Popular game Fortnite issue important warning about scammers who target young players

Fortnite is the popular game that’s even got mum-of-two Stacey Soloman hooked!

However, while the game is clearly a lot of fun, there have been several warnings issued about it.

Last month the game’s developers took action to try and deter children from playing the game during school hours. Fortnite is so addictive that children were getting distracted at school and staying up late into the night in order to improve their scores.

Now concerns are rising over scammers who are targeting young gamers and encouraging them to buy in-game credit at a discounted price.

According to the gaming website Epic Games, one of the official sites for Fortnite, scammers are falsely offering a discounted price or free V-Bucks – the in-game currency.

On their website, Epic Games explained: ‘We’ve seen several instances of account theft and fraud related to websites that claim to provide you free V-Bucks or the ability to share or buy accounts.

‘Please never share your Epic account details with anyone. Epic will never ask you for your password through email, social media, or a non-Epic website. Groups claiming to provide special Fortnite deals this way are fraudulent’.

The official Twitter account for Fortnite also issued a warning to its 3.99 million followers. It said: ‘Say NO to scams! Beware of scam sites offering free or discounted V-Bucks. The only official websites for Fortnite are epicgames.com and fortnite.com.’

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If your little one is hooked on the game make sure you speak to them so that they know not to give any details to scammers. It’s important that they understand that the offer is not real and having a quick chat is sure to prevent lots of potential issues.

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