Users may play ‘Fortnite’ online across multiple gaming and computer platforms where the objective is to be the last player standing in this survival game that pits users against zombie-like creatures. The game is rated as suitable for children aged 12 and over, but its popularity has unwittingly attracted scammers who trick young and experienced users alike into disclosing their personal and identifying data or their parents’ credit card and billing information.
Players use V-Bucks to purchase game upgrades such as characters, outfits, weapons or in-game dance options, which have been the subject of viral sensations. Users can earn the currency by completing game achievements, or they may purchase V-Bucks with real-world funds. V-Bucks are not necessary to play Fortnite, however, the most common free v bucks generator scams involve offers of free or discounted V-Bucks.
AG Ford offers these tips:
• Only use official Fortnite websites including fortnite.com and epicgames.com for any purchases related to this game. Do not click on links that redirect you to third-party websites;
• Never use V-Buck generators; the only legitimate way to get v bucks free is in-game;
• Do not share personal information, identifying data or account information online;
• Use a strong password for the game login and two-factor authentication when available;
• Do not share login credentials with friends; and
• Avoid using debit cards for purchases. Credit cards offer greater security protections and are not linked to an account with finite money.
Users who believe they have been victimized by a Fortnite scam are encouraged to submit a detailed report on the Fortnite support page and contact their credit card company to dispute charges.