Mumbai Guy Created Fake CorelDraw Website Demanding Ransom from Web Designers

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Mumbai: A Guy named Virendra Desai from Mumbai created fake similar look website of CorelDraw with Indian domain .co.in (corelindia.co.in) extension and calling web designers, freelancer asking to pay licence fee or pay a large amount of ransom fee. Virendra Desai who called web designers and freelancer and he told them that they are using the pirated copy of CorelDraw.

CorelDraw India Fake Website

NewsShare team also got one of the same call from Virendra Desai and he said that, I am the official CorelDraw employee from Core Corporation Compliance Mumbai head office and we are recording this call as for training purposes, he said this because he wanted others to think that this is the official call from CorelDraw but this is not.

Listen the call recording that I got from this guy.

 

We investigated the issue and called some web designer, who got such fake call and found that they demand ransom from users by paying the licence amount that listed on their fake website which is almost INR 62540.00* on all products as shown below:

  • CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019 For Windows
  • CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019 (Mac)
  • CorelCAD 2019 (Windows/Mac)
  • CorelDRAW Technical Suite 2018

Virendra said he will send more details on email and we have provided email to know more about this case. Here’s what we got in the email:

First Email from Fake CorelDraw Website:

Dear Mr. Varinder,

Greetings from Corel Corporation!!!

My name is Rahul Chavan representative of Corel Corporation in India as part of compliance team that deals with software legalisation of Corel products used in India.

Corel Corporation is a leading software developer based out of Canada with major offices in United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Taiwan, China and Japan. Corel is copyright owner of various products including but not limited to CorelDraw Graphic Suite, Painter, Particle Shop, CorelDraw TechnicalSuite, Paint Shop Pro, After Shot, Video Studio, PDF Fusion, WordPerfect Office, WinZip etc.

This mail is with regards to the installations / instances of propriety software of Corel Corporation installed / used in your organization. We seek your kind co-operation to help us with the license details of CorelDraw software you have procured in the past along with serial keys & invoice details. Technically each installation/instance has to be backed with lawfully acquired right to use for each product/s as per Corel’s licensing policy.

Your revert will also help us to validate your Genuine Licenses procured and address the gap in terms of licenses. As you may experience Genuine License do boost over productivity also provides access to technical support team to solve your queries. It mitigates risk on your business, which is responsible towards your customers. The use and installation of legal software tends to be easier and less risky regarding the IT security & you act in accordance with law.

We therefore request your support to get licenses regularized.

NewsShare Reply:

Hi,

Please send me the traces you have found that my company On Secret Hunt is using Corel Draw Software.

Thanks
Regards
Varinder

Second Reply from Fake CorelDraw Website

Dear Mr. Varinder,

With respect to our trail mail, We are not in position to share any information / data for the installations got from your premises at this stage and if you want any type of details the litigation is only the process where you can acquire the proofs. Also you can refer (http://corelindia.co.in/eula) to clear your queries and understand the EULA of Corel Corporation.

As a whole we would like to put to you that copyright of the products owned by Corel Corporation are governed by licensing norms and our discussion was for the infringement of the copyright over your usage which are not licensed.

The discovery data which are unlicensed that you are asking will not be in position to share until there is a legal process involved. Escalating this to higher levels will only lead to getting into penalties for over usage among other things.

Corel Corporation has an identity as Software Company and is well established brand in the market for its software products & please be sure that we will not be calling customers without a right reason and valid information at our end. We are reaching out to customers & expect customers to take this opportunity to regularize the usage of our software.

With respect to our trail mail, We would request you to do an internal audit & proceed with CorelDraw licenses to close this from our end.

Please feel free to revert back for any further clarifications or details.

Thanks and Regards,

Rahul Chavan

Sr. Compliance Executive

Corel Corporation

Third Reply From Fake CorelDraw Website:

Dear Mr. Varinder,

Kindly be noted that we are highly concerned with the usage of our software in  your organization for which we don’t have found the licenses details for all Installations.

Also note that, number of installation  and the number of legal licenses cannot defer. Kindly be aware of the fact that installing / using unlicensed Corel Software would be grossly in breach of our End User License Agreement(EULA) and the same shall be treated as a civil wrong and a criminal offence under India Copyright Act Law 1957.

Trial versions are not applicable for commercial purpose in the organization.Also uninstalling the software is not a solution to the concerns raised, as per Copyright Act installing infringed copy of a software as per Section 63B is entitled to penalties & damages, Under the Indian Copyright Act, a software pirate can be tried under both civil and criminal law.

We at Corel Corporation are willing to extend our support in case of customer not using legalized version of the software by providing them the right channels to have the same legalized for a safer business environment.

Please feel free to revert back for any further clarifications or details.

Thanks and Regards,

Rahul Chavan

Sr. Compliance Executive

Corel Corporation

 

After getting threatened 3 times over email and 1 time on phone call we send last email that is

NewsShare Second Reply:

Hi,
Ok, I will forward this email to my friend who is working in Hindustan Times as a news editor and he will check genuinity of your company, website, corelindia.co.in  and will take action according to it. As I think that you are not from the CorelDraw company.
Also the call recording and phone number of your company.
Regards
Varinder

 

From this reply we didn’t get any other update from them. 😛

You can also read another CorelDraw fraud case that is posted on official CorelDraw forum site. Here user named NIMIT is asked to pay the software price 300 times.

All details that are listed on fake CorelDraw website corelindia.co.in is not the official listing. If you are one of those who get such call do ignore them and block their phone number and report it to cybercrime with all details.

If you want to purchase the legal licence of CorelDraw product do visit the official CoreDraw website www.corel.com. You can check out the latest product of CoreDraw here.

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