Wednesday, January 19, 2011
A warning about scammers from ten.ten.
Not long ago, Ayuhime wrote a very important post (How-to: prevent your Pico from being hacked) about carefully guarding your Pico user account from hackers. It's an important message.
Hackers will likely target people who have flashy avatars and beautiful rooms - people who have nice things.
Sometimes hackers will use means to silently crack into your account without you even knowing. At other times, they will come to you like a wolf in sheep's clothing, presenting themselves as very friendly. To put a very real spin on how hackers try to go about winning your confidence, please read another Pico's experience.
I would strongly suggest that anyone who is approached by a scammer to report them!
Ironically, this particular scammer has a message on her Pico blog warning against - of all things - scamming.
Hello ... I am emailing you because I think you are a very well known Pico blog and can potentially warn many people of the dangers that can be found on Pico. I have recently been contacted by a Pico by the name of [ßυииiε cнαи]. I added her with the pretense of her being another kind Pico player but immediately she started asking me if I would like Ameba Gold. I told her that I don't need it hoping she wouldn't ask me what I thought she would.
She gave me the story that her mother was letting her give away 1,000 gold to a Pico friend and she chose me". I asked "Well, how will you give it away?". She said she just needed my email and password. I signed off after that.
I signed on again later in the day and she immediately asked me once again if I wanted Gold. Most was over private messages, but here is a bit of the conversation from chat.
(21:32) ten.ten.: What do you need to give gold?
(21:32) ßυииiε cнαи ♥: password and email
(21:32) ten.ten.: o
(21:32) ßυииiε cнαи ♥: xD
(21:32) ßυииiε cнαи ♥: LoL
(21:32) ten.ten.: ok no then.
--- You have moved to ♡♥♡♥Pico Lounge♡♥♡♥♡
(21:32) ßυииiε cнαи ♥: r u on facebook
(21:32) ßυииiε cнαи ♥: ???
(21:33) ßυииiε cнαи ♥: orico.net
(21:33) ßυииiε cнαи ♥: or ameba.pico.net
(21:33) ten.ten.: ameba pico
(21:33) ßυииiε cнαи ♥: .net
(21:33) ßυииiε cнαи ♥: o
(21:33) ßυииiε cнαи ♥: do you want gold
(21:33) ten.ten.: No
(21:34) ßυииiε cнαи ♥: ?????
(21:34) ßυииiε cнαи ♥: do
(21:34) ßυииiε cнαи ♥: ya
(21:34) ten.ten.: no dnt need it
(21:34) ßυииiε cнαи ♥: its 3,000
(21:34) ßυииiε cнαи ♥: i am over limit
(21:34) ten.ten.: i can get gold any time so i dnt need it
(21:35) ßυииiε cнαи ♥: plz take it
(21:35) ßυииiε cнαи ♥: I just need e-mail and password
Please warn fellow new and old Picos of this person. She's extremely convincing. Here is her Pico ID and photo.
My url is: http://ameblo.jp/01000001
My Pico ID: ten.ten.
Photo Credit: taken by ten.ten.
Update: January 21, 2011: Pico Official Guide: As of today, Pico administrators have released a statement on the official blog today. They have banned *one* person who was trying to steal others' Pico accounts. Read more ... »