Its late at night and you are in the middle of upgrading your armor in world of Warcraft and notice the lack of gold or you are creating a the perfect fantasy team in NHL 21, but notice that you are few hut coins short to buy the last player you need. But you are sleepy and don’t want to waste hours grinding. So what do you do? You naturally go to the game store to buy hut coins or gold. But what do you know it’s a bit expensive for your taste. So you start searching the internet to find cheaper deals and suddenly you come across a deal which blows your mind, for how cheap it is. There is a timer on it saying it’s a limited time offer or something and you quickly take out your credit card and enter your banking information. But after all is said and done, no gold or hut coins show up in the game. You wait and wait and nothing happens. You start panicking. If you are half glass full kind of guy you go to sleep thinking maybe the coins will appear next morning. 

When you wake up next morning one of two things happen. If you are lucky your video game account is hacked. Now you might think how that is lucky, well the second thing that can happen is that all of a sudden, so many different charges start showing up on your bank statement, stating you bought all kind of shit that you wouldn’t ever dare to buy. So now you decide if simply losing a video game account was lucky or not.

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Do not think that the word ‘scam’ is to be associated only with online sales, or for credit cards, they can take place anywhere on the web, even in video games . What are the traps of videogames and how to avoid them?

In reality, video gamers are very exposed to scams, especially children (or not so young) who use games in which it is necessary to enter their personal data. Identity theft could allow criminals to access personal money, for online purchases or even access financing in our name.

Points to avoid if we don’t want to be scammed

The pandemic, Covid-19, has led millions of people to work from home, and also to make more purchases online, but not only: the sobbing opening and closing of schools has often left the youngest ones at home, who mostly use video games. Logic has it that even in this area the scams have increased.

There are some hut coins to remember, if you don’t want to run into unpleasant surprises, of course everyone knows how to protect their data, but let’s try to see some suggestions:

  • Personal data: do not provide them by e-mail, mobile phone, as recommended by post offices and banks. Data and above all passwords are never requested by the latter via mobile phones and the web, so don’t do it when you play.
  • Do not click on the links where you are asked to do so in the e-mails, even on this, the credit institutions prefer the private contact on site.
  • Beyond the online movements, it is always recommended to destroy in several pieces, any paper banking, contractual or otherwise containing personal data and information, perhaps by cutting the numbers obliquely, so that we cannot trace them back.
  • Avoid putting online, but also on social networks, complete dates of birth, addresses and photos of personal documents.
  • Do not send your identification documents or other documentation containing banking data via Whatsapp, Messenger and Telegram etc.
  • Preferably, do not save any identification, financial or banking documents on your devices.
  • Make sure that your bank of reference has all the credentials in the field of monitoring services with immediate notice.
  • In the event of identity theft, but also of the material loss of an identification document, immediately refer to the police, to formalize a complaint or file a complaint.
  • As far as videogames are concerned, try to always use an avatar, avoiding making a personal photo, within everyone’s reach.
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