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Anonymous BitTorrent Service VPN4Life is a Scam
« on: January 07, 2009, 04:02:35 am »
Anonymous BitTorrent Service VPN4Life is a Scam
Written by enigmax on January 06, 2009

http://torrentfreak.com/anonymous-bittorrent-service-vpn4life-is-a-scam-090106/


A few days we reported on a new service which claimed to offer lifetime anonymous BitTorrent for a $50.00 one-off payment. As the service ‘launched’ we had our doubts, but understandably some people decided to give it a try since it was so cheap. It turns out that the offer was indeed too good to be true.

The ability to partake in some anonymous BitTorrent-ing is becoming increasingly desirable. A reputable VPN service, offering fast transfer speeds and unlimited transfers costs around $10 to $20 per month, so when a ‘new’ service called VPN4Life was about to launch last week offering incredibly cheap prices, we took a closer look.

In a nutshell, a representative from VPN4Life claimed they were about to offer a fast, 128 bit encrypted, fully unlimited and anonymous PPTP service - all for just a one-off payment of $50.00. It seemed to good to be true and in our report we said as much, warning people away from the service.

Nevertheless, since the offer was so cheap, some people decided to take the chance. After handing their cash over via PayPal, customers did not receive a PPTP VPN service, but an executable file named ‘VPN 4 Life PC.exe’. Sadly, this was neither new nor original code, but a piece of software designed to protect people’s privacy when using public WiFi networks. The ad-supported software, called Hotspot Shield, is already available for free from AnchorFree.com. The scammers at VPN4Life simply renamed the file to make it look like their own work.

Confirmation that the two files are identical can be obtained by checking the MD5 checksum, which can be viewed as a type of digital fingerprint. The results for each file are identical.

    4b34079841d43799e5d0849ac16feb61 HSS-1.10-install-anchorfree-76-conduit.exe
    4b34079841d43799e5d0849ac16feb61 VPN 4 Life PC.exe

The VPN4Life site now has a note on it stating that if anyone is unhappy with the service, that’s too bad. “No refunds will be given if you are dissatisfied with our services,” says the site’s recently-added Terms and Conditions. However, according to reports from purchasers, a complaint to PayPal seems to do the trick.

Too good to be true? You bet.

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Re: Anonymous BitTorrent Service VPN4Life is a Scam
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2009, 04:44:32 am »
Didn't the name sort of hint at it ??? ???

VPN4Life easily reaks of scam to begin with......I'm not even techie and that would make me wonder.......
this is even worse than "Usenext".......
IDK if the name is too loud, or is too close of resemblance to what it provides , or if it is over revealing to what it does, my mind starts blowing a warning whistle to my fingers to do research on the program/service before DLing..........
Especially if it has something to with P2P!!!!Then on top of that "Anonymous"  :D :D

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Re: Anonymous BitTorrent Service VPN4Life is a Scam
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2009, 08:43:06 am »
This also might be a tip off!

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The VPN4Life site now has a note on it stating that if anyone is unhappy with the service, that’s too bad. “No refunds will be given if you are dissatisfied with our services,” says the site’s recently-added Terms and Conditions.

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Re: Anonymous BitTorrent Service VPN4Life is a Scam
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2009, 02:24:23 pm »
This also might be a tip off!

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The VPN4Life site now has a note on it stating that if anyone is unhappy with the service, that’s too bad. “No refunds will be given if you are dissatisfied with our services,” says the site’s recently-added Terms and Conditions.

But from the quote it sounds that wasn't added til recently, last couple of days.......
I was ranting about before that was added on the site  ;D ;D ;D

I even tried to see what the site looks like and I get this error message:

This account is currently unavailable due to technical/billing issues.

LOL

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Re: Anonymous BitTorrent Service VPN4Life is a Scam
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2024, 07:17:24 am »
I often concerned about how I can provide more security to your work and their wards. Our company often has data leaks, and this sometimes bothers me quite a lot.

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Re: Anonymous BitTorrent Service VPN4Life is a Scam
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2024, 07:25:09 am »
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