Digitalk: Avoiding in-game currency scams

As some of you may remember, I’m a streamer on Twitch (www.twitch.tv/marfa1con), for which I have Instagram and Twitter that I post on to try and drum up new viewers and followers to help the channel grow.

Recently I came to the realisation that 1 in 5 new follows on social media I’ve been getting for my stream accounts have been scammers promoting all sorts of really dodgy ways to apparently get free in-game currency such as Fortnite V-Bucks and Overwatch credits which is what you use for the microtransactions for cosmetic items in such games.

These people are the lowest of the low, as they know full well that their target demographic of victims are young gullible children, most likely using their parents credit cards to buy stuff in-game, with or without permission.

Kids who will trust easily and get excited about being able to buy that flashy new outfit for their character to show off to their friends.

Most games these days have some form of their own currency which you can either earn over time whilst playing or otherwise buy with real money.

From FPS games like CS:GO (Counter Strike: Global Offensive), where there are actual black market websites selling cosmetic items for ridiculous sums, to mobile games like Clash of Clans, there are people trying to exploit gamers who want more of the currency.

This led me to post a message to my followers, some of whom I know are as young as 12, warning about the dangers of trusting these people.

So if you have a child who enjoys video games, please remind them of the following –

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS FREE MONEY

Whether digital or real, money needs
to be earnt, and with one exception,
never given for free.

That exception being a competition from a reputable organisation such as the game producer itself or a celebrity.

NEVER give anyone your log in details
or card details. No-one official
will ever ask you for them.

The two most often used scams are:

Bank Details: The scammers will ask for your bank details so that they can deposit the money you need to buy the game currency. But instead they’ll just take what they can or go on a spending spree.

Log in Details: They’ll ask for your game account’s log in details, saying that they’ll add the currency when they log in.

Depending on the game, they’ll sell off whatever they can or transfer it to their accounts and lock you out of your account by changing the log in details. And in some cases, sell the entire account.

While scams are easily avoided they can happen, and if you should get caught, there is little you can do other than request the restoration of your account from the game producer and report to them who you were talking to.

They generally can restore accounts to the rightful owners if you provide them with some details. And if they were lucky enough to get at your bank details you need to contact the bank immediately.

If you’re quick enough they can sometimes block the transactions or undo them.

Ross Tibbles

Author: Ross Tibbles

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