Fortnite Android Beta Scams Are Fooling Players

Fortnite Android Beta Scams Are Fooling Players

Back in March, Epic Games confirmed that Fortnite Battle Royale would be coming to mobile devices. The mobile version of the game would first be made available on iOS devices, the developer confirmed, with an Android release coming at a later date. While Android users were disappointed with the delayed release at the time, it seems that the delay has also led to some Fortnite fans being fooled by scams.

Over the past few days, social media has been awash with reports that invites to the Fortnite Android beta test have been sent out via email. A quick search on YouTube will produce many videos from people claiming to have received beta test invites directly from Epic Games, including one video from MasterOv (who has over 2.5 million subscribers) that is currently sitting at more than 200,000 views.

MasterOv’s video includes a screenshot of an email saying that he will be sent a code in the next 72 hours and he will then be able to log-in to an online portal in order to retrieve the code. Other YouTube videos and the comments of these videos confirm that many other Fortnite fans have been sent the alleged Android beta invite too.

The email does seem fairly convincing – it even references Fortnite Battle Royale season 4 – but Epic Games PR manager Nick Chester has taken to social media to warn against them. In a series of tweets, Chester explains that “the email going around is an obvious phishing scam,” revealing that “people ARE falling for this scam and are getting their information compromised because of things like this.” Chester also stressed that it’s “important people have correct information and are not misled.”

This is not the first time that Fortnite fans have been scammed in this way. Ahead of the Fortnite Battle Royale iOS beta, similar scams cropped up. Epic Games also warned players about this, telling people not to give their account details to third-party sites and to be wary of sites that promise free V-bucks (the premium in-game currency) or other in-game items.

Scammers likely see Fortnite Battle Royale players as ripe and fruitful targets. The game is a real phenomenon, with more than 40 million people playing the multiplayer game all around the world. The game’s social media presence, including YouTubers who make incensed videos legitimizing these sorts of phishing emails are also helping people to get caught up in these traps. But as Epic Games notes, these are just scams and Fortnite fans need to keep their eyes open.

Fortnite is available now in early access on iOS, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. An Android release is also planned but has no official release date.


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