Software customers who are actually scam artists
Posted on 2009-05-14
Every time someone downloads a demo software from my website I get emailed the form they fill out. Why is it that over the months I get emails from companies in Africa, India and elsewhere saying they have downloaded the demo from my website (which they have) but only after 1 or 2 minutes do I get a 1-liner email in broken English saying something like:
"We like you software very much. Please to buy".
I can't imagine how after only 2 minutes they managed to actually download the demo (15MB), install it, test it and decide they like it. So naturally I delete these emails.
Now I have a potential customer who found me on one of those online freelancer websites for freelance programmers, who downloaded the demo and says "I am serious about buying this product" and "I like your software though and decided to go ahead with it if we can talk to you" - but they didn't really have any questions and they only want 1 license and they want a discount.
Why do I smell a rat? Or am I just being paranoid??
I have checked this company out thoroughly, and they seem legit, but something doesn't feel 100% right.
My question is:
What do you know about these kinds of scammers (if they exist)? IIf these people are scammers, what do they hope to do with my software once they get their single copy? My software is enveloped and protected and uses a hardware key (dongle). I know these things can be cracked (sometimes easily, sometimes with a lot of effort). Should I be worried? Should I decline the sale (I won't make all that much money on 1 license, but I do need the business).
Your general thoughts on this are appreciated.