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Prior to the release in late 2012 of the Halo 4 Xbox video game, some identity thieves were circulating e-mails and Web sites promising free copies of the game before its official release. These were just phishing scams intended to lure gamers into downloading keystroke-logging malware that would lead to identity theft. Similar scams occur prior to the release of other new video games and the latest versions of technological devices.

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