As many of you guys may already know, I sell quite a bit of software. The last couple of days has seen a huge increase in the number of scams uncovered particularly from people buying licences in the USA. I'm guessing that has something to do with the proliferation of stolen credit card or PayPal details around Independence Day. To put it short, if somebody is offering software which requires a continuous licence - second-hand - on this or any other forum then be very wary. The scam is very easy. The person buys a software either through their own credit card or more typically through stolen or illegally snooped credit cards or PayPal details. The software is typically completely activated and works 100%. The fraudster will then have a post on a forum claiming they want to sell it and offering it at perhaps 50% of the original value. It seems like a bargain, too good to be true. The sale goes through and the end buyer thinks they've got a bargain. Typically PayPal is used to facilitate this and as soon as the money is available in the fraudster's PayPal account they will attempt to make a withdrawal. One of two things that happens. The person whose credit card details have been used or whose PayPal password has been snooped uncovers the fact by noticing transactions they did not make on their statement or being contacted by their bank. It's only a matter of time until the money is returned at anything bought that can be cancelled and that includes licensed software is deactivated. In other cases the guy committing fraud themselves will actually refund the transaction and take the money out twice if you see what I mean. Last year over Independence day and also around Thanksgiving the amount of fraud shot up by about 500%. My sites do about 400 transactions a month and normally I get about one or two fraudulent resells every quarter or every (1 or 2 for every 1000 transactions). In the last week I've had 4. This follows the same pattern as last year around Independence Day and will probably be repeated again around Thanksgiving and over Christmas. I'm guessing a lot more transactions are done and is easier to both steal details and hide a few fraudulent transactions when there is much more going on. I'm not saying don't buy a bargain second-hand license. It's not my place to say that. But if you don't know the seller really well and they don't have excellent reputation then you're taking a huge risk. You don't end up with a bargain you end up with nothing. Your only recourse is a long winded criminal action. As far as the original software developers and the official sales portal providers or affiliates are concerned - you have no recourse for a ferund what-so-ever. The original software developers and the official payment providers will laugh in your face if you go to them through a refund for software you did not buy through them and tell you (quite rightly) that it's your problem and nothing to do with them. Be warned.