Blizzard warns on Twitter of fraudsters who are targeting your account in World of Warcraft, for example. They share a forum post with information on what you can do to protect yourself from phishing attempts.
What exactly is Blizzard warning about? Blizzard warns on Twitter of so-called phishing messages, which in this special case have probably recently been increasingly distributed via social networks.
As Blizzard writes, these messages attempt to trick you into using third-party websites and thereby disclosing personal and account-related information.
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Blizzard gives tips on how to protect your account
What does Blizzard say about how you can protect yourself? Blizzard shared a 2018 forum post detailing what you need to look out for to spot phishing messages and protect yourself and your information.
According to Blizzard, you should pay attention to the following things:
- Misspellings, typos and bad grammar
- Bad or misleading links
- “Often, the links contained in a phishing email appear to lead to a legitimate website, but instead direct you to a very different, ‘official-looking’ website,” says Blizzard Customer Service
- Blizzard states: “If you see a link in a suspicious email message, you should be careful when clicking on it. If you hover over the link, you should be able to see if the address the link goes to matches the link in the message. Typically, an attempt is made to include the term “Blizzard” in the URL to give the impression of a reputable company, often misspelling Blizzard (e.g. Bizzard, Bilzzard, Bilzard, etc.) .”
- Threats and Requests for Account Information
Blizzard also indicates that an email from Blizzard comes from an official domain. It’s usually about me Blizzard.com or Battle.net.
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Phishing messages via social media – what you should pay attention to
According to Blizzard, you should pay attention to this on social media: As Blizzard writes in the forum post, it can happen in the social networks that you are written to by accounts/people who claim that your account has been hacked or blocked, for example.
These accounts supposedly want to help you with the problem, thereby tricking you into logging into a third-party website with your personal information.
However, as Blizzard points out, recovery of an account, either after a compromise or by appealing an account action, can only be done through the official website and only by the account’s registered user. No other person or entity is therefore able to restore an account or contest an action.
By the way, if you receive such a message via Facebook or Twitter, the social networks offer you the opportunity to report the messages.
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In-game phishing messages
What do you have to watch out for according to Blizzard? Should you receive a message from a Blizzard employee in-game – whether via whisper or in-game mail – this will be marked with a special note.
This is how you recognize a Blizzard employee;
- in-game mail: There is a Blizzard logo in the top left corner of the message
- in-game whisper message: If you are contacted by a Game Master in-game, not only will the Game Master have a special blue Blizz tag next to their name, but any chat initiated by a Game Master will be in a special chat box that opens when you are contacted.
According to Blizzard, people posing as game masters often use [GM] or Blizz/ Blizzard as part of their name.