Another scam lures gamers into a YouTube video for the FortniteAndroid download, but instead, scammers offer up a how-to guide and web links for free V-Bucks – a virtual currency in Fortnite.
Normally, you would have to pay cash for V-Bucks, but the phony website promises V-Bucks in exchange for tasks.
These tasks are supposedly part of a “free v bucks no human verification ios” process, but involve downloading games, taking surveys or watching ads.
All of these earn money for the scammer – and leave you with empty pockets and wasted time.
A third scam involves fraudsters using social media platforms like Twitter to share links for the Fortnite Android download page.
These links take you through to web articles about Fortnite on Android.
But before you get there, you’ll have to go through an advertising page that generates money for the scammer.
You don’t necessarily end up anywhere dodgy, but you’ve inadvertently helped a stranger earn some quick cash by wasting your own time.
Cybersecurity firm Synopsys’ lead engineer Steve Giguere said fans of viral games like Fortnite are particularly susceptible to online cash grabs.
“The temptation for enthusiasts, blinded by fandom, is such that it subverts the good sense to prevent one from exploring the realm of questionable websites and apps, and the dubious downloads that lead to the malicious malware,” Mr Giguere said.
“Any form of social engineering is successful because it is designed around human nature. We should not be ashamed of being caught out by scams like these,
“We have to learn that where we exhibit human weakness, the cybercriminal will be present looking to take advantage and to put our nature against us.”