Fortnite Players Report Fraud of Hundreds of Dollars

Fortnite Players Report Fraud of Hundreds of Dollars

Fortnite Save The World (Fortnite‘s paid-for co-operative, narrative mode) and Fornite Battle Royale (the free to play mode) are hugely popular, and between them, they have tens of millions of players. Both game modes also allow players to make additional payments, but a recent report about Fortnite fraud may give players pause for thought before they start spending money on the game.

A new report from Kotaku cites multiple Fortnite players who say that they have detected fraud on their accounts, attached to unauthorized payments in the game. A Fortnite Battle Royale player named Tyler was informed by a friend that his account was showing activity of Fortnite Save The World (a mode he doesn’t own) and upon further investigation, Tyler found that his account had been charged for $150 and $100 to buy the game. On social media, one Fortnite player said that they had been charged $210 for two purchases in Fortnite Save The World despite not having played the game mode in months, while other players were charged for V-Bucks payments (the in-game currency) as well as unlocks for Save The World and cosmetic items.

Many of the affected Fortnite players have expressed confusion, saying that they haven’t changed their passwords recently – though their card information is attached to their Epic Games accounts. When asked to comment on the situation, an Epic Games spokesperson said, “We are aware of instances where users’ accounts have been compromised using well-known hacking techniques and are working to resolve these issues directly with those players affected. Any players who believe their account has been compromised should reach out to our player support immediately.” Players are also encouraged to read through Epic Games’ security bulletin and enable two-factor authentication on their accounts.

Affected players have been able to secure refunds from players, and many will be glad to see Epic Games taking such a proactive stance on what could be a serious issue. This could have been the next controversy surrounding the game after parents expressed concern about how much time their children spend playing Fortnite in a recent Good Morning America segment. But Epic Games seems to have headed any further issues off at the pass.

This will also give players confidence moving forward. Fortnite continues to release regular updates, including new weapons, game modes, and cosmetics, and players may have had concerns that their accounts are at risk by spending money. That doesn’t seem to be the case, however, and Epic Games is doing what it can to sort things out.

Fortnite is available now in early access for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and is coming soon for iOS and Android devices.

Source: Kotaku


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