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Free Downloads of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'? It's Not Magic, It's Fraud

Trying to see the latest Harry Potter movie before it's released? If you’re trying to find reviews, trailers, or even a copy of the movie early, you’re not only risking the MPAA's wrath, but also your identity. Several Websites that turn up in search results for "Harry Potter Movie" promise a free copy of The Deathly Hallows if you just give them your personal information or allow them to install a free browser toolbar that steals your passwords.

When browsing for information on the upcoming movie on certain sites, malicious ads will appear offering you a sneak peak at the film in exchange for your identifying information. There might even be an offer of a free iPad involved.

Though these offers might be as tempting as sweets from Honeydukes, a candy store in the Potter-verse, it’s not worth it to give out your personal information for a pirated movie. Once you’ve accepted their offer, the criminals behind the site will be able to steal your passwords and pose as you online. it’ll take more than a few whisks of a wand to make the pain of identify fraud go away.

In order to prevent this sort of fraud, don’t give out personal details to websites you don’t trust, use software to block phishing attacks, and exhibit common sense when it comes to providing sensitive information on the Internet. If you do wind up seeing the film in theaters, enjoy!

[Via IMDb and eSecurity Planet]

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