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World of Warcraft Forum » General Discussion » READ FIRST: Phishing e-mails

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  Sureth

Novice Member

Joined: 1/13/10
Posts: 85

 
OP  1/28/10 3:26:02 PM#1

  As you may already know, many e-mails are sent out daily hoping to scam you into putting your account info into a fradulent site, thus stealing your account info and possibly more. I have put together a small list that may help you protect yourself with two simple tips.                                                                                                                              

  •    First, never open any suspicious e-mail URL links from Blizzard. They will never ask you to "verify" yourself, link you to their website, or ask you to type in your account details. You can usually tell the e-mail is a fake when you hover your mouse over the www.worldofwarcraft.com site and it instead shows on the bottom of your browser something similar, but not the actual site. I.E. www.worldofwarcraft.com

 

  •   Secondly, if you are not sure that the e-mail is a fake you can do two simple things. Type the actual website into your browser yourself, log into your account and change the password. Next, you can then find the customer support number on the legitimate Blizzard site. www.worldofwarcraft.com You can then call them and ask them the status of your account.

With these easy tips you should be able to avoid this particular phishing scam.

Remember, check every URL you click.

  If you have anything to add, please feel free to respond to this thread. If you simply have a question concerning an e-mail you have recieved that you might think is fraudulent, feel free to ask it here and I or another helpful player will assist you as soon as possible.

Thank you.

 

 

  windasm

Novice Member

Joined: 7/30/07
Posts: 87

4/08/10 7:20:12 PM#2

Hello, I recieved one of the phishing emails today. Does anybody know where I should report the link that was sent to me to reset the password? I have never played wow is the funny thing..lol

  Dameonk

Novice Member

Joined: 3/30/04
Posts: 1930

4/08/10 7:29:44 PM#3

These tips are not just good for WoW, but for any email, period.

Imbedded URLs in emails should NEVER be clicked on.

"There is as yet insufficient data for a meaningful answer."

  User Deleted
4/08/10 7:34:57 PM#4

I have an email that I only used  for mmosite.com when they were giving members beta keys. My email is blocked from other mmosite.com members seeing it. I belive that the people running mmosite.com sell peoples emails or it might just be them scamming, I have no clue. On this email I get about ten or more phishing emails a day. Some of these phishing emails are from MMO's that I do not play such as Aion, WoW and a few others.

 

My friend is a WoW player and when I have gone to his house to hang out, he shows me how the asians hack WoW and spell out a phishing websites outside the auction house using many accounts of sleeping characters. I think that little kids for the most part fall for these phishing scams.

 

You would think that MMO's have been out long enough for the game developers to take leagal action and the cheaters, scammers would think twice before doing so. I guess not.

  Mdpats

Novice Member

Joined: 5/12/08
Posts: 179

4/08/10 7:45:50 PM#5

Is it me or did more and more phishing scams occur when they merged accounts with Battle.net?

  RudyRaccoon

Advanced Member

Joined: 10/21/09
Posts: 470

4/09/10 2:24:15 PM#6

Yeah, these Phishing e-mails are getting on my nerves now, they keep popping up in my Hotmail email address, this is what one of mine say,

 

Recently, the problem of account invasion is getting worse

and worse which cause enormous players’ equipments and virtual currency
stolen.
This severely damages the benefits of mass players, also causes our
company lose
a lot of customers.
    Our company has to
adopt some measures
to safeguard our common benefits in order to strengthen
the safety of mass
players'accounts, and firmly resist the account to be
stolen again.
Through
our company's research and investigation to xxx
customers,we will make the
following decisions: we launch a package of
updated code strengthen system and
dynamic code protection card which can
effectively prevent the accounts invaded.
We will send this package of code
protection system to players free of
charge.

"Bad hack link here"

the information need to be filled in the following pages, when you have
submitted
the preceding filled information, if your account passes the check
successfully,
we will send this package of dynamic code protection card to
you in the form of
e-mail.
    In 3 days after you
receiving the e-mail, if you
don't submit your information, we have right to
freeze your account, every
player is obligated to protect the safety of the
account. You must work together
with us to be determined to crack down all
the behaviors of destroying
games.


