As Fortnite continues to grow and expand it seems that the games dedicated community are now being targeted by crooks.
Dozens of players have reported that hackers have infiltrated their accounts over the last month, racking up ‘charges of up to hundreds of dollars’, reports Kotaku.
Fortnite’s developer Epic Games responded to inquiries about the hacks, saying it’s aware of the problem and is working to resolve it.
However a number of players have revealed just how puzzling and sneaky the hacks have been, with one in particular speaking to the website about his experience.
Tyler, a Fortnite Battle Royale player, said that he received a text from a gamer pal last week asking if he’d purchased the base game, Save the World.
‘He saw my account online in that game mode,’ Tyler explained. In fact, Tyler claims that he never purchased it. He allegedly didn’t even logged in for the last 24 hours.
Shortly after getting the text, the gamer said he received e-mail receipts for purchases of $149.99 (£107.40) and $99.99 (£71.60).
He said that despite the strange purchases his account password had not changed, so he has no idea how hackers took control of his account. Things may have been made easier due to the fact his card data was saved in his Epic Games profile.
It’s reported that Tyler received refunds after the purchases had been flagged.
He isn’t alone though, as over the last few weeks, dozens of other players have complained that their accounts have been compromised on Reddit and on Epic Games’ forums.
One said they haven’t played Fortnite Save the World in four months, but ended up being charged $210 (£150.38) for two purchases.
Speaking to Kotaku, an Epic Games spokesperson said: ‘We are aware of instances where users’ accounts have been compromised using well-known hacking techniques and are working to resolve these issues directly with those players affected. Any players who believe their account has been compromised should reach out to our player support immediately.’
Metro.co.uk have reached out to the company for comment.
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