Phishing scams are very common around any Blizzard beta release announcement so it is time to be especially on your guard.
I received the following in my in-box today:
Greetings from Blizzard Entertainment!
We’re gearing up for the forthcoming launch of Diablo III and would like to extend you an invitation toparticipate in the beta test. If you are interested in participating, you need to have a Battle.net account, which you can create on our Battle.net website.
We will flag you for access to the Diablo III beta test when we begin admitting press. You do not need to go through the opt-in process.
To secure your place among the first of Sanctuary’s heroes,Please use the following template below to verify your account and information via email.
* Battle.account name:
* E-mail Address:
Thanks and see you all in the Burning Hells!
The email claims to give you an express beta invite without having to go through the formal opt-in process. Naturally, this is a phishing attempt aimed at getting hold your valuable battle.net account details. The reply email address resolves into a d3-blizzard.com domain which, not-so-surprisingly, is registered in China:
Domain Name: D3-BLIZZARD.COM Registrar: HICHINA ZHICHENG TECHNOLOGY LTD. Whois Server: grs-whois.hichina.com Referral URL: http://www.net.cn Name Server: DNS27.HICHINA.COM Name Server: DNS28.HICHINA.COM Status: ok Updated Date: 29-aug-2011 Creation Date: 29-aug-2011 Expiration Date: 29-aug-2012
Remember, Blizzard will never ask your for your battle.net password - be wary of any communications that requests this.