Gold and powerlevelling services - Phish/Scams

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Gold and powerlevelling services - Phish/Scams

Post by Guest » Mon Mar 29, 2010 10:58 am

I have been compiling a list of sites which have spammed World of Warcraft players (ingame) as well as other prominent forums to use their services. These sites run very high risks of accounts being hacked or scamming your. These services breech Blizzard TOS and anyone found to be using these services run a high risk of having their game accounts banned. Please rated these Red.

List of domains/hosts

guy4game.com
mail.guy4game.com
wowyg.com
wowgamelife.com
mmo4store.com
botsmall.com
zyy.com
k4gold.com
wow-europe.cn
storeingame.com
hellogamegold.com
gold4guild.com
upowerleveling.com
I will add more as I find them.

Blogged at: http://issviews.com/blog/?p=373

These sites are detremental to MMO games and players. They also break many TOS and lead to inflated markets, game instability, hacked accounts, ID fraud and so on. Blizzard explain more here: http://www.wow-europe.com/en/info/faq/antigoldselling.html

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World of Warcraft

Post by Jazspeak » Mon Mar 29, 2010 5:01 pm

Is it my imagination, or is World of Warcraft particularly targeted by spammers and scammers? Although I don't play WoW, and have no interest in doing so, I have noticed that there seems to be a lot of scams associated with the game.

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@ Jazspeak

Post by spectre » Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:07 pm

is World of Warcraft particularly targeted by spammers and scammers? -
yes, but WoW isnt the only game site targeted like this - Steam & Tibia are 2 others.

Guest

WOW has close to 12 million

Post by Guest » Tue Mar 30, 2010 1:54 am

WOW has close to 12 million online players which make this a very attractive game to hack accounts and phish for real money. It is a massive earner for spammers, phishers and hackers.

There is always someone in game who will buy gold or has done in the past. Many have been hacked and scammed but there is always new players ready to replace those that learnt a lesson from this.

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Yes. Consider that, the spam

Post by Nulander » Tue Mar 30, 2010 2:03 am

Yes. Consider that, the spam amount is so big that, even in the in-game mail systems the developers have added a button for "Spam Report". Main spam generated for WoW is about power-leveling, gold-selling and Glinder bot software (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glider_%28bot%29).
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Two major reasons big-name

Post by manictiger » Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:43 am

Two major reasons big-name MMOs are so heavily targeted:
1. In-game items, currency and characters can be sold for money.
2. Third party software often saves enough time that, even if the user knows there's a virus, they're more likely to ignore the threat.

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Glider bot

Post by Jazspeak » Tue Mar 30, 2010 9:02 am

The Glider bot software seems to be a copyright issue rather than a scam. Although the US Courts have repeatedly found that the Glider bot breaches WoW copyrights, the Glider bot distributors appealed to the US Supreme Court in September 2009. Does anyone know if the case has been heard yet, and if so, what was the judgement?

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Taken from Wikipedia: "The

Post by Nulander » Tue Mar 30, 2010 1:20 pm

Taken from Wikipedia:

"The court did not hold this view and found that Glider infringed upon Blizzard's intellectual property by making an illicit copy of the World of Warcraft client in order to avoid Blizzard's anti-cheating software, Warden, and ordered MMO Glider to pay Blizzard six million dollars." (http://www.wow.com/2008/10/01/blizzard-wins-6-million-in-court-case-with-mmo-glider)
Following the judgment, Blizzard petitioned to enjoin MDY from distributing Glider or releasing its source code. In March 2009, MDY suspended Glider sales and operations pursuant to an injunction. As of September 2009, MDY's appeal of the judgment is pending before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit."

I have underlined even the problem about Glider because the topic treated here could have even some "Ethical issues" if you think. Exacly, Power-Leveling and Gold-Selling are a way to obtain money doing nothing in exchange (virtual gold?).
Must be considered even the cases of Account HiJacking due to these scum-services and spreading of Glider with malware inside them.
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Fake GM's ingame are trying

Post by Guest » Sat Apr 03, 2010 12:19 am

Fake GM's ingame are trying to get you to use this site to re-activate a suspended account. This is a blatent attempt to steal gamers login details. Please rate this site Red

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For further informations

Post by Nulander » Sat Apr 03, 2010 12:46 am

Please refer to this news: http://www.wow.com/2010/03/31/new-scam-targets-launcher/
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