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I received this email today. sure looks like a scam to me.



From: Joseph Towbin <bigficsh@gmail.com>

Date: Sun, Feb 8, 2009 at 1:19 AM

Subject: Light-O-Rama software

Dear John,

When my family and I drove up to your fantastic Christmas display, my kids instantly loved it and I was curious on how to build my own. So I bought a 16 channel controller a month ago and when I tried downloading the lighting software, it would say that I was unable to download it. So I emailed Light-O-Rama support, and they couldn't give me a refund. Is there anyway you can email me a copy of the Lighting Software?


Many thanks,
Joe



I have no clue who this is, the email was sent through my web site. I also forwarded this email to LOR.

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This is definitely a scam. LOR has the best customer service support in the world. I had a problem upgrading firmware on one of my boxes. I emailed them 30 minutes later Dan was talking to me and we found the problem and he solved the issue. You can't do any better than that.

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Jeff Millard wrote:

Looks like he's trying it on several people. Ryan Johnson says he got the same email.

http://synchronizedchristmaslights.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1079

Jeff


Yeah Jeff,

I saw Ryan's post. He was not as "polite" in his reply to Joe as I was.;)

Interesting, the scammer drove to/from wherever he is to both Tennessee and Texas to see our displays, he CLAIMS! Also told Ryan he bought the controller from ebay!
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Jeff Millard wrote:

You see controllers on eBay from time to time. . . . .

Like the one mentioned in the "Importing to the UK" thread in the "Newbies" section, where the seller appears to be reselling with 100% profit and no warranty.

Regards,

Alan.
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LOR should be thrilled to know that their software is now a highly sought after product...LOL

If that isn't the ultimate gesture I don't know what is. Where would Bill Gates be today if people didn't want his software....pre-Vista.;)

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I would disagree.

A scam is to deprive someone using deceit. In this case, the emailer is trying to deprive LOR of licensing fee's by claiming to have purchased a legal copy and LOR not supporting the sale (deceit).

It's certainly not grand in scale but a scam none the less.

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I had him engaged in a series of emails during the day leading up to something similar, until another person that had also received the same email blasted him as a crook and referred to the fact I had also received the the same email. Referenced me by name!

At that point all emails stopped, since I was outed by one of our own. Then he knew I was playing with him! Game over!

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Scammers locate e-mails then they need to know if they are legit and functional, that way they are more valuable if you respond to them.



It also goes for a lot of those spam e-mail that has a removal link at the bottom. It just confirms that there is a responding person on the other end and more spam comes at you from many directions.

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He emailed me through my website, as he did several others I know that received his email.

He already had the email addresses, and from the correspondence we had going before I was outed, he wanted LOR software, not email addys.

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Darin Miller wrote:

It's too bad that nobody in the community is devious enough to send him a virus disguised as an install program. Did anybody send him the demo version just to mess with him?

I did even worse....
I sent him a copy of Spectrum 1, first release. :)
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terrypowerz wrote:

Darin Miller wrote:
It's too bad that nobody in the community is devious enough to send him a virus disguised as an install program. Did anybody send him the demo version just to mess with him?

I did even worse....
I sent him a copy of Spectrum 1, first release. :P

That's almost as good as giving him a hacked virual program.
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