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

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  DarkPony

Steed of Tardcore

Joined: 8/29/08
Posts: 5637

Confident, cocky, lazy, dead.

3/22/11 4:31:26 PM#21
Originally posted by Aglaranna

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

*fist shaking of angry*

Study the English langwhich some more I will, and have to write you much better mail next time it around. Just weight and see my frend. One day you fall for trap and I laughed the last laugh. Hahahahaha!!1

 

edit: seriously, that was an awesome mail you've got. I'd embroider it and put it on the kitchen wall.

  Herodes

Novice Member

Joined: 8/12/03
Posts: 1488

Consumer

5/14/11 12:40:16 PM#22

I found this one yesterday in my box - the fishermen become better:



Hello,

This is an automated notification regarding your Battle.net account. Some or all of your contact information was recently modified through the Account Management website.

*** If you made recent account changes, please disregard this automatic notification.


*** If you did NOT make any changes to your account, we recommend you log in to www.battle.net.wordofwarcraft-en-usxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

your account settings.

If you cannot sign into Account Management using the link above, or if unauthorized changes continue to happen, please contact Blizzard Billing & Account Services for further assistance.

Billing & Account Services can be reached at 1-800-59-BLIZZARD (1-800-592-5499 Mon-Fri, 8AM-8PM Pacific Time) or at billing@blizzard.com.

Account security is solely the responsibility of the accountholder. Please be advised that in the event of a compromised account, Blizzard representatives will typically lock the account. In these cases the Account Administration team will require faxed receipt of ID materials before releasing the account for play.

Regards,

The Battle.net Support Team
Blizzard Entertainment
www.blizzard.com/support
Online Privacy Policy



It looks quite legit. The only thing is the "word" instead of "world" in the link in the middle. I replaced the rest of the link with X, hope it is enough.
This email is well made IMO.
edit: or is it even legit? lol

  Deathofsage

Apprentice Member

Joined: 2/11/11
Posts: 1010

Honestly:
FFXI Fanboy
RIFT hater.
Stop rewarding wow-clones.

5/14/11 12:50:42 PM#23

 

OP:

  • I'd also encourage everyone to use gmail. It does great at filtering spam and rarely ever captures a real email. I have several email address from a long internet career and my yahoo/hotmail boxes look as bad as they always did. My 4 gmails remain immaculate. Using a good email service is like using a good virus scanner. If you're careful with what you click and suspicious about links, you may never need it but it's a first line of defense.
  • Encourage people to obtain an email address strictly for the purpose of their game account email addresses. Never use this address for forum registrations or anything else. This will slim down the number of spam you get. My first gmail address (since beta) gets about 200 spam a week from an address used everywhere. Google catches all but 2 or 3. My gaming address gets about 5 spam per week.
  • Really, if you weren't expecting an email, never ever click a link in them. It's a nice principle even if you were expecting it but yeah.. if you get an email about your account being hacked, go manually (like the OP says) to the company's site. If you don't know the url by hand, google it. Google is reliable for weeding out phishing sites and for keeping the company's main page on top.
 
rnrnorpg.com is my favorite website. It provides all the details about mmo's that you would never want to know. What you can't find here, you'll find at googIe.com
 
btw, highlight the below text.
I gave fake urls in the above message twice. I neither mentioned this site's url or google's. They say RNRNORPG.COM AND GOOGiE.COM.

Spec'ing properly is a gateway drug.
12 Million People have been meter spammed in heroics.
Placing bets Blizzard's "Titan" will be a wow-clone.

  User Deleted
5/14/11 12:54:16 PM#24
Originally posted by Herodes

I found this one yesterday in my box - the fishermen become better:



Hello,

 

This is an automated notification regarding your Battle.net account. Some or all of your contact information was recently modified through the Account Management website.

*** If you made recent account changes, please disregard this automatic notification.


*** If you did NOT make any changes to your account, we recommend you log in to www.battle.net.wordofwarcraft-en-usxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

your account settings.

If you cannot sign into Account Management using the link above, or if unauthorized changes continue to happen, please contact Blizzard Billing & Account Services for further assistance.

Billing & Account Services can be reached at 1-800-59-BLIZZARD (1-800-592-5499 Mon-Fri, 8AM-8PM Pacific Time) or at billing@blizzard.com.

