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Phishing; The Silent Enemy. The Do's and Don'ts

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#21 Kittyhawk

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 10:12 AM

So the newest email one I've noticed is the loyalty points lure. I've had two types of this one so far, one saying congrats you got 5000 bonus loyalty points, and one saying just you got your loyalty points for this month. If I was going to fall for one of these, it would probably be the second one. Since it isn't offering anything special or extra I was tempted for half a moment to actually click the link, and I knew the email was fake from the moment I opened it.

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 08:28 AM

Check the source of the emails. All the ones I keep getting say they are from "
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Posted 22 October 2011 - 08:09 PM

The e-mail trick almost had me. But then I went to the RS home page...HACK AVERTED

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 01:08 AM

I would like to add that the majority of the Youtube scams I see reside at Pest Control. It's sad to see that, in the comments of the videos, a user posts their username and follows the false link in the description.. then minutes later, that same account is autotalking the scam at Pest Control. I do what I can to put an end to these scams, such as reporting the video as a scam.. but that's almost NEVER enough. Youtube doesn't do too good a job at removing videos like this.

Google has a service of their own here: http://www.google.co.../report_phish/. I've used it today on a link that a Youtube scam provides, and shortly after, the link provided any viewer with a big, ol' "This is a phishing website!" notice. Even though Google owns Youtube, it seems that Google directly is more reliable. I also do a whois.net search on the phishing link to dig down to the webhost, and report an abuse. It's come through several times, but as long as people are gullible, this form of phishing will always remain..

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 06:22 PM

So here's a new one that totally would have caught me out, had they not messed up the link :S ==


Subject title: Stellar Dawn - You are a beta tester!
Hi,

Thank you for your application. We are happy to announce you are one of our beta testers!

We have spent many years working towards this game and we need you to help us find bugs or other issues with the game before we release it to the public.

Please follow this link to our of beta version of the game. (You can use your RuneScape account or your Stellar Dawn account to login)

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We look forward to seeing you in space,

The Stellar Dawn Team

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I eagerly got on the link given, but for some reason they messed it up and it didn't work. Thankfully I had Mr Roo on skype with me, who told me to check if it was real - and the link ofc had a spelling error in it (stelardawn).. crisis averted.

Fairly shaken up atm, thought I was more clever than that XD

So yeah.. be careful.

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 01:14 AM

Oh wow. I recived that email. I literally have it in my other tab, and was about to do that. Thanks, alot
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Posted 10 January 2012 - 06:39 AM

Jagex has opened an e-mail address you can forward all your phishing e-mails to:

From Runescape forums; QFC 275-276-2-63482276

Hey Everyone,

We really appreciate all the information you have provided us in our battle against Phishers.

While we research and work continuously to improve our account security features in order to better protect you, our players, within your game, it is a fact that those who seek to ruin others enjoyment of RuneScape, also continue to attempt new ways of scamming legitimate players out of their accounts and hard earned items and XP.

So, we have created a new email address here at Jagex: reportphishing@jagex.com and what we would like you to do is FORWARD any phishing emails you receive to this address.

If you have not received a phishing email but you know of a URL anyway that you suspect to be related to account security, please feel free to send this to us as well, it's the same reporting email address for phishing emails and phishing websites - reportphishing@jagex.com.

That way, we have all the necessary info in one place and we can focus on getting these sites removed. Please remember to FORWARD and not copy and paste for phishing emails, we need to see all the info in the original email in order to be able to take effective action.

Once again, thanks for all your help.

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 10:25 AM

People will do anything to ruin other peoples fun.
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Posted 03 February 2012 - 04:09 PM

Didn't even know half of this methods existed. Thanks for the warning!

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 02:02 PM

I got an email today from what I thought was from Jagex, saying that password recovery was requested. I actually thought that someone was trying to steal my password until I saw this:

"Your verification code will expire at 26-June-2011 14:53. To complete the address change, you will need to enter the validation code from a message that will be sent to your new email address."
Last time I checked it's February 9, 2012. Well after the expiration date.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 07:11 PM

I would like to put in an addition to the scams that happened to me at 7:00pm EST. I was contacted (ingame) by RS ServerB39 stating:

You will be contacted my an admin shortly. Please wait.

Than I was contacted by: Mod Mark stating:

You have been chosen to be a Player Moderator. Submit your proposel at https:// runescapemod.C"om


I sadly, a vet of 8 years, fell for it because I was so excited about the chance to be a player mod. I went to the website, which appeared authentic and submitted my app and thats when they got all my info for I logged in with my user/pass.

I than logged off to play Battleship with my roommate for 30-40 minutes and when I tried to log back in, my password wouldn't be accepted.

They were unable to gain access to my bank, but took my rune pickaxe, ammy of glory & dragon platelegs.

Login IP address was s12.vpnod.com

Please make everyone aware of the new Phishing Scam! I'm afraid many will fall for this one.

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 03:53 PM

very nice guide although i have noticed another trend in types of phishing sites that people have been using is a player moderator sign up and to aware everyone I would just like to state that there is no sign up to become a pmod and in order to become one a jagex moderator will send you a message via message center.
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Posted 28 April 2012 - 09:03 PM

thank you!

very helpful!

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:16 AM

I think the general rule is to ignore email messages that say they are from Jagex - even if they really do send you an email about your account. Only follow Jagex's messages that are sent to you in their message center. Mean while, just delete the emails on the spot. As for the youtube scams, if someone makes an offer that sounds to as if all of a sudden it just happen for no reason, its probably under the category: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. I have no idea what influences these people to prey on RS players, or why they enjoy making people miserable. In the end, karma is going to come around and hit them in the face, and when they get phished by someone else on whole different matter ( unrelated to RS ) they are going to get a taste of their own medicine. Its just plain malicious and illegal.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 08:10 PM

Great Guide, was going to write one about this topic but I guess I don't need to anymore ^.^


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Posted 17 June 2013 - 12:11 PM

Sneaky Hobbitses...

 

This guide is really useful!! I myself have received emails like the aforementioned, but I just sweep delete them and don't even entertain a response.

 

I really do think that more of an effort on Jagexs behalf should be made to make players aware of what can happen.


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Posted 25 June 2013 - 01:27 PM

Thanks I've had quite a few people trying to steal my account Thx for the help;)



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Posted 19 February 2014 - 06:11 AM

I had an account stolen that put me off runescape for about four years and have just restarted again with a new account.

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 05:28 PM

So the only way Jagex will contact you is by in game mail messages?


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Posted 23 February 2014 - 01:49 PM

They may contact you via email in certain circumstance, but this is only if you reach out them using that method first, general speaking they prefer to use the in game message center for just about everything.


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