This question has a few particularities that might be interpreted as signs of spam:

  • Both asker and answerer have created their Software Recommendations account the same day.
  • The same day they created their account, one asked and the other answered 17 minutes later.
  • The asker has no rep on any other site.
  • The question is very unclear (does not even tell what hardware is embedded in vehicles), but somehow, asker and answerer seem to understand each other very well.
  • Answerer has awarded nearly all of his rep as a bounty to the question he answered, which is highly unusual, it might be because he is 100% sure to get awarded the bounty.

Am I too suspicious? Could it be spam? Do we have any way to know anyway? What should we do?

  • To me looks like a "deal-maker". Note the answer to the comment on the question itself: Asked for details on his requirements, and where he gets the data from, OP answers We got an online demo from the company below. So I tend to agree on your suspicion, sounds like a "you place an ad – we give you a discount" campaign. As for the bounty: IMHO You cannot collect a bounty you've set yourself (they might have missed that fact).
    – Izzy Mod
    Sep 18, 2014 at 5:44
  • PS: Funny thing is, neither question nor answer specify explicitly what OS is supported (OK, answer says between the lines it somehow interacts with Android tablets).
    – Izzy Mod
    Sep 18, 2014 at 5:47
  • I recommend flag one of the posts in the future and explain all that to a moderator. No need to discuss this in public.
    – juergen d
    Sep 19, 2014 at 13:38

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Looks like a sockpuppet to me. I've deleted the question, suspended and warned the parent user, and destroyed the sock puppet. The bounty was a 'very' nice touch, if not for the fact that it was very suspicious.

While full disclosure is necessary, it isn't sufficient sometimes.

Nice catch ;)

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    Looks like the end of your third sentence is missing?
    – Nicolas Raoul Mod
    Sep 18, 2014 at 6:13
  • 1
    Sorta fixed. This was a pretty unusual case and I got distracted ;p. Sep 18, 2014 at 6:20

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