Phish: Starcraft II Beta

Here’s the e-Mail:

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Subject: Starcraft II Beta Test
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From: Starcraft II Beta Support
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StarCraft® II: Wings of Liberty™ Beta Test Registration

Congratulations, this is your invitation to register for the beta test for Blizzard Entertainment’s StarCraft® II: Wings of Liberty™! You are receiving this email because you attended a special Blizzard Entertainment event, participated in a related contest or promotion, or have otherwise been selected to join the beta-testing process. This email contains a link to the beta registration form along with instructions on how to get started.

As a beta test participant, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the multiplayer gameplay of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and explore the social-networking, matchmaking, and other new features of Blizzard Entertainment’s revamped Battle.net® online-gaming service. Throughout the StarCraft II beta test, you’ll be able to take part in cooperative and competitive battles as the terrans, protoss, and zerg — and at the same time, you’ll be helping test the stability of the Battle.net service and fine-tune the game balance prior to launch. The developers look forward to hearing your feedback and seeing you on Battle.net!

Getting Started:
In order to participate in the beta test, you must have an active Battle.net account. If you don’t have a Battle.net Account, visit Battle.net to create one. Note that you are required to accept the Battle.net Terms of Use before you can create a Battle.net account and install the StarCraft II beta client.

Below is a link that will allow you to register your Battle.net account to participate in the StarCraft II beta test.

Beta Test Registration

PLEASE NOTE: Once your registration has been approved you will receive a beta key by email. Each beta key can be used only once, so please make sure you are upgrading the Battle.net account you wish to use to play the StarCraft II beta. Once claimed, your beta key cannot be transferred to another Battle.net account.

1. Apply Your Beta Key – Log in to your Battle.net account. Under “Manage My Games,” click “Add or Upgrade a Game.” Enter the above beta key in the “Enter Game Key” field and select “Add Game.”

2. Get the Installer – In your list of games, click the “Manage Game” button under the StarCraft II beta image to download the installer.

3. Install the StarCraft II Beta – Once you’ve downloaded the installer, run it and follow the directions to install the StarCraft II beta client on your machine. Note that your participation in the StarCraft II beta test is governed by a Beta Test Agreement that you are required to accept before you can install the beta client.

4. Run the Game & Log in to Battle.net – After the StarCraft II beta installs, the launcher interface should automatically appear on your screen. Log in with your Battle.net account and you’ll be able to begin playing. You can launch the client at any time by clicking the desktop shortcut or by going to the Windows® Start Menu.

Any questions? Check out the FAQ.

Please retain this email for your records. If you experience any issues setting up your Battle.net account, please contact Blizzard Entertainment Account Services via email at beta.accountsupport@battle.net.

Sending Feedback:
Once you’ve had a chance to play, please share your feedback by posting on the StarCraft II Beta Forums. The game is still a work in progress, and one of the purposes of the beta test is to identify any issues and improve the player experience before the game ships. The developers encourage you to report any in-game issues you experience via these forums.

Troubleshooting:
If you run into any difficulties installing the StarCraft II beta client, please contact Blizzard Entertainment technical support either by posting on the appropriate forum at, via webform, or by email at beta.techsupport@battle.net.

** IMPORTANT ** To avoid graphical bugs and other technical issues, please ensure your video card drivers are up-to-date.

Enjoy the game!

OK, lets see…

  • Header shows it’s not from Blizzard.  But, it’s a clever scheme.  They misspelled the domain in a way that is hard to notice unless you are paying attention.

Near perfect fishing attempt, in fact, I’d say this e-mail is a copy of an actual beta invite.

Only way to tell its a phish is the fact it’s not from Blizzard and doesn’t link to them.

Both the domain it came from and it links to is:

starcratf-2.com

Which is really close to:

starcraft-2.com

t and f look enough alike that it can be mistaken as the correct spelling fairly easily.

Really sneaky one.

But, still not Blizzard.

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