Consumer Alert: Burn, sell, repeat

Looking for a good price on some computer software? One place many consumers turn to is online ads. But as we found out,  some software being sold online is NOT what it claims to be and could, in the end, destroy your computer.

Lyndsey Griffin loves to take pictures and decided to look online for the software program Photoshop. She found an ad on Craigslist offering the photo enhancing software for 50% less than the retail price. She received six discs in the mail and quickly installed them on her computer.

Eventually the computer became so slow she had to buy a new one.

US Postal Inspector Amanda McMurrey says the problem was with the person who sold Griffin the discs.  “In this case, what he was doing is he was just copying software, which is illegal to do, He did not have the licenses he told the consumers that he had.”

“He” is Alan Recinos and postal inspectors say he is well known by authorities. “Mr. Recinos had a pretty lengthy criminal history, which included charges for software piracy in the past, so he was pretty familiar with the fraud and he found he could make a lot of quick money” said McMurrey.

Inspectors always warn consumers when buying online to make sure seller is legitimate.

 

 

 

Alan Recinos was sentenced to more than three years in prison and ordered to pay $375-thousand in restitution to software companies.

 

 

 

 

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