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WoW Phishing

By August 22, 2009

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A reader sent in the following WoW phishing email she received. Like a classic phishing scam, the email starts off with fear tactics then instructs the recipient to send their personal account information to rectify the situation. Of course, those who comply with the bogus request will have their World of Warfcraft account stolen. A copy of the WoW phishing email follows:

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From: wowaccountadmin <wowaccountadmin@blizzard.com>
Subject: World of Warcraft - Account Information Change Instructions
To: <recipient>
Date: Friday, August 21, 2009, 4:50 PM

Greetings!
It has come to our attention that you are trying to sell/trade your personal World of Warcraft account(s).
As you may or may not be aware of, this conflicts with the EULA and Terms of Agreement.
If this proves to be true, your account can and will be disabled. It will be ongoing for further investigation by Blizzard Entertainment's employees.
If you wish to not get your account suspended you should immediately verify your account ownership. If the information is deemed accurate, the investigation will be dropped.
This action is taken because we at Blizzard Entertainment take these sales
quite seriously. We need to confirm you are the original owner of the account.
This is easiest done by confirming your personal information along with concealed information about your account.
You can confirm that you are the original owner of the account by replying to this email with:

Use the following template below to verify your account and information via email.
* First and Surname
* Date of birth
* Address
* Zip code
* Phone number
* Country
* Account e-mail
* Account name
* Account password
* Secret Question and Answer
-Or-
WoW CD-Key
Show * Please enter the correct information
If you ignore this mail your account can and will be closed permanently. Once we verify your account, we will reply to your e-mail informing you that we have dropped the investigation.
We ask you to NOT change password until the investigation is fully completed.
Blizzard Entertainment Inc
Account Administration Team
P.O. Box 18979, Irvine, CA 92623
Regards,
Account Administration Team
Blizzard Entertainment

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If you receive a WoW phishing email, forward a copy to Blizzard at hacks@blizzard.com. Be sure to also send them the full headers of the email so they can track the perpetrators and put a stop to the crime. For assistance locating the headers, see Finding Email Headers.

Comments
October 29, 2011 at 5:37 pm
(1) Adorkable says:

I received this message as a “whisper” while in-game and reported it immediately. I came across this site because I was wondering what other phishing scams were happening in WoW. I am glad someone posted this because it’s good to know that the word is getting out about this scam — I’m also relieved, selfishly, that I wasn’t the only one targeted and at the same time, I hope no one else falls for it. There are a lot of teens playing this game who may be vulnerable to this type of false “warning.”

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