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    News - Scammers target World of Warcraft accounts

    Be aware, WoW gamers. A phising scam is currently doing the rounds.
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    Re: News - Scammers target World of Warcraft accounts

    URL doesn't seem to be working there.
    I quit around 2 years ago and I'm still getting these mails weekly.

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    Re: News - Scammers target World of Warcraft accounts

    lol sad people targeting more sad people
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    Re: News - Scammers target World of Warcraft accounts

    To me it seems strange that blizzard does not have an audit path for objects. That way it would be very easy to trace the items, and nuke them out of existence. Which would be a listen to players not to buy stolen goods, without a market, people will not buy it. To minimize data this could be done with just high value items, or high data system for character to character gold transfers. This may seem harsh but it is in line with the rule of the real world which I believe is if your caught with stolen goods you forfeit them even if they were bought in good faith.

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    Re: News - Scammers target World of Warcraft accounts

    How much gold do you think totals the WoW economy?.. Then add every single item that exists in that economy, and give each of those items a unique integer.

    How long do you think it will be?
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    Re: News - Scammers target World of Warcraft accounts

    Quote Originally Posted by aidanjt View Post
    How much gold do you think totals the WoW economy?.. Then add every single item that exists in that economy, and give each of those items a unique integer.

    How long do you think it will be?
    I think it would be alot smaller than a unsigned long long int which is a whole 8 bytes in size. That gives you numbers up 18,446,744,073,709,551,615 I think that's probably enough. Every item probably already has a unique number, even if its based on type and number, or type and location. However I didn't suggest tracking all the gold, I suggested tracking the transfers, and look for suspicious things, gold repeating being transferred to a character but nothing being given in return etc.

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    Re: News - Scammers target World of Warcraft accounts

    Quote Originally Posted by oolon View Post
    To minimize data this could be done with just high value items, or high data system for character to character gold transfers.
    Quote Originally Posted by aidanjt View Post
    Then add every single item that exists in that economy, and give each of those items a unique integer.
    Something does not compute.

    I like the idea of an audit trail, and in fact I would be quite surprised if they didn't already have something similar to aid in their balancing of the economy - I know Eve takes this kind of thing very seriously but maybe the WoW economy is less complex.

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    Re: News - Scammers target World of Warcraft accounts

    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    I like the idea of an audit trail, and in fact I would be quite surprised if they didn't already have something similar to aid in their balancing of the economy - I know Eve takes this kind of thing very seriously but maybe the WoW economy is less complex.
    There is some audit trail already, there are a number of incident's where people have been passing large amounts of gold to their banking characters and Blizz have put a hold on the char pending investigation. Blizz don't balance their economy by limiting the amount of gold they can get. What they have done recently (with the achievement system) is offer items at silly costs, rings for 8k gold, bag for 2k, 3 player mount for 20K therefore taking gold out of the system. All these are linked to achievements and we know people can be a bit anal.

    As for the scamming. This isn't new for wow, its been going on for ages, some of the English is quite laughable, but they have been improving recently. If people are stupid enough to click on some random link then they deserve to lose their items.

    Blizzard don't send out many emails, mainly when a beta is upcoming, but they will inform people on the forums on how to check authenticity. Check before you click.

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    Re: News - Scammers target World of Warcraft accounts

    Old news.

    The same news every week/month for the last 4-5 years.

    The sorts of people that get scammed, are the usually the sorts of people that deserve it. Blizzard are always telling you not to click random links yet people still do it, duh.
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    Re: News - Scammers target World of Warcraft accounts

    +1 on game tracking

    i dont play any mmorpg and tbh i hate them. but i would have thought that sticking tracking in, where loging transactions where someone gets something valuble and nothing in return would have been common sense.

    +1 on stupid idiots

    if you click on link like that you deserve it
    Quote Originally Posted by MadduckUK View Post
    now that i think about the word "throttled" in a certain light... its not so far different to strangled really

    our boiler broke so we has no heating or hot water, this is the bloody result ^^

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