I was going to empty my Spam folder this morning, and I happened to notice that I have a bunch of WoW-related emails in there (there are like twelve from just the last week). I do get a bunch of regular emails in my Spam folder, including Blizzard emails, and I have to fish them out, so I don't know if any of these are official or not... Given the web addresses/email addresses of most of the ones I got, I'm pretty sure those are fake, I just want to make sure I'm not overlooking anything legit..
Here are some of the ones I've gotten in the last week that I'm not 100% certain on:
World of Warcraft - Account Administration
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 5:14 PM
This is an automated notification regarding the recent change(s)
As you may or 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 Blizzard Entertainment's employees.
If you wish to not get your account suspended you should immediately verify your account ownership.
If the information is deemed accurate, the investigation will be dropped.
This action is taken because we at Blizzard Entertainment take these sales
quite seriously. We need to confirm you are the original owner of the account.
This is easiest done by confirming your personal information along with concealed information about your account.
we recommend you Login verify Information 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.
email@example.com. Account security is solely the responsibility of the account
holder. Please be advised that in the event of a compromised account, Blizzard
representatives typically must lock the account. In these cases the Account
Administration team will require faxed receipt of ID materials before releasing the account for play.
Blizzard Entertainment Inc Account Administration Team
P.O. Box 18979, Irvine, CA 92623
Warning No.51677 - Account Unauthorized Accessed/Compromised Notice
Wednesday, July 7, 2010 7:29 PM
"Blizzard Entertainment" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To protect your privacy and security, we have temporarily disabled this account. Any recurring subscriptions have been suspended to prevent further monetary charges. In order to regain access to the account, you must complete the steps below to secure the account and your computer.
Please keep this email for your reference until the account recovery process has been completed.
STEP 1: SECURE THE ACCOUNT, YOUR COMPUTER AND YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS
Account compromises most often occur when a player shares login information with an unauthorized third party or plays on a computer that has a virus, Trojan, or key-logger.
STEP 2: RECOVER THE ACCOUNT
We now provide a secure website for you to verify that you have taken the appropriate steps to secure the account, your computer, and your email address. Please go to this site and follow the instructions: http://us.battle.net/account/security.
STEP 3: VERIFY YOUR SUBMISSION WAS RECEIVED
We will contact you with further instructions once we have received and processed your submission. If you do not receive a reply within 48 hours of submitting this form, please recheck the account at the link listed above.
Please be aware that if unauthorized access to this account continues after the recovery process is complete, it may lead to further action against the account.
In the above one, the text after "mail.no" at the bottom was all hidden, it showed when I highlighted it.
Because of all this, this one has me a little bit nervous--and I'm at work and can't log in to check my account (**shakes fists at websense!**):
World of Warcraft Account - Subscription Change Notice
Wednesday, July 7, 2010 3:52 AM
This is an automated notification regarding your World of Warcraft account. Your account options was recently modified through the Account Management website.
If you made this change to your subscription type, please disregard this automatic notification.
*** If you did NOT make any changes to your account or subscription, we recommend you login to Account Management at the following link to review your account settings:
If you cannot sign into Account Management using the link above, or if unauthorized changes continue to happen, please contact Blizzard Billing & Account Services for advanced assistance.
Billing & Account Services can be reached at 1-800-59-BLIZZARD (1-800-592-5499 Mon-Fri, 8Am-8PM Pacific Time) or at email@example.com.
Account security is solely the responsibility of the accountholder. Please be advised that in the event of a compromised account, Blizzard representatives will typically lock the account. In these cases the Account Administration team will require faxed receipt of ID materials before releasing the account for play.
The World of Warcraft Support Team
Emails aside, I was logged in a couple days ago with no issues, no stuff missing, etc., I didn't change any account stuff (I haven't even logged in to the actual WoW website in months, just the game itself), I do have an authenticator attached to my account... Still, should I be worried?
A more generalized question that will help out more than just me--
what are some key not-so-obvious things that help to distinguish between official Blizzard emails and false ones?
(Sorry if anything like this has been posted lately :x)