As October is the beginning of cybersecurity month, the Better Business Bureau is issuing a warning for families. As more children play online games than ever before, the risks continue to grow as well.
The agency said parents who want their children to be safe while playing use parental controls, but scammers are always finding new ways to target kids.
For example, many apps sell game-specific currency to players and scammers take advantage of this. Creating pop-up ads offering free currency, the links lead players to another website where they’re asked for personal information.
“We want parents to understand is what’s a legitimate purchase of the virtual currency versus what’s taking your child to an illegitimate website that might steal your credit card information,” marketplace manager Danielle Kane with the Better Business Bureau said.
Kane said this is a relatively new problem within the gaming world.
“The reason you didn’t see that 10 years ago is because it wasn’t connected like that,” Kane said. “When you were playing on your Nintendo or playing on your Playstation, you’re just playing with your brother or your friend, not someone across the country. That shift that has taken place in video games has changed everything.”
This gives scammers the opportunity to steal identities, passwords and even banking information.
Kane said another serious risk for children involves online predators who lurk in the gaming chat rooms.
This warning is a part of the agency’s month-long campaign to raise public awareness about online safety.
The BBB said parents should have a conversation with their kids about:
- being careful in opening links
- creating strong passwords to avoid getting hacked
- setting boundaries with other players they interact within the online community.
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