SCAMMERS are trying to trick Fortnite players into handing over cash for fake iPhone download codes, The Sun has learned.
Players can now sign up to receive an invite code to play the new mobile version of Fortnite Battle Royale – but confusion around the launch has led to a scammer surge.
Fortnite Battle Royale is a hugely popular video game that sees up to 100 players dropped onto an island to battle it out in a last-person-standing deathmatch.
The game is currently only available on Xbox One, PS4, Windows PC and Mac. But on Monday, creator Epic Games debuted a sign-up page to request invitations for the download code on iPhone.
If you receive a code, you’ll be able to invite a few friends to play the iPhone version too – but codes won’t be issued until later this week.
But a frenzied search for active codes has led to some rogue Twitter users trying to scam gamers out of their hard-earned cash.
One apparent faker called @_haziario is using a photoshopped image of an iPhone screen that’s been made to look like the Fortnite app is installed.
He’s included links to a PayPal e-mail address with a request for $3 per code.
Another user called @kisukegives is asking gamers for money, but doesn’t list a price.
And one user is asking for $10 to be sent via PayPal in exchange for a code.
It’s not just money that scammers are requesting, though.
Several users are trying to get retweets or followers on Twitter in exchange for codes.
A common trend is using faked images of iPhone screens with the app installed – but they’re obviously phoney upon closer inspection.
The so-called “apps” have blurred or rough edges, or awkward cut-outs, which makes it clear that they’re not legit.
Although some users are being tricked, a select few are savvy to the scams.
When pressured, one scammer even admitted his tweet was fake:
Some users are so desperate to get their hands on a Fortnite invite code that they’re offering to pay up.
We’ve uncovered offers of $10, and even $20, for a single code – although it’s possible that these are scammers too.
Epic Games hasn’t publicly commented on the scams, but has a stock warning about people trying to sell or give away Fortnite items.
“It’s come to our attention that there are websites and social media groups/posts that are claiming to offer ‘free’ V-Bucks or other in-game items.
“These offers may be phishing attempts or may otherwise be dangerous.
“We strongly encourage you to not visit these websites or social media groups/posts, and not to click links claiming ‘free’ V-Bucks or in-game items.
“Guard your account information and DO NOT trust third-party websites with your account information!”
We recommended signing up using our Fortnite iPhone invite guide, and waiting for a legitimate invitation.
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Never hand over money or personal info in exchange for a Fortnite mobile invite, no matter how much you want to play the game.
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