Account security is solely the responsibility of the accountholder. Please be advised that in the event of a compromised account, Blizzard representatives will typically lock the account. In these cases the Account Administration team will require faxed receipt of ID materials before releasing the account for play.

Regards,

The Battle.net Support Team
Blizzard Entertainment
www.blizzard.com/support
Online Privacy Policy



It looks quite legit. The only thing is the "word" instead of "world" in the link in the middle. I replaced the rest of the link with X, hope it is enough.
This email is well made IMO.
edit: or is it even legit? lol

 

People who play WoW for a length of time knows the basics by now yes these scum who phish are very cleaver very good advise on mousing over the link before you click to double chk the spelling on the link. Another trick is that they replace the letter L for a 1 in blizzard but as a rule of thumb Blizz will not send you a letter like this saying that your account is compromised. Now if it get hacked just complete the "Help I got hacked" response from the official site and with in a very short time you will get your account back.

Rules  I follow if i were to get hacked is that I will at that point format my drive completely by putting Windows back on my PC just to get rid of anything that would pose as a threat in the slightest. As soon as I get it reinstalled and my virus program updated I will do a complete scan before and after got done with everything else from WoW mods to whatever. Yes I know it is extreme and time consuming but my peace of mind. Even though I would have reinstall WoW it is still worth it.

  eyelolled

Apprentice Member

Joined: 5/13/10
Posts: 3097

I am more than some of my parts

5/14/11 1:18:52 PM#25

I started getting emails about my blizzard account being comprimized, needing update, giving away prizes etc. after signing up for a beta on a game. I never did manage to play the game because the link to the client download failed so I just moved on. The emails started showing up within a day.  I don't have a battle.net account, and don't play WoW or Starcraft.  I don't download cheats, trainers, or game tools. The only MMO news/forum website I am signed up for is this one.  I don't remember the name of the game which I think is to blame for leaking my email info, but I did post about it before. 

 

The red flags I should have listened to before trying to join the beta:

  • I had never heard of the game before (I signed up because I just wanted to try something new)
  • The game didn't have a listing on this site (the beta giveaway was here, but they still weren't on the games list)
  • No images/ No screens/ nothing. 

 

I still can't guarantee that this game was the cause, but the coincidences were too great. I signed up, I got nowhere, and now I get a bunch of junk emails.

 

Anyhow, play safe.

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I enjoy the serenity of not caring what your opinion is.

  mysticmouse

Novice Member

Joined: 4/05/11
Posts: 84

7/19/11 3:16:55 AM#26

I get one or two of these a week in my gmail junk folder and I have not played in over a 8 months now. I started getting them right after Blizz made us all switch over to the battle net thing. Most of them are pretty easy to spot as phishing. My Gmail always flags them as such. I enjoy reading them and laughing before deleteing. I used to forward them to Blizz but I hvaent seen any new variants in a while.

A few of my friends get them as well and they hvae never played wow but do play Starcraft 2.

  ElderRat

Novice Member

Joined: 9/30/10
Posts: 909

4/29/12 10:57:27 PM#27
Yea, amazingly  i get them for both WoW, played a free trial once, and for Runescape - never played.  My attitude on both is go ahead and block my either cancelled or non-existent account.

Currently bored with MMO's.

  ghostfaeries

Novice Member

Joined: 3/26/08
Posts: 86

9/21/12 8:35:56 AM#28
Originally posted by Mdpats

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

I noticed this too. I get a lot more emails in my spam box. I never open emails from Blizzard really. usually the fake ones are misspelled. I recently got an account notice for Diablo 3 and I don't even play it. lol

  lootdudehaha

Novice Member

Joined: 3/28/12
Posts: 8

11/30/12 5:33:14 AM#29
i recommend you guys use gmail, its anti spam system is fabulous, lol, i never get any of those goddamn phishing emails since i turned to gmail, btw, im not advertising! so dont report me
  Purutzil

Elite Member

Joined: 10/02/11
Posts: 2904

The Critical Hit Pretzel!

11/30/12 5:51:05 AM#30

I don't see why you ever would need help telling this stuff. Is quite obvious when it comes to any of this account details. Very rarely is there ever a phishing email that can usually make an aware person question its legitamacy. 

If you have your head on you right and your not the type to fall for the plea of a nigerian prince for money or any other rather 'odd' responses that seem out of place, specially from email addresses that look quite bogus, your likely going to never even have to question them.

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