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#1 Jan 10 2013 at 12:27 PM Rating: Excellent
Just a heads up.
Ive never received these ffxi specific scam emails before but within the last hour or so ive been hit with at least 40 of them. Now it slow down to about 1 email a minute.
Edit: Forgot to add that the incoming slowed down after adding them phony email addy's to a block blacklist.

So dam annoying.

Edited, Jan 10th 2013 1:30pm by Illicious
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#2 Jan 10 2013 at 12:29 PM Rating: Good
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Dont put your email adress on the internet (or an FFXI website) without atleast making sure nothing automated can take it...

Even a simple elvaan(at)vanadiel.com will work instead of an @.

There's nothing you can do about it anymore now...
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#3 Jan 10 2013 at 1:06 PM Rating: Good
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I'm receiving these emails too, its about 1 email every 10 minutes or so. I have gmail so its being filtered out and put into the spam folder. Pretty odd that I've never received these kinds of emails before too.
#4 Jan 10 2013 at 2:44 PM Rating: Excellent
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It's sadly getting to the point where people basically need to use virgin email accounts for game-related upkeep that they never post anywhere but within said game's profile settings. That way, you can at least exponentially minimize getting such messages and being tricked into legitimacy. Though, they're usually pretty easy to spot with typos or just hovering over links.

Still think it's funny I get emails about my WoW account when I haven't played since like late-2004.
#5 Jan 10 2013 at 3:27 PM Rating: Excellent
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I got a legit email about my WoW account being hacked once.

The hackers were probably really disappointed to find out it was a free trial account and never had any credit card information entered in.
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#6 Jan 10 2013 at 4:21 PM Rating: Good
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i just read this thread and decided to check my spam folder in gmail, i have 25 of them starting at 11.55am est today. all of them from different email addresses, im glad gmail automatically puts them all in the spam folder.

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Greetings!

It has come to our attention that you are trying to sell your personal FFXI account(s).
As you may not be aware of, this conflicts with the EULA and Terms of Agreement.
If this proves to be true, your account can and will be disabled.
It will be ongoing for further investigation by Square Enix ent 's employees.
If you wish to not get your account suspended you should immediately verify your account ownership.

You can confirm that you are the original owner of the account to this secure website with:
https://xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.do

Login to your account, In accordance following template to verify your account.


If you ignore this mail your account can and will be closed permanently.
Once we verify your account, we will reply to your e-mail informing you that we have dropped the investigation.

Regards,

Account Administration Team
Square Enix 2013


Edited, Jan 10th 2013 5:36pm by Ba1dw1n
#7Theonehio, Posted: Jan 10 2013 at 6:51 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) If people still played this we'd be flooded with people **** about losing their accounts to these emails.
#8 Jan 10 2013 at 9:10 PM Rating: Excellent
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Official warning:

PlayOnline wrote:

Warning Regarding PlayOnline ID and Password Fraud

It has come to our attention that certain individuals are attempting to direct players to fake FINAL FANTASY XI websites resembling the log-in page of the FINAL FANTASY XI Linkshell Community beta version in an attempt to steal (also known as “phishing”) their PlayOnline ID and password.

These scammers have been confirmed to send URLs via email with a message stating that a user agreement violation or billing issue has been confirmed. Please note that Square Enix representatives will never ask players to log into an external website for customer verification.

If you have accidentally entered your PlayOnline ID and password into the fake website or simply clicked on the URL, you should run your anti-malware or anti-virus software and change your password immediately.

Also, we strongly recommend players to use a Square Enix Security Token which will vastly improve account security.

Keep your personal information safe! Keep your PlayOnline ID, Square Enix ID, and passwords secure!


http://www.playonline.com/ff11us/polnews/news21851.shtml

I have yet to receive any phishing emails myself.
#9 Jan 10 2013 at 9:22 PM Rating: Excellent
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Seriha wrote:
Still think it's funny I get emails about my WoW account when I haven't played since like late-2004.


Imagine my surprise when got an email about my WoW account needing an immediate login on a site listed in the email, when I've never even played the game once.
#10 Jan 10 2013 at 11:46 PM Rating: Decent
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Im going to go tinfoil hat for a minute.

But wouldn't it be crazy if SE was responsible for the emails, only to generate enough concern to increase likely stagnant Token sales.

Conspiracy!

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#11 Jan 11 2013 at 3:27 AM Rating: Excellent
I can confirm this is true and I have no clue how a bot got my "main ffxi email" address.

I have a email account dedicated just to playonline and playonline only. I log on it just to check if monthly payments went through good. Just now logged on and I have about 14 spam emails since monday.

My computer is safe.. firefox, adblock, noscipt, mcafee, etc so I have no clue how they got my email.
#12 Jan 11 2013 at 9:35 AM Rating: Good
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Weren't the Sony servers hacked a year or two ago?

I know Sony swears they didn't get any payment information, but email addresses might have been harvested at that point in time.
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I can't understand anyone who skips the cutscenes of a Final Fantasy game. That's like going to Texas and not getting barbecue.

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#13 Jan 11 2013 at 11:27 AM Rating: Excellent
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catwho wrote:
Weren't the Sony servers hacked a year or two ago?

I know Sony swears they didn't get any payment information, but email addresses might have been harvested at that point in time.


Highly doubt this is why as I'm pretty sure SE isn't hosted on sony at all since very few people actually took the time to utilize their POL email accounts. (Something that could potentially be linked to sony being hacked.)

SE got hacked a few months back, that's the more likely situation, or it's a simple 10 minute scripted bot to harvest emails from fan-sites.
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