Tuesday, November 16, 2010
ProFlightSimulator: an old scam is new again
Well, the flight simulator fans at http://www.flightsim.com/ weren't fooled by ProFlightSimulator. They report under their "News" headline that it's just a reincarnation of an earlier scam, called "Flight Pro Sim."
The forums at FlightGear (http://www.flightgear.org/forums/) while not exactly abuzz about PFS, are certainly aware of it, and are consoling PFS customers who wasted good money buying an old and obsolete version of FG.
Finally, the Flight Pro Sim website is still alive, and it looks remarkably similar to the PFS website. The two main differences are:
(1) The ersatz proprietor of Flight Pro Sim is "Charlie Taylor," while the sock puppet of ProFlightSimulator is "Dan Freeman."
(2) Flight Pro Sim is selling for $47, while PFS is selling for $49.98 - no wait, it's down to $49.
(3) They may or may not be two different (obsolete) versions of FlightGear.
Many of the online reviews are written by "Michael Ortiz." I think that Charlie, Dan and Michael are all the same guy. One review was written by "Eriz Cremonti", which is almost an anagram of "Michael Ortiz."