Not long ago the rumours started going round that Sega was planning something special for Dreamcast owners. Kotaku got tipped off to the fact that, as the ten year anniversary of the console approached, Sega was asking for Dreamcast owners to come forward via the official site of the console.
Naturally, a whole load of people rushed to register their Dreamcasts with the site, offering up names, serial numbers and passwords and getting a (serialnumber)@Dreamcast.com GMail account in return. Console fanboys were on the edge of their seats as they awaited more information.
Unfortunately, it isn't what you might have been hoping for and Joystiq
has uncovered that the site is no longer owned by Sega.
Japanese gaming site Mainichi
was the first to confirm that Sega is not operating the site any longer. Sega hasn't yet released a English statement, but a translation of the Japanese release indicates that the images used on the site are also being used fraudulently.
Sega is apparently considering what action to take against the site, which appears to be part of a large scale phishing scam.
Did you, like Kotaku, get pulled in to the trap? We'll feed you more info as we get it, but until then let us know what you think in the forums