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BioWare warn of SWTOR beta scams
Posted: 22.03.2011 12:54 by Simon Priest Comments: 9
Crime lords, and not of the galactic slug variety, are attempting to scam fans of BioWare's Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO with fake chances at the beta.

All such offers "are false," warn BioWare. There are no ways into game testing "via any method other than" the official Star Wars: The Old Republic website.

"It has come to our attention that there are multiple individuals and sites claiming to sell testing accounts, “beta keys,” or other offers of access to our Game Testing Program. All of these offers are false. BioWare is not issuing invites to Game Testing via any method other than those we outline here on SWTOR.com," posted BioWare on the forums.

"We must caution you that these offers are often scams designed to steal your money, credit card information, or identity. While we understand that you are eager to participate in Game Testing, your security is extremely important, and attempting to participate in these offers could put you in very real danger."

Some offer selling access to their Game Testing Program which is "strictly prohibited by the Game Testing Agreement. We closely monitor the activities of all accounts involved in the Game Testing Program, and are quick to notice accounts that change hands."

"In the event that an account in the Game Testing Program does change ownership, we immediately take action to the fullest extent possible, including permanently banning the account from the Service."

Legitimate beta test chances would come from 'no-reply@bioware.swtor.com'.

"You may encounter e-mail scams that indicate you have been invited to the Game Testing Program - please make sure to thoroughly examine the e-mail and don't click any links unless you are sure it is authentic (make sure to expand the information about the sender, and check for spelling errors or other tricks that scammers often use)."

"If you receive an e-mail and are in doubt or are concerned about its validity, please forward your concerns to bwacommunitysupport@bioware.com."

Star Wars: The Old Republic releases on PC later this year.
Source: VG247
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Comments

By RaviL (SI Core Member) on Mar 22, 2011
RaviL
Oh yeah like someone will actually buy a beta key, plus Bioware didn't even announced any closed beta atm, in the end Bioware will make a open beta and everybody will have access.
By Arrecoolast (SI Core) on Mar 22, 2011
Arrecoolast
Sigh, people who actually bought this are kinda...dumb. :P Oh well, atleast they made a statement about it which should reduce the amount of successful scams, hopefully. >_>
By RaviL (SI Core Member) on Mar 22, 2011
RaviL
There a lot of people around 14~16 years old that love the Star Wars world and they will probably get scamed because they cant make the difference between the fake and real site's.
Ohh well thats the world we live in.
By Arrecoolast (SI Core) on Mar 22, 2011
Arrecoolast
Indeed, we humans aren't as bright as we want to make ourselves think. :P
By RaviL (SI Core Member) on Mar 22, 2011
RaviL
No we are bright, but we are not wise enough.
By Arrecoolast (SI Core) on Mar 22, 2011
Arrecoolast
Never said that we aren't bright, just saying that we generally aren't as bright as we want to make ourselves think. ;)
By Geforcer (SI Veteran Member) on Mar 23, 2011
Geforcer
Who would even buy a Beta key? :S That's dumb in many levels. But it's good that Bioware reacted on this.
By Arrecoolast (SI Core) on Mar 23, 2011
Arrecoolast
Yeah, if they wouldn't have reacted on this even more people would have bought the scam. :/
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Mar 24, 2011
FoolWolf
Don't underestimate dumb people - they can make you regret overestimating the level of none-dumbness still in play...
I'm not surprised - spam works, people get hi-jacked on Facebook because they don't log out...