However, this scumbag isn't giving you/me access to the Diablo III beta, in this case. He's just phishing for your Battle.net userid & password. They want the general password because that will give them access to your World of Warcraft, Starcraft, and several other game accounts. And then they access your account, sell all your stuff, transfer your gold to their character, and then sell your gold in the real world. Yes, people guy WoW gold in real life...so you pay $100 bucks and get 10,000 gold (no, I don't know if that's accurate, but it's meant to be an example, not an accurate portrayal of the market).
So, here's the email I received this morning:
Greetings from Blizzard Entertainment!
We’re gearing up for the forthcoming launch of Diablo III and would like to extend you an invitation to participate 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!
In the address field it said it was from firstname.lastname@example.org, which seems legitimate. However, when you hit the 'reply' in your mail client, it populates the 'to' field with email@example.com . See the difference? Not a blizzard.com email address. Additionally, Blizzard would NEVER EVER EVER ask you to email your password. I also did the research and found that d3-blizzard.com is registered to a Chinese gold farmer (are there any other kinds?):