Regards,
The World of Warcraft Support Team
Blizzard

Entertainment

 

No way is this really from Blizzard, true it is a great concern to many people who play this game. Strange thing is this didn't happen until I switched onto the newer Battle.net account, because they show your email instead of a user name, this is where the Phishing e-mails started and it's starting to tick me off. =<

  Gravarg

Spotlight Poster

Joined: 8/24/06
Posts: 3087

4/09/10 8:20:37 PM#7

you can thank Blizzard for all this spam.  I get about 150 of these e-mails a day. The switch to bnet accounts which use your e-mail as log in was the dumbest idea ever.  I still get these e-mails, and my account was hacked not even 24 hours after I switched it over to the bnet account...good going Blizzard!

 

It wouldn't be so bad if Blizzard would restore my account.  All my characters were deleted by the hacker (***HOLE!), I e-mailed and called Blizzard, but when I called, they were "investigating" it.  I still haven't heard anything back from them.  So much for my 8 level 80s and 6 years of work lol.  Blizzard changed my password for me, but that doesn't help get characters back. Then to make things even worse, I get an e-mail from Blizzard (official, I called them about it), saying that my account has been banned for suspicious activities, yeah no ****, hackers stole all my stuff and deleted my characters, and used them to spam in trade chat for thier website.  One of my guildmates saw it and has it in a chat log that I got from him.../rant  sorry it just makes me so mad,  I don't even know how they got my password, I never answer an e-mail unless I'm expecting it from someone I know.  And if it's something important like the ban e-mail, I call the company it's from...k i'll stop now before I get banned here hehe

  Gavelayde

Novice Member

Joined: 8/30/09
Posts: 88

4/10/10 4:33:15 PM#8

Why bother protecting yourself. If u upset a gm or a higher up member in blizzards little realm u get accussed of being a spammer...noone will come to your defence...It's all corrupt.

  Renoaku

Hard Core Member

Joined: 2/10/07
Posts: 955

9/07/10 1:31:32 AM#9

For those of you who dont know what a scam email is, and want some examples, I posted an entire post another topic here, and I will paste the Link Here for those who dont understand these type of mails, Not everyone is a nerd.

http://www.mmorpg.com/gamelist.cfm/game/15/view/forums/post/3772076#3772076

  unkindbeast

Novice Member

Joined: 2/13/10
Posts: 35

11/15/10 7:40:28 PM#10

:(

  Coaldust

Novice Member

Joined: 8/29/08
Posts: 6

Live by the Sword Die from a Hunters arrow ........... Kiting is a b*#ch

12/05/10 4:34:38 PM#11

I Know i just recovered my account and added a Authenticator but the "Emails" I Have been reciving are From Battle.net so as said above DON'T CLICK LINKS

AKA. Xavior Thanatos
AKA. Coaldust
AKA. RavenDarc

  Kyleran

Bitter Vet™

Joined: 9/13/06
Posts: 18933

Fools find no pleasure in understanding, but delight in airing their own opinions. Pvbs 18:2, NIV

12/05/10 4:39:57 PM#12

I've been getting regular emails stating that my Battlenet account is compromised and asking me to log in and verify it. Of course the emails have convenient links in them which I have completely ignored.

In fact, I went and checked my account on a different computer making sure to surf to the BNET directly and everything was in order.  Went ahead and set up the authenticator for my son's account and will be ignoring all emails regarding my account going forward.

"In these forums 'honest' seems to be a symonym for 'hates the game just like I do'" - ohioastro
Kyleran - Bitter Vet ™ since 2006
"This is the most intelligent, well qualified and articulate response to a post I have ever seen on these forums. It's a shame most people here won't have the attention span to read past the second line." - Anon

  spades07

Apprentice Member

Joined: 6/14/08
Posts: 844

3/02/11 10:31:16 AM#13



Greetings,

***Please read this e-mail carefully, as it is related to your account state of World of Warcraft ID.

Deathwing the Destroyer returns to Azeroth. There is a serious saturation point in the World of Warcraft ID(s) and it is very difficult for players to creat a role. That we may delete some of the same as role's ID(s) to ensure to get a better gaming experience for players.

Sorry, because the part ID(s) which is not logged on ,for a long time. For our regular check may cause your ID(s) is cleared. We need you to submit the further questionnaire in person. In order to confirm that you are still in Azeroth. Please click
https://us.battle.net/login/en/?ref=https%3A%2F%2Fus.battle.net%2Faccount%2Fmanagement% 2Findex.xml&app=bam&cr=true

Login to your account, In accordance following template to verify your account.

