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Do (cheap) "subscription codes" exist? Found one, but maybe it's scam

Explorer ,
Jul 23, 2020 Jul 23, 2020

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In a forum someone offers codes for extending an Adobe CC license (all apps) by 12 months, and that for only 100 euros (1/7 of regular license fee). Does something like this really exist (subscription codes) or is it scam?

 

This is something I would like to ask Adobe directly, but unfortunately they do not offer contact by e-mail.

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LEGEND , Jul 24, 2020 Jul 24, 2020
This is a scam. Nobody can buy cheap subscriptions, so nobody can sell them. It's as simple as that. So, what is their motivation? They might just want your credit card. They might want to install malware, so they can get your credit card, and much more,including blackmailing for access to your computer. You might get a CC that runs for a few days or even weeks before Adobe notice the scam and lock it down. A business can expect high fines for using pirate licenses. Adobe do sometimes offer intr...

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Jul 24, 2020 Jul 24, 2020

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This is a scam. Nobody can buy cheap subscriptions, so nobody can sell them. It's as simple as that. So, what is their motivation? They might just want your credit card. They might want to install malware, so they can get your credit card, and much more,including blackmailing for access to your computer. You might get a CC that runs for a few days or even weeks before Adobe notice the scam and lock it down. A business can expect high fines for using pirate licenses. Adobe do sometimes offer introductory offers, sometimes as much as 25% off, available only for the first year to new users. But there are never savings to be made by buying from someone else.

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Explorer ,
Jul 30, 2020 Jul 30, 2020

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Thanks for your reply. The payment would be via PayPal, so this person would not get any credit card information. I would get HIS information (the PayPal mail address).

 

Meanwhile I was able to contact Adobe via chat. They could not tell me whether this is something illegal ot not. They told me that there are activation codes which add another 12 months to the current subscription. But whether this specific offer is legit, is impossible to say.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 01, 2020 Aug 01, 2020

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There may be strings attached that we don't know about.  But typically, when a price is "too good to be true," it's a scam. 

 

Report suspicious e-mails and sites below.

 

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Beware of fake Adobe reps who may contact you privately offering to sell you software or take control of your computer. It's a scam, run away!
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3 Easy Ways to Identify Genuine Adobe Staff
https://tinyurl.com/10791730

 

Nancy O'Shea, Adobe Product User & Community Professional
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 10, 2020 Sep 10, 2020

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As others have said, it's a definite scam. Always be wary when the price seems too good to be true. Where did you see this?

  

Besides, Creative Cloud subscriptions do not function via "codes" as Creative Suite did, but rather via logins using your Adobe ID which has purchased a membership... So, it would have to be a rip-off.

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Explorer ,
Sep 11, 2020 Sep 11, 2020

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I found it in a market place forum on a video editing board. Codes exists, said the Adobe support. I do not mean serial numbers, but codes for license extension.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 11, 2020 Sep 11, 2020

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"I found it in a market place forum on a video editing board."

I have no first hand knowledge of any legitimate codes issued by Adobe that will extend your subscription beyond it's current expiration date.  I prefer to maintain a healthy skepticism about offers that sound "too good to be true" because 9 times out of 10 they are not what they appear to be.  Or worse, they're a total scam.

 

Nancy O'Shea, Adobe Product User & Community Professional
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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Explorer ,
Sep 12, 2020 Sep 12, 2020

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"I have no first hand knowledge of any legitimate codes issued by Adobe that will extend your subscription beyond it's current expiration date"

 

But I have (as I said two times). Or maybe you know more about Adobe licenses than that Adobe employee. The maximum official discount is about 55% compared to the original price (at least here in my country).

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 12, 2020 Sep 12, 2020

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Your statements are very confusing. This is a user-to-user forum.  If Adobe staff can't verify the offer is legitimate, nobody here can either.

 

Nancy O'Shea, Adobe Product User & Community Professional
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 22, 2020 Sep 22, 2020

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As stated above, it's definitely a scam. Any "subscription codes" you find on an online forum are absolutely fake. As in, not legitimate.

 

All Creative Cloud licenses are nontransferrable; they cannot be legally sold by anyone except by Adobe and authorized resellers. And there is no official discount offered except for rare sales.

 

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