Battle.net Phish Dupes Gamers with Cheating Accusations
Here’s a phishing mail designed to set users of Battle.net supported titles on edge, then plunder their logins. The mail reads as follows, and is very forward about claiming the recipient has been cheating:
Violates our policies for Battle.net
Because you are involved in the trading of gold and equipment, legitimately means playing with an unaltered game client. Doing otherwise violates our policies for Battle.net, and it goes against the spirit of fair play that all of our games are based on. We strongly recommend that you avoid using any hacks, cheats, bots, or exploits. Suspensions and bans of players that have used or start using cheats and hacks.
You can confirm that you are the original owner of the account to this secure website with:
Login to your account, In accordance following template to verify your account.
* Account Name and Password
* Secret Question and Answer
Show * Please enter the correct information
If you ignore this mail your account can and will be closed permanently.
If you wish to review our current Rules and Policies for World of Warcraft and Battle.net, they can be found at:
For further security tips, please visit:
Account Administration Team
Clicking any of the three links in the mail will lead users to an imitation Battle.net URL.
The website asks for username / password, and also the answer to a user selected security question.
Of course, the email is written in an accusatory manner so we expect even innocent gamers will potentially panic when seeing it in their inbox, and end up getting themselves phished too.
Should you receive a mail about cheating in games, keep a calm head and avoid handing over any logins or personal information. Scammers know that a little bit of panic goes a long way where convincing end-users to jump through some neatly arranged hoops is concerned.