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New/Old Steam Account Phishing Scam Still Active - AVOID!

 
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 6:40 pm Post subject: No icon New/Old Steam Account Phishing Scam Still Active - AVOID! Reply with quote

Hey folks,

I've stumbled on another Steam account phishing site, you may remember the group announcement a while back about the last one. This one looks to be a little old dating back to 2006, but is still merrily stealing accounts with alarming efficiency. BEWARE!

The site is located at http://gamesfromsteam.ga.ohost.de/ and is so lame they don't even deserve the courtesy of a functioning link.

If a friend has their account hijacked, they'll sign in one last time to send an automated message to everyone they know. You'lll see something like this:
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Never tell your password to anyone.
11 October 2008
18:20: http://gamesfromsteam.ga.ohost.de/
N********** is now Offline.



There are some big clues that the site is a fake:

  • There are some terrible spelling/grammar errors in the english translation.
  • There are HTML code errors (broken HTML tags poking into the main text)
  • It offers every Steam game ever for free - this is the fishbait, and a big clue Smile
  • It's located at www.ohost.de, a free personal webspace provider.
  • It asks for your email address, username and password all at once.


https://steamcommunity.com/ is the official Valve site and only website you should ever use with your Steam password. It's similar to the "Community" tab of the main Steam interface and allows you to update or view your profile from a web browser. Note the "https" secure connection.

Again, NEVER GIVE AWAY YOUR STEAM ACCOUNT PASSWORD! Since this phishing scam was automated, the victim didn't even have a chance to use the account password reset because the registered email address was changed as soon as the account was compromised.


Valve customer support are usually good enough to help out if you are in trouble. If you're unlucky enough to lose your account, these pages might be useful:

http://supportwiki.steampowered.com/wiki/Reclaiming_a_Hijacked_Steam_Account
http://supportwiki.steampowered.com/wiki/Resetting_a_Lost_Password


Remember... if it looks like it's too good to be true and you're being pressured into making a fast decision, there's a good chance a big mean Mother Hubbard is about to tear you a structurally superfluous new behind.

Cheers all,

Tom
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 7:11 pm Post subject: No icon  Reply with quote

wow... ill keep that in mind... thanks for notice us Very Happy
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Update: My friend got a mesage back from Steam Support today and the account is safely back in their hands!

Aces Smile

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2008 2:46 am Post subject: No icon Re: New/Old Steam Account Phishing Scam Still Active - AVOID Reply with quote

tomfin wrote:
Remember... if it looks like it's too good to be true and you're being pressured into making a fast decision, there's a good chance a big mean Mother Hubbard is about to tear you a structurally superfluous new behind.

Cheers all,

Tom


And in that case just use a gun, and if that don't work, use more gun. Cool

I don't know where do you get all this stuff but thanks a lot for the tips, always nice to see these scams exposed.
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Shucks tomfin, youbrokethesecondlinktoo Sad

By the way, has anyone informed ohost (
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