Fwd: Recent Experience with people misrepresenting themselves as official Thunderbird

Jörg Knobloch jorgk at jorgk.com
Thu Jun 18 15:13:35 UTC 2015

On 18/06/2015 15:56, Philipp Kewisch wrote:
> I don't know if its a good idea to call out "Tech Help Experts" 
> specifically.

+1, it's a really bad idea, see below.

I can't judge the merits of the individual case brought forward by Wes 
Holmes/Phyllis Holmes. Please keep in mind that to judge a case, you'd 
have to hear both parties. Sadly, I have to doubt the words of the 
original complainer, who was NOT contacted by a scammer, but contacted 
"Mozilla" himself. Obviously this person does not understand what 
Mozilla is, and that they cannot be contacted on the phone. And who 
knows whether he contacted "Tech Help Expert*s" (as he repeatedly 
stated) or "Tech Help Expert".

It seems to me that "Tech Help Expert" (http://www.techhelpexpert.com/) 
are is a business providing support services. There is nothing wrong 
with providing support for Mozilla products on a commercial basis.

The SUMO article is rather misleading

It states:
Common technical support scams:
   Companies that charge you for installing Firefox or Thunderbird.
   Companies that charge you for fixing or updating Firefox or Thunderbird.

This statement is simply wrong and has gone to far.

Please explain what is wrong with entering a contract with someone who 
needs Firefox or Thunderbird support and charging for the services 
supplied? Say someone has a problem installing or upgrading Mozilla 
software, what is wrong providing paid support to such a person? I don't 
even want to mention all the problems that can occur in Thunderbird when 
mail needs to be imported, mailboxes get corrupted or e-mail gets 
accidentally deleted. Most non-technically minded people won't be able 
to solve these problems, not even with the help of SUMO. Many people are 
prepared to pay to get an immediate solution and have no inclination to 
find a solution in a support forum.

Like in any market, there may be poorly skilled or even fraudulent 
operators. However, that does not warrant such a blanket statement.

The article should focus on companies pretending to represent Mozilla or 
to be affiliated with Mozilla, not on those who provide genuine 
services. If I were the CEO of "Tech Help Expert", I'd sue Mozilla over 
the statement that my company should be "avoided".

Please revise the article accordingly.

Jorg K.

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