How to Avoid Software Scams
Software scams are rampant on the Internet. That’s why it’s so important to find a software reseller you can trust. Once you have found the right software company for you, avoiding software scams and the loss of hundreds or even thousands of dollars is something you don’t have to worry about.
Many people wonder why they shouldn’t just purchase directly from the software company that makes the software. The big things are better pricing and more personal attention. Buying your Microsoft products from Microsoft might seem like a good idea, but Microsoft is a big company.
While their products are top of the line, the service you often get from a company that large is lacking. It can be frustrating to try and get help from Microsoft. This is in no way an attack on Microsoft. It works that way for many huge corporations. They are often too big for you to develop a more personal one-on-one relationship with a customer service rep.
In fact, you never know who you will get on the other end of the phone and how experienced they are when you are trying to work with customer support at some of the really big names in the software business. Always buy your software from a reputable software reseller like SoftwareKeep. You’ll have the support you need at all times.
Now, let’s talk about how to avoid software scams.
How to Recognize Red Flags for Software Scams
Now let’s take a look at some of the software scams you need to be aware of. Software scams can cost you hundreds, even thousands of dollars. It can cost you even more if you get hold of software that is infected with a virus. As a corporation, you risk lost revenue if your software fails to perform as expected.
You simply cannot risk the costs associated with falling victim to any kind of software scam. Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can be scammed when it comes to purchasing your software.
Examine the Website
Examining a Website is an important way you can determine if you are dealing with a legitimate software reseller. Is the website written poorly? Is there little to no content on the website? These bare-bones websites are usually fly-by-night software resellers that will take your money and run.
There is often no contact information on the website to speak of. This is a huge red flag. If the only interaction you get with the website is the ability to order and download the software, it is likely you’re dealing with a fly-by-night company set up to take your money or even steal your personal information.
Also, if you find yourself being bounced around from one website to another, chances are good there is a scam going on. Pay attention to your browser as you begin going through the website. Another thing you should always do is to look at the address bar and the beginning of the URL (website address) and make sure you have a secure connection.
Most browsers will tell you if the connection isn’t secure before a transaction is made. Many fly-by-night or shady operations don’t have a secure connection, setting you up for even more risk.
What you expect when you buy software is support, not only before the sale if you need assistance, but during the sale with an easy checkout process, and after the sale to ensure you can install your software without a hitch.
SoftwareKeep provides all of this. Many of the scam software resellers (in fact, all of them) make it easy to pay for and download software, but they won’t be there after the purchase to help you with any issues you have while installing the software. If they’ve sold you bootlegged or illegal software, you’re likely to have issues that prevent you from using the software you’ve paid for, and when you try to hold the company accountable, there’s no way to do it.
Dangers of Bootleg Software
Bootleg software is sold or distributed without the required permission from the trademark or copyright holder/owner, which makes the software invalid. As a buyer, it’s your responsibility to ensure you are buying legal software.
There’s no way to get your money back or even another copy of the software if you purchase bootleg software. Microsoft and other companies simply won’t honor your bootleg software product, even if you have proof of purchase.
Besides, a software is considered bootleg when it is legally installed on one's computer, but copies of the software are installed on other computers when the license prohibits installation on more than one computer. Many illegitimate software resellers sell software that others have installed.
Remember, you can face jail time and heavy fines if you are using illegal software. In recent years, Microsoft and other companies have been pursuing lawsuits for copyright infringement.
Some of the typical activities related to bootleg software include:
- distribution, and sale of its contents.
This happens through online software stores that aren’t reputable. Sometimes these stores will sell “fake” electronic media or simply offer the product through download. There are times that individuals, as well as enterprises, purchase bootleg software unknowingly. As a rule, always remember that software can cause massive financial losses. It can also damage the reputation of your company. Bootleg software is often sold at extremely low prices.
This is where it gets tricky. SoftwareKeep, a legitimate software reseller, can sell Microsoft Office products and other software products at the lowest price possible. That’s because we are trusted Microsoft partners who work with Microsoft and other software companies to bring you the lowest prices.
There is such a thing as “too low,” however, and this is where you have to ask yourself, “Is this too good to be true?” While SoftwareKeep does everything we can to keep prices the lowest they can be, we don’t sell at the “too-good-to-be-true” prices you’ll find on bootleg software.
Avoid Torrent Sites
You might be tempted to download software free from any of the numerous torrent sites on the Internet. Avoid this like a plague. Pirated software is one of the leading causes of computers being infected with viruses that run the gamut between installing malware that can hijack your computer or steal your personal info to viruses that can outright destroy your computer and eliminate your precious files.
There are hackers who enjoy causing mass destruction for no other reason than for the thrill of it. In most cases, when you try to register this software online, you will be rejected and then the company will note the pirated copy.
Now you’ve got the problem of being identified as a user of illegal software. As we said above, you are responsible for the pirated software you’re using, which means you can be held legally accountable.
Beware of Tech Support Scams
While not considered a software scam, tech support scams can be a result of bootlegged software. This software can install fake “infection notices” and direct you to a website or give you a phone number where you can get tech support.
Tech support scammers get you to believe you have issues with your computer that they can fix. They talk you into paying for their tech support services to fix a problem that you don’t have. They will ask you to wire money or put money on a gift card, prepaid card, or cash reload your card.
More likely these days, they will ask you to use a money transfer app because they know those types of payments are hard to reverse. Once you’ve given them your money you’ve been had. You won’t see the money again. Consumers pay out hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to these scammers.
The initial contact is often made when you install software that isn’t on the level. Never fall for a pop-up virus warning on your computer. That’s why you should purchase the best antivirus software on the market and install it. Your antivirus software will catch any viruses you have, including the pop-ups that you get. Always protect yourself.
Softwarekeep is a Trusted Source for Software
If you’re looking for a software company you can trust for its integrity and honest business practices, look no further than SoftwareKeep. We are a Microsoft Certified Partner and a BBB Accredited Business that cares about bringing our customers a reliable, satisfying experience on the software products they need. We will be with you before, during, and after all the sales. That’s our 360 Degree SoftwareKeep Guarantee. So, what are you waiting for? Call us Today on +1 877 315 1713 or email sales@softwareKeep.com. As well, you can reach us via Live Chat.