Thursday, August 11, 2005

Attention-Giveaway scammers incoming

Many PalmOS underground sites were closed over the last few months due to good developer efforts. Now, developers have better chances to generate sales as the warez movement lost the main communication portals! However, a new kind of scam has just begun-while giveaway scamming may be less damaging, it can be annoying nevertheless.

The scammer's strategy always is the same. You sponsor a giveaway with a licence/pass on a licence by means of donation. Then, the scammer gets the registration code. In the moment he has the reg code working, some random problem arises which usually cannot be reproduced! After exchanging a few support emails, he asks you to change his licence to sth else, if you comply, the game goes on!

The strategy is always the same-so counteracting is pretty easy. Here are a few good hints:

  1. Always inform the user that the program cannot be refunded/exchanged if the code is dispatched BEFORE emailing the code to the user
  2. Keep an extensive army of testers so you can know what devices the program works on
  3. If you seem to be giveaway scammed, just forward the con man to this site...

Ever were giveaway scammed?

6 Comments:

Blogger Dmitry Grinberg said...

a few times happened. Some even go as far as to ask vor a version that does not check registration, as my "registration checking must be faulty because all the keys sent were wrong"

3:08 AM  
Anonymous Dave Mohan said...

Your stuff is usually very well written. You might want to go back over this one and clean up the spelling/grammar.

7:44 PM  
Blogger Brad Green said...

As long as he doesnt make anyy spelling mistakes while programming, I really dont care how he writes.

11:44 PM  
Blogger Tam Hanna said...

Hi Dave,
this was typed while on the go in the company I was working for.
Big sorry for the writing style, I am just hunting it through the spellchecker!
Best regards
Tam Hanna

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