Parents warned over Fortnite scams targeting players bank details

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Fortnite is the most popular video game in the world right now and that has made it a target for scammers looking to make a quick buck. 

The game, which is free to play on consoles and mobile, is hugely popular with children. 

Parents warned over Fortnite scams. Picture: Epic Games

Parents warned over Fortnite scams. Picture: Epic Games

And like scams involving iPhones and Netflix accounts, the scammers are using authentic looking websites to try and get their victims bank details and personal information. 

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In a new report security firm ZeroFox discovered that 4,770 live domains are dedicated to Fornite scams.

With the scams based around the game's virtual currency called V-Bucks – which allows players to buy items and battle passes for the game. 

The scammers are setting up realistic looking websites offering fake coupons or ‘V-Buck generations’ in exchange for credit card/ bank details and personal information. 

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Zack Allen, director of threat operations at ZeroFox, told WIRED: ‘The biggest thing that surprised us was the professionalism that went into some of these websites, where they would design some of these V-Bucks sites with a lot of skill.’ 

ZeroFox found that the scams were coordinated and often linked from one social media website to another.