Pirated copies now at auction houses
Every day a message about new variants with which pirated copies are brought to the user. More and more reports are being heard of those affected by fraudsters who are offering almost perfect copies as originals via auction houses.
Microsoft alone had some of the 'originals' they bought on the eBay auction house checked last year, and it turned out that they unfortunately only bought copies of Office 97 sent in good faith. Unfortunately, the fraudster is of course long gone, he has emptied his account as a precaution. Another scammer that became known had already brought 120 illegal copies of Microsoft products to the user. During a raid, cash was seized accordingly, of which $ 20,000 came from illegal sales. The source of the remaining $ 225,000 of his fortune is currently being investigated. As Microsoft reports, reports of pirated copies being sold through auction houses are increasing in number. In the last four years the BSA (Business Software Alliance) recorded an increase to more than 40,000 references worldwide to illegal software offers on the worldwide web. In Europe alone, 50 percent of the references point to auctions. As the attorney for Internet piracy at Microsoft, Dorothée Jasper, explained, auction sites not only contain simple private sellers, there are also many professional fraudsters at work. At Microsoft Germany alone, more than 100 cases of fraudulent sales are currently known, continues Dorothée Jasper.