Harry Potter Fans Warned Against “Pottermore” Account Scams [News]

The BBC has warned Harry Potter fans hoping to secure early access to the new Pottermore online portal to be wary of scammers selling early-access accounts. The website is due to launch in October, with the series’ author J.K. Rowling set to release further stories and background material via the Pottermore service.

Pottermore is currently in beta, with very limited early access. This hasn’t stopped scammers operating in a number of ways however, including eBay auctions for beta accounts with buy-it-now costs of around $100. A blog post on the official Pottermore blog asked fans:

Please do not buy, sell, or transfer Pottermore early access accounts. Obtaining Beta registration for Pottermore with the intent of selling on those registration details for monetary gain not only deprives genuine fans the chance to gain early access, it is also expressly prohibited in The Magical Quill promotion Terms & Conditions.

Security researcher Chris Boyd from GFI Labs also revealed deceptive YouTube videos with links to “download” beta access and search results that could potentially deliver a harmful payload of trojans, exploits and spyware.

Boyd said:

You can expect more hacked sites serving Malware alongside poisoned search engine results – both text and image. If your kids are happily babbling on about the joys of Pottermore, it may well be worth sitting down with them and pointing out the types of shenanigans they need to avoid.

Source: BBC News / GFI Labs

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