Is this a scam using TiVos as a piggyback?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by bradleys, Jan 9, 2016.

  1. Jan 9, 2016 #1 of 21

    bradleys It'll be fine....

    Oct 31, 2007


    My wife got this email promising a $50 Amazon gift certificate and starting to install it on her iPad. Luckily she mentioned to me and I stopped her.

    Anyone else seen this?

    Last edited: Jan 9, 2016
  2. Jan 9, 2016 #2 of 21

    lessd Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Call TiVo and find out
  3. Jan 9, 2016 #3 of 21

    waynomo My One Time

    Nov 9, 2002
    You are correct to be cautious. My first instincts would be to think this is a scam also.

    However, the more I read it, the more legitimate it sounds. If it is scam they are using strategies that don't count on the stupidity of people.

    Basically the grammar is too good. I don't see any of they typical errors that I see in these types of things. Also, the details are crafted too good.
  4. Jan 9, 2016 #4 of 21

    trip1eX imo, afaik, feels like to me, *exceptions, ~aprox

    Apr 2, 2005
    Definitely would investigate before installing.

    Not sure how the app is going to know you are watching those events.
  5. Jan 9, 2016 #5 of 21

    SullyND L: 31-14 (10-2) TCF Club

    Dec 30, 2004
    Chicago Burbs


    FYI your wife's email address is in the body of the post, might want to delete that.
  6. Jan 9, 2016 #6 of 21

    unitron Well-Known Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    I don't think they need TiVo's permission or co-operation to try to survey TiVo watchers, so it might be legit even if TiVo, Inc. has never heard of them, but those web site addresses smell newly acquired, they don't load a page that further explains and gives you a button to click to download the app, it just starts downloading, and the contact email address is apparently a different domain, and even if it's legit-ish, who knows how much of your processor power it's going to hog.
  7. Jan 9, 2016 #7 of 21

    justen_m Cheesehead TCF Club

    Jan 14, 2004
    Boise, ID
    I just clicked your link on my linux box. The first one was an attack. The next two wanted to install software.

    My first go around is the same as waynomo, seems and sounds legit, but... I wouldn't go there with my Windows machine.
  8. Jan 9, 2016 #8 of 21
    Chris Gerhard

    Chris Gerhard Well-Known Member

    Apr 27, 2002
    I wouldn't mess with it although it is probably what it indicates, a research study.
  9. Jan 9, 2016 #9 of 21

    rjmitche Member

    Dec 30, 2004
    Does your wife participate in the TiVo Research Panel (or TiVo Advisors Panel or whatever it's called)? I could be mistaken but, I seem to remember something about a special study that sounded a lot like what the email is referencing. I don't think I qualified because I said I wasn't planning on watching something specific (Golden Globes maybe?).
  10. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

    Apr 6, 2000
    SF Bay Area
    Most likely a scam which could scramble and hold your computers hostage for money and they will not unscramble even if you paid.
  11. BigJimOutlaw

    BigJimOutlaw Well-Known Member

    Mar 21, 2004
    Pretty sure it's legit.

    The most recent January Tivo Survey I got a few days ago invited people to join this study if they were planning to watch the upcoming award shows on E! Entertainment and others. If chosen and you participate, you get a $50 Amazon card.
  12. bradleys

    bradleys It'll be fine....

    Oct 31, 2007
    Yeah, that is what she said it was. But I am not a huge fan of installing spyware.
  13. ej42137

    ej42137 Well-Known Member

    Feb 15, 2014
    Los Angeles
    Given the URLs in the letter I can guarantee you would get malware. I hope nobody tries this at home!
  14. Series3Sub

    Series3Sub Well-Known Member

    Mar 14, 2010
    IMHO, it is pure SCAM with red flags galore. They must have gotten a hold of TiVo's customer list and then send out the scam. Please, they are SO desperate for you to load this on every PC and mobile device you have. Place this email in the Junk Folder.
  15. waynomo

    waynomo My One Time

    Nov 9, 2002
    Oh yeah, definitely wouldn't do it until I had Mikey try it to see if it was safe.
  16. innocentfreak

    innocentfreak Well-Known Member

    Aug 25, 2001
    I would email TiVo advisor or forward it to Margret to see if they know anything about it.
  17. SomeRandomIdiot

    SomeRandomIdiot New Member

    Jan 7, 2016
    Notice that on the homepage at the bottom it shows:

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    Server version: 1.97.5828.12688 (12/16/2015 7:02:56 AM)
    Powered by RealityMine

    Click on RealityMine link

    Notice this has NBCU and TiVO Research logo (among others) on homepage.

    It's legit.
  18. ej42137

    ej42137 Well-Known Member

    Feb 15, 2014
    Los Angeles
    Perhaps, but all of this is from the email address, which only proves that a scam would have to be well researched for this to hang together.

    The only thing that I see as evidence is that "" has been registered by RealityMine Ltd. at GoDaddy since 2012. Even so I would be loathe to install admitted spyware on any of my devices.
  19. jfalkingham

    jfalkingham Member

    Jul 23, 2002
    New Hampshire
    We started out like this now we have research provided routers, tablets and phone. It was from the same parent company that did points panel. They collect everything you do through your TiVo through their dedicated router which I have on its own subnet. They have been sending checks months for $50 though that's not the reason we do it. My real driver is showing the study that although we do a ton through the TiVo, we shift off to Apple TV for iTunes content, HBO to go and a better plex experience with their updated app and I made sure that goes through th research router, not to mention the other ott stuff on iPads. I've been analyzing what is being sent and how often and to the best of my ability see nothing I would deem 'confidential'. Start with a call to TiVo or take the leap :)
  20. SomeRandomIdiot

    SomeRandomIdiot New Member

    Jan 7, 2016
    I did a lot more research than posted above.

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