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 IIÂ®: Wings of Libertyâ„¢: 2775298057033043807536803
To use this key to activate the game, simply follow these instructions:
1.Â Â Â Create a Battle.net account (or if you already have one, log in) at<malicious URL removed!>
2.Â Â Â Verify your e-mail address. (If you have previously verified your address, skip this step.) From the main Account Management page, click the â€˜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.Â Â Â Return to the Battle.net account management page, then click on â€˜Code Redemption’.
4.Â Â Â Enter the above CDKey in the code field.
5.Â Â Â 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.
Customer Account: <e-mail address removed>
Order Date: 2010-8-2
Order #: 3893676
(1) StarCraft IIÂ®: Wings of Libertyâ„¢ – $59.99
Credit Card Number : ****-****-****-4406
Credit Card Type : Visa
Item Subtotal: $59.99
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)
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