PSA : StarCraft II Accounts being Phished

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Trap

The world is full of people who’re willing to sidestep legal boundaries in an effort to get stuff for nothing. The internet is host to many of them.

Crafty phishers are using tried and tested textbook methods of stealing other people’s battle.net accounts. The ignoble curs have been sending authentic-looking emails promising a StarCraft II CD-key. In the eternal words of Admiral Ackbar – IT’S A TRAP!

One such scam features a step-by-step CD-key activation procedure that leads to a phony Battle.net log-in screen. Should you enter your log-in details, they’ll be sent directly to the dastardly hands of the scammers.

Here’s a bit of advice : Try not clicking on links you get in emails, regardless of how genuine they appear – unless they’ve been digitally signed. It’s pretty easy to spoof addresses and the like, so the phishing mails may even appear to originate from Blizzard.com or battle.net.

Below is a sample of one of the offending mails.

Hello, thank you for shopping at the Blizzard Store!

StarCraft II®: Wings of Liberty™: 2775298057033043807536803

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!>
2.    Verify your e-mail address. (If you have previously verified your address, skip this step.) From the main Account Management page, click the ‘verify this e-mail address’ link. Then, check your e-mail account for a verification e-mail. Click the link in this e-mail to verify your e-mail address.
3.    Return to the Battle.net account management page, then click on ‘Code Redemption’.
4.    Enter the above CDKey in the code field.
5.    Once you have successfully redeemed this code, you will be able to play the game.

NOTE: If you have previously chosen to gift your digital purchase, attaching this key to their Battle.net account will prevent you from being able to redeem this key with your Battle.net account.

===========================================
Purchase Receipt
===========================================
Customer Account: <e-mail address removed>
Order Date: 2010-8-2
Order #: 3893676

(1) StarCraft II®: Wings of Libertyâ„¢ – $59.99

Credit Card Number : ****-****-****-4406
Credit Card Type : Visa
Item Subtotal: $59.99
Tax: $0.00
Shipping & Handling: $0.00
Shipping Tax: $0.00
Grand Total: $59.99
===========================================

If you have any questions or concerns about your order, please contact us at:

Phone: Toll-free at (1-800-592-5499)
Website: http://support.blizzard.net/account

Live phone support is available seven days a week, 8:00AM – 8:00PM Pacific Time.

Thanks for shopping with us!
Blizzard Customer Service

Source : siliconera

Last Updated: August 4, 2010

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Steve Hofmeyr

    Try not licking on links you get in emails
    :tongue:

  • *lol* Thanks for pointing that out. Fixed

  • koldFU5iON

    “Try not licking on links you get in emails” <— WAHAHAHAHAH 😆

  • Still, it’s good advice! Licking anything in emails is generally quite ineffective. 😛

  • Bobby Kotick wished it was PrON

    Wow! I got one of those emails this morning, and it had me baffled for a few seconds. Initially, I thought the missus bought Starcraft 2 on our account, but then I moused over the link and spotted the odd url link.

    Dastardly bastards! What happened to merely sending pron to my email addie?
    :cwy:

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