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World of Warcraft Scams Report
World of Warcraft Scams Report

Introduction

In-Game Gold Scam

Free Account Scam

YouTube Account Scam

Email Account & ‘Phishing’ Scams

Account Trading Scam

How To Buy WoW Accounts Safely

Gold Site Scam

How To Buy Gold Safelynew

The Legal Auction House Scam

What To Do When You Have Been Scammed

 

Introduction

What is a scam? A scam is the act of acquiring items or any other possession from another player through misinformation, confusion, or fraud. In short, using any sort of deception to gain at another’s expense. If you are unsure if your particular case fits the criteria of a scam, contact a GM in-game and they will be able to assist you. Example: [Scammer] says: Give me your sword and I will enchant it. *Victim hands sword to scammer* [Scammer] says: ROFL NEWB! Thanks for the sword!

Golden Rule

NEVER Send your account information to ANYONE. Blizzard will never ask for your password or your secret question and answer.

In-Game Gold Scam – Section Removed

We had listed in details on many variety of how scammers steal your gold, but we have received several complaint that this section will do more harm than good as some people that read this article might try the scam themselves, and get themselves banned in the process.

The good news for the honest players, Blizzard support team will help recover your gold and items, click here more details on how to recover your gold and items

Hacking Software Scam

Many people who look for ‘Hacking Software’ to cheat in World of Warcraft often becomes victims themselves. Many websites offer free software and some even charge money for them with promises that the software will duplicate items/gold, level your character instantly etc..

Instead the file that they downloaded contains virus or keylogger software that allows hackers to penetrate their computers.

If you’re looking for hacking software to cheat in WoW, my advice is to give up now. Hacking in WoW and getting away with it is almost an impossible task.

Blizzard scans your computer when you load wow for potential third party hack program, and Blizzard staff regularly monitor WoW for any irregular activity. Even if you manage to find a hack that works it is likely that you’re going to be banned the next day.

Free Account Scam

This is an important scam that everybody should know.

Scammer’s Intention: To get you to pay for their monthly fee
Scammer begins will offer their account for free to someone with an excuse because they’re quitting the game and wish to pass on the account to someone trustworthy. They will only provide you with login and password.

The scammers account is likely due to expire very soon so the new account owner would have to pay the monthly fee to activate the account.

Once the monthly fee is paid, the scammers will immediately steal the account back using the secret question and answer to recover their account, so they just got another month of WoW for free.

YouTube Account Scam

YouTube Scam is increasingly more common and many gullible people fall for it. Scammers will even add many comments on the video for different youtube account claiming that it works. Their sole purpose is to get you to send them your account details.

The video creator claims that he is an ex Blizzard employee and he can hack accounts for you if you send your account details to his email.

Example1: This one is claiming you can hack other people account by sending other people character name and your login and password.

THIS IS A SCAM DO NOT SEND YOUR LOGIN AND PASSWORD TO ANYONE

Example2: This second video is claiming you they can get your character to level 70 instantly. by sending and email with the subject “get_idx70″ and your login and password. Scammers add little extra bits to make it seem like a special code to confuse you.

THIS IS A SCAM DO NOT SEND YOUR LOGIN AND PASSWORD TO ANYONE

 

Email & ‘Phishing’ Scams

Email scams works by the scammers emailing you pretending to be a Blizzard official requesting you to verify your account details or you will banned. Their sole purpose is as always to scam your account information.

Here are some example email that you might receive

Example1: This one pretends to be a Blizzard official, notice that the return email address is to blizzard.techsupport@inbox.com, this is not a blizzard email address. This is a SCAM Blizzard would ask for your password and the secret question and answer.

World of Warcraft EULA and Terms of Agreement Violation
From: wowaccountadmin@blizzard .. (blizzard.techsupport@inbox.com)
Sent: Friday, 1 February 2008 12:04:36 PM

Greetings,

It has come to our attention that you are trying to sell/trade your personal World of Warcraft account. As you may or may not be aware, this conflicts with the EULA and terms of Agreement of Blizzard Entertainment and World or Warcraft. If upon further investigation you are indeed attempting to obtain monetary profit against the terms of the user agreement, your account can and will be disabeled. Blizzard has the right to consider legal action if necessary, based on the severity of the action.

If you hope to avoid account suspension you should verify your personal possession of the account in question. We at Blizzard Entertainment take infractions of the user agreement quite seriously, and we must confirm the original ownership of the account. This is easily done by supplying your personal information about your account. You can confirm that you are the original owner of the account by replying to this email;

Please use the following template below to verify your account and information via email.

