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Phishing Scams Aim at WoW and Battle.net Gamers

BitDefender an IT security company has warned that phishing scams are targeting online gamers' accounts for WoW (World of Warcraft) as well as Battle.net, the gaming website that's the biggest on the Internet and which belongs to Blizzard Entertainment based in USA. Malwarecity.com reported this in news on March 23, 2011.

Reportedly, in one of the phishing scams, fraudsters target users with an e-mail, which tells the recipient that an examination was done of his WoW account that showed solid clue of the account being traded or sold. It then says that incase the user's account is discovered going against the End-User License Agreement (EULA) and Terms of Use then he'll find his account closed/suspended/terminated. Malwarecity.com reported this.

Moreover, another same kind of phishing e-mail states that because of suspicious operations, it has become necessary to lock the recipient's Battle.net account. The user seemingly attempted at accessing his account a huge 403 times, prompting the gaming company to ponder if someone has seized his account. It therefore is taking some measures towards guaranteeing his account's authenticity, the e-mail continues. Electronictheatre.co.uk reported this on March 25, 2011.

Describing everything included in the measures, the e-mail states that the user must first substantiate his identity on certain website, accessible by following one given link. However, the link rather than taking onto the real Battle.net network redirects the user onto a spoofed website that dupes gamers into divulging the details of their accounts. Electronictheatre.co.uk reported this.

Moreover, the phishing e-mail features incorrect spellings such as "Blizzard Entertainmen" and also shows signs of a spoofed domain name whose server provides the hosting services for the fake Battle.net website. Malwarecity.com reported this.

Says BitDefender, the said web-server is in China. If any unwary user feeds in his login credentials on the fake site, he's diverted onto the real website where all the details he provides gets intercepted and misappropriated for filching valuables from his account alternatively selling them to some other gamer. Hence, users are reminded that e-mails, which attempt at sounding very urgent, while imposing sanctions on the recipients, are usually from scammers. Net-security.org reported this on March 25, 2011.

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