Battlefield fan site BF3Blog.com has warned fans of a scam going on at another Battlefield 3 fan site. According to the blog posting, BF3Nation is giving away “beta” keys for upcoming release Battlefield 3 to “premium” subscribers. When the link is clicked to go through the sign-up process, users are requested to click the flag of their country, at which point they are redirected to another site – in my case, a site called “e-consumergift.com” – that offers them a $100 Gamestop gift card, so long as they follow a lengthy process:
The site BF3Nation is owned by David Kosiba, who owns two other sites that have been used to offer dodgy sites that offered beta keys and vouchers, both fake. BF3Nation also is reported to sell “hacks” for the unreleased game. Reports indicate that Electronic Arts tried to have the site taken down via a DMCA notification over the weekend for improper use of company assets, but the site was back up within an hour. BF3Nation responded on their site in a profanity-laced rant.
Battlefield 3 is tentatively scheduled for a Q4 2011 release. EA CEO John Riccitiello has stated that the aim of the game is to compete directly with Activision Blizzard’s Call of Duty franchise.
Analysis: There’s not really much analysis to be done here. Scumbag hopes to phish unsuspecting users by giving them highly demanded early access to a video game, news at 11. Frankly, anyone who would fall for such a scam probably deserves what they get, but if I learned one thing while working in IT, it’s to never overestimate the intelligence of a person motivated to have something they probably shouldn’t have.
Needless to say, if Battlefield 3 beta keys were available, every legitimate site on the internet would either be offering them, or offering to sell their blood to acquire enough to offer. The lesson for anyone who falls for this, and especially for the offer of a “hack” of a game that’s looking at a Christmas release: if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.