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

    bradleys It'll be fine....

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    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?

     
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  2. Jan 9, 2016 #2 of 21
    lessd

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

    waynomo My One Time

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    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

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

    justen_m Cheesehead TCF Club

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    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

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

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    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

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    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

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    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....

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

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    Given the URLs in the letter I can guarantee you would get malware. I hope nobody tries this at home!
     
  14. Series3Sub

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    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

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

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

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    Notice that on the analyzeme.net homepage at the bottom it shows:

    Understand yourself, and begin your journey to improvement with AnalyzeMe.
    FAQ | Terms & Conditions | Privacy
    Server version: 1.97.5828.12688 (12/16/2015 7:02:56 AM)
    Powered by RealityMine

    Click on RealityMine link
    http://www.realitymine.com/

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

    http://www.realitymine.com/tools/

    https://www.analyzeme.net/Terms/AnalyzeMe.aspx

    https://www.analyzeme.net/Privacy/AnalyzeMe.aspx

    It's legit.
     
  18. ej42137

    ej42137 Well-Known Member

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    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 "rmine.co" 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

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    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

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    I did a lot more research than posted above.
     

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