Don’t Feed The Scammers

Friday, October 14th, 2011 by admin. Filed under: Game News.



I’ve been hearing about a lot of people having their XBOX Live/PSN accounts hacked lately, so I thought I’d do a little public service announcement about scammers. A scammer is someone who tries to trick you into giving them your account info, usually by posing as an employee or representative of the company that holds your account (i.e. Microsoft, Sony, etc.) Despite the fact that most of these companies inform customers that their employees will NEVER (ever, ever) ask for passwords/answers to secret questions/etc., people still get tricked into giving this information up every single day. Here are a few ways that you can tell if an email is from a scammer.

1. It asks for your password or the answer to your secret question. Only scammers do this.
2. It plays on your fears or tries to create a sense of urgency. For instance, “Your subscription will be terminated immediately if you don’t provide us with your account info.”
3. It plays on your desires. Examples of this include invitations to exclusive beta testing opportunities, chances to earn free MS points, etc.
4. Has numerous errors in spelling and/or grammar. Most legitimate “form” emails are thoroughly edited, whereas scam emails frequently look like they were written by children or non-native English speakers.

There are other things you can do to protect your accounts, and these mostly have to do with passwords.

1. Do not share your account info with ANYONE. Even people you trust can make mistakes that might compromise your account.
2. Make strong passwords that you can remember without writing down. “Password” is a terrible password.
3. Do not use the same password for all of your accounts. If a website gets hacked and your login info gets stolen, hackers will often try the stolen login info on sites and services that many people use.

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