'Reaper of Souls' Phishing Scam Warning

Blizzard support warns about emails with fake invites to test the expansion

Happy 2014, everyone! The holidays are winding down, and the Diablo III news is moving back into full swing. We start the year with a warning from Blizzard Customer Support agent Araxom, with a post on reddit about an increase in the number of phishing emails that claim to be invitations to beta test the Reaper of Souls Expansion.

As Araxom mentions, the best way to check if you have been invited is to go to battle.net yourself, and log into your account. Here's what he had to say:

Greetings all,

Just a quick heads up here - although phishing scams are pretty common, we've received more reports than usual regarding a particular message for Reaper of Souls which encourages you to click a link and return back to account management. Please keep in mind that if you receive an official Closed Beta invitation from Blizzard we DO NOT encourage you to click any links in the email, and instead ask that you attempt to try the key out directly through your account management by logging over directly to battle.net (without redirecting through the email).

From our recent article about the Beta:

How will I know if I'm selected to participate in the beta??

If you are selected to participate in the Reaper of Souls Closed Beta, you will receive an invite via email. Opt-in invites will always be sent to the email address associated with your Battle.net account, while Closed Beta keys may be sent to other email addresses.

To help avoid phishing attempts, if you believe you've received an invite to the Closed Beta, it's best to refrain from clicking on any links in the email(s) you receive. If you received an opt-in invite, you can verify that your account has been granted a Closed Beta license in Battle.net Account Management. If you were sent a Closed Beta key, you can add it manually by visiting the Add or Upgrade a Game page.

Thanks for reading! Happy New Year!

Araxom

Blizzard CS

See the thread for further discussion of the nefarious emails that are being seen.

We haven't heard about a lot of new people being invited to beta test the expansion, in recent weeks. If there is a big wave of invitations for that, we can expect to see an announcement for it officially from Blizzard. In the meantime be suspicious about any of these emails that claim to be from Blizzard, with links to log in to your account.
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