Fortnite is a pretty big game right now—you may have noticed the big purple chin who recently started playing—and as is the way of the world, that means that some unscrupulous people are going to try to exploit it for personal gain. Specifically, I'm talking about reports of emails inviting people to take part in a beta test of Fortnite Battle Royale on Android, which Epic says is a scam. The origin of the story is a little bizarre: "Various YouTubers," according to GameRevolution—the site didn't name anyone specific, but they're easy enough to find in a YouTube search if you're so inclined—were saying that they'd received invitations to a Fortnite beta on Android. The email, which you can see below, looks convincing at a glance, and the story quickly spread. A closer look reveals a sheen of sketchiness, however, including a couple of telling typos and an originating domain that doesn't look to be official. PR representative Nick Chester took to … [Read more...] about Epic warns against Fortnite Android beta scam
Any time a multiplayer game captures millions of people’s attention, scammers pop up on YouTube looking to rip off players for an easy, cheap way to get ahead. Fortnite is both a perfect example and the most recent victim. Since Fortnite’s meteoric rise, there have been multiple YouTube videos running as ads that pitch Fortnite players easy ways to get free V-Bucks. (V-Bucks are Fortnite’s premium in-game currency, which lets them purchase limited-edition skins, gear and weapons.) Search “free V-Bucks” in YouTube’s search bar, and more than 4.3 million results will populate. Of the first top 10 videos that populate, eight are obvious scam videos running on seemingly hacked or stolen accounts. These accounts have a couple of videos promising free V-Bucks, followed by videos from five to 10 years ago. These accounts are often abandoned by the original creator. Some of these are livestreams with thousands of active viewers — and each one promises … [Read more...] about What’s going on with the Fortnite scams taking over YouTube?
FACEBOOK fraudsters are using fake Mark Zuckerberg accounts to scam users into forking over thousands of pounds. The social media swindle finds con artists contacting victims via Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram, using profiles masquerading as Zuckerberg and Facebook exec Sheryl Sandberg, telling them they've won $750,000 on the "Facebook Lottery". In order to receive the fake prize-money, people are told they must first wire a "delivery fee" to "Facebook", according to The New York Times. But after repeat payments that can escalate into the thousands, victims realise there's no actual Facebook Lottery or prize fund. The Times discovered 205 fake accounts in total across the two social networks, which boast 3 billion users combined. Many of the accounts were traced to Nigeria and Ghana, with around a quarter involved in the scam. Facebook has since shut them down, claiming "it's not easy" to track down the fraudsters, several of which had been active on its social network for … [Read more...] about Watch out for this dangerous Facebook and Instagram scam – or risk losing money
UK SHOPPERS are being warned about a new e-mail scam that tricks unsuspecting Brits into handing over their bank details. Scammers send emails posing as the Hermes delivery service – which works with ASOS, Tesco and Next – to fool users. A security blog has revealed the details of the twisted scam, which has become even more "worrying" in recent days. Researchers at My Online Security say that the fake emails have "the correct full details of the recipient". "That is full name, full address, correct mobile or other phone number," the blog explained. The scam emails are disguised as tracking emails for Hermes packages, but include dodgy links designed to steal your info. "These malicious attachments normally have a password-stealing component, with the aim of stealing your bank, PayPal or other financial details," the blog post continued, explaining that the dodgy files include "keyloggers", which track everything you type on your computer. "Many of them are also designed to … [Read more...] about This Hermes email scam steals your bank details and tracks EVERYTHING you type on your computer
Johnny Dee isn’t the most well-known name on YouTube, but he’s inspired battle cries across the platform as creators band together to help him try to reclaim his lost channel. Johnny Dee, whose real name is John De Nardis, uploads covers of songs, one of YouTube’s most popular genres. Although Dee is an older man, he gained attention for his takes on popular hip-hop and rap tracks, like Lil Pump’s “Gucci Gang” and Jake Paul’s “It’s Everyday Bro,” which are typically geared toward a younger audience. Dozens of YouTubers, most notably PewDiePie, took notice of Dee’s channel and made their own videos about the singer. Dee reached the peak of his popularity after PewDiePie uploaded video on Dec. 26, 2017, called, “This man should have been in YouTube Rewind.” The video gives an overview of who Johnny Dee is, and following the video’s release to nearly 60 million subscribers, Dee exploded in popularity. A … [Read more...] about YouTube’s favorite senior singer scammed out of channel