Kazaa for Mac - SCAM EXPOSED!

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Negro, Apr 16, 2003.

  1. Negro macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Beware of this company:

    http://www.kazaa-file-sharing-downloads.com/kazaa-for-mac.htm

    I got into a bit of an email fight with these guys last week. Their attitude is beyond belief, so much so that I felt I had to share them with the Mac community.

    Below you'll find their my emails, and their replies in bold:


    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Lance Spring" <lancespring@wanadoo.nl>
    To: <support@kazaa-file-sharing-downloads.com>
    Sent: Thursday, March 27, 2003 10:36 AM
    Subject: Mac Trial Version?

    Hi

    Just seen your product for the Mac platform. Do you offer a money-back
    guarantee? Or do you have a trial version of this software?

    I figure you'll have to have one or the other - it's always good to
    know something works before you part cash for it, don't you agree? Let
    me know

    Regards

    Lance

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    On Thursday, March 29, 2003, at 10:37:43 -0500, Support wrote:

    It is our most popular software.

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    From: Lance Spring
    To: Support
    Sent: Saturday, March 29, 2003 9:16 AM
    Subject: Re: Mac Trial Version?

    Well that's hardly much of an answer is it?

    Ok, since you have no trial version or money-back guarantee it's impossible for me to know if the program is for me.

    I'll put it this way.....For sharing files, music etc I use all of the programs below at one time or another - all these programs are free.

    Limewire (www.limewire.com),
    Direct Connect (www.neo-modus.com)
    Myster (http://www.mysternetworks.com/)
    Neo (http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~mthole/neo/index.html)
    iSwipe (www.hillmanminx.com)
    2Get (http://sourceforge.jp/projects/twoget/)

    or

    Aquisition (www.xlife.org)
    Drumbeat (www.drumbeat.info)

    ...........which are not free but give you a trial version to see if it suits you etc.

    What are the advantages of your application over what I currenly use?

    Regards

    Lance

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    On Saturday, March 29, 2003, at 04:37 PM, Support wrote:

    Knock yourself out.

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    From: Lance Spring
    To: Support
    Sent: Saturday, March 29, 2003 10:47 AM
    Subject: Re: Mac Trial Version?

    I will,

    Thanks for your professionalism and friendly help. If that's your attitude then I certainly know enough about your program and your support (or lack of it).


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    On Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at 21:01:14 -0500, Support wrote:

    We have sold 10 million of them._ we don't really care if you buy it or not. We basically have you by the ass.

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    From: Lance Spring
    To: Support
    Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2003 9:04 PM
    Subject: Re: Mac Trial Version?

    By the ass?!! Ha, ha - I've just downloaded a pirated copy you twat! Tested it out yesterday and to tell the truth it 'aint so great. Enjoy your sales 'cause frankly I don't give a toss either.

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    On Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at 21:11:18 -0500, Support wrote:

    We have the new version that just came out today. Which is a hundred times better._ the old one had bugs in you twat head.

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    From: Lance Spring
    To: Support
    Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2003 9:18 PM
    Subject: Re: Mac Trial Version?

    A hundred times better?!? Christ, it must have started out really ****ty if you had to improve it that much! But hey 100x better garbage is STILL garbage in my book.
    And anyway who the hell want's all that bundled spyware sneaking around their computer?

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    On Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at 21:27:02 -0500, Support wrote:

    Like we said._ the reason it is a pay software is that there is no adware or spyware in it to make money off of._ Only the PC version has that._ And it is a hundred times better._ It now connects to OpenFT which will replace all file sharing systems._ Normally, Kazaa or Morpheus has only about 100-200 thousand people actually sharing at any given time._ this one will have_ a million to a hundred million sharing._

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    From: Lance Spring <lancespring@wanadoo.nl>
    Date: don apr 3, 2003 04:59:01 Europe/Amsterdam
    To: "Support" <support@kazaa-file-sharing-downloads.com>
    Subject: Re: Mac Trial Version?

    a) If you know anything about Mac users you'll know that we're more demanding and decerning than PC users - we're not likely to believe you don't have spyware just 'cause you say so.

    b) Nothing can replace all file sharing systems!! The most developers like yourself can do is write software that encompasses the systems in use - and do it quick!!! 'cause if you don't someone else will and you'll get left behind - not us.

    c) Mac users have 11 file-sharing apps running every server/sharer there is on systems running from P2P to OpenFT. I've got access to around 85% of every file, film, application, image or albumn that I could ever wish for - not bad considering Macs comprise only 5% of the total computer market.

    d) There's a general opinion in the Mac community that it's somewhat contradictory to pay for an application whose main purpose is to pirate other software and avoid paying for music etc.

    -----------------------------------------------------------------------

    So far I've not yet received a reply to my last mail above.
     
  2. iJon macrumors 604

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    yeah they do sound like they are lying out their ass. that was pretty funny. they say only about 100-200 thousand are connected at a time, yet they say they have sold over 10 million copies, are there even 10 million mac users out there.

    iJon
     
  3. howard macrumors 68020

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    i'm surprised you kept it up for that long, i wouldn't have wasted my time.

    very strange replies
     
  4. Foxer macrumors 65816

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    If they've sold 10 million of them, you'd think someone here would have it.... Anyone.... Bueller.....

    Also, it would mean that they've made $150 million from the venture. Not too shabby....
     
  5. janey macrumors 603

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    even if there were 10 million mac users (i think there are more), i doubt people would actually pay to use this, ninety nine out of one hundred people would probably rather use Limewire, carracho and the other programs out there...
     
