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Beware: Home Beta Injector Scam

When something is too good to be true, it usually is. It's one of the unfortunate truisms of life, and it applies to everything, including the video game industry.

PS3Fanboy alerted PlayStation 3 owners to the recently released "Home Beta Injector" scam that unfortunate individuals may have already fallen for. Supposedly, this program will generate a redemption code for the closed PlayStation Home beta, and all you need to do is put in your Network e-mail address and password. But as you should already know, Sony would absolutely never ask you for your password; it's simply not used to generate codes on the PlayStation Store. As you can well imagine, handing out your e-mail address and password gives the scammer access to your account, and if that includes credit card information... If you have already been taken in by this lie, it is suggested that you contact PlayStation support. SCEA is already working to shut this "Injector" mess down before it gets worse, so that's good news.

If you're wondering what the alluring scam looks like, check the copied image over at PS3Fanboy. Remember, always be wary of something that seems too easy, and something that clearly isn't official. Don't let these losers steal part of your life!

9/3/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (10 posts)

Tatsujin
Wednesday, September 03, 2008 @ 10:37:13 PM
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Man that sucks. Did I tell you I got invited to the Home Beta? Man, I love showing off!

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Zapix
Wednesday, September 03, 2008 @ 11:51:33 PM
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I hate to say this, but I hope some of those annoying immature kids on the PSU forums get scammed into this. The PSU forums are horrific. It's full of endless flaming, people that don't know the first thing about 'searching' for threads, muchless failing to notice the other 100 threads other people started, only to go make the 101st. Cruel to say, but I'm going to stick with the concept of 'natural selection' here, and those kids are on the bottom of the chain.

LOL, I think my favorite thread was though "I got the beta email! Sending them my password now!" ... I think the term used on the PSU forums is "epic fail!"? :P

Internet Rule #1: No legitimate website/company will ask you for your password.

Internet Rule #2: Never post a picture of yourself! Somebody is always looking for something to photochop!

Sad there are people out to screw over those without common sense, but it happens everywhere, not just over the Home beta. Such is life.

On a side note, by logging into the PSN, wouldn't Sony obtain things such as the PS3's system ID, IP address, etc.? All of that being info that leads right back to the idiot taking advantage of other... Yeah, you get my point.

Last edited by Zapix on 9/3/2008 11:56:19 PM

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, September 04, 2008 @ 12:11:34 AM

For the record, no matter how many people come here, I will NEVER let that happen to our Comments or our forums. As long as I'm around, PSXE will have quality posts from readers and the flaming, fanboy crap has NO place here.

It's like a haven, and stuff. ;)

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Zapix
Thursday, September 04, 2008 @ 12:24:46 AM

and Ben, THAT is the reason I stick around here, and enjoy coming back here everyday. Rarely do I poke around other gaming websites, even XBOX360 related, which leaves me in the dark on 360 news! DOH! What can I say, I like it here :)

Oh, and I must say, aside from the point of common sense, 15 years of internet use helps! I'm the computer expert of the family, and just in general for scam mail, I'm often looked to for confirmations. I always say "Check the address of the website you're on if you opened it from an email. The safest thing to do is to type the address in yourself."

If you get an email from Sony saying "Click here to get your HOME Beta information" or something, and it opens a website asking you to login... I can almost assure you, such emails are FAKE! You can second guess it based on the website address... If it's say like www. beta.sony.com/home then trust it. If it's asdf.freechinesewebsite.hk/milf/homebeta.html guess what... IT'S FAKE!

Last edited by Zapix on 9/4/2008 12:25:28 AM

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Qubex
Thursday, September 04, 2008 @ 3:24:55 AM

It is good to know there is quality assurance Ben, it raises the bar somewhat, and word does get around how good or bad a site is! Thankfully PSX is on the good side :)

Q!

"aLL RoAds LeAd ToO HoMe"

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, September 03, 2008 @ 11:57:05 PM
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Holy sh*t
Thanks for the heads up Ben

wow seriously this is messed up...

Thankfully I didn't fall for this

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fatchad420
Thursday, September 04, 2008 @ 2:30:36 AM
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Whats the advantage of having some one else s account info? You can't sell them and any smart person wouldn't save their credit card info in the PSN...

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pavlovic
Thursday, September 04, 2008 @ 9:14:02 AM
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"unfortunate individuals" I just wouldn't call them unfortunate.

By the way, yesterday I won a trillion dollars on the Ivory Coast lottery, I just have to send them all my identifications, a 1000 dollars and the number of my bank account, so they can make thne wire transfer....

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Daedusian
Thursday, September 04, 2008 @ 11:41:54 AM
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These scammers need to die or get a life! OMG! I'm still getting those stupid emails in my hotmail account about helping someone with their financial problems and that they "need my help." There must be people still falling for this crap because I get at least 2 a day. It's really irritating!

Last edited by Daedusian on 9/4/2008 11:43:26 AM

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zerostar39
Thursday, September 04, 2008 @ 3:06:41 PM
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It really makes me sad that there are people out there that do this stuff.

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