The WoW Account WeakAuras Scam Continues
The WoW Account WeakAuras Scam still continues to this day. We’ve covered this before in a previous article, but it begs another mention due to it still happening. It’s clear that the word hasn’t spread around enough for folks to be careful about how discrete this scam can occur.
For those of you not in the know, WeakAuras is a mod script that can manage certain elements in your UI. For all intents and purposes, WA is can manage what your buffs look like, how certain procs and other prompts are handled, and overall tinkers with WoW’s scripting to produce intended visual or audible modifications. It’s a really neat mod similar to PowerAuras, which pretty much does the same thing. I personally use WeakAuras to help me raid and PvP better by making it easier for me to keep track of my buffs and procs, being able to refresh or use them at the most optimal of times.
WeakAuras, however, isn’t an easy mod to use; it requires some knowledge on scripting and WoW’s inner workings to make use. You can virtually do anything with this mod with the only thing limiting you being your knowledge of actual scripting. Because of this, a lot of folks that do use WA tend to use scripts developed by other people, copy-pasting them into their mod for ease of use.
Because of this, a lot of people have the tendency of just copying and pasting a script they find, thinking that it is reliable. Unfortunately, we all know how the internet is filled with scammers and con artists trying to milk us for everything we’ve got. Now, remember that WeakAuras can pretty much do anything to your game? Yeah, keep that in mind.
Take Care of Your WoW Account
The WeakAuras scam starts off with some random player befriending you in some way, eventually offering you a script for WeakAuras that could possibly improve your game. They’ll just give you the script through the chat or link you to some site with the script. Of course, more trusting folks would easily copy paste that into their WeakAuras mod thinking it was legit. Unfortunately, this scam script will cause the player, instead, to trade all their gold to the scammer once a trade window is opened. It doesn’t matter if you or the scammer initiates the trade; all he has to do is trade with you and you won’t even see the trade window open. There won’t even be a prompt to trade with him. Instead, all you will hear is the iconic sound of clanging coins indicating that your WoW gold has been moved in some way. Unfortunately, it went straight into the scammer’s WoW accounts.
The bottom line here is that, if you are running a script mod like WeakAuras, don’t ever accept a script from a person you don’t trust, much less someone you hardly know. You shouldn’t ever stop using WeakAuras or be deterred from ever trying it as it is a great mod, but you should just be careful with what you grab from strangers or the general internet.
Consider this a PSA. Take care and happy gaming everybody!