*First and Surname
*Adress
*zip code
*Phone number Daytime
*country
*Account e-mail
*Account name
*Account password
*Secret Question and Answer

If you ignore this mail your account can and will be closed permanently due to suspicions os alternative ownership. We ask that during the time of the investigation you give approximately twenty-four hours of inactivity after sending a response email. This should provide enough time for Blizzard to confirm your identity and that the terms of agreement are being followed as is necessary.

Reguards

Blizzard Entertainment inc.
Account Administration Team
P.O. Box 18979, irvine, CA 92623

Example2: You might read this on a forum or blog somewhere online or sent to your email. The scammer entice you with the promise of free gold by typing a special code in wow then sending your account information to his email address. Again note that the email address is not an official Blizzard email address and Blizzard would never ask for your password.

I found this out and figured I’d post it here, its not hard to do at all.

Step one: Log into your wow account and type /qu.load gold_(The amount of gold you want, DO NOT make it over 100k)_Wow/item/gold/addto.

Next send a email to the blizzard support email at blizzard.support@live.com Put in the email this

Hello Blizzard, I have had a a large sum of gold stolen from me, please help me get my gold back, or somthing like that, now they are going to ask for your toons name level and what not and your account info (Username and password). They well only ask for this if you have “lost” lost more then 100g, so email then your username and stuff along with the email. BLizzard well log into your account and and investagate and then add your gold.

Hints to make it look even more real

Make a alt called dgbsdfjgb or what ever and send him a few copper and delete him, this well make it look like someone sent your gold to a alt then sent it on again.

Use good English and so on so they don’t think or a dumbass who just spent there gold and forgot.

I did it and I got 64kg from it, a GM asked me about it after and I told them “Farmin primals in shadowmoon pays off big time man” And I got away with it.

Phishing Scam

Phishing are more commonly done for scammers to steal your Bank account information or Paypal etc. World of Warcraft players should also be aware that scammer will use this technique to steal your account information.

More information on phishing technique here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phishing

Paypal Example: In an example PayPal phish (right), spelling mistakes in the e-mail and the presence of an IP address in the link (visible in the tooltip under the yellow box) are both clues that this is a phishing attempt. Another giveaway is the lack of a personal greeting, although the presence of personal details would not be a guarantee of legitimacy. A legitimate Paypal communication will always greet the user with his or her real name, not just with a generic greeting like, “Dear Accountholder.” Other signs that the message is a fraud are misspellings of simple words, bad grammar and the threat of consequences such as account suspension if the recipient fails to comply with the message’s requests.

Note that many phishing emails will include, as a real email from PayPal would, large warnings about never giving out your password in case of a phishing attack. Warning users of the possibility of phishing attacks, as well as providing links to sites explaining how to avoid or spot such attacks, are part of what makes the phishing email so deceptive. In this example, the phishing email warns the user that emails from PayPal will never ask for sensitive information. True to its word, it instead invites the user to follow a link to “Verify” their account; this will take them to a further phishing website, engineered to look like PayPal’s website, and will there ask for their sensitive information.

Example1: This email provide a link that appears to be legitimate but when you click it, it will take you to http://212.212.13.100/woltkbeta/ as the address. which is the scammers website posing to be Blizzard official WoW site.

You should also be aware of Keyloggers as just by visiting the website your computer can be infected with hacks and virus so never click a suspicious link.

Click here for more information on how to protect your computers from Keyloggers.

Greetings!

You have been chosen to become a participant for our upcoming World of Warcraft expansion: Wrath of the Lich King!
The beta will commence in a month from now, and we are accepting applicants for the closed beta until August 9th.

However, if you are the original owner of your World of Warcraft account, you are granted a spot in the beta.
All you need to do is to confirm your account, but hurry!
Time is limited, and we have a selected amount of spots to fill for the beta testing period.

To accept the beta and confirm that you are the original owner of your account, you need to visit www.worldofwarcraft.com/wotlkbeta/id=327924 and fill in your account information. It will take about 2-3 work days before you will receive any response.

Please do not share this website in any way. If you do, your account can and will be suspended.

Sincerely,

Blizzard Entertainment Inc

Gold Site Scam

You might have seen those level 1 character spamming advertisement in Orgrimmar or Ironforge selling gold and just about all of them are out there to steal your money. Once you pay for your gold, will you never hear from them again. Filing a dispute with Paypal or with your credit card company can also be a painful process and not always successful.

How To Buy Gold Safely

Can I get banned from purchasing WoW Gold?
Beware that purchasing gold is not allowed by World of Warcraft Terms of Use (TOS).

“Ownership/Selling of the Account or Virtual Items. Blizzard does not recognize the transfer of Accounts. You may not purchase, sell, gift or trade any Account, or offer to purchase, sell, gift or trade any Account, and any such attempt shall be null and void. Blizzard owns, has licensed, or otherwise has rights to all of the content that appears in the Program. You agree that you have no right or title in or to any such content, including the virtual goods or currency appearing or originating in the Game, or any other attributes associated with the Account or stored on the Service. Blizzard does not recognize any virtual property transfers executed outside of the Game or the purported sale, gift or trade in the “real world” of anything related to the Game. Accordingly, you may not sell items for “real” money or otherwise exchange items for value outside of the Game.”

