If you are an online gamer who uses the Steam platform then you need to be aware of a new phishing scam.
(Yeah, I know, I’m not much of a gamer!)
There would appear to be an email in circulation that offers Steam users a free copy of the popular game Far Cry 2 but, in reality, steals their user accounts instead.
Kotaku.com reports that a free copy of Far Cry 2 is offered as a Steam gift via an official looking email which has been made to appear as though it originated from firstname.lastname@example.org.
In reality, the email actually links to a spoofed copy of the Steam community page which is likely to fool newcomers and veteran gamers alike if they are not on their guard.
The fake site asks for the usual login details, allowing those behind the ruse to then steal the victim’s account.
I often see Steam accounts, including games, for sale on eBay so maybe they are being sold there? (eBay, of course, are quite good at removing those sort of listings once they become aware of them)
If you access the official Steam site then the URL in your browser should be https://steamcommunity.com/
If it isn’t, then it’s probably safe to assume it’s a fake site and should be avoided.
If you think you may have fallen foul of this phishing scam then change your password as soon as you can.
If you have lost access to your account then try contacting Steam as they are generally quite helpful in such circumstances.