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Blizzard Scam Emails

Postby ginsengsamurai » Tue Jan 04, 2011 2:22 pm

We had one of these at Thottbot.com. Please post your own similar Blizzard scams to help other visitors identify them.

A few things you should note:

1. Bad Grammar: Indeed, not all scammers use bad grammar, but this is a huge red flag if you can see the sender doesn't know some basic English. One spelling mistake is acceptable, but an entire email typed poorly isn't.

2. From + Sender different: This is another huge red flag, often times, you will see "noreply@blizzard.net" in the From and then some other email address in the Sender.

3. Is it really Blizzard.com? Obviously not. If you ever hover your mouse cursor over the link that asks you to re-verify your account or the link that asks you to go to, to claim your prize, it often reads something like "http:///www.wow-blizzard.com". The scammers use a domain that resembles Blizzard.com and add other words in it or sometimes, misspell the original name all together. Eg: "http://www.blizard.com".

The only REAL domains ever from Blizzard are: http://us.blizzard.com, http://eu.blizzard.com, http://us.battle.net, http://eu.battle.net

However, even when the email domain seems legit, ALWAYS check the links and the email itself. Just because one thing checks out, it doesn't mean the email is legit.

4. Badly Formatted: Most scammers can't format a good layout if their lives depended on it. A properly formatted email means clean line and paragraph breaks. Correctly capitalized sentences and proper names and of course good spelling and grammar.

Example of a scam email:

*PLEASE DO NOT CLICK THAT LINK!!!

Greetings,
Cataclysm has arrived,, we have to compare World of Warcraft major revision may cause the same to you hope you can understand! 85 new mount coming soon, World of Warcraft players who could be our lucky stars,
we will be complimentary seat to the 5,000 new players. You can log Web site application, we will be lucky players randomly. Christmas is about the new mount will be distributed to lucky players.
Look for our registration site:
https://us.battle.net/login/en/login.xml?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.worldofwarcraft.com%2Findex.xml&app=armory&cr=true
We will contact you with further instructions once we have received and processed your submission. If you do not receive a reply within 48 hours of submitting this form, please resend it from the address listed above.
have any questions please contact Billing &
Account Services at 1-800-59-BLIZZARD
(1-800-592-5499 Mon-Fri, 8Am-8PM Pacific Time)


*PLEASE DO NOT CLICK THAT LINK!!!

That link is an actual scammer site. I left that in here to help you identify the scammer. If you hover your mouse over the URL, it will show the domain "us.battle.net.cataclysm-wow-europe.com". See all those extra words? Exactly.

On the surface, it looks legit, but the link itself isn't. Also, note how badly formatted the email is.
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Re: Blizzard Scam Emails

Postby ginsengsamurai » Tue Jan 04, 2011 4:16 pm

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Re: Blizzard Scam Emails

Postby Ztinger » Wed Jan 05, 2011 12:37 pm

That link is just begging for someone to click it . . .

Like putting in a huge red button, with a sign saying "Don't push the button! :lol:
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Re: Blizzard Scam Emails

Postby Shadowplate » Wed Jan 05, 2011 2:59 pm

Why would anyone click on a link where as the user adds 2 apostrophe together within the email,, that's ridiculous.
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Re: Blizzard Scam Emails

Postby Spike » Thu Jan 06, 2011 5:24 am

Ztinger wrote:That link is just begging for someone to click it . . .

Like putting in a huge red button, with a sign saying "Don't push the button! :lol:



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Re: Blizzard Scam Emails

Postby Melindice » Wed Jan 12, 2011 4:19 pm

/clicks the link

i guess my preserved ogre eyeball on chopsticks collection scared off the threat. /shrug
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Re: Blizzard Scam Emails

Postby ginsengsamurai » Mon Mar 21, 2011 11:59 am

Here's another sample of an email scam. DO NOT CLICK THAT LINK!!!




Greetings!

Recently, the problem of account invasion is getting worse and worse which cause enormous player’s equipments and virtual currency stolen. This severely damages the benefits of mass players, also causes our company lose a lot of customers.
Our company has to adopt some measures to safeguard our common benefits in order to strengthen the safety of mass players'accounts, and firmly resist the account to be stolen again.Through our company's research and investigation to xxx customers,we will make the following decisions: we launch a package of updated Battle.net Mobile Authenticator and dynamic code protection card which can effectively prevent the accounts invaded. We will send this package of code protection system to players free of charge.

Please open this connection:
http://eu.battle.net/login/zh/login.xml?ref=https://www.worldofwarcraft.com/account/&app=wam
If your account passes the check successfully, we will send this package of dynamic Battle.net Mobile Authenticator to you in the form of e-mail.
In 3 days after you receiving the e-mail, if you don't submit your information, we have right to freeze your account, every player is obligated to protect the safety of the account. You must work together with us to be determined to crack down all the behaviors of destroying games.

If you had already authenticator your account, please disregard this automatic notification.

Regards.
The World of Warcraft Support Team
Blizzard Entertainment




Note: DO NOT CLICK THAT LINK!!! If you hover your mouse over that link, the URL is completely different than what is posted. Also, I play on US servers. See how it says "EU"? Now why would Blizzard US ask me to 'verify' my account on an EU site?
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Re: Blizzard Scam Emails

Postby Plyrx » Sun Mar 27, 2011 5:46 am

People actually think they can get away with writing this poorly...?
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Re: Blizzard Scam Emails

Postby ginsengsamurai » Sun Mar 27, 2011 12:52 pm

Plyrx wrote:People actually think they can get away with writing this poorly...?


Well you know Trade chat? Notice that about half of them type in short-text and has a combination of terrible grammar and spelling? It wouldn't be surprising if some half-wit would believe what they see in these scam emails, when they themselves cannot even differentiate between basic properly typed English and "baysik imbrobly tiped inglish".

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Re: Blizzard Scam Emails

Postby Ztinger » Mon Mar 28, 2011 7:34 am

I have 5 different emails that I use regularly depending on what I am doing (work, play, family, anonymous, etc) and the only email I get these scam spams at is the one email attached to my WoW account. Makes me wonder what Blizz is doing with all my personal information.

They are pretty entertaining though. And I'm sorry, but if you click a link that has @worldofwarcarft.com in it, then you deserve to get hacked . . .
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Re: Blizzard Scam Emails

Postby darkskyper » Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:06 am

Most e-mails are coded i always search for the source and then i can see the real email adres :D
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Re: Blizzard Scam Emails

Postby ginsengsamurai » Tue Mar 29, 2011 12:37 pm

Anyway, here's a SCAM EMAIL in near-perfect English. Everything below the first paragraph was copy and pasted from the original game source. Note that Blizzard, at least in North America NEVER GIVES 7 DAYS FREE.

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Re: Blizzard Scam Emails

Postby Dasffion » Tue Mar 29, 2011 12:43 pm

GinsengSamurai wrote:Anyway, here's another SCAM EMAIL... Note that Blizzard, at least in North America NEVER GIVES 7 DAYS FREE.


That's the best looking scam email i've seen. The grammar is even correct, except the "... and additions to World of Warcraft?...but act fast..." Why is that a question?
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Re: Blizzard Scam Emails

Postby darkskyper » Wed Mar 30, 2011 5:45 am

GinsengSamurai wrote:Anyway, here's a SCAM EMAIL in near-perfect English. Everything below the first paragraph was copy and pasted from the original game source. Note that Blizzard, at least in North America NEVER GIVES 7 DAYS FREE.

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