bwin phishing email scam

mussy

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Jun 18, 2003
Some people are receiving emails which appear to be from bwin, and which claim that the recipient has been selected to enter a raffle. The email contains a link, and the recipient is asked to use the link and login to bwin. The link actually goes to a site called bwimpoker, or some such thing (note the fourth letter).

I know phishing scams are commonplace, but this one sounds believable (although the prizes are somewhat large). Poker sites and casinos do send out emails with links in them, and bwin do organise raffles on the site from time to time. The email appears reasonably authentic. Some people do seem to have been taken in.

The follow up email is as poor as most of these scams - it says that you have won a prize, but to claim it you have to deposit $500 and then not login for four days (lol). Obviously few people will fall for this, but by this stage the scammers already have your login details. The follow-up email might only be sent to people with little or no balance, as well.

It's not clear whether the scammers are working from a list of bwin email addresses or whether it's the classic scattergun spam approach. Players are not being addressed by name though, as far as I know, so if they are working from a list it possibly only has the email addresses on it.

bwin are aware of the situation.
 

CasinoMac

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Some people are receiving emails which appear to be from bwin, and which claim that the recipient has been selected to enter a raffle. The email contains a link, and the recipient is asked to use the link and login to bwin. The link actually goes to a site called bwimpoker, or some such thing (note the fourth letter).

I know phishing scams are commonplace, but this one sounds believable (although the prizes are somewhat large). Poker sites and casinos do send out emails with links in them, and bwin do organise raffles on the site from time to time. The email appears reasonably authentic. Some people do seem to have been taken in.

The follow up email is as poor as most of these scams - it says that you have won a prize, but to claim it you have to deposit $500 and then not login for four days (lol). Obviously few people will fall for this, but by this stage the scammers already have your login details. The follow-up email might only be sent to people with little or no balance, as well.

It's not clear whether the scammers are working from a list of bwin email addresses or whether it's the classic scattergun spam approach. Players are not being addressed by name though, as far as I know, so if they are working from a list it possibly only has the email addresses on it.

bwin are aware of the situation.

I am just wondering how the hackers are able to find bwin customer email addresses or it is just random?
 

mussy

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Joined
Jun 18, 2003
I am just wondering how the hackers are able to find bwin customer email addresses or it is just random?

I'm not sure whether it's one of these totally random things, like what happens with banks all the time. I get loads of emails telling me to log in to banks I don't even have accounts with; I expect we all do. Mind you, even then they have to have got the email address from somewhere.

It has to be said that Ongame in general seem a bit loose with address details though. Many of us who played at PokerRoom noted that we all tended to receive the same poker site junk mail, both in email and also through our doors. I don't think we ever nailed it down for sure as being PokerRoom's fault, but the suspicion was there. The more the details are sold on, the more likely they are to fall into dodgy hands, obviously.

Having said that, I don't think I received this email. It's possible my filters caught it and disposed of it without me noticing, but I suspect I just never received it. I only heard of a few people who did receive it. Perhaps they were just not careful enough with their details.

I'm afraid I don't know the answer to your question. :oops:
 
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