How to stay safe from Second Life phishing scams

For apparent reasons … here a cool (the best so far) nice written post.
I saw 4 such spammer actions from 4 different accounts in the groups in the past 12 hours. I hope many many people read this.

The Green Lanterns

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On Friday, March 11, Linden Lab posted “A Reminder About Account Security” under “Featured News” on the Second Life blog. This blog post is about how to stay safe from phishing scams. Wikipedia says that “phishing is the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.”

Here’s how a phishing scam works. I get an IM from a trusted friend, or I see a message in group chat, that says something like this:

“Please visit my new store on the Marketplace.”

followed by a URL (a link):

http://marketplacesecondlife.garblegarble.altervista.org/index.html

There are several clues here that I should spot right away.

  • The link starts with “http”, not “https”. If it started with “https” then I could be pretty sure it was a secure link…

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