Download.com site feedback forum: ***SCAM*** Software download web sites. Beware!

by: MarkFlax March 12, 2010 1:50 PM PST

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***SCAM*** Software download web sites. Beware!

by MarkFlax Moderator - 3/12/10 1:50 PM

The internet being what it is, generally and often unregulated, there is little to prevent scammers from "setting up shop" with their own web sites and offer unbelievably cheap downloads of recognised software.

That Unbelievable is usually the clue. Such software, if it exists at all on these sites, is usually pirated. More often than not the software does not exist and when you provide your credit card details you find that a debit has been made on your account, but you have not been able to download the software. At worse, the scammers have your credit card details, and can withdraw your money at will.

These scam site attempt to foll visitors into believing that they have accreditation by adding images/logos to their pages for leading sites like CNET, Adobe, Microsoft, etc. But such accreditation does not exist, and those logos are just images, and are not clickable links to the parent web site.

While genuine web sites like CNET, Adobe, Microsoft, Verisign and so on take active steps to stop these sites once they become known, there is very little that can be done to prevent new ones from appearing.

That is what this Sticky discussion is about.

If you come across such a suspicious site, post details here with a {broken} link, eg http :// www.scam site.com . The two spaces in the web site address will make it non-clickable.

In addition, make the subject tile of your post include the web site, eg Is http://www.scamsite.com a scam site?

That way, the post will eventually be listed in Google, and that makes the post and this discussion available for any others who may be researching that web site.

If we find or decide that the web site is genuine, then we will delete the post to avoid problems for that web site, so please use caution in your postings, and if you are not sure, do not add the web site to the Subject title.

I will start this off;

Mark

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