Ohio teen says he was scammed while playing Fortnite

Posted at 11:50 AM, Jul 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-20 13:04:46-04

When it comes to Fortnite, chances are your teen knows more about the game than you. And while they may know the secrets to survival, it's easy for kids to let their guard down when in the midst of an intense battle.

That's what happened to 13-year-old Jake Bates. Like all players, Bates is able to chat with others from around the globe. This past weekend, another gamer built up Jake's trust and convinced him to hand over his username and password so the gamer could give him more skins.

But the gamer took this information and hacked into Bates' account and email. And since Bates' mother's credit card was attached to the Fortnite game, the scammer had access to that too. 

To make matters worse, the hacker ended up killing off Bates' character which he invested hundreds of dollars into since starting the game last year. 

"It's really scary," Bates' mother said, "I think he just feels violated." 

Bates has since filed a complaint about the incident with Epic Games, the developers of Fortnite.

To prevent this from happening to you, gaming websites recommend that players never share their personal information and use throwaway credit cards not linked to a bank account.