Mom Scammed While Her Kid Played Popular ‘Fortnite’ Video Game
A little bit of online safety precaution can go a long way. For one Ohio teenager, his days of playing the popular “Fortnight,” a game whereas you build forts and eliminate other competitors until your either eliminated yourself, or the last competitor standing, may well be on ice.
Jake Bates, a 13-year-old gamer, was playing the popular game when he was approached online by a person claiming to be able to upgrade his “skins.” Skins are essentially templates that allow you to make your Fortnight character more customized).
This is where things fall apart.
The person told Jake he needed to provide his username and password to the game in order for the new skins to be implemented. Jake, salivating at the premise of new free Fortnite character skins, obliged.
You can pretty much guess where this tale goes from here.
Jake was immediately locked out of his account. His recovery passwords and phone number was changed. The person took over Jake’s personal email. They also got access to his mom’s credit card information because, well, the game membership was being paid for by her.
“When he logged into his account, he took everything over,” Amy Bates, Jake’s mother, told WLWT. “The guy took over his account, but also took over his email account and changed the passwords, changed the recovery passwords and the phone number.”
In a bitter sense of irony, Jake’s Fortnite character was killed off of the game by the cybercriminal. That part, of course, is a well-deserved result for a kid who should never have given out user/pass info. The rest, like losing his email and his mom’s credit card likely being used to probably make gas purchases throughout Russia, isn’t so funny.
The tired and popular term, “never give out your username and password, we will never ask you for it,” is truly the best way to prevent issues like this. His mom wants to raise awareness over the matter, but in the end, make sure that if your kids are online, they have a grasp on the most basic online scam prevention methods.
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Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.
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