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Author Topic: Download Cheap software on http://softwarebackups.org, a Scam ?  (Read 13396 times)

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Download Cheap software on http://softwarebackups.org, a Scam ?
« on: February 13, 2008, 10:09:33 AM »
I stumbled upon http://softwarebackups.org. And wonder is it legit or not.
Did any body else purchased from this store?

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Re: Download Cheap software on http://softwarebackups.org, a Scam ?
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2008, 10:20:42 AM »
Hi. Check this out:

scam://softwarebackups.org/
scam://lpstore.ws/
scam://www.softwaretasking.com/
scam://oemsoftware.in/
scam://azupd.biz/
scam://www.lproem.com/
scam://workagains.com/
scam://www.mainstoreonline.com/

BTW, buying OEM software by the piece is against the EULA. Most sites are getting DMCA takedowns. Check this out: http://www.chillinge.../notice.cgi?sID=3987

Edit: my post was fubar
« Last Edit: February 13, 2008, 10:26:57 AM by scancode »

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Re: Download Cheap software on http://softwarebackups.org, a Scam ?
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2008, 07:31:53 PM »
That what I thought.

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Re: Download Cheap software on http://softwarebackups.org, a Scam ?
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2008, 09:39:19 PM »
The "giveaway" (pun intended) for me is the first sentence from the screenshot:

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You need software, but don't want to pay high retail price's.

That kind of grammatical error is a red flag, in my opinion. Nice detective work, scancode  :Thmbsup:
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Re: Download Cheap software on http://softwarebackups.org, a Scam ?
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2008, 06:53:43 PM »
the way these sites operate is that they send you for example photoshop cs3 cd/dvd but without the serial numbers or registration codes, as they are sold as backup copies. So in essence you are paying $60+ for a backup copy of software you supposedly already own. and that is the only way these copies are legal.
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Re: Download Cheap software on http://softwarebackups.org, a Scam ?
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2008, 07:21:06 PM »
btw, the very fact that we mentioned this thread (with the softwarebackups.org url) in the email version of the newsletter, caused the newsletter to be blacklisted as spam  :mad:

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Re: Download Cheap software on http://softwarebackups.org, a Scam ?
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2008, 01:00:39 PM »
btw, the very fact that we mentioned this thread (with the softwarebackups.org url) in the email version of the newsletter, caused the newsletter to be blacklisted as spam  :mad:
Darn! >_<

- sounds like some overzealous anti-spam blockers. Might be wise not to have any URLs to scam sites in emails though, and only mention them by name... hope that won't be enough to raise any flags  :-\
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Re: Download Cheap software on http://softwarebackups.org, a Scam ?
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2008, 01:32:42 PM »
yep, it was an oversight -- i'm usually pretty good at making sure we dont have direct links in the email newsletters but this one slipped by me.

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Re: Download Cheap software on http://softwarebackups.org, a Scam ?
« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2008, 02:34:56 PM »
the way these sites operate is that they send you for example photoshop cs3 cd/dvd but without the serial numbers or registration codes, as they are sold as backup copies. So in essence you are paying $60+ for a backup copy of software you supposedly already own. and that is the only way these copies are legal.

Actually, taking a close look on the site, I get the impression that they don't ship any disks to you. They give you download links. I am also getting the impression this is common cracked warez they are selling.

Looking at the customer testimonials, I am also getting the impression they offer 'customer support' for using their supplied cracks.

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And if you email them to say anything nice that they want to use on the site, they are likely to advertise your real name to the world as someone using their cracked software.

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Re: Download Cheap software on http://softwarebackups.org, a Scam ?
« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2008, 02:39:41 PM »
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And if you email them to say anything nice that they want to use on the site, they are likely to advertise your real name to the world as someone using their cracked software.

Heh, heh, that was the thing that jumped out at me as well  ;)
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Re: Download Cheap software on http://softwarebackups.org, a Scam ?
« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2008, 02:57:17 PM »
Actually, taking a close look on the site, I get the impression that they don't ship any disks to you. They give you download links. I am also getting the impression this is common cracked warez they are selling.

That's what they are doing - selling cracked software, a single key to multiple customers or key created with a keygen.  This place is selling through at least 2 storefronts.  A while back someone at my work bought Nero from one of these sites (truly not knowing that it wasn't legit).  Not too long after, the key no longer worked with Nero updates because it had been blacklisted.

the way these sites operate is that they send you for example photoshop cs3 cd/dvd but without the serial numbers or registration codes, as they are sold as backup copies. So in essence you are paying $60+ for a backup copy of software you supposedly already own. and that is the only way these copies are legal.


There was an outfit called iBackups.net (unrelated to iBackup.com) that claimed it's business was replacing lost media for people who had legitimately purchased the software previously.  However, they did provide customers with a (often non-functional) serial or key because the business was actually selling illegal copies.  The 'replacement' bit was just their way of trying to game the legal system. Last I heard the guy who ran iBackups.net got a severe prison sentence.

The outfit discussed by the OP is probably in some jurisdiction that simply doesn't care about software rights - they've been around for a while.  I find it humorous that they offer a money back guarantee - I wonder if they ever actually follow through on it.

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Re: Download Cheap software on http://softwarebackups.org, a Scam ?
« Reply #11 on: February 23, 2008, 07:18:42 PM »
Oh, pal, I never thought people could fall in such thing: selling warez. That's the lowest point in software piracy.

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Re: Download Cheap software on http://softwarebackups.org, a Scam ?
« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2008, 05:59:35 AM »
Phrases like "cheap software" and "OEM" in email titles trigger my instant delete finger. Most of the other triggers aren't very polite. :)
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