Protect yourself against Cataclysm phishing scams

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Cataclysm closed beta is in full swing, and with this new expansion comes a new wave of phishing scams to watch out for. Some will dupe you with promises of a Cataclysm beta key while others will scare you with bannings–all in an attempt to steal your World of Warcraft Account.

It’s time to protect your information at all costs! Phishing scams can be thwarted if you know the basics of account security and how scams work. EpicToon.com is here to give you a refresher course on this very subject. Let’s call it Anti-Phishing 101:

What is phishing?
Phishing is any attempt to get your sensitive information (in this case your WoW Account login username and password) via electronic means. The most popular method for phishing is to send you an email with links leading to a fake website, which then steals you login username and password.

Think before you click that link
Phishing emails will encourage you to click on their malicious links. Some common reasons they will mention to lure you into their scams are:

  • Your WoW Account is being investigated. (“Blizzard is investigating your account after finding evidence that it is being sold or traded, which is against the Terms of Service. Please click here to verify your account and avoid being banned.”)
  • Your WoW Account is being attacked/ login failures. (“Blizzard has been alerted of 15 authentication failures in your login account. We have blocked these attacks but we recommend that you ensure your password is sufficiently complex. Please click here to secure your account.)
  • Verify that you are the original owner of the account. (“Your World of Warcraft account has been compromised. To verify that you are the original owner of the account in question, please click here”)
  • You have been selected to a closed beta invite. One example is this phishing scam email sent to us by an EpicToon fan:

Is it a phishing scam or an official Blizzard email?
You might be thinking “What if this is a real email from Blizzard?” Well there are a few things to look for to know whether an email is fake or not:
-    Emails from Blizzard Entertainment will originate from an @blizzard.com or @battle.net address.
-    Blizzard employees will NEVER ask for your account password.
-    Blizzard will never request you to reply directly to an email with your detailed account information.

IMPORTANT: Some phishing emails can mask their sending address to seem authentic, like the fake Cataclysm invite above. You can check the email header to trace where the email originally came from. Your email provider and email applications have tools to check email header details so use these wisely to catch phishing emails.

I gave out my information. Am I doomed?
No, there may be time left to protect your account. Rush to the Account Compromise Info Center to get initial help, then you can contact Billing and Account Services hotline for emergency assistance.

Again, please avoid clicking any suspicious links not only in your emails but also in the game whether through mailbox or trade chat. EpicToon.com will be churning out more anti-scam guides in the future so watch out for that. Until then, play safe!

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  1. [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Dwight Santos and Epic Toon, Epic Toon. Epic Toon said: EpicToon Blog Update:: Protect yourself against Cataclysm phishing scams http://bit.ly/b6IJsJ [...]

  2. im sure blizz said that scammers were sending emails with @blizzard.com or @battle.net

  3. Hi Baz,

    Yes Blizzard warned that phishing emails might fake their email address to look like @blizzard.com or @battle.net. The best thing to do is check for misspellings in the email header and, like I said in the article, use tools to track the real source of the email. It might be a hassle but it can save you a lot of agony against a possible phishing hack.

  4. This is a joke website, I am hoping that people that come here to read this site see this comment about buying gold from these geeks, if you are thinking about it–DO NOT BUY FROM THEM, typical promises, but NO delivery, lots of excuses–AFTER they have your money!!!

  5. Hi AL,

    We do not trash comments just because these are negative about us. We assure you we are no scam website, it might take awhile for us to deliver when a new patch hits or during holidays (as with all sellers), but we always deliver the whole Gold ordered in the safest way possible.

    Please contact our customer support here: http://www.epictoon.com/contact

    We will assist you the best we can.

  6. [...] first you need to recognize a scam. Epictoon summed up a few linkbaits they will use to lure you [...]

  7. I recently received a PM from someone named Blizzara, claiming my account had been scanned and I was in violation of some currency trading rule, the link sent in the whisper was similar to the Battle.net site, except it was http instead of https.

  8. I used epic tion for the first time. I was scared outa my mind but checked many blogs for trusted sellers and they came up the most. I ordered a small amount on a prepaid card and they came thru. As a pvp’r, and working full time I don’t have the luxury of farming and grinding. I just buy a little at a time to pay my gems and chants. I will deffinately use again.

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