

    And in other news ...

    1. Intractable Potsherd

      Re: Not much to see here ...

      I think it is money-laundering. 30%-ish is a good return on dirty money. The likely number of sales don't seem worth it, though.

  7. ChrisMarshallNY

    "coke," as opposed to "Coke"

    I was puzzled, at first, as I was wondering why Coca-Cola would have a subsidiary that produces phones...

    Carry on, then (Rolls bill)...

    1. werdsmith Silver badge

      Re: "coke," as opposed to "Coke"

      Or a high carbon fuel made from processing coal.

  8. GruntyMcPugh Silver badge

    I thought this was common knowledge....

    ... 'Unbox Therapy' just looked at the device info, which bears an SM designation SM-F900F which is the same designation;


    No need to get creative (or destructive) with a 'box cutter' (SpiderCo Endura 4?)

  9. ItsMeDammit

    Unique Moto G6 for sale.

    I've got a unique Silver Moto G6 up for grabs if anyone wants it. I just need 20 people to give me £300 so I can er... buy a Kit-Kat, then one of those lucky people gets the G6.

    Note: I may or may not have already eaten the Kit-Kat.

    1. Flocke Kroes Silver badge

      Re: Unique Moto G6 for sale.

      If you want any customers you need to hire some booth babes and make an advert.

      1. ItsMeDammit

        Re: Unique Moto G6 for sale.

        But that costs money, and I am doing this scam massively on the cheap.

        1. Stevie

          Re: Unique Moto G6 for sale.

          This is an ugly word, this "scam".

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    The advert is as described. I watched it many times, just to be sure.

  11. Mike Moyle

    The folding phone is only a stopgap...

    ...until they can get one that can be rolled up.

    1. HellDeskJockey

      Re: The folding phone is only a stopgap...

      To snort a line of coke.

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  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Pablo rolling in his grave

    I hope they're proud of themselves. They've sullied the good name of the Escobars, which may never recover.

  13. Alan Brown Silver badge

    Escobar response:

    A horse's head in the bed of the reporter.....

    1. Intractable Potsherd

      Re: Escobar response:

      Better than the reporter's head in the bed of a horse!

  14. Mk75


    The company are scamming peopleThey send units out to review companies to make it look legit then people are duped to ordering and the phone isn't received!! You should focus on them scamming people and getting the money back for them!!

    Websites are down now!

    Payments go to Nordea Bank AB in sweden

    Olof Kyros Gustafsson ceo of escobar inc a lot to answer for!!

    Report on what they are doing please!!

  15. Somemos

    Deserved thought worth a shimmy

    Cartesian Coordinates.

    Einstein's Gedanken.

    My cat's the nicest non-human I've ever met.

    - eNoof said?

  16. NoneSuch Silver badge


    You never turn your nose up to an Escobar product.

  17. Alan Brown Silver badge


  18. DrXym

    I'm very disappointed

    If you can't trust the only slightly less shady brother of a murdering drug lord, then who can you?

    1. Intractable Potsherd

      Re: I'm very disappointed

      How dare you!? He can be trusted implicitly... to be the shady brother of a murdering drug lord.

  19. ThinkingMonkey

    Where can I get one?

    So the bottom line is that even though they seem to be shipping on kind of a "lottery system" (girl in a bikini throws a shipping label into the air and if it lands on your package they send it) there IS a chance, however small, that I can get one?

    That shiny gold foil is too much to resist. And Escobar's actual brother? Get oudda here!!

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