I don’t know if this is a new scam or if it’s been around and they are just now getting to me but last week I got an email that looked as if it really came from Blizzard telling me that a character faction change is now pending for my World of Warcraft account with my email address and a link to track the status of my request.
Down in the email they had a transaction ID number with my email address again then below that was some “more information” along with a few links. 2 of those links were different from what was shown in the text. That there was my clue that something didn’t smell right.
So, obviously I knew it was a phishing scam because I don’t have a World of Warcraft account with them. I played the trial back in 2006 for the week they gave me but I really only played it for a couple of days. I was taking a break from EverQuest to get away from all the drama in the guild and during that break I tried out the demo of some other games.
The only thing that concerned me about this email was that when I was at the blizzard website looking for their contact information I stumbled onto their FAQ page and found out that they charge $30 to change your characters faction. If I did have an account, which I knew I didn’t but if I did I didn’t want to be charged $30 for nothing.
I finally found the contact page and forwarded them the email that I got. They responded letting me know that they can confirm that the email address that was associated in this phishing email does not exist in their database, meaning I don’t have an account to worry about.
I got another email today from a different email address but still from blizzard telling me that my account has been locked due to suspicious activity. It said that my account had been logged in via a different IP address than what their records show as being my IP address. They are concerned my account has been stolen so they locked me out. I don’t have an account so you didn’t lock me out of something I didn’t have in the first place.
Naturally I can only assume this is another phishing scam email. I went to verify that the links were exactly as they were showing up in text and of course they are different.
So even though I know I have nothing to worry about, I am writing this blog post to warn other people out there who actually do have a World of Warcraft account to beware. If you get these emails and you know for a fact that you did not order a faction change for $30 and you know for a fact that you can still login, that your account hasn’t been locked then you know not to click ANY LINKS in those emails. Beware when someone sends you an email asking you to click a link to login to your account because you might be handing over the keys to the Bentley without even knowing it.