Scams

by Mike Masnick


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copyright, malware, pre-settlement, scams



Copyright Pre-Settlement Virus A Lucrative Scam

from the scammers-love-a-new-scam dept

With all of the highly questionable pre-settlement lawsuits out there demanding cash from people to avoid a lawsuit for copyright infringement, we've heard of a few different scams designed to use the same tactics: accuse someone of copyright infringement and demand cash to avoid a lawsuit... even if the operation demanding cash has nothing to do with the copyright holder. One recent example of this was a bit of malware that, once installed on a computer, would generate fake infringement warnings from the RIAA/MPAA, demanding cash settlements. TorrentFreak points us to a report from Brian Krebs who got his hands on some documents from ChronoPay, the operation that was used to handle the payments in this scam, showing just how lucrative the scam has been. The documents only cover the past two months, but in that time, 580 people paid up, handing over $283,000 to scammers. Of course, this is only marginally less legit than the standard shakedown from various lawyers who are working with the copyright holders. But, the success of these scammers' operations is almost certainly driven in part by the success and press coverage of those lawyers who are sending out those mass pre-settlement letters. People are hearing about this and thinking any such threat is legitimate, even when it's a pure scam. Of course, this means you should only expect to start receiving plenty more such scam requests, demanding you pay up to avoid a lawsuit. Kinda makes you wonder if it will make the "actual" letters sent by copyright holders less effective as people just assume they're scam letters.

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    G Thompson (profile), 8 Mar 2011 @ 12:00am

    Re: Similar story

    Talking about similar.....

    Do you think talking about IP Infringement is justified when you actually have fully copied this WHOLE comment from the University of Washington's P2P File Sharing Information Guide - part of the "2008-2010 UW General Catalog" (c) 2010??? [found 08MAR2001 http://www.washington.edu/students/gencat/policy/p2pshare.html ]

    Now being IP Solicitors (attorneys) do you think this in any ways shows unethical or unconscionable behaviour, or is it just highly similar to what you are trying to tell others not to do.

    For those wanting more information about similar comments: http://www.google.com.au/search?q=%22Maybe,+but+make+sure+that+you+consider+the+trade-offs.+File-sha ring%22&hl=en&safe=off&biw=1278&bih=855&prmd=ivns&filter=0

    ;)

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