Video gamers targeted in new wave of online scams

Fraudsters trick gamers into handing over personal information through emails and in-game chats. They also con gamers into downloading software plug-ins that install malware on to devices. — NICOLAS PEREZ/Unsplash

Video game players are being warned to be on the alert for scams, as Lloyds Bank reveals a fifth have been the victim – or know a victim – of a gaming-related scam.

Sophisticated fraudsters are using online gaming as a new way to target victims. Gaming surged during the pandemic, with the average player spending 14 hours a week on games such as Fortnite.

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