The popularity of "Fortnite: Battle Royale" continues to increase, and the free game rages in more than $ 200 a month in revenue for its creator, Epic Games. While "Fortnite" is free to play, players can purchase a digital currency, v-dollar, to unlock cosmetic items and other content in the game. Players can also earn v-dollars over time by playing the game, but the return is quite slow.
Items purchased with v-dollars do not directly affect the game, but the coolest cosmetics come with a high price tag. Those who are willing to pay $ 50 or more to buy a particular outfit, while others need to play for hours to unlock the same skin. As a result, some "Fortnite" players will resort to seeking out free v-bucks online offers to avoid investing their own time and money.
Unfortunately, free v-dollar offers predominantly predators and provide a front for phishing sites and other fraud. These free v-bucks deals are shared primarily through social media and redirects the user to their own website. These websites often ask users to provide their "Fortnite" account login, email or other personal information. In some cases, they ask the user to prove that they are human by completing other "free offers" or surveys for things like iPhones and gift cards. Other websites require users to share specific links or invite friends to earn points against v-dollars.
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ZeroFOX Research confirmed more than 53,000 warnings for "Fortnite" -related fraud for a month between September and October. The vast majority, 86 percent, came from social media, while certain web domains and YouTube videos made up the rest. ZeroFox reports that over 4,770 domains currently offer v-buks fraud, and about 1,400 different YouTube videos have combined for more than a million views. Scammers have also targeted "Fortnite" players on mobile phones by offering fake Fortnite apps and downloads for Android devices.
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The demand for V-dollars will continue as long as Fortnite is still popular, but players and parents should be careful about trying to cut corners with third party deals. The best way to avoid fraud is to just buy V-dollars directly from Fortnite Store, and never share your account information online.