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Fraudulent sales of avast! products

by Carol~ Moderator / May 26, 2008 10:51 AM PDT

My apologies if this was posted recently. I can't find it, if it has been. I've seen this posted quite a few places over the last few days, and thought it noteworthy to add here. I seem to remember ALWIL Software making this same announcement in the past, unless it's been an on-going problem. Confused Nevertheless...

'In a preventive measure designed to protect customers, ALWIL Software would like to draw attention to the fraudulent selling of their products via several web sites, many advertising via the Google Ad Words program.

The web sites are mostly offering keys to our free Home Edition product, but not in all cases, though charging users as though it were for our paid-for Professional Edition, or, when email "invoices" are received by customers, there is no mention of avast! Instead a list of programs is usually offered that the customer has never heard of, let alone agreed to buy.

One clear way to spot a fraudulent site is via a message similar to this, at the bottom of the website, often in small lettering: This website has no affiliation whatsoever with the owner of this software program, and provides ONLY a link to the software program.

Another way to spot these scam sites, is the fact that they will often make mention of offering a "lifetime" license or "Gold Package" - packages that ALWIL Software does not offer in the avast! range.

Be aware, such websites are in no way associated with ALWIL Software a.s., and have no way to issue licenses, as they are not partners of ALWIL Software, and therefore any money you spend with them will not allow them to issue a genuine paid-for license....'

The sites are listed:

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Thanks Much, Carol!! With So Many About to Change...
by tobeach / May 26, 2008 3:40 PM PDT

away from AVG with the coming of AVG 8 this is most timely!! You've probably just saved many much!! Grin Sandy

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(NT) You're Welcome Much, Sandy! :)
by Carol~ Moderator / May 26, 2008 5:36 PM PDT

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