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New scam tries to give you a free Celestial Steed

One of the sadder parts of this job is reporting on the numerous scams that sweep across the World of Warcraft landscape. It's no secret that your WoW account is valuable to thieves -- the entire gold-selling industry is built on a foundation of hacked accounts and stolen items.

Their latest scam vehicle? Our inherent desire for sparkle ponies. Let's get two things straight off the bat:
  1. You did not just win a free Celestial Steed mount. That in-game tell is an attempt to steal your account.
  2. No one just bought you a Celestial Steed mount. That email you got is an attempt to steal your account
If it sneaks by your spam filter, the latest scam email can be quite convincing. The message, which appears to be from sales@mail.blizzard.com, masquerades as a receipt for the purchase of the $25 Celestial Steed mount. Of course, the email is not actually from Blizzard (the "from" email is spoofed), and the links to Battle.net and Worldofwarcraft.com inside send you to a phishing website designed to steal your password or infect your computer with a keylogger.

Attempt to collect your sparkle pony, and within a few short hours, your entire account will be under someone else's control. If you haven't put an authenticator on your account, the scammers will do it for you, locking you out of your own account and severely hampering your ability to get it back.

More information on the latest scam, what you can do to protect yourself and what to do if you're a victim, all after the break.

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Filed under: News items, Account Security

WoW Moviewatch: WoW Celestial Steed - Public Service Announcement

Bloodvein is taking a swing at satire and WoW social commentary with WoW Celestial Steed - Public Service Announcement. This video can feel a little frantic as it moves between three different scenes. At first, you have a gnome dutifully begging his mom for the money to buy the star pony. The second scene includes an odd blood elf wearing a gnome mask makes some claims and statements about the steed. Then, lastly, Amazing Horse by Weebls makes a return to machinima, courtesy of Bloodvein.

This video is obviously meant to be commentary on the ongoing discussion about whether owning as Celestial Steed qualifies its rider as being a "newb." I'm not sure if Bloodvein is trying to respond to specific other videos, although there have been a few released like Nub Tales episode 1. It's awesome to see machinimators taking part in community dialogue in a way that informs the player base, expressing opinions and feelings about things happening in the game. Hopefully, we'll see more of this kind of thing in the future.

Interested in the wide world of machinima? We have new movies every weekday here on WoW Moviewatch! Have suggestions for machinima we ought to feature? Toss us an e-mail at machinima AT wow DOT com.


Filed under: WoW Moviewatch

The Daily Quest: Starpony edition

Here at WoW.com we're on a Daily Quest (which we try to do every day, honest) to bring you interesting, informative and entertaining WoW-related links from around the blogosphere. Is there a story out there we ought to link or a blog we should be following? Just leave us a comment and you may see it here tomorrow! Take a look at the links below, and be sure to check out our WoW Resources Guide for more WoW related sites.

TDQ's back from an unplanned Cataclysm-news-overload hiatus! And what better topic to come back to than the epic debate currently raging over Blizzard's new starpony spacepony sparklepony My Little Algalon Pony Celestial Steed?

Filed under: The Daily Quest

Poll: Selling the Celestial Steed is...

Perhaps one of the more controversial moves done by Blizzard is making the Celestial Steed, a useful in-game item, available for digital purchase via the Blizzard Store. This is something that previously many people thought Blizzard wouldn't do. However, it appears that they are not against exchanging useful in-game items for real money.

So let's hear what you think. Vote in the poll. Is selling the Celestial Steed for $25 okay or not? Or do you just not care?

Selling the Celestial Steed is...
Okay14716 (40.5%)
Not Okay11905 (32.7%)
I Don't Care9750 (26.8%)

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion

Celestial Steed, Lil' XT now active on the Blizzard Store

The Celestial Steed mount and Lil' XT pet are now active and available for purchase at the Blizzard Store. Both the mount and the pet are account bound, meaning any current and future characters on a single account get them. Use the following links to get to the items now to buy them:
The mount will operate at whatever level of riding skill you've trained. This includes both ground mounts and flying mounts.

We now also have a blue post on the matter:

Nethaera -- Pet Store Additions
We're pleased to be able to bring two new additions to the Blizzard Pet Store: the miniature robot Lil' XT and the Celestial Steed, the first mount to be available there. These fun options are available exclusively through the online Blizzard Store. [http://www.blizzard.com/store]

For more information, check out the Pet Store FAQ, which holds answers to most common questions: http://us.blizzard.com/support/article.xml?locale=en_US&articleId=29845

Filed under: News items

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