You don't have to be a gamer to know that Fornite has been the hottest game of 2018. After the game's initial launch in July of 2017, it's skyrocketed to fame in the gaming community in the past year especially. Unfortunately, it seems that even harmless online games aren't exempt from scammers looking to trick and trap, and this time a group of extortionists are specifically targetting the popular multiplayer gaming platform.
While it's unclear exactly why Fornite was the scam of choice for these extortionists, police near Montreal have now seen so many cases revolving around Fortnite that they've had to put out a public message. That being a general warning to teens who are playing the game to never share explicit images with people you don't know online.
If you know the bare minimum about Fornite, you are probably wondering how people would even be able to send photos to each other considering the game is centred around players talking over their headsets. As of now the cases that have been brought to the police have been happening off Fortnite's system and rather on Instagram where the conversations relate to the game.
Four different cases that have been brought to the police as of recent all detail young men who had been messaged through Instagram, the sender claiming that they could get Fornite codes if they exchanged personal images in return. Once the victims sent an image, they were then further threatened, claiming that if they didn't send more photos, the images would be shared publicly.
While the investigation is still ongoing, in the cases that have been brought to the police so far, none of them include the attackers asking for money in exchange for not leaking the personal photos. Regardless, it's clear that you should be exercising more caution then ever when it comes to Instagram and Fortnite and assume that if a message seems to good to be true, it probably is.
Source: Globe and Mail