  6. pmcaleer macrumors newbie

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    Rule of thumb:

    Domain names with excessive hyphens in them (sofas-and-other-items-mac-junk.com) are generally scams. The one you linked to, and conversed with, was just looking for hits from Google and bucks from neophytes - nothing more.
     
  7. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    I think there are something like 25 million Mac users worldwide. With all the different forums I frequent, I've never heard anyone mention their software. Of course, that only leaves about 24,998,000 people. :D

    It sounds as though they did their software support training in 8th grade. I wonder if their competition would like to get hold of those e-mails. ;)
     
  8. shadowfax macrumors 603

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    #8
    what a funny interchange. it's almost like some of the threads around here ;) tsk, tsk. definitely scammacious.
     
  9. mac15 macrumors 68040

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    hmm, it looks like someone-got-played-like-an-idiot-hahaha.com
     
  10. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    Now thats funny!

    What I enjoyed, now that you pointed it out.

    "They" have sold over 10,000,000 copies at $14.95 each, huh?

    so "they" have taken in roughly $150 million. Pretty good for a software company.

    Wondering why I qoute "They"

    Read the FAQ on the website. http://www.kazaa-file-sharing-downloads.com/kazaaFAQ.htm . All the references by this so-called company are in first person. You see a lot of "I" and "Me" in there.

    Its just some scam artist out there trying to make a quick buck. I love how he says they can connect to Napster, cause everyone is using that nowadays!

    Seems this guy is-an-idiot-and-doesn't-even-know-how-to-scam.com

    LOL, thanks for the laugh :)
     
  11. alexlai5050 macrumors member

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    yea can anyone tell me what other mac forums there are out there
    i seem to get board reading the same stuff over and over again
    thanks
     
  12. GigaWire macrumors 6502

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    He's sort of like this creepy 30+ guy that lives in his mother's basement.

    Registrant:
    Kazaa File Sharing Downloads
    17 bordeaux lane
    Cleveland, Ohio 44122
    United States

    Registered through: Go Daddy Software (http://www.godaddy.com)
    Domain Name: KAZAA-FILE-SHARING-DOWNLOADS.COM
    Created on: 13-Nov-01
    Expires on: 13-Nov-06
    Last Updated on: 01-Apr-03

    Administrative Contact:
    Henry, Rich leksol@hotmail.com
    Kazaa File Sharing Downloads
    17 bordeaux lane
    Cleveland, Ohio 44122
    United States
    +1.2165141218 Fax --
    Technical Contact:
    Henry, Rich leksol@hotmail.com
    Kazaa File Sharing Downloads
    17 bordeaux lane
    Cleveland, Ohio 44122
    United States
    +1.2165141218 Fax --

    Domain servers in listed order:
    NS1.LIGHTHOST.COM
    NS2.LIGHTHOST.COM
     
  13. jermsmingy macrumors regular

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    I was a sucker

    I hate to admit it, but I bought this probably 8 months or so ago. It was a piece of crap. I don't think that I ever got one thing to download. I could search for the same thing on acquisition and get more results than this stupid program.

    I am not one to sue, but now that I know that they have sold 10 million copies and have 150 million I might try to get damages plus mental anguish. That's got to be worth at least $3,000, right?
     
  14. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040

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    Re: I was a sucker

    1) its america your anguish is worth much more than that.
    2) if he's sold millioins like he claims then he desreves to be cleaned out by a lawsuit.
     
  15. GeneR macrumors 6502a

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    Man, that burns me.

    I really dislike these scams that prey on other people. :mad:
     
  16. MrMacMan macrumors 604

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    Yes I remember that Mac OS X has just over 10 Million users.

    Totally there are alot of older macs not with Os X.

    Wow, does anyone acually have that software?

    I hope not. If you do, I'd like to look at it.

    BTW, you forgot 'GiftBox' From sourceforge. :D (That is another P2P)
     
  17. icetraxxg5 macrumors 6502

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    This software IS just an old version of iSwipe with a name change and a different about box. I'll email you the program if you are curious.
     
  18. pcuserx macrumors member

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    Limewire is an effective replacement for Kazaa. Its free too. Only problem is how slow it is. You have to close every single program to be able to run it effectivly. But maybe I just need more ram.
     
  19. Hemingray macrumors 68030

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    I just got one question for you: what were you THINKIN', dude? :eek: Anyone with a web site like that is highly questionable in my opinion.
     
  20. MrMacMan macrumors 604

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    Limewire is NOT an option.

    limewire is slow and built on a CRAPPY network.

    All of Gnutella is trash.
     
  21. jermsmingy macrumors regular

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    If I remember correctly...

    There was a link from the real kazaa to this page. When I first saw the page, my gut instinct told me it was a scam, but I think I was looking at kazaa.com and they had a link to this program, so I guess I figured it was legit. I really do wonder how many people have bought it.

    On another note, acquisition is the best that I have found. Limewire is horrible.
     
  22. bennetsaysargh macrumors 68020

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    im in 8th grade and i can have better support than that.

    edit-forgot to say that limewire is the biggest piece of crap ever and aquisition is way way better!
     
  23. spav macrumors newbie

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    hmm...that's not far from me...I should go check it out sometime. I'll report back soon.

    EDIT: Just checked...it's in one of our more upscale neighboorhoods...right next to Cleveland's most expensive mall.
     
  24. bennetsaysargh macrumors 68020

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    probably feeding off of someone else's bandwidth.
     
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