No matter how good a free online deal sounds, if it asks you for any personal information, it's probably better to just let it slide by. That's the lesson thousands of Xbox Live members in the UK are learning today after The Sun reported millions of dollars being pilfered from bank accounts. The victims fell foul to various phishing scams asking for information in exchange for prizes such as Microsoft Points and free games.
Information in hand, thieves slowly stolen money from their prey over the course of a few weeks, with most people losing around 100 pounds (about 155 American doll-hairs). The scams were only discovered when multiple login attempts from different sources locked out thousands of players from their accounts, alerting both players and Microsoft that something was...phishy.
Remember kids, always keep your information a secret! Before you enter any confidential information, always check the website and avoid any "deals" that require passwords, credit card data, or social security numbers that don't come from trusted online sources or stores.