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UPDATE! Sony Has Confirmed That It Is Legit!
It’s a lovely Easter morning, and I woke up to an email saying that Playstation owed me a $25 check or $50 store credit (PS Vita Emails). Now what made me a little suspicious was the sender’s email address and the formatting of the message itself. The sender said it was from “firstname.lastname@example.org <Administrator@qgemail.com>.” In the past, Playstation has sent out emails in regards to settlements, but there was a lot more prep to it, a company letterhead, an official website, a questionnaire, etc… In this case, the URL seems to be out dated and it’s asking you to login from the start. Now some speculate that the design of the website could be a deterrent, leading people into not making a claim. Or it could be a scam all together. Still, like some people pointed out, a few things to note are 1.) How did they get my email? 2.) How did they know this email was associated with my PSN account? 3.) How did they know I bought a Vita in June 2012?
In regards to questions 1 & 2, both seem similar, but not quite. See, there is a variety of ways scammers can get your email address, so this isn’t exactly uncommon. I’m pretty sure most of you received a letter from a Nigerian prince requesting money a few times. What is uncommon is that I received the email that was associated with my PSN account. Now you could say it was pure luck. Still, if it wasn’t, then maybe our emails were collected during the infamous PSN hack. If that’s the case, Sony should issue a statement to its customers letting them know that their emails are still compromised. As for question 3, (how did scammers know this email was associated with my PSN account?), it could be the luck of the draw as well, seeing that some customers have claimed they have not receive the email as of yet.
Still, the fact that this all happen on Easter Sunday is what makes this the most suspicious. So my suggestion to you is to be patience and wait for Playstation Support and Sony to confirm before you do anything. Do not login your info, as it might contain a phishing scam. I say just wait until Monday for official word. There’s nothing wrong with a little patience.
Edited by: Avery Osborn