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Old Feb 23, 2010, 10:35 AM   #1
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Warning to Application Developers: scammer asking for free codes

We would like to caution application developers that one or more scammers have contacted iPhone and iPod touch software developers by email, pretending they are from MacRumors and asking for free promo codes "for review." Accessory companies have also been targeted by the scammers.

Some of these messages claim to be making a request "on behalf of http://www.macrumors.com/". Others claim to be from Arnold Kim (owner of MacRumors). Some of the scammers use email addresses of the form macrumors@somedomain.com or arn.kim@somedomain.com, while others use unrelated addresses. These addresses have no connection to MacRumors and the messages are fraudulent.

One known scammer going by the names of Alex Wilson and Novica Josifovski has been particularly proficient over an extended period of time. The scammer has used the following email addresses in their correspondence: haker_novica@hotmail.com and mate01@live.com.

Any email from MacRumors, its owner, or its staff will come from @macrumors.com. Remember that email addresses can be forged too and we're not the only website that scammers pretend to represent. All businesses should be cautious about unsolicited requests for copies of their products.

We have heard from several developers who were appropriately suspicious of scam email. If you doubt the authenticity of a message claiming to be from MacRumors, contact us.

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Old Feb 23, 2010, 10:44 AM   #2
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Not surprising, but sad to see nonetheless

Glad MR has been alerted to the scam and is being proactive to head it off
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Old Feb 23, 2010, 11:35 AM   #3
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I received one of these the other day. It was very convincing (except for the @live email address). Luckily I thought to check with Dr Q before giving away a free copy of my app.
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Old Apr 10, 2010, 09:17 PM   #4
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I received one of these the other day. It was very convincing (except for the @live email address). Luckily I thought to check with Dr Q before giving away a free copy of my app.
Bold&Italic= Made me crack up laughing. People do some drastic things only to be rated out by an email extension.


Anyway, thanks for the warning, and glad MR got a report about it.
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Old May 1, 2010, 04:08 PM   #5
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sounds like people who can't even be bothered to shell out a dollar to try an app before cracking it.

Thats the only reason I dislike jailbroken stuff.
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Old May 26, 2011, 09:02 AM   #6
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Well, you can always reply to them that nifty app called Macdefender
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Old Jun 7, 2011, 12:33 AM   #7
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Really?! Can they not afford to buy the freaking app themselves? Sad that people do stuff like this. Geeze.
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Old Jul 31, 2011, 10:34 AM   #8
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its amazing what people will do to save 99 cents
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Old Feb 20, 2012, 08:50 PM   #9
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its amazing what people will do to save 99 cents
My guess is they are probably publishing the codes somewhere and attempting to make money with ad revenue, but I could be wrong. I just can't imagine someone going through all of that to save a couple of bucks.

Then again, I'm not a criminal so...
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Old Mar 25, 2012, 04:03 PM   #10
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Wirelessly posted

Man ppl are crazy..
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Old Apr 20, 2012, 08:59 AM   #11
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good to know this forum already knows
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Old Aug 26, 2012, 11:09 PM   #12
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I received an email like this. Really convincing but i just notice that they are just using a yahoo account. Now that part is really strange, they should have used the company's email account and not just yahoo.
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Old May 31, 2013, 03:40 PM   #13
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I've been receiving emails similar to this and when I see that they're only using email addresses from hotmail or gmail or yahoo, it's already a red flag that something's not right. I wasn't aware that they could also make it look like it came from a legitimate business email. Good to know.
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Old Jul 5, 2013, 09:40 AM   #14
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Thanks for your warning

Thanks for your warning. , Those scammers are so crafty.
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Old Sep 3, 2013, 01:50 AM   #15
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It is useful information. thanks for sharing.
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Old Oct 11, 2013, 02:24 AM   #16
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Thanks for the info
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Old Oct 29, 2013, 07:05 AM   #17
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Such a really nice and great informative post.After read thread post i have gain lot of experienced related to iPhone App and Development.Thanks for share with us.
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Old Dec 19, 2013, 02:16 PM   #18
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I've been receiving emails similar to this and when I see that they're only using email addresses from hotmail or gmail or yahoo, it's already a red flag that something's not right. I wasn't aware that they could also make it look like it came from a legitimate business email. Good to know.
Are we allowed have links such as these in our email signatures? I ask because if so, I will include mine.
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Are we allowed have links such as these in our email signatures? I ask because if so, I will include mine.
I don't understand your question. If you are asking about your forum signature, you can include almost any link that you like. See the Forum Rules for details.
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