Beware Of This Starcraft II Scam

By Spencer . August 2, 2010 . 1:33am

imageHeads up Siliconerites! Unscrupulous characters are using Starcraft II hype to steal Battle.net accounts. We received multiple e-mails promising a Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty CD-key by following “instructions”. Each e-mail came with a phony receipt and a link to a fake Battle.net login screen that didn’t have battle.net as the URL.

 

As a public service announcement, be extremely cautious if you recieve any e-mails that do not come directly from Blizzard (@blizzard.com or @battle.net).

 

For reference, an example e-mail and scammer e-mail address are posted below with the malicious links removed.

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Hello, thank you for shopping at the Blizzard Store!

StarCraft II®: Wings of Liberty™: 2775298057033043807536803

To use this key to activate the game, simply follow these instructions:
1.    Create a Battle.net account (or if you already have one, log in) at <malicious URL removed!>
2.    Verify your e-mail address. (If you have previously verified your address, skip this step.) From the main Account Management page, click the ‘verify this e-mail address’ link. Then, check your e-mail account for a verification e-mail. Click the link in this e-mail to verify your e-mail address.
3.    Return to the Battle.net account management page, then click on ‘Code Redemption’.
4.    Enter the above CDKey in the code field.
5.    Once you have successfully redeemed this code, you will be able to play the game.

NOTE: If you have previously chosen to gift your digital purchase, attaching this key to their Battle.net account will prevent you from being able to redeem this key with your Battle.net account.

===========================================
Purchase Receipt
===========================================
Customer Account: <e-mail address removed>
Order Date: 2010-8-2
Order #: 3893676

(1) StarCraft II®: Wings of Liberty™ – $59.99

Credit Card Number : ****-****-****-4406
Credit Card Type : Visa
Item Subtotal: $59.99
Tax: $0.00
Shipping & Handling: $0.00
Shipping Tax: $0.00
Grand Total: $59.99
===========================================

If you have any questions or concerns about your order, please contact us at:

Phone: Toll-free at (1-800-592-5499)
Website: http://support.blizzard.net/account

Live phone support is available seven days a week, 8:00AM – 8:00PM Pacific Time.

Thanks for shopping with us!
Blizzard Customer Service


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  • http://www.google.com/profiles/111150427457063355437 undu

    “As a public service announcement, be extremely cautious if you recieve any e-mails that do not come directly from Blizzard (@blizzard.com or @battle.net).”

    That’s a bad advice to make because addresses can be faked.

    The only way to know the email is not fake is if it is digitally signed.

    On a general rule, don’t trust emails regarding purchases when they have “confirmation” links

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZDWVJ2R2NIC7XOTMW3WNPRYCRY b s

      Also, I think it’s good practice to mouse-over (not click) URLs in e-mails. The status bar usually shows the true address which typically is completely different than the one in the e-mail. >:/

      • Exand

        You can spoof that too fairly easily if you know how / depending on what email client the reader is using :|

  • thaKingRocka

    I hate to see these filthy bastards pulling these scams, but it works as an example of something I’ve been saying for years. If all these scammers could clean up their spelling and grammar and make a proper effort, they’d manage to grift a lot more money from folks. I always found myself happy over their ignorance and transparency because it made their work easy to identify. Beware the careful and capable con artist.

    I have no idea why people would think they would be given the game for free when it’s 60 bucks and it comes in three parts, Blizzard’s digital service does not allow gifting as far as I know, and they always say the will never ask you for your key, so having them give it in an email seems odd, but the allure of a free copy and the apparent legitimacy of a false site may just be too tempting for some.

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