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Watch Out, Potterheads! Cybercriminals Are Preying On YOU!

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potter fans being targeted by cybercriminals

Come on, JK Rowling! Can't you cast a Patronus charm against these cybercriminals or something???

Back in June, we got all the deets about the Harry Potter website Pottermore, but we were never warned that it would put our computers AND identities in jeopardy!

Due to the fact that fans have been ravenous about obtaining early memberships to the website, which officially opens in October, cybercriminals are setting up "poisoned Google search results," which redirect people to sites that ask for personal information and put them at risk for marketing schemes, "phishing scams," or computer viruses.

Sounds like Potter fans better be VERY careful when searching for those coveted early memberships to Pottermore! As difficult as it may be to wait until October, it MIGHT be worth it.

In the meanwhile, go see Deathly Hallows: Part II a few more times! We're thinking that should keep Potter urges under control…at least for the most part!

Did U get an early membership to Pottermore? If not, will U stay safe and wait until October?

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4 comments to “Watch Out, Potterheads! Cybercriminals Are Preying On YOU!”

  1. 1

    Um, those "coveted early memberships" are already closed I thought?

    And yes, I totally got one already. :)

  2. 2

    Oh wow, after reading the story Perez linked, it looks like people are selling Beta Memberships on EBay..

    ""Early access accounts" have been available on eBay and other sites; in addition to being "expressly prohibited in The Magical Quill promotion Terms & Conditions" (according to the official Pottermore FAQ), it is also ripe for fraud. While eBay will protect bidders and buyers to a certain extent, it is by no means a guarantee — and there are a number of less secure and protected sites on which such 'deals' are offered. Even if a user gets lucky (i.e., gets early access to the free website by paying $100 or more), they could still find themselves officially denied because the site asserts "the right to terminate any Pottermore accounts that are sold online.""

  3. 3

    Perez, there are no more early memberships, they closed like, 3 days ago. Get you facts straight.

    On the plus side, I found the Magical Quill and got an early membership (:

  4. 4

    What?out of all the Harry Potter news I've read about,this type of news is totally bogus. I've tried looking the magical quill,and I still couldn't find it.great!looks like I'll have to wait until October then.thanks for ruining my fun Perez.