What a fiasco. This morning I opened my Watchmen Movie Pack that I picked up at Best Buy. Inside was a card with a code and instructions to visit this website which immediately asked me for my credit card number! What? Is this a scam? It sure looked like it. There was no reason they needed my credit card number and no indication what this site was. I was pissed. Why did the packaging at Best Buy not warn me I would need to provide a credit card number? I was so mad I called the manager at the Best Buy store and I also spoke to XBOX Live support (the movie pack was a cross promotion for XBOX Live). I actually even filed a complaint with the FTC. I thought I was doing my part being a good citizen.
As it turned out, I spelled the url wrong ..\watchman instead of ..\watchmen.
The website was directing the request to the unexisting page to their home page. First, who puts a request for a credit card on their home page with NO explanation? That’s their first mistake. And obviously, handling an HTTP 404 response by redirecting to a page that asks for a credit card number is their obvious mistake. Surely, I’m not the first person to make this innocent mistake.