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Phishing is the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.[1] Phishing is an example of social engineering techniques used to fool users. The most common method of phishing is by sending misleading e-mails that point to web sites masquerading as legitimate account holding institutions.

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For World of Warcraft players, the most frequently encountered type of phishing are e-mails that pretend to be sent from Blizzard Entertainment, but usually point to some domain or URL that sound similar to a legitimate one, but is not.

See the External links section below for a blue post on how to deal with phishing e-mails.

Example phishing e-mail

Below is one of the more amusing examples of a phishing email. Notice the extraordinarily defeative lack of correct or consistent spelling or grammar. On occasion, the email will also consist of more than one type font.

Of particular note with WoW phishing emails is that the link to battle.net which is given always refers to a misleading URL. Always check the URL target on a supposed email from Blizzard by hovering over the link in any email.

From: noreply@battle.net
To: xxxxxx@hotmail.com
Subject: World of Warcraft:Cataclysm survey
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2011 22:00:42

World of Warcraft:Cataclysm survey

Greetings,
Dear players,big disaster has arrived. We are closely watching the development of the game. In this beautiful moment to thank all the players.We have to do a surey to obtain some information used to adjust some details of the game in order to obtain better service. please sign the following links:
https ://www.battle.net/account/support/login-support.xml
survey of vote after the vote we will adjust the information for statistical details of the game. You work with our playres,please,thank you. After the questionnaire had the palayers to vote will receive a mystery gift.

Sincerely,
Blizzard Entertainment
Battle.net team

URL Target: http://us.battle.net.account.support.survey.xml.eu-forums-worldofwarcraft-wow-account-blizzard.com/login/en/?ref=https://us.battle.net/account/management/wow/dashboard

Advice and FAQ from Blizzard to avoid phishing scams

See also

References

External links

Battle.net Support
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