This was the best thing I’ve heard in months.
I just HAD to share.
True story, now.
Now, I came into work today and chatted briefly with a friend here, who I think I’ve mentioned in past posts. Pete plays WoW during the bad weather season, but mostly he’s into racing cars, customizing them, the whole thing.
Today, Pete tells me one of his accounts got hacked over the weekend.
The way he tells it, he got an email from Blizzard notifying him his password had been changed. This is an account he hadn’t played in a while, so he was pretty confused.
So he calls Blizzard up, goes through the whole questions thing, and comes to find out that yes, his password was changed. As well as his billing.
He gets it changed to something new, and logs into his account.
His characters are in their boxers. He’s been wiped clean.
However… God, I love this… his max level character was a 19 PvP minor league twink. The only character on the account.
And the account itself? It had been shut down. He had stopped payment on it.
The hacker had gotten into the account… but couldn’t loot it because the account was closed. And the hacker clearly had an account name and password, but no character names to search on Armory, no way of knowing what was on the other side of that dead account.
So the hacker, no kidding, paid Blizzard to activate the account to loot it. He took the chance.
He paid a months fee. In advance.
And what did he get? About 4 gold in D/E’d mats off a character that was something Pete messed around with for fun.
When Pete talked to Blizzard, Blizzard told him about the Mastercard (a form of credit he doesn’t have) that was used to activate the account. After Pete changed it back to his own billing, Blizzard asked if he wanted to close the account immediately or let it run no for the rest of the paid month.
“Oh no”, was his reply, “I’ll play it for the rest of the month. Thanks!”
To whoever you are out there that paid $26 for Pete’s account to be reactivated in exchange for about 4 gold in mats, we /salute!