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:
Medieval Fantasy Grid Crier & Dandelion Daydreams Factory proudly present the fourth edition of Fantasy Cream- Medieval Fantasy Grid Crier market.
Summer at the beach – this round of Fantasy Cream is going to be sandy !
Designer in this round :
Angel Fae Boutique
Dragon Magick Wares
FANTAVATAR & MOONSTRUCK
Touryuumon: Maho Sukuroru
Dandelion Daydreams Factory
At Fantasy Cream, you will find the most juicy, tasty, creamy, deeeeelicious and exclusive creations ever created by the beautiful minds of medieval fantasy creators. The market, contest and hunt run from July 18 through August 18. More info at fantasycream.wordpress.com.
Merchants are showing one exclusive creation purposely made for the event.
The Visitors of the FANTASY CREAM Market are invited to vote for their preferred exclusive creation among those shown in the voting area.
Three people among those who have voted during the week will be randomly chosen and will win a big prize kindly made available by some of the MFGC merchants.
The MFGC Merchant who will receive the higher number of votes on their exclusive creation will have a free featured place in Dandelion for the next three months.