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  • D-Frag
    started a topic OEM Software Scams on the Rise!

    OEM Software Scams on the Rise!

    I was recently sent and email about a month ago which linked me to this site http://smilesoftprod.netalways looking to save a few bucks I clicked the link. Hmmm right off the bat im suspicious, first off the "OEM" software as they call it is only $100.00 for full working version of CS. So I mingle over to the faq section and here is were things become vibrantly clear to me.

    "f) Where does this software come from?
    The software is shipped from Europe. "


    Also if you notice, you cannot copy paste text from there website, thought that was wierd too. So I mingle over to the contact section to see if I can call them and ask them why they are so shady. If you notice in the contact section, there is no address, phone #, or email. This is clearly a SCAM!

    So I do some research to find out a little bit more on this type of scam, come to find out its one of the leading scams on the market. Also the funds that are used are typically credit cards, so right off the bat the theives now have all of your information, shipping address/mailing address, full name, credit card #, phone #, and email address. And you wonder why people are having there identities stolen these days. So I decided that since I was smart enough to see the signs of a scam, maybe I should share this info with as many people as I can. I want to point you to a few more informative links, as I don't want to steal there content, only inform.

    More Info, including info on if you have been scammed:
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/06...oftware_scams/<-----article about the top 3 scam companies out right now.

    http://graphicssoft.about.com/cs/faq...twarescams.htm<-----some tips to make sure you don't buy from a bad source

    http://www.dslreports.com/forum/rema...0706~mode=flat<-----as much info that has been gathered to date on above mentioned site, I hope this helps if you have been ripped off.

    Just remember to use common sense with anything on the internet especially when buying software that can easily be copied.





  • Red Kittie Kat
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    Thanks for the input but your links were removed.... & this topic is 6 years old and is now closed.

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  • panneer
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    Take a closer look and you'll learn that only three enterprises and an assembly of affiliates are responsible for selling pirated software on the Web. OEM Solutions Ltd seem to be operating from China, while OEMCD Inc has most of its servers in Brazil, but many of the spamvertised domain names are registered by Romanian or Russian citizens. OEMCD claims that the software is shipped from Eastern Europe. Soft-For-Sale.com is another dubious outfit, most likely situated somewhere in the Ukraine.

    The Eastern connection doesn't come as a surprise. In the past, low wages and high prices of legal software have created a profitable market for pirated software in Russia and other countries. Piracy rates in Russia are a dramatic 91 per cent for business applications and 93 per cent for entertainment software, according to Eric Schwartz, counsel to the International Intellectual Property Association.

    LINKS REMOVED
    Last edited by Red Kittie Kat; 09-28-2010, 07:45 AM.

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  • garricks
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    Just a note: The OP wrote this in 2004.

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  • aures_88
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    tnx for the scam info

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  • Drorain
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    Originally posted by Jhihmoac
    Bogus Programs...True..true...Not just for AutoCAD anymore...Best to stick with OEM...
    Actually thank you for bringing this thread back from it's grave, rereading Mickey's old posts on the scam are a riot. I re-Lol'd at them once again

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  • Drorain
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    I command you to rise from your grave and rescue my daughter!

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  • Jhihmoac
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    Bogus Programs...True..true...Not just for AutoCAD anymore...Best to stick with OEM...

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  • hw9001
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    Be Carefull Next Time From Some Crazeis

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  • Malaclypse
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    Originally posted by Mickey
    Let me guess... I think I got this one too...
    If I call the number you gave me my long distance carrier will be charged $2800 to connect and $350per minute. Billed to some fake company in Bermuda!

    Good try “Mike”

    What country do you live in that is so bad?
    234 is the country code for Nigeria. Why doesn't that surprise me?

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  • jleigh3
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    If you ever come across any of these scams you can report them to the Federal Trade Commission. There is a site called Consumer Sentinel http://www.consumer.gov/sentinel/about.htm and they have all kind of links to national and international scams. Being involved in identity theft is very bad news. Take it from someone who knows. With that said, are there any suggestions regarding reputable sites that are reasonably priced. I'm looking for Dreamweaver.

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  • Image
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    I love the "...but here it's hand to mouth...like animals in the jungle...we do what we can to survive."

    So are you contemplating killing yourself because of your desolate, loin cloth wearing poverty before or after you boot up your PC, start up your local ISP, browse eBay, find a sale, log into Yahoo, and send an email?

    Oh...the computer is made of mule dung and bullet shells...riiiiight.

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  • CatintheHat1
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    Pretty funny, but just in case you don't know, most of the UK and all of Canada spell cheque...well, "c - h - e - q - u - e". I know immediately if I'm talking with someone with an American education when they spell it "check" - you'd look like an idiot in Canada spelling it "check"...LOL. So, even if he lived in Canada, after dealing with banks and financial institutions on this side of the border, you'd have to change the spelling (although I notice that our banks dealing with US clients now use both on their American websites).

    Also, that guy's eMail is too full of slang for him to speak anything except English as a first language - foreigners are taught proper English, not street slang, and there's no way he could have picked up English on his own to that extent living anywhere except the US or Canada - I think he's in the USA or at least he is American. Although it's apparently easier to pull these scams on Americans if you're living in Canada - so perhaps he is residing here. You can have him back, if he is, though..hahahha.

    Cat

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  • Tyger
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    Well, they are at it again with a new web address....
    http://www.softplenty.biz/

    They may use the name Vanessa Smith.

    Here are some obvious reasons in their f.a.q

    -What does OEM stand for? What is the difference between OEM and full retail packaging ?

    OEM - Original Equipment Manufacturer. A retail version comes in a fancy box, OEM does not. A retail version contains a printed manual. The customers who purchase a retail version are eligible for tech support and different rebates. With our offer this is not possible - hence cheap prices.
    Be aware that you will not be able to register the software with the manufacturer. Some of these products cannot be updated on-line.

    -Can I get a discount? Can I resell your software?

    There are no discounts for our prices nor can you resell our software. The software we offer cannot be resold.


    -Can you provide a tracking number for the package ?

    The orders are shipped by means of InternationalAirmail.
    Unfortunately, this postal service does not provide the customers with any tracking information.


    -I have received an upgrade version of Illustrator 10, I cannot install it as the Program requires the previous versions.

    While the installation procedure of Illustrator 10 the system displays a message that Adobe Illustrator 10 upgrade installer requires proof of ownership of the list of products, and the list of previous versions is displayed. To proceed the installation you are to click the “Next” button. When the next message when the system asks to select a method for verifying ownership of Adobe Illustrator 9_0_2 is displayed, you need to click the “Next” button once again. After that follow the installation instructions given by the system.




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  • Ulysses
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    That is what I suspected. Educational lisences are all well and fine, but most of us have to pay the full wack (or at least hope someone sells it on, for cheap, lol).

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