Warning to Application Developers: scammer asking for free codes

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by Doctor Q, Feb 23, 2010.

  1. Doctor Q, Feb 23, 2010
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 25, 2011

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    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    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.
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Not surprising, but sad to see nonetheless

    Glad MR has been alerted to the scam and is being proactive to head it off
  3. tico24 macrumors 6502


    Jun 17, 2007
    Eastleigh, UK
    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.
  4. WiiMarioHacker macrumors member

    Apr 3, 2010
    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.
  5. Mike777 macrumors member

    May 1, 2010
    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.
  6. ComputersaysNo macrumors 6502


    Apr 15, 2010
    Well, you can always reply to them that nifty app called Macdefender :D
  7. nomadmtb macrumors member

    Nov 5, 2008
    Really?! Can they not afford to buy the freaking app themselves? Sad that people do stuff like this. Geeze.
  8. Acorn macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2009
    its amazing what people will do to save 99 cents
  9. Colonel Tuxedo macrumors newbie

    Feb 1, 2012
    New Orleans, LA
    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...
  10. fruitycups macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2011
  11. katt macrumors member


    Mar 25, 2012
    right now in HK
  12. loaferkan macrumors member


    Aug 25, 2012
    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.
  13. cdbautista macrumors newbie

    May 31, 2013
    United States
    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.
  14. joeyzhu macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2013
    Thanks for your warning

    Thanks for your warning. :(, Those scammers are so crafty.
  15. gtelware macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2013
    It is useful information. thanks for sharing.
  16. Chumi macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2013
  17. amyleslo macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2013
    Mobile Application Development

    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. :cool:
  18. iphonecaptain macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2013

    Are we allowed have links such as these in our email signatures? I ask because if so, I will include mine.
  19. Doctor Q thread starter Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    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.
  20. Lisa Quach macrumors newbie

    Lisa Quach

    May 18, 2015
    How the people they are, don't they have any self respect. For save money they can do anything. I want to say that they should follow the right path and go for the right thing.
  21. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
    I've seen this via twitter also, I asked dev for codes to share here to help spread the word and posted them in the promo section.
  22. mercedes-c200 macrumors newbie


    Dec 1, 2015
    Well, you can reply to them that nifty app called Macdefender :)
  23. miknos Suspended


    Mar 14, 2008
    I imagine they're downloading the app so they can rip and share the app for people with JB devices and make money from (website) ads. It's easier to spam developers than pay for dozen, maybe hundreds of apps.
  24. lumencreative macrumors regular

    May 19, 2014
    reminds me of all these emails we get at work from 'leading web development companies in india' that are that 'leading' that they only have gmail accounts to send emails from.
  25. ExpertDeveloper macrumors newbie


    Dec 25, 2017
    This infomationis really useful and makes one aware of the wrong practices. But then it is also an eye opener and we would be careful in future.

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