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Scam Flash Player Download Site

May 17, 2009 2:14 PM

Apologies in advance if this is posted to the wrong forum.

Looking down the list, I couldn't find one that seemed more relevant.

 

There is a scam Flash Player download site at:

flashplayer.10-downloadcenter.com/

 

Typing "flash," "flash player," "flash player 10," and other obvious search terms into Google brings the site up at the top of the page.

 

It is using graphics that look very much like Adobe's trademarks which can lead people to believe the site is connected with Adobe.  They are also using phrases such as "Flash Player 10" that would appear to be Adobe trademarks.  The first time I looked at the site, I thought I was at an Adobe page because the trademark appeared to be there, and there was no notice that an Adobe trademark was being used - something one almost always sees at sites where a trademark in use is not owned by the site. If I were Adobe, I'd have my magnifying glass going over that site, looking for infringement.  (Who knows - maybe they've already looked ... )

 

There is a lot of stuff on the page that could lead one to believe they are Adobe, offering enhanced software and services.  And - bingo - selling is what they are doing.  Get out your credit card to download their stuff - including Flash Player 9.

 

The trick, when reading the fine print, is that they are selling "memberships."  I wonder how many people have downloaded Flash Player from this site, believing they are buying it directly from Adobe.  My niece did.  She's trying to get the charge removed from her credit card as I type this message.

 
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    May 17, 2009 9:47 PM   in reply to contrazz

    Thank you for the warning; this is indeed a scam site!

     

    Hope somebody from Adobe takes notice.

     
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    May 19, 2009 4:03 AM   in reply to contrazz

    Hello, under your second post scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Actually, scroll down to the bottom of this screen and you will see the following. You will see a "Report Piracy" link to Adobe. When that screen appears look to the far right. Under the bold black words "Next" the second selection down is "Report Piracy". This is a proper form that will allow you to give your experience to Adobe. I hopw this helps, tvwatcher.

     
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    May 19, 2009 6:29 PM   in reply to tvwatcher

    Thank you - good suggestion!

     

    This is the direct link to the report form

    http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/mmform/index.cfm?name=anti_piracy

     

    I have reported the site through that form now.

     
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    May 19, 2009 6:52 PM   in reply to contrazz
     
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    May 20, 2009 7:37 PM   in reply to contrazz

    Hi Roger, that is very interesting. I thought one should have no problem finding that on Google. As you know there are about eight or so other major search engines. Metacrawler, Alta Vista come to mind. You may want to check another search engine to see if you can find a forum open to your cause. If I come across something I will e-mail you the contact. Thank you and good hunting, Robert.

     
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    May 22, 2009 1:47 PM   in reply to contrazz

    I know what you mean. I have in the past went to complain and the company itself or the supporting company just does nothing. When the internet came I remember the computer freaks and purist of that time saying leave it alone, no regulation, it will self regulate, people will be responsible. As if major corporations would never use the internet and bad guys would never steal from us. Well, how do you like us now? I do not like interference anymore than you, but, when there is no support and companies are allowed to run us over like a doormat, I don't know. And now even the search engines have turned against us and favor the corporate who pay the bills. Advertisements should never have been allowed on the internet which would have precluded all this that is part of this mess. But, as long as there are good people like yourself that others of us can speak with from time to time it makes it worth while. I do not spend much time with people on the computer.

    I mostly go to Hubble or NASA and view the cosmos and release that way. But company is good. The universe is a good listener but does not reply very well. Have a good three day weekend. I will talk with you later. Take care,

    Robert.

     
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    Jul 14, 2009 10:43 PM   in reply to contrazz

    yep. I got the same results. I am going to the bank tomorrow, and have sent an email to what I assumed is Adobe. I do have a Customer Service Case opening number. So, I believe this is something Adobe is either involved in, or this is a very detailed scam.

     
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