Merchandise Scammers target Doctor Who fans eager for delayed game The Eternity Clock

Published on May 15th, 2012 | by Christian Cawley

Eternity Clock Scam

Doctor Who fans, PC owners and anyone with an interest in Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock should beware – scammers are once again targeting your love of the show.

Scammers target Doctor Who fans eager for delayed game The Eternity Clock

Currently doing the rounds on YouTube (we won’t link, of course, but check the accompanying images) are a selection of videos that purport to instruct users on how to download a “beta key” or “code generator” to run the PC version of the forthcoming game in order to play the game today.

Of course, this is rubbish. The link instead is for a piece of malware, malicious software that will cause various types of harm to your computer, typically with a Trojan tracker that will allow a remote user to gain access to your computer. Along the way, any unsuspecting gamer would find themselves forced to signup with Facebook, sign up to “giveaways” and generally share all important information with the scammers. It’s a double-headed attack, one which you should steer well clear of.

Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock isn’t out on PC until June at the earliest, and there is no way of getting hold of it via YouTube. Please let anyone you know who might be interested in this to avoid the links, make them aware of the scam, and most importantly to avoid signing up to and downloading from any sites claiming to be able to provide access to the game before it is released!

(We have informed BBC Worldwide of this threat.)

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About the Author

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




2 Responses to Eternity Clock Scam


  1. A more detailed look at this scam, including the steps that anyone sucked in would go through, can be found at http://www.combom.co.uk/2012/05/doctor-who-eternity-clock-scam-info.html

    • louise says:

      as with anything i guess, if it looks too good to be true, then it usually is. hope nobody gets snared in the scammers trap

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