DON’T EVER GIVE OUT YOUR PASSWORD. Linden Lab won’t ask you for it, and if anyone does, they want to do you harm.
Sandwiched somewhere between John Gabriel’s Greater (greatest?) Internet Theory and Godwin’s Law exists another apparent inevitability – The surprising ease with with the word “free” can disable one’s otherwise extraordinarily capable skills of logic and critical thinking. In order to facilitate the most correct alphabetical sandwiching, let’s call it the JP Linden lesser theory of, “Gadzooks! Free!” As in, Gadzooks! This spam – It says I’m going to get this for free! Handing over my login and password is just my way to help them help me get to free stuff! Type faster fingers! Faster!”
Half-joking aside, hundreds of Residents were victims of unauthorized access to their accounts in the last month. Account security is serious business, regardless of what finds you in Second Life. If your password is free to a criminal for the asking, so is your inventory, your friends & groups, your land, your L$, and whatever unspent balance remains in the payment method on file.
– If you are being spammed in-world or anywhere else regarding the purchase of L$ or free L$, you’re almost certainly being spammed by a fraudster.
– Never use your Second Life login or password outside of the Second Life viewer or secondlife.com – Your password is not required for someone to send you L$.
– Never provide your password or security answer via chat or IM to anyone inworld (including Lindens and people claiming to be Lindens), and when accessing a password protected terminal, always double check which window you’re typing that password into.
– If you’ve been the victim of fraud, contact our fraud hotline at 800 860 6990. Then, talk about it. Post your experience to forums, blogs and chat. Tell others about who it was and how it happened.
It is unfortunately impossible to list, in real-time, every Website operating a phishing operation – many are gone before they are discovered. Basic Web and search engine optimization skills are all that are needed to create a site that appears legitimate. We therefore urge you to make every effort to know who you’re dealing with, and always remember, if the offer is too good to be true, it probably is.