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Hackers Target Fortnite with V-Buck Scams

October 29, 2018 / Kacy Zurkus

According to new research released by ZeroFOX, Fortnite has become a hotbed for scammers targeting the in-game currency of the popular online game. Between early September and early October, ZeroFOX generated more than 53,000 alerts related to Fortnite scams, of which 86% came from social media and 11% from web domains, according to today’s blog post. Fortnite is free to play, which ZeroFOX said is a driving force for many gamers; however, players can make in-game purchases with the game’s V-Buck currency. Despite each individual transaction only costing a few dollars, Fortnite is reportedly making an estimated $300 million a month on in-game purchases, making this an increasingly attractive target for scammers, who are looking to trick users into getting their V-Bucks on the cheap or even for free.