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Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 08/05/2011

Scammers home in on ‘Harry Potter’ fans

Pottermore “early access” scams are popping up all over the Web. (Akira Suemori - AP)
Scammers are reportedly building a cottage industry around offering fake access to J.K. Rowling’s new Harry Potter site, Pottermore, the BBC reported.

Their low-down, dirty schemes reportedly include fake early access registration, fake videos of the site and poisoning the Web searches for Pottermore with malware-laced Web sites. Accounts have also popped up for sale on eBay, so Pottermore’s official blog has posted a gentle reminder that it reserves the right to close down any accounts that are sold online.

“Access to Pottermore is, and always will be, completely free so please don’t be tempted by people selling Pottermore accounts online,” the site’s blog says. “You will only be wasting your money — and there are still more clues and chances to come!”

There are no shortcuts to getting into Pottermore, though interested fans can participate in the Magical Quill competition to get into the site’s beta launch before it debuts in October. The challenge ends Saturday, so act fast.

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