Microsoft is suing eight resellers in the US for allegedly selling counterfeit versions of their software.
The company said the prosecutions were a last resort after other attempts to stop the companies' behaviour failed. Consumers tipped off Microsoft by calling the hotline - 1-800-RU-LEGIT.
Secret shoppers were then sent out to gather evidence against the companies. The case against MicroCity4Less.com relied on evidence from consumers. The info came via Windows Genuine Advantage - an online tool for checking the bona fides of your software.
Cases have been filed in Arizona, California, Illnois, Minnesota and New York. The companies are: BWT Industry Technology Service Inc., Data Day USA Inc, MicroCity4Less.com, Winvtech Solutions Inc, Global Computing Inc, Ion Technologies of Minneapolis, Compustar Co and Chips and Tech of New York.
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