Talking with my daughter about BlizzCon and Pandas and Pokemon companion pet battles naturally raised the level of interest in World of Warcraft around the house.
And, hey presto, what should show up in my mail box but an offer for seven free days of World of Warcraft!
I mean, I get offers like this from games now and again. I have even gotten such offers from Blizzard. So no alarms went off in my head… not right away.
And then, as I clicked on the button, I realized that I was not looking at the email inbox associated with my Blizzard Battle.net account. This was the email account where I only every get PHISHING ATTEMPTS.
Fortunately, the site had already been flagged as a forgery.
Sure enough, I went back to mouse over the “PLAY FREE NOW” button and the URL is directed me to was obviously bogus, something I would have normally noticed if I had not been in something of a BlizzCon state of mind. They hit me at just the right moment. The phishing attempt literally came in about 30 minutes before I opened up my email. But I was saved from any potential trouble by the good people at Mozilla.
Though it does make me wonder how much those good people at Mozilla know about my browsing habits, and that if they are watching, that site I was at the other night after my wife went to bed was a total accident. I was looking up one of the works of W. Somerset Maugham and how I ended up on that other site is a complete mystery to me.
Anyway, be wary and look at those URLs before you click!