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Software Shopping Tips

1. Don’t Reply to Spam! If you suspect an email is spam, don’t reply. Your address may be distributed to other spammers as a result, increasing the volume of spam you receive. Indicators that an email is spam include typos, misspellings and prices that are "too good to be true".

2. Don’t Post. Avoid posting your email address on public sites – spammers search public sites for email addresses.

3. Check out the Dealer. Review the software publisher’s Web site. If the reseller isn’t listed on the manufacturer’s Web site as a recognized dealer, proceed with caution.

4. Trust Your Instincts. If a price seems "too good to be true", it probably is.

5. Beware of Back-Up and OEMs. Take special care to avoid sellers offering “back-up” copies and OEM copies without the associated hardware. Such instances could be an indication that the software is illegal.

6. Steer Clear of Compilations. Be wary of compilations of software titles from different publishers on a single disk or CD.

7. Do Your Homework. Look for a feedback section on the site and look for comments about the seller based on previous transactions.

8. Get the Seller’s Address. Remember that if you cannot re-contact the seller, you may have no recourse if the product turns out to be pirated. If you can’t find the seller’s physical address, be suspicious. That may be a ploy to hinder law enforcement actions.

9. Keep Receipts. Print out a copy of your order number and sales confirmation and keep them at least until your software arrives in satisfactory condition.

10. Report Piracy. Buyers suspecting software piracy, counterfeit software and/or fraud should contact law enforcement agencies and the BSA.