So it can get you banned, what are the odds that that it will ?
There is almost no risk in buying gold, when you purchase gold most companies will send it directly to your character in-game mailbox. If you can get banned by receiving gold in your mail box then you can get anyone in the game banned just by sending gold to their mail box. My advice it to limit your purchase to no more than 10,000g per purchase.

What actions do Blizzard take against gold selling?
Blizzard search and ban the gold seller. This is happens when an account have high gold traffic activity, as a buyer you don’t have to worry about this unless you purchase gold everyday. Blizzard also scan mail boxes for gold and deletes them, so don’t leave your gold in the mail box for too long as Blizzard will delete them.

To counter this gold seller will now arrange a time to meet you and do a face-to-face delivery and this is the most recommended method to ensure a safe transaction

So where can I buy gold and not get ripped off?
Many gold selling sites are scams just to steal your money, while many others are legitimate but their speed of service can be extremely poor.

Other website will claim cheaper prices, however my experiences with cheaper gold site is that are always late in deliveries, and can take up to a week to deliver. Why? its because they start farming the gold after they receive orders to minimized their cost, which cause delays leaving you frustrated. One company that I used once was 4mmo.com took so long I had to file a dispute with paypal to get my money back.

I’d only recommend one gold site company that I trust to deliver my gold within 24 hours.

http://www.ige.com – The oldest & biggest gold selling site around, they have been in business since 1995 and I have purchased from them since Diablo2 was released. Live chat support makes it easy to communicate with the sellers and IGE deliveries are guaranteed.

Tip: if they ever deliver late log in to their live chat support, make a big fuss and demand bonus gold for waiting and they will give you at least 5% bonus gold.

Account Trading Scam

You maybe have been tempted to buy a WoW account from other players online or from ebay. Imagine spending $500 buying an account and the original owner steal it back. The chances of this happening is very high because the original owner knows important details such as the account name, CD-key, secret question & answer to claim the account back.

But there are steps to prevent the original owner on ever claiming the account back.

First you must know that trading your character is against World of Warcraft Terms of Use (TOS). If Blizzard have reason to suspect that you are not the original account owner they will lock the account and demand proof of identification of the original owner and you would need the original owner fill out the form and fax it to Blizzard to get your account back.

they will send you an email like the one below

Greetings,

This is a notification regarding the World of Warcraft account you are using. The account contains incomplete or inaccurate billing contact information which is a violation of the World of Warcraft Terms of Use. As a result, we have locked the account to give you the opportunity to provide full and accurate information. The recurring subscription on the account has been disabled to prevent further charges.

This message contains our Account Retrieval process, which will enable the rightful user of the account to resume their adventures in the World of Warcraft.

Please retain this message until you have completed the Account Retrieval process and are again able to log in to the World of Warcraft account. We strongly advise keeping all information relating to this issue as secure and private as possible, including the storage of all related documents and IDs, especially during the Account Retrieval process. If you do not receive a reply from the Account Administration department within 48 hours, please resend your fax and notify us of the refax at wowaccountadmin@blizzard.com.

Failure to adhere to the requirements set forth in this message may impede the timely restoration of account access. You will need to fill out a form and return it via fax or postal mail, along with official ID, to Blizzards Account Administration department. For security reasons, we are unable to accept digital files of any kind. Please download our Account Retrieval Form from the Blizzard website at:

http://ftp.blizzard.com/pub/WoW/other/Account-Retrieval-Notary.pdf

Thank you for your patience and anticipated cooperation in this matter. Sincerely,
Langzorke
Account Administration Blizzard Entertainment.

http://www.blizzard.com/support/wowaa/


To prevent an investigation and banning from Blizzard on bought characters, you should:

  • Never use any botting, automation or hacking program.
  • Never buy currency or items directly on an account bought. If you want to purchase currency or items safely, you should receive such purchase on your OWN original account, then preferably buy from with that account in the auction house and finally transfer the items to your newly bought character. Whenever you are trading currency between characters, make sure to exchange items for currency. Giving currency without anything in return (especially large amounts), can raise attention.
  • Never buy any kind of power leveling or skill leveling service on accounts. Basically, never share your account information with 3rd party companies offering WoW services.
  • Avoid sharing your account details with other people unless you have great trust in them.

How To Buy WoW Characters Safely

Buying account can be perfectly safe, but one thing you should be aware of are scammers that will try to steal their account back. When buying an account you might want to consider the following at all times to protect yourself.

