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From NoOp <gl...@sbcglobal.net>
Subject Re: Scam issues.
Date Wed, 15 Aug 2012 17:00:07 GMT
On 08/02/2012 09:31 AM, Rob Weir wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 2, 2012 at 11:50 AM, David H. Lipman <DLipman@verizon.net> wrote:
>> From: "Anastasia Cher" <koshka.gsps@gmail.com>
>>
>>
>>> Hello there,
>>> I didn't know where to email, so I decided to just email to you. I just
>>> want to tell that there is an issue, some website
>>> www.*openoffice*.fm/suitepretends that its you. When I googled Open
>>> Office it was the first website
>>> in research so I just clicked and downloaded what they offered. The say
>>> that it's an Open Office suit. When I finished and installed it, I had
>>> lots
>>> of bugs and staff but no office. So I don't know, but these guys are using
>>> your name for scam.
>>
>>
>> This is going on for numerous software from Adobe Reader to VLC Media
>> Player.
>>
> 
> Right.  This is how it seems to work:
> 
> 1) They buy advertisements on Google and Bing and spam social
> networks, offering OpenOffice,Free Office and similar keywords.  These
> lure users into going to their page.
> 
> 2) The pick URL's and brand the site in a way that makes it look official.
> 
> 3) To download OpenOffice you need to use their special "downloader"
> tool.  The main purpose of the downloader tool is to install other
> unrelated applications onto your system.  It may or may not then
> install OpenOffice.
> 
> 4) These other applications are sponsored apps, meaning another
> company is paying for these applications to be promoted.  That is the
> source of revenue for the websites that do this.
> 
> I did a blog post on this:
> 
> http://blogs.apache.org/OOo/entry/how_to_safely_download_apache
> 
> Note:  Users are not powerless.  There are places to report such
> issues.  Some are listed in the blog post.
> 
> Regards,
> 
> -Rob
...

That's your old buddies Tightrope Interactive... you know, the guys that
trademarked Openoffice (85298190) & then later abandoned it...

Domain Information
Query: openoffice.fm
Status: Active
Created: 16 May 2011 15:38 PDT
Modified: 30 Jun 2012 23:55 PDT
Expires: 16 May 2013 15:33 PDT
Name Servers:
jean.ns.cloudflare.com
bob.ns.cloudflare.com
...
Admin Contact:
Name: J et M J et M
Organisation: J et M
Address:
268 Bush Street #3040
San Francisco, CA 94104-3503
US
Email Address: tech@jm-llc.com
Phone Number: +1.3212199160
Fax Number: +1.11111111

(268 Bush Street #3040 is a UPS store)

Domain Name: JM-LLC.COM
   Registrar: GODADDY.COM, LLC
   Whois Server: whois.godaddy.com
   Referral URL: http://registrar.godaddy.com
   Name Server: NS75.DOMAINCONTROL.COM
   Name Server: NS76.DOMAINCONTROL.COM

 Administrative Contact:
      J & M, J & M  yifeng.zhang@tightropeinteractive.com
      J & M
      268 Bush Street #3040
      San Francisco, California 94104-3503
      United States
      (321) 219-9160

<http://www.tightropeinteractive.com/products/downloads>



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