Didn't get a call like that. But it sure sounds suspicious. Did you get the caller's phone number? Please share it so I can add it to my block list.
By the way, I Googled the phone scam and 416-827-3883 - James , Toronto, ON came up along with several complaints from those who received the call. It looks like the scam has been happening for a while now.
EDIT: sorry if that sounded harsh, always suspicious of folk who sign up and post random responses and links... your response wasn't totally random but you obviously haven't read the thread. Apologies if you were trying to help!
synaesthesia, was inclined to believe it was a scam, too. Not to mention the thread of complaints I found at Callercenter.
416-827-3883 - James , Toronto, ON I got through Google may not be connected whatsoever to the call you got. I shared it here to prove that the scammers were also using Autodesk to trick people into disclosing bank details. So it's a must that everyone remains vigilant against suspicious calls.
I only just found out about this. Here's the email response I just had from Autodesk after querying them about it.
You are correct, Autodesk provides Secondary, and Further Education institutions, teachers and students with Free access to over thirty 2D and 3D design & visualization software offerings and also makes available free training, teaching and learning resources for personal use.
To apply to download free software for your institution please visit the Autodesk Academic Resource Center by going to Overview and select the option to receive software for use in the classroom via the blue ACCESS TODAY button.
Students and teachers wishing to download free licenses of the software for use at home can access the software from Autodesk Student Community | Free Software & Resources for Education
Autodesk has partnered with the UK Design & Technology Association to support science, technology, engineering, art and maths (STEAM) education for Secondary schools, through the provision of free software and projects. To access UK specific resources and learning content please visit Overview and look under the curriculum tab.
We have additional STEAM curriculum resources available at Autodesk Digital STEAM Workshop
If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Autodesk 3DS Max and Maya are amazing industry-standard products usually costing thousands of pounds per license, so it would be crazy not to give students access and alert them to free home use IMHO. I'm working to sneak some CGI into A-level Media Studies.
So its huge software that takes up gigs and gigs. Poor schools/colleges that have actually paid for it.
And the browser based 3D modeling apps: Design Apps | Personal Design & Creativity Tools | Autodesk