PC World Online recently reported that con artists have boarded the Pottermore train at Platform Fraud and a Half. Pottermore, now in development, promises “an exciting online experience around the reading of the Harry Potter series.” It will be the exclusive portal for Harry Potter e-book sales and according to its own blog, will always be free. It opens in October of 2011.
And scammers are selling early access, either through fake E-Bay accounts or by asking for personal data through a survey to win free access. If you provide the information, these Death Eaters overwhelm your computer with malware.
Early access to Pottermore did exist, but only by completing a magical quill challenge on the official site. That challenge is over now. Buying and selling Pottermore accounts is against the site’s terms of service.
So keep up your Defense Against the Dark Arts: Protect your personal information and your finances. Never click on a link in an email from an unknown sender. October will be here before you know it!