  1. Immediately bind a Credit/Debit card of yours to the account, don’t use a gamecard for the first payment. (a must)
  2. Have a copy/scan of the registration code located on the original CD Case Cover. (a must)
  3. Know the secret question/answer on the account. (This can never be changed, a must)
  4. Ask the seller to change the email address to your one. (a must)
  5. Know the full name, zip code, address, and city/state of the original account owner. (The name can never be changed unless you prove to Blizzard by presenting a current state ID that you had a legal name change, but by doing this also though. They will ask for a copy or scan of your old state issued I.D. pre-RL name change.).
  6. Know the original phone number of the original owner on the account. (a must, and can be changed once you own the account)
  7. Change the password.
  8. Make sure that the account being sold, is through a respective transaction online company which insures intellectual goods; (don’t get this mixed up with physical goods). AKA if your ebaying an account use Paypal. The reason for this, is mainly as a failsafe. So if the case arises that the user does try to get the account back through WoW Acct. Admin. You will have a free investigation with Paypal covering your purchased goods and should be reimbursed.
  9. If the seller have an excuse like… “Sorry, I think I lost the CD case. I don’t accept Paypal payments. I will transfer the character for free off of my account to another one and sell you it, etc.”. Do yourself a favor and avoid it.

The best way to ensure your purchased character security is to purchase a brand new WoW CD-Key and register it the exactly the SAME name as the old account that you’re purchasing from. Then you transfer the character to the new account. This way you’ll be able to create a new login / password and secret question / answer that the original owner won’t know.

Where Can I Buy WoW Accounts?

Since eBay no longer allow the selling of WoW accounts and gold, the next best place for account auctions is

http://www.toonstorm.com – Toonstorm is a private company that deals with Buying & Selling wow accounts. It can be a bit more expensive than buying directly from someone at mmobay , but Toonstorm have over 3200 wow characters in stock, so go here if you can’t find what you’re looking for in mmobay. Buying from toonstorm is more expensive but it is exteremely fast and hassle free, they will arrange a brand new CD-key for the character so original owner would not be able to claim it back. Toonstorm will also buy your account instantly in cash if you have an original account.

The Legal Auction House Scam

You have probably come across this before you may have seen some items listed at very high price and you think who would buy that? Scammers list these items hoping that someone might accidentally buy it. This happens everyday when a buyer is perhaps a little tired and not paying attention to what they’re buying after a series of purchase they expected the next item to be the same price.

This scam have been reported many times to Blizzard and it is 100% legal as Blizzard stated that it is the players own responsibility to monitor their purchase. Blizzard have taken step to prevent this in the past by making the currency more visible and a confirmation on purchase.

1st Method: This is done just by listing a full stack of item with the same reserve as the other listing but a very high buyout.

Notice a stack of 20 Netherweave listed at 300g? some people actually fall for this and accidentally buy it.

2nd Method: This is done by listing a half stack of 10 items for same price of a full stack instead of the full stack of 20, some people may not notice this when they’re a bit slow or tired.

Now you may think, this is stupid and obviously no one will ever fall for it. but read the story below for a laugh.

“I know there have been countless posts on this “scam” already, but I finally had a moment of severe not paying attention, and bought TWO, yes that’s right TWO, stacks of mageweave cloth for 99 Gold each.

Don’t get me wrong, I take total responsibility for being careless – it was early in the morning, and I was buying up massive quantities of cloth quickly when the mistake happened. However, that being said, it is still a scam. The seller did not “accidentally” post the auction at 99 Gold. It was an attempt to cheat careless people like myself out of money that the seller did not earn or deserve.

So here is my question – has anyone else who has fallen for this ever successfully petitioned either the GM, or the seller to get their money back?

Feel free to flame if you must – but I already know how incredibly stupid and careless a move it was on my part, please just respond if you have been in this situation yourself.”

and another one

“I’m curious why people spend all their time whining about low bid high buyout auctions when the real scam is half stacks :(

These sneaky bastards will place a stack of 4 or 10 out of 20 with the same bid/buyout as full stacks. Now I don’t just have to worry about the buyout, I have to make sure it’s a full stack too :(

I demand the guberment stop this.”

What To Do When You Have Been Scammed

If you have lost your account or it has been compromised click here and follow the instruction.

If you have been a victim of a scammed inside the game eg, you paid someone to craft you an armor but instead they just ignore or log off taking your gold and materials.

Report this immediately to a Game Master (GM) by clicking the red ? symbol inside WoW

From here select Open Ticket > Issue that a GM can assist with > Item > Report Item Issue

from here just provide details of what happen including the item / gold that you lost and the scammer’s character name. Blizzard can track this down and they takes scams inside the game very seriously and you will get everything back including the gold that you lost and the scammer will most likely be banned. It is now very hard for scammers to get away with it.