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Infinitiy Ward: Beware fake COD5 beta invites

Infinitiy Ward: Beware fake COD5 beta invites

Call of Duty 5 is currently not in beta and Infinity Ward is advising players to avoid supposed invites.

Infinity Ward is advising gamers to ignore any emails they receive which claim to be beta invites for Call of Duty 5: Modern Warfare 2 as the beta

According to Infinity Ward's Community Manager Robert Bowling a new phishing scam has been set up under the guise and all beta invite are illegitimate and unofficial.

The emails are being sent out from Cod5beta@infinityward.com and are a word for word copy of the beta invites sent out for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, but with the 4 substituted for a 5. Clever, no?

The best thing to do if you do happen to get an email invite sent to you is "just delete it" according to Robert, who says Infinity Ward and Activision are fully aware of the scam.

Dispelling any rumours and making the whole issue a lot simpler, Robert also adds that there is currently no Call of Duty 5: Modern Warfare 2 beta running and that, if and when the beta does launch, you won't need an email to tell you because he'd be "shouting it from every internet rooftop".

Have you happened to have had one of these phoney invites? You didn't fall for it did you? You did? Ha! You'll probably want to offer your excuses in the forums then.

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liratheal 13th January 2009, 13:47 Quote
Not entirely related, but I would much prefer another 'modern' setting to yet another WWII setting >.>
shigllgetcha 13th January 2009, 14:19 Quote
Call of Duty 5: Modern Warfare 2
its a another modern setting
badders 13th January 2009, 14:42 Quote
Wait - I thought World at War was COD5? Surely Modern Warfare 2 will be COD6?
liratheal 13th January 2009, 14:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by badders
Wait - I thought World at War was COD5? Surely Modern Warfare 2 will be COD6?

There is huge debate on that on Kotaku.. It's kinda scary how angry some people get over naming schemes.

Popular theory is that it's not 5 because 5 isn't mentioned in the title, but IMO, it's the fifth game, so.. It might aswell be 5 >.>
ry@n 13th January 2009, 15:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by liratheal

Popular theory is that it's not 5 because 5 isn't mentioned in the title, but IMO, it's the fifth game, so.. It might aswell be 5 >.>

Untill now i've always refered to Word at War as "COD5".. oops :o
p3n 13th January 2009, 16:12 Quote
Its actually COD3 (the 3rd one made by the good devs!)
Psytek 13th January 2009, 17:09 Quote
[QUOTE=liratheal]
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Originally Posted by badders
but IMO, it's the fifth game, so.. It might aswell be 5 >.>

Call of Duty: World at war is the 10th game in the Call of Duty Franchise, 11th if you count the DS version of COD4.

Infinity ward have now made a deal that they get to make the numbered releases going forward, so the new COD game coming this year will be Call of Duty 5.

Also, there is no "5" on the box for World at War, its built on the engine that IW created for COD4, so if we're being honest, World at War is basically a very well made official mod.
B1GBUD 13th January 2009, 22:12 Quote
No-one has noticed the obvious spelling mistake in this article (Infinitiy)
TurtlePerson2 13th January 2009, 22:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by liratheal
There is huge debate on that on Kotaku.. It's kinda scary how angry some people get over naming schemes.

Popular theory is that it's not 5 because 5 isn't mentioned in the title, but IMO, it's the fifth game, so.. It might aswell be 5 >.>

Well, it's not the fifth game and it's not the sixth game either. It's not really the fith revision of the engine either. They sort of subscribe to the "because we say so, school of sequel numbering". It is the fifth COD game on PC, but that can't be right because COD4 was the third PC COD.
CardJoe 13th January 2009, 23:36 Quote
It's their franchise, so really it's whatever the hell they want it to be.
Aragon Speed 14th January 2009, 02:25 Quote
I have worked with Egosoft briefly as a developer near the beginning of the development of Terran Conflict, and I still have close ties with them.

I can state that no developer would send out random emails asking Joe Pubic to become a beta tester. You may have to sign an NDA, but there would still be too many worries about information being leaked before release if you just picked people at random.

I haven't seen one of these emails, but as they are classed as a phishing scam I assume that at some point you would be asked for your credit card or bank details. Again, no developer would do this, there is absolutely no reason too. 90% of the time the alpha testers are either in-house already or have come from a reputable source, and most beta testers are trusted people from the companies main forums. The first are paid through the normal channels and therefore don't need to send their bank/card details by mail, and the second are normally unpaid. (At least in my experience)
landi_uk 14th January 2009, 13:34 Quote
This scam is requests the user to supply their x-box live tag and password and may also want email address attached to Live account.

They then access the Live account,change the password to take ownership, spend any points you may have and also purchase items on your account if you have a valid card attached, and spam the url claiming to be a COD beta sign-up page to everyone on your Friends List

I haven't been caught, but a couple of people on my friends list have and both have ended up having to set up new Live accounts.
LordPyrinc 15th January 2009, 05:12 Quote
That is unfortunate. Many years ago I fell for a scam on bnet that cost me my chars on a particular account. Sometimes, even the smartest people don't think for a moment and do something stupid. I slapped my forehead about 5 minutes later realizing I had been duped but by then the damage had been done.
cpu121 15th January 2009, 21:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by p3n
Its actually COD3 (the 3rd one made by the good devs!)
Er, wouldn't it be COD4 then? IW Made COD, COD2 and COD4.
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