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    Default Charging for student licenses of AutoDesk software. Scam?

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    This is a portion of an ad I saw running in craigslist.hartford this morning. The guy has some nerve charging a fee for something that is free. Comments anyone?

    Autodesk and AutoCAD applications available.
    All come with 3 year student license.

    Digital download right from Autodesk. Serial delivered in hand.

    Again, you must download the trial version from Autodesk, and I will provide you with the Activation code for the three year license. I can also provide the download links.

    $150 each. Cash.


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    There are so many scams out there that it is scary.
    This site http://www.students4autodesk.com/ sells AutoCAD to users who mistype the former url for the Autodesk student community.
    Even reputable student software sites http://www.journeyed.com/product/sea...k_srch=autocad sell the free software. (since the latest version can be downloaded each year - not sure why anyone would want 5-yr license)

    Just to be clear to anyone who stumbles across this thread - students can download the latest Autodesk software for free/legal license from http://students.autodesk.com
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    You'll find piles of offerings like this on eBay as well, ranging anywhere from $20 up. I suspect what is happening is that you go download the trial version, and what you get for your money is a key generator that keeps you from having to actually be a student to get it. Some of the ads even mention ways to remove the educational watermark.

    It always amazes me the lengths people will go to, and the effort they will put out to do something underhanded, when if they actually have all this talent, why not apply it to something legitimate?
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    JD is correct...In case of doubt just give us a holler at twitter.com/AutodeskCare (24/5 M-F).
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    So many scams....and what's really scary is that many of these Key Generators are Trojans which will install key stroke recorders and can steal your personal information like when you login to your bank account. The world is indeed a dangerous place and one should always be aware that if something sounds too good to be true, like AutoCAD for only $20, it's probably a scam.
    It's deja vu, all over again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReMark View Post
    This is a portion of an ad I saw running in craigslist.hartford this morning. The guy has some nerve charging a fee for something that is free. Comments anyone?

    Autodesk and AutoCAD applications available.
    All come with 3 year student license.

    Digital download right from Autodesk. Serial delivered in hand.

    Again, you must download the trial version from Autodesk, and I will provide you with the Activation code for the three year license. I can also provide the download links.

    $150 each. Cash.


    I have seen those on eBay and have contacted the seller and eBay about their wrong doing....it would stop for about a week then it would start over. Then I would send more complaint then it would stop then it would start over again.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by BDesign View Post
    I have seen those on eBay and have contacted the seller and eBay about their wrong doing....it would stop for about a week then it would start over. Then I would send more complaint then it would stop then it would start over again.......
    they say they offer AutoCAD for $xx.00 and they will email you the code. This can only happen from a student or from someone that has a legitimate college email address. Then they can download unlimited amount or copy their program and send it to them. People that doesn't know any better fall for this!!e
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    Has there been any change in the amonut of these scams?

    It has been over 3 years, so I'm curious as to whether there's been any crackdown of sorts.
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    So if you are not a full time student and want to learn one of the programs how do you get it? I started learning with release 12 or13 (can't remember) and then went to 2000. Both were on computers that were given to me.

    Two years ago I had to upgrade my skills from the company's ACad 2009 and jump to AMEP 2012. I know everyone is going to say the company should pay for training, they did buy the software, But I am an electrician in construction that only goes into the office as needed (and you could call me the Cad manager ). Have any of you noticed the unemployment rates in construction? Around here four years ago they were at 50%. Lose you job and you won't get another one for 2 years, and then it may only be for a few weeks or a months' work and then out again for a year. Thankfully things are picking up, and I had the skills that kept me employed. One way I did it was E-Bay $25.00 student version MEP suite!!!! Call it a scam, but it put food on the table a roof over our heads and medical benefits. I downloaded the student version from autodesk and used the code that was e-mailed to me. The software is registered in my name with the correct address so it did not seem like a scam to me.

    I would not want a software programmer to be out of work for a scam. So when the time comes again, tell me how do I get a student version without being a full time student? It is not going to be used for any reason other than learning. Our re-seller said they could not get me a student version. They will gladly sell me a full version!!!!

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