'NVidia game pack' phishing scam in the wild
Gaming addicts were warned over the weekend against falling for an online scam offering a "free" three-game pack from graphics card maker NVIDIA.
Security vendor GFI Labs said the latest variant of the scam offered three games, but required the user to "log in" with their Steam platform data.
"Be wary of free game (or) graphics card tie-ins…always go to the source, whether it be NVIDIA, ATI, Steam or someone else. 'Free games' sounds great; 'lost my account' not so much," it advised.
GFI noted makers of graphics cards will occasionally bundle games with their hardware or offer a downloadable version upon purchase of specific models.
It added the Steam gaming platform occasionally offers free games to people who already own a brand of card.
But in this new scam, it said users entering their login details into the box will be taken to a URL that misspells the word "successful."
"While Steampowered.com is the real Steam URL, the horrible misspelling of the word 'successful' should be your clue that this is a trick by the phisher to send you to the real site but make it look like a random error has occurred," it said.
Initially, it said the Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers failed to flag the fake page, but Google's Chrome flagged it. — TJD, GMA News