Watch Out For StarCraft II Email Scam

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Watch Out For StarCraft II Email Scam

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As if it wasn't expected, scammers are already attacking fans of the barely one-week-old StarCraft II.

Blizzard's StarCraft II was finally released last week and everybody is saying how it's just the bee's knees. Don't let those feelings of happiness make you let your guard down, as scammers are using the title's hype to try to steal Battle.net accounts and personal information.

This seems to be par for the course every time a super-popular game is released, as it also happened with Modern Warfare 2. Spotted by Siliconera, the new scam involves emails that pretend to be from the Blizzard Store. It attempts to make users believe that they're getting a StarCraft II CD key, but that they must create or log into a Battle.net account at a non-Blizzard location.

The email reads: "To use this key to activate the game, simply follow these instructions: 1. Create a Battle.net account (or if you already have one, log in) at <malicious URL removed>." It then pretends like you'd be good to go for some Zerg on Terran action, but you really would have just given a scammer your Battle.net account. If an email doesn't come from "@blizzard.com" or "@battle.net," it's not from Blizzard.

We should all know this by now, but when an email tells you something that's too good to be true, like that you just got a free copy of StarCraft II, it is. You wouldn't respond to the guy that keeps emailing you about how you just won the email lottery, would you? Or the foreign national that says he's going to give you $100,000 if you give him $5,000 to release the funds, right? Right? I hope you just said no, twice.

Source: Siliconera

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Tom Goldman:
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Umm... should I be worried if I only answered no once?

The problem is, the actual email from blizzard i got when being chosen for the starcraft beta looked the same.

Of course, all you need to do is entering the standard bnet webadress manually, instead of clicking on email links.

I think I actually got one of those...which I consider werid, since I never use blizzard.

But... I... it's Starcraft II for free! I'm sure it wouldn't hurt, right? I can take my chances...

Tom Goldman:
Or the foreign national that says he's going to give you $100,000 if you give him $5,000 to release the funds, right? Right? I hope you just said no, twice.

They said it was from the Nigerian President himself, dammit! I can't just ignore him!

Often, the e-mail will appear to be from blizzard, the most reliable way I've found is that the url will not be correct. I got one for WoW this morning and they had spelled World as Wor1d using the "1" for the lowercase "L"

SCAMMERS ARE SO BADASS NOW A'DAYS

Don't use all-caps. Mod.

Fantastic. It's as though Blizzard spamming their official ads everywhere isn't enough.

And for those who plan to torrent it, be warned. They are ALL malware // Adware. So don't think you are outsmarting anyone here.

Just BUY the game.

Spam is a very big concern for Blizzard. All jokes aside. :(

Facepalm

Funny i'm getting WoW scams, at this moment there are three of them in my spam folder, but no SC scams yet. Also, any excuse to write about SC2...

Haven't seen any SC2 spam yet, but the most recent WoW spam I got was telling me that my toons had been faction switched. I could tell it wasn't correct, since they weren't using the right battle.net email account, but that's a new twist on things.

soo, being technical this is phishing.

I have not seen any in my Email accounts

Crafty spammers :\

Good thing I have a spam folder :3

Anyone dumb enough to fall for these deserves whatever happens to them.

Tom Goldman:
You wouldn't respond to the guy that keeps emailing you about how you just won the email lottery, would you? Or the foreign national that says he's going to give you $100,000 if you give him $5,000 to release the funds, right? Right? I hope you just said no, twice.

The sad thing is that my grandparents did fall for that, and they gave their money away (yes, I still am an underage). Until now I haven't fall for any scam, but anyways...

OT: Has there been any more SC2 cams? I'd thought there was quite some more since I got quite some of WoW (even though I do not play the game, no Idea how they get here).

On the Metacritic user reviews some guy gave it a 1 out of 10. His post sounded VERY angry. Like, I wonder if Blizzard did something personal to him.

I got one. And I lulled as I deleted it. Then I went to the battle.net site and was fine.

About once every two years I fall for a phishing attempt. It is usually when several months have ellapsed without any phishing, and for whatever reason I'm just caught in a wrong frame of mind. Sucks to have to go around changing your password, particularly if you have one that you like.

What company EVER asks for your password? None, because they KNOW it already, seriously if you give over your info you might have deserved it. That's like giving your social security number to someone over the phone who claims to be someone from the government.

My WoW account was hacked last year, and ever since I have been bombarded with scam emails. Often I get 5-6 a day.

Seriously people, Blizzard Authenticator; Get One.

Strangely enough, I have been getting scam emails, with the "sent from" address listed as "@blizzard.com" I don't know if they somehow got a hold if a blizzard email account for scamming, or if something in Hotmail allows the sender to specify a different "from" address or something, but it's weird, and scary.

Anyone stupid enough to fall for it, I will laugh.

It's kinda basic really

My friend once got a spam email asking for his WoW account from [email protected].

Funniest
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My God! They know the Achilles Heel!

You'd be an idiot to fall for one of those e-mails...

I suppose the same people have been donating money to a prince in Nigeria.

These scams are honestly pathetic... but somebody has to be falling for them otherwise nobody would try.

I keep getting spam about my battlenet account, it's a good thing my hotmail learned how to place it in the junk folder :)

(Although it put a LRR email there at first and I was scared as I nearly deleted it)

I started getting these emails on the same day I acquired SC2. I was a bit impressed that the scammers are that quick.

Ha, You're just trying to scam me out of me free copy!

Next you'll be telling me I'm not next in line for the throne of Zambia...

Another to watch out for is supposed warnings that your account may have been hacked and in use, and sold, and is gold farming. Do not touch the links no matter how legit it feels. Just go to your battle.net or WoW account and check. It wont hurt to change the password in the process either.
I hope these dorks get bored with this soon.

Serioli:
Ha, You're just trying to scam me out of me free copy!

Next you'll be telling me I'm not next in line for the throne of Zambia...

Silly, Zambia doesn't have stuffed animals in the royal line. They are all purple hippos. Ya gotta know these things!

Well, that didnt take them long. Suppose as long as people dont actually fall for it, and just use common sense should be ok...but...common sense sometimes...

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