Grand Theft Auto V PC Scam Infects Computers With Malware

Grand Theft Auto V PC Scam Infects Computers With Malware

Grand Theft Auto V scam email

Cybersecurity company Trend Micro says unscrupulous dudes are using the promise of a Grand Theft Auto V PC beta test to infect computers with malware.

"There is no Grand Theft Auto V for PC." Say this to yourself three times and keep it in mind when you receive an email offering an invitation to the beta test. It's not real, and in fact, according to Trend Micro, the links included in the emails lead to several sites that will bring you nothing but woe.

"You invited Beta tester GTA V to Windows," an image of an email sent out as part of the spam campaign states. "Registered this link with promotion code... By creating an account you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy." The links, written in Slovak (which may explain the preceding Engrish text) lead to several sites, one of which is a phishing site; there's also an attached .ZIP file containing an application that purports to be an access code but which is actually a known backdoor trojan.

The email is so clunky and mangled that you might think it would be easy to pick it out as a scam, but not everyone pays as much attention to things as they should before clicking on them, and as Trend Micro noted, a lot of people are very anxious to get GTA5 on PC.

"In the past, we have reported several spam attacks that banked on the success and popularity of online games in order to proliferate malware. Games like World of Warcraft and Grand Theft Auto IV were also leveraged before by spammers," it wrote in its Threat Encyclopedia. "Clearly, the worldwide success of these games makes it a good social engineering lure to trick users. In this specific case, spammers capitalized on the much-anticipated release date of Grand Theft Auto V on PC, XboxOne, and PS4."

So keep your eyes open for this one, and if you get it - don't click it!

Source: Trend Micro

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I'm amazed anybody fell for this one, given how little beta testing Rockstar appeared to have done on the GTA IV PC release.

Though admittedly EFLC was a lot better on that front.

Again with this sort of thing? This one looks about as convincing as your average plea for help from a Nigerian prince.

Honestly, who actually falls for this stuff?

Didn't, like, this exact thing happen before?

If I saw a beta test for GTAV PC, my very first instinct is to Google it. Why is this not everyone else's first instinct?

If you fall for this kind of email, you deserve everything you get.

Digital Darwinism at work, honestly. Look at those mispellings. Who falls for this aside from the desperate and the dumb?

This again?

Tactical Pause:
Again with this sort of thing? This one looks about as convincing as your average plea for help from a Nigerian prince.

Honestly, who actually falls for this stuff?

Enough people for it to be worth the scammer's while.

Scammers wouldn't put the time and effort into these scams, if they didn't produce a result.

IceForce:
This again?

Tactical Pause:
Again with this sort of thing? This one looks about as convincing as your average plea for help from a Nigerian prince.

Honestly, who actually falls for this stuff?

Enough people for it to be worth the scammer's while.

Scammers wouldn't put the time and effort into these scams, if they didn't produce a result.

Or they simply throw a shitload of darts hoping that one or two will stick, if they actually hit the dartboard is a bonus.

It would seem that old people and gamers are a gullible lot. Scary how far people will go. But when it comes to Beta tests I go to the company's site. But I don't apply for many anyway.

It's the year 2014 and people are still falling for this?
In an age where everyone should have heard of this trick/scam.... really?
How can people be so easily scammed... I guess this targets children? I just don't know...

Which mail client is that screenshot from? Is that Outlook? I haven't used that in a while, for which I am thankful.

good thing i gave up on this series since SA.
but these people are stupid for falling for that. they deserved it.

promo code.zip? ROFL. ya that isn't suspicious at all.

Rockstar i blame you directly for this, will you release a freakin' port already?

NuclearKangaroo:
Rockstar i blame you directly for this, will you release a freakin' port already?

Rockstar is just waiting for Half Life 3 to be released so they can give it a wide berth and have a much less divided PC audience. Who can fault them for that logic?

If someone actually falls for this, they deserve it. Literally everything about it screams "IT'S A SCAM!" This kind of scam is as old as e-mails. I get "your account is lockdown notify" e-mails on a weekly basis. I sometimes go through my spam folder just for kicks. Speaking of which... For some reason, I'm getting a lot of spam in Chinese lately, and I've no idea why.

Why on earth would people fall for this? There shouldn't even be a beta for this game in the first place..that's called the console version, since it was released already and patched. Those are your "beta testers" right there.

The game is probably already finished and polished for the PC and they don't want to release it yet, God knows why.

Who would fall for this? Maybe 1 in 1000? It doesn't take a lot of people for them to get their money's worth I think.

FizzyIzze:
Which mail client is that screenshot from? Is that Outlook? I haven't used that in a while, for which I am thankful.

Looks like a very old (circa 2003?) version of outlook.

NuclearKangaroo:
Rockstar i blame you directly for this, will you release a freakin' port already?

actually, according to Amazon support staff its due in May. How much that source is to be trusted is up to anyones guess.

if people will fall for a fake half life countdown on a russian website they will fall for this

honestly they probably didnt even read the email they just see the subject line and the attachment that reads promo code you can say that no one falls for this but people got hit with malware after trying to pirate the game when it wasn't even released for pc yet

Completely unrelated to the scam, I want to meet a Rockstar and/or Take Two executive and punch them in the balls/ovaries a few times.

Announce the bloody PC port, to be bundled with Red Dead Redemption, and then release it, you rat bastards!

It does look like the shoddiest piece of shod ever to be shud, but in fairness, if a 12-year old really wants something to be true they are often willing to overlook the scam warning signs.

"You invited Beta tester GTA V to Windows"?

Wow, that comes just behind "You winner of lottery, make money big-big!" in terms of the most obviously fake e-mails out there.

I can't wait to tell the nigerian prince who promised me 40 million dollar about this...

What? I am try but found me to being not the beta testor for Windows GTAV beta.

Maybe best retry send link again for better asurance?

"Here,you're invited the the Grand Theft Auto V PC Beta Test!
Take this link called Promo code.zip from this mail in Slovak.
What? You did not sign it to any Beta before? Fuck that, this is legit as fuck."

Was my first impression.

Noooo,we slovaks already have enough to be ashamed of and now this? :(
Although if you fall for this sort of crap nowadays,you deserve it.The prospect of a PC version of GTAV sounds nice,yes but come on,you're a quick google search away from not getting screwed over here.

If anything, this proves that a lot of professed PC gamers only bother with their hardware and their baseline ability to play games. In all honesty, if you consider yourself a PC gamer, you should also have a working knowledge of basic computer maintenance and of the major threats to your safety. No serious PC user should or could fall for something that's so clumsily put together.

The very fact that some people have fallen for this makes me want to pick the unfortunate victims one by one, stick them in an auditorium, and remind them that their rosy expectations have never, and will never have any grasp on reality.

I'd like to have GTA V on PC too. Until official word drops down from Rockstar's lofty heights, however, I won't hold my breath - despite the repeated rumor mills stating that there's been a spate of PC-related hires at Casa Houser.

CBanana:

NuclearKangaroo:
Rockstar i blame you directly for this, will you release a freakin' port already?

Rockstar is just waiting for Half Life 3 to be released so they can give it a wide berth and have a much less divided PC audience. Who can fault them for that logic?

of course! brilliant!

 

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