Fortnite Scam Alert

Players of Fortnite need to avoid a “free aimbot” that promises a way to shoot competitors without careful aim and “ESP” which claims to offer the location of other competitors. This hack is just ransomware in disguise, so anyone who downloads it will put all their files at risk of being encrypted or deleted. The hacker then demands payment to decrypt the files. Fortnite is the World’s most popular online game with over 250 million players, but research by Zerofox shows that since 2018 there have been over 53,000 online scams related to Fortnite.

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Tips and Advice

  • If it’s too good to be true – This is one of Reassura’s Golden Rules and it ends with “Then it isn’t. The are no free v-bucks etc.
  • Unclean Downloads – Always be careful what you download, most malware is hidden in free downloads and so only download what you 100% trust.
  • Strong & Safe Passwords – are essential and not ever to be given over the phone, email, text etc, only for use on the official site.
  • 2 Factor Authentication – turn this on to improve your security, it is much stronger than just a password.
  • Stranger Danger – When playing online avoid sharing anything about yourself or family with strangers, many parents only allow their children to talk to people they know while playing online.
  • Strange account activity? – Report it to Fortnite, change your password, enable 2 factor authentication and tell credit or debit card provider.
  • Contact – your bank or credit card company if you notice unusual activity on any of your accounts
  • ID Protection –  If you’re worried about identity fraud and would like to protect your identity contact CIFAS
  • Still Unsure? – Call Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisor’s will help you to stay safe

 

To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool.

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