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Posted: Oct 7th 2009 12:09PM (Unverified) said

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There's an interesting note on the website now saying the site was only up for demonstration purposes.

Posted: Oct 7th 2009 12:15PM (Unverified) said

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Thanks for your diligent investigation, Tateru. We can always count on you. Only one item of mine was ripped from Xstreet, and not an expensive one at that. Translating from L$ to $ it would cost a shopper all of 12 cents and, allegedly, the loss of their credit card information. At Codebastard Redgrave's suggestion I edited the item on XStreetSL and appended

"The Exclusive Web Vendor for Pop Dept. store, Microstuff, and Poultry Co. merchandise is XStreetSL. Do not buy from any other Website. Many items available in-world. Uccello Poultry, CC Columbo, and Usra Ostrich are the Sole In-World Contacts."

to the description. Sadly, to do this with the six pages of merchandise I have is an arduous task I don't look forward to tackling. I miss the batch editing of OnRez.

Posted: Oct 7th 2009 1:56PM EvaliaMagic said

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Sounds like it was a bit of a misunderstanding: there was nowhere on the site to enter billing, and the pictures were just being used for demonstration.That is if you believe the creators, anyway.

Posted: Oct 7th 2009 3:37PM (Unverified) said

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"IF" this website was in a production phase, then it shouldn't have been live for over two months, they never should have allowed member registration, let alone credit card info to be entered. And yes, despite what they say, I know first hand they DID have a shopping cart you could "check out" by entering a credit card number. When I found the site with my items listed on the 2nd of October with a "log in for price" button I "signed up" to see what this site was up to with my items. I found that all items on the site were listed for free, but they charged a monthly membership fee, with a 3-day reduced price trial period stating you'd have "unlimited access to downloads". A friend of mine was nice enough to test the site for me by entering a disposable credit card number. She said there was no where to put a second life avatar name and an email was received stating something along the lines of "contact the creator as there was an issue with delivery". So they got your credit card info, have no actual products to deliver, and are using my intellectual property along with several other content creators for this "demonstration"? Yeah, I'm sorry, but that's entirely too fishy. Oh, and when they took down the site they also stated that the only "members" they had were from 10-6? Well gee, I got my confirmation e-mail of my "membership" on 10-2 and you can be certain I still have it. So, if this place was trying to be legit, then they went about all wrong, completely wrong. Through all their little fibs (in my opinion) I can say they were honest about one thing, they didn't sell our products because they didn't have them, luckily. They apparently just used the appearance of having our products by taking our listings from xstreet word for word & image to image. That in itself is enough for a DMCA, which I definitely filed.

Posted: Oct 7th 2009 9:31PM (Unverified) said

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has anyone reported them actually using the credit card info they phished from people?

Posted: Oct 7th 2009 9:35PM (Unverified) said

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someone should get a cheap disposable credit card, give people like this the credit card number and stuff, and register the credit card as stolen, so they would get busted when they try to use it
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Posted: Oct 8th 2009 12:48AM (Unverified) said

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Following our contacting the company late yesterday, the Metaverse Tribune did get a response from the company, reinforcing their claim that was a test site. See http://metaversetribune.com/2009/10/07/virtualget-responds-to-phishing-allegations/ for the actual response.

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