With Fortnite’s success, fraud is also booming. On the net, videos, for example on YouTube, and websites with the promise of free V-Bucks, Fortnite’s in-game currency, are almost a riot. Epic has now issued a warning.
The success story of Fortnite has, and unfortunately not surprising, also called many fraudsters on the plan. Meanwhile, there is a veritable flood of videos and websites that are going to catch players with the prospect of free V-Bucks. On YouTube alone, there are supposed to be countless videos that have only one goal: to lure the player to relevant websites. Once there, they are supposed to download an app or leave their account data – then they are supposed to be transferred to them as if by magic V-Buck.
Epic answers the call
Now the developer Epic has officially warned against such scams. On Twitter, they wrote:
“Beware of scam sites that offer you free or discounted V-Bucks. The only official websites for Fortnite are epicgames.com and fortnite.com.”
In the same Twitter posting, Epic refers to an account security FAQ. In it, the developers go into detail on fraud sites. “We’ve seen these pages on the web, just like you,” it says, among other things. “Click here, type in your username, possibly answer one or two questions from a survey and get as many free V-Bucks as you want. These pages aren’t real.”
According to Epic, anyone who has already used such sites to maximize V-Bucks should change their password immediately. Developers also recommend that players sign up for multi-factor authentication via their email address to improve account security.
It wasn’t until early May that Epic warned of fake beta invitations in connection with the Android version of Fortnite. The invitations seemed surprisingly real, so that even youtuber and editors occasionally fell for the trick.
Epic is not alone
A lot of websites that cover the topic of Fortnite also try to help Epic by spreading awareness about the scam problem that they face at the time. Some webistesgo even so far, to make prevention programs around the V-Bucks so that the young audience can learn about the issue and at the same time win free V-Bucks without surveys or something like that.
Not only website owners, editors and authors help Epic, but also YouTubers spread the awareness.
What will come next?
We all know that Fortnite has reached its peak with over 125 million users. So the question in the room is – what will come next? Will Epic be able to produce another hit wonder or which game-dev studio will get the next big game out there? Stay tuned for more updates.