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Windows 10 Pro $10 – You know of course it’s not legit


Browsing the MSN News app (UK edition), I recently saw a “story” about Windows 10 Pro licenses being available for $13. Before you post an angry comment asking why didn’t I blur the name of this “company” in the screenshot below to protect their privacy, I have my reasons, as you will see later on this story.

This is, of course, a scam:

This screenshot came from the MSN News app today. There is no way you can buy a valid Windows or Office license for pennies on the dollar. All sites selling at these prices, as well as those notorious eBay sellers doing likewise, are scammers. You know it, I know it, but unfortunately not everyone knows it. The funny thing is, if someone would offer let’s say a brand new car for less than 10% of what it costs at an official dealer, every single person would realize it’s not a kosher offer.

This particular seller was one I had something to do with before. A relative back in my native Finland contacted me a few months ago, when his Windows 10 suddenly started showing the Activate now watermark on his desktop. He had bought it from Goodoffer24. I told him it’s a scam, that these sites sell Multiple Activation Keys (MAK) which they have acquired in not so legal ways.

This company is a good example about how they work. If you search for them online, you will find almost only positive reviews. They work hard even to produce reviews on “independent” sites which have supposedly tested them. Here’s an example:

A quote from review of the site Goodoffer24 published in August, 2017 by “Tom Brease”:

What is Goodoffer24? Is it Legit or a Scam?

Goodoffer24 is a relatively new website selling both software and game keys. What surprises me the most about it is, that, despite being relatively new, it has a great infrastructure. The company is established in Hong Kong, like many other giants in the software and game keys business.

Moreover, they are also marked as a trusted shop on allkeyshop.com, one of the biggest sites reviewing game key marketplaces. Therefore we can conclude that Goodoffer24 is pretty legit.

In Goodoffer24 you can find keys for most types of products found in similar and bigger software key portals, such as G2A, Kinguin and cdkeys.com.

And here’s a quote from another site “reviewing” Goodoffer24 a year later, author unknown:

What is Goodoffer24? Is it Legit or a Scam?

Goodoffer24 is a relatively new website selling both software and game keys. What surprises me the most about it is, that, despite being relatively new, it has a great infrastructure. The company is established in Hong Kong, like many other giants in the software and game keys business.

Moreover, they are also marked as a trusted shop on allkeyshop.com, one of the biggest sites reviewing game key marketplaces. Therefore we can conclude that Goodoffer24 is pretty legit.

In Goodoffer24 you can find keys for most types of products found in similar and bigger software key portals, such as G2A, Kinguin and cdkeys.com.

First “review” is here, and the second one here.

You get my point? One sentence alone reveals that this is not an independent review: “Therefore we can conclude that Goodoffer24 is pretty legit.” No serious tech writer would ever say that about a clear scam. Only purpose of these “reviews” is to fool people into thinking they are dealing with a legitimate and trustworthy business.

In my opinion, we pros and advanced users have a responsibility to reach out and remind people about the old saying: “If it sounds too good to be true, it most probably isn’t true.” I have contacted Bing and Microsoft every time I have seen these ads masked as news stories in MSN News app, but apparently as long as these scammers are willing to pay, their “stories” will be shown in Microsoft’s own News app.

You know it’s a scam. I know it’s a scam. Let’s tell that to other people.

Kari

Author: Kari Finn

A former Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.

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