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#1 Dec 03 2010 at 3:50 PM Rating: Good
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A very helpful admin helped me here and I wanted to share my story with others so they are not taken advantage of like I was. I was excited to play the beta and signed up everywhere for a key. One site I did, and I was burned. I am not going to post the name so a fellow site member does not go there by mistake by clicking on any link I provide but, they guaranteed a code to play the game on their site. After being directed to disable my adblocker, I received a .pdf from them via email. The .pdf crashed my OS upon opening it and resulted with me having to perform a system recovery and clean sweep of my entire drive. I have the error and scan reports from this showing that the direct cause was tracked back to the .pdf I opened.

So, I have no way of knowing exactly if this site maliciously attacked me, something went innocently awry, or what transpired beyond my OS being corrupted from it. I would advise everyone looking for an invite to only stick with sponsored sites or sites you know to be reliable. ZAM I trust so I am sharing my story to maybe save someone else from repeating my mistake. Happy gaming everyone :)

Edited, Dec 3rd 2010 5:47pm by elderdrake01

Edited, Dec 3rd 2010 5:48pm by elderdrake01
#2 Dec 03 2010 at 4:21 PM Rating: Decent
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Thanks for the heads up elderdrake01.
#3 Dec 03 2010 at 5:04 PM Rating: Excellent
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Thanks for the heads-up on this, Elder.
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#4 Dec 11 2010 at 10:52 AM Rating: Decent
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Yeah it's often harder to tell the good from the bad guys on websites nowadays. They tend to use some real manipulative scheming for viruses and account information theft.

One thing that I always do nowadays for websites, at least ones you sign up for is to do the following.

Note: This is more geared towards new gamers. Most long term gamers probably know the rule of thumb.

1. NEVER use the same password that you use for your email EVER.
2. I normally make an email account specifically for website/game sites that is NOT the same as your game accounts.
(example: Use For Website/Forums/Spam: janedoe@gmail.com but use a solely different email for game. Game
mail: Realjanedoe@gmail.com)
3. Don't ever respond directly from emails with any information to your account. Always go directly to your bookmark
or the company site, not a link. Often they try to trick you with one character off when spamming your email.
4. Make sure to use a Anti-Virus software that is up to date. *They don't catch everything but at least it's preventive*
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#5 Dec 11 2010 at 1:09 PM Rating: Decent
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Thanks for the heads up, Elder. It is good to be reminded that you should NEVER open up any attachment to an email from someone you do not know. If someone is going to send you a key code in an email, they will simply type it in the body of the email, not attach it in a file. I am very sorry that you had to go through all of that and I hope your system is back to normal now.
#6 Dec 11 2010 at 2:50 PM Rating: Decent
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Thanks for the info, especially with VIP keys getting very hard to come by now. People are getting very frustrated and trying anything they can nowadays.
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