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

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. 

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. 

Warning: Gaming surged during the pandemic, with the average player spending 14 hours a week on games such as Fortnite

The bank is rolling out digital literacy lesson plans to more than 9,000 teachers in partnership with UK gaming association Ukie. 

Philip Robinson, fraud prevention director at Lloyds, says: ‘Scammers are looking for new opportunities to trick people out of their money, and video gaming is no exception. 

‘These are often criminal gangs who don’t care about who they defraud and will happily groom young players to gain trust and access their personal information.’ 

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