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E-mail Offering Free Game Phishes Off User’s Account Details

According to news reports came in from computerandvideogames n August 4, 2008, a phishing scam is currently circulating e-mail on the Internet that is phishing personal details off the e-mail's recipients.

The reports suggested that the scam directs users of the online game 'Steam' to enter their account information so that a free copy of the downloadable online game called CounterStrike: Pro could be made available to them. Further, according to reports from the company, it received at least 10 phishing e-mails since the start of the fraud on August 4, 2008.

Also, according to the company officials, the fake e-mail came to them on the morning of August 4, 2008 asked them to follow the instruction given in the e-mail to get free copy of CounterStrike: Pro. And according to the directions, the recipient is first instructed to visit the company's homepage at http://www.steampowered.com.

Moreover, to make e-mail appears legitimate, the fraudulent e-mail tells the user that if he/she is among a lot of people, then he/she must ensure that no one else is looking at his/her account information. Thereafter, logging into one's Steam account, the user gets an activation key that he/she is directed to copy to subsequently follow the next step.

Here, the security analysts noted that the user is asked to select one of the two logos namely, nVIDIA and ATI after which he/she is directed to click on the selected logo to get the activation code. Once again, a reminder to copy the code is made, all this, according to the security analysts, to project the message as legitimate.

And when all the steps have been followed, the game gets activated on the user's Steam account. The e-mail then says that the person could move to the 'Games' tab on Steam and download the non-chargeable version of CounterStrike: Pro.

However, security analysts stated that Steam homepage's link is not legitimate and other links meant for the security group led them to not only to a phony Steam Website, but also a lewd portal that gave Steam's web browser an immeasurable shock.

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