*We look forward to seeing you back in Azeroth.

Once we verify your account, we will reply to your e-mail informing you that we have given up deleting.

Game Masters:

Game Masters (GMs) are Blizzard Entertainment personnel that are available in-game to assist you with your gameplay related questions, problems, etc. Learn more about Game Masters, including how to contact them at https://www.blizzard.com/support/wowgm/

Best regards,
World of Warcraft Account Administration Team
http://www.blizzard.com/support/wowaa/
Blizzard Entertainment


they're a new swing on this? I know this is rubbish, but if someone could double-confirm.

  jeddak

Novice Member

Joined: 3/14/05
Posts: 251

This too shall pass...

3/22/11 2:19:59 PM#14

i haven't been in wow since during the beta and I continually get these emails wanting my info (which I don't even know anymore) and today I recieved one from ...maybe blizzard..saying they were closing my account for suspicious activities. Well, it's about time. I wouldn't touch that game with a ....well nm.

UO,EQ (best mmo's). Been in lotro for almost 7 years mostly in pvp as a lovable spider: Mummy

  Shoju

Novice Member

Joined: 8/09/06
Posts: 774

3/22/11 2:24:09 PM#15

I still get Cataclysm beta phish mails from time to time.

If you are going to try and scam people at least try to be professional about it and keep the content of the emails up to date and relevant.

  Aglaranna

Novice Member

Joined: 8/18/10
Posts: 199

3/22/11 3:14:38 PM#16

Heh...this is one of my favorite phishing emails that I receive about 1/month.

 

 

Title: Bizz GM free gift to you

 

Hello

 Congratulations! Your world of Warcraft account to receive compensation.This is Blizzard Entertainment's apology

We acknowledge a mistake, for you to lose the World of Warcraft account in order to recover our losses

We will give you 50000 gold coins free of charge and rare mounts  (Dark Phoenix), I hope you can restart the game

Login here to authentication, 48 hours you will receive compensation

Description: test account and permanently disabled can not compensation

  DrunkWolf

Advanced Member

Joined: 5/07/09
Posts: 1067

3/22/11 3:19:26 PM#17

First off i dont have a Warcraft acount never played this game.

I made a acount for starcraft and the very same day i started getting emails saying my warcraft acount was being hacked. now i get these emails every single day maybe 5 a day easy.

Blizzard is to fault for this all i did was make a starcraft acount and look what happen. some how people are getting our emails from blizzard or sombody in blizzard is selling them.

  someforumguy

Advanced Member

Joined: 1/25/07
Posts: 3479

3/22/11 3:21:16 PM#18

I receive WoW phishing mails on an emailaccount that isnt tied to any game. Recently I noticed that some of them are actually using good English. But the hyperlinks still use very obviously fake domains.

  someforumguy

Advanced Member

Joined: 1/25/07
Posts: 3479

3/22/11 3:23:20 PM#19
Originally posted by DrunkWolf

First off i dont have a Warcraft acount never played this game.

I made a acount for starcraft and the very same day i started getting emails saying my warcraft acount was being hacked. now i get these emails every single day maybe 5 a day easy.

Blizzard is to fault for this all i did was make a starcraft acount and look what happen. some how people are getting our emails from blizzard or sombody in blizzard is selling them.

I dont think so. I think it works like any other spam. They find your email adres somewhere and it gets used in the hope you have a WoW account. The cause can be completely unrelated to Blizzard I think.

  DrunkWolf

Advanced Member

Joined: 5/07/09
Posts: 1067

3/22/11 3:25:21 PM#20
Originally posted by someforumguy
Originally posted by DrunkWolf

First off i dont have a Warcraft acount never played this game.

I made a acount for starcraft and the very same day i started getting emails saying my warcraft acount was being hacked. now i get these emails every single day maybe 5 a day easy.

Blizzard is to fault for this all i did was make a starcraft acount and look what happen. some how people are getting our emails from blizzard or sombody in blizzard is selling them.

I dont think so. I think it works like any other spam. They find your email adres somewhere and it gets used in the hope you have a WoW account. The cause can be completely unrelated to Blizzard I think.

 yeah could be, but i never got one in the past. and the very same day i made starcraft acount i started getting them thats why i found it very fishy.

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