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    Hmm... 2 posts... both referencing Rift...

    Looks suspicious...

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    I was mainly pointing out that Blizz are offering ex-WoWers some free days

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    Which is strange, as I can't see anything like that anywhere on the site.

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    I didn't see such an advert, either.

    I got an email from Blizzard.eu that looked genuine. However, I still didn't trust that so I went to the site from google and logged in. In my account settings for WoW I found that I was indeed entitled to try Cata for 10 days.

    While I understand why Blizzard are emailing people to try and get them back into the game I am surprised that they don't understand that many people will think it is a scam. It would be much better for them to tell people to go to their site and put a damn big button 'Re-Enlist' on it but...hey....

    I still don't understand what that has to do with Rift, mind.

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    The reason I think it's a scam is a lot more simple.

    I've only recently started playing wow.

    Considering it was a "we missed you, come back" type thing, it's just too suspicious.

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    I'm now getting phishing attacks based on the IP protection system. They are sending E-Mails saying "You are logging in from a different IP Address and we suspect your account is hacked. You no longer have access to the normal Battle.net account management services. Please verify your details here."

    Scarily, the scammer's English is getting a lot better since the phishing scams started taking off. They are looking frighteningly legitimate to the untrained eye.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAM View Post
    I'm now getting phishing attacks based on the IP protection system. They are sending E-Mails saying "You are logging in from a different IP Address and we suspect your account is hacked. You no longer have access to the normal Battle.net account management services. Please verify your details here."

    Scarily, the scammer's English is getting a lot better since the phishing scams started taking off. They are looking frighteningly legitimate to the untrained eye.
    Authenticator FTW.

    But seriously... What's the point in hacking a WoW account?

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    Authenticator FTW.

    But seriously... What's the point in hacking a WoW account?
    Gold farming, basically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    Gold farming, basically.
    Again... What's the point?

    I know they then sell gold for real money, but it's a game FFS.


    If you're going to scam people, scam them properly. [I don't condone scamming in any form... It just seems like they're making more work for themselves. Especially as Blizzard seems to be pretty on-the-ball when it comes to this.]

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    People in the game are willing to pay real money for currency and rare items, even to get people to play the game for them. Real Money Traders (nicknamed RMT) farm the currency and sell it for a real cash. This gives the currency a real world value.

    Because of a crackdown on automated programs to farm currency for them, the RMT companies took to stealing from genuine players. This has led to them falling in bed with the spammers to send as many of these notices as possible in the hope someone replies, gets their account phished and their currency and items transferred to one of the RMT company's many accounts. The currency is then laundered through more accounts before landing in the hands of their customer (who promptly becomes a target themselves for more attacks as they know they are now rich in-game).

    This effectively gives each legitimate player's account a real world value for the RMT scammers. At the height of this black market trade in virtual goods, compromised WoW accounts were worth more then a credit card number.

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