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Alert: World of Warcraft Phishing E-mail

I noticed on the SophosLabs blog that Sean McDonald has warned of a *new* phishing scam that, instead of trying to steal banking logins, is trying to steal WoW accounts.

The attack uses the same methods as a banking scam — embedded hyperlinks that take you to a realistic-looking fake login page, and a scary “verify your account or else!” message. Here is what the e-mail looks like:

wow_phish_msg2

And here is what the bogus page looks like:

wow_phish_page

I would like to tip my geek hat to the good folks at Sophos, as well as remind you, Dear Reader, the Internet’s police force is us. Use your good “paranoid common sense” when online!

You can see Sean’s entire article here.

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July 26, 2009 - Posted by | advice, computers, cyber crime, hackers, Internet, Internet scam, Phishing, phraud, tech | , , , , , , , , , , ,

9 Comments »

  1. TechPaul,

    Amazing how these “bogus” web pages can be and the criminal work behind it to capture the data. Too bad that talent is not used in a better way.

    Rick

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    Comment by Ramblinrick | July 26, 2009 | Reply

    • Rick,
      When the target is banking log-ins, the motive for the effort is clear — 5 minutes Copy>Paste + how much is in your checking? x multiple victims…
      But the WoW log-ins I don’t quite understand. Unless.. you held the account hostage?
      (Maybe one of my readers could explain?)

      Yes. It would be “nice” if the talent was redirected, but 5 minutes work (or less), and no real threat of punishment, and (possibly) big financial rewards? That’s a recipe!

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      Comment by techpaul | July 26, 2009 | Reply

  2. These scammers absolutely suck! My friend nearly believed it before my warning. Thanks for the tip, you’re my best friend, TechPaul.

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    Comment by Pesfan | July 26, 2009 | Reply

    • Pesfan,
      I’m glad I was able to help you convince your friend, and that they avoided the trouble; but the real credit – in this particular instance – goes to the good folks at Sophos.

      Thank you for your support, and I hope you’ll visit often.

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      Comment by techpaul | July 26, 2009 | Reply

  3. These people can’t do anything good, and we’re just thankful that there’s a lot of sites who provides updated phishing scams. Also you may check this article http://www.articlesbase.com/video-games-articles/safety-in-the-world-of-warcraft-1014729.html it will help gamers to protect their game accounts.

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    Comment by Keri | August 12, 2009 | Reply

  4. As phishing emails go, that one is pretty convincing. Most of them come from non-English speakers and the bad grammar and mispellings raised a red flag.

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    Comment by Casey | August 31, 2009 | Reply

    • Casey,
      Yes, you’re right. The days of relying on poor grammar/spelling as a tip off are fading away.

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      Comment by techpaul | August 31, 2009 | Reply

  5. thanx for the info

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    Comment by kunu56 | November 12, 2009 | Reply

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    Comment by wow rare spawn | September 19, 2010 | Reply


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