Beta Spam

Another day, another round of sifting through the emails.

Is it me or does everyone get 10 spam emails for every 1 genuine one? Of course the fact that I stupidly put my main email address onto the web back in 2001 didn’t help my cause. Anyways, with all those lucky people getting beta invites I live in hope of one day finding out that I too have been awarded an invite.

Recently my hopes have been dashed more frequently by hoax e-mails from and any other variant of the words Blizzard, cataclysm, beta and you wish to imagine all claiming that I had been “chosed” for the beta.

Todays sift was particularly heavy and there was one which really stood out as being a good attempt at making my beta hopes come true.

It read:

World of Warcraft®:
Cataclysm™ Beta Test Invitation

Congratulations! You’ve
been selected to participate in the beta test of World of Warcraft®:
As a beta test participant,
you’ll have the chance to experience the new content and features of Cataclysm
before the expansion is released. We’re looking to get your feedback on the
overall gameplay experience, including quests, monsters, zones, dungeons,
aesthetics, and more as we continue to implement new expansion content. We
would also appreciate reports on any bugs you may encounter. These can be
logged using the /bug command explained below.
Getting started:

1. Get the Installer: Log in to your account. In your list of games, click the “Manage Game” button
under the Cataclysm beta image to download the installer; you’ll also be
able to copy a character to the beta-test realms through the same page. Please
note that your
account should be flagged for beta access within roughly 24 hours upon
receipt of this email.
2. Install the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm client: Once you’ve downloaded
the installer, run it and follow the directions to install the client on your
machine. You must have a retail copy of World of Warcraft patch 3.3.0 or
newer installed on the computer on which you want to install the Cataclysm beta
test client.
3. Run the Game and Log in to  After the game installs, the
launcher interface should automatically appear on your screen. Log in with your 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.
retain this email for your records. If you experience any issues setting up
your account, please contact Blizzard Entertainment Account Services
via email at

Please be prepared to enter
the current retail account name and password you use. To participate
in the beta test, you must have a valid retail World of Warcraft
Sending us feedback:
Typing /bug in chat or Alt
+ Left-Clicking on an icon will open an error reporting interface, and we
encourage you to use it any time you encounter a problem or want to send us a
We have put up forums for
discussing the game at

Only players
flagged for access to the beta test will be able to post on these forums, but
keep in mind the general public can view them. You are expected to follow the posting
guidelines and forum Code of Conduct
at all times while participating in any and all discussions. Maintaining a constructive
dialog with fellow testers and Blizzard posters will help ensure the forums
remain a positive place for discussing and providing feedback about Cataclysm
If you experience any
difficulties installing the beta game client, or have problems connecting to
the test servers, please contact technical support either by posting on the
appropriate forum at
or by email at Please
remember that this software is still undergoing testing, so any in-game issues should
be reported using the /bug command.

No virus
found in this incoming message.
Checked by AVG –
Version: 9.0.851 / Virus Database: 271.1.1/3064 – Release Date: 08/11/10

It was a very good effort and hovering over the links (removed for safety reasons) they looked to be genuine Blizzard sites including the right address, the however just didn’t seem right. I was curious, so curious I didn’t delete it like I do all the others.

Rather than be the schmuck that gets had with a phishing attempt I decided to trust the content but not the links, so I went to my account page and it was there.

Wow I am in the beta! Guess I’ll have some new content for the blog. Watch this space…..

Posted by Evlyxx


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