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The Nevada Attorney General has released a statement warning parents and players of Epic Games’ smash-hit ‘Fortnite’ to stay away from online scams. Anything that grows in popularity will see a dark side arise eventually, and Fortnite is no exeption. Epic has taken steps to educate players on potential scams, and avoiding them is fairly simple.

Don’t buy anything outside of the game

Head out onto the net and you’ll easily find sites and individuals selling Fortnite’s in-game currency, known as “V-Bucks”. These are all scams. You can’t legitimately buy V-Bucks outside of Fortnite, and there really is no reason to. V-Bucks are not a tangible item, they are not resellable outside of Fortnite. There is no other place to get them cheaper.

Don’t give anyone your account information

Some players are tempted to buy skins or to pay other people to play on their account. Buying skins is a risky endeavor. Even if the deal goes through it’s possible that Epic will roll back the distribution of the skin. Users who recently bought the ‘Honor Guard’ skin have lost it. Hackers had found ways to exploit the validation page used by customers to legitimately obtain their skin. As a result, thousands of copies had been distributed and sold without Epic’s permission. So, Epic removed the skin altogether.

Paying other players to play for you to make your stats look better is also a fruitless endeavor. Stats are generally meaningless outside of LFG groups, and your time is much better spent getting better at the game. Giving anyone your login credentials makes you vulnerable to account theft, just don’t do it.

Only you can prevent V-Buck scams.
Fortnite’s in-game loading screen warning players not to share their passwords. Credit: Epic Games

Enable Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication, also known as 2FA, makes it virtually impossible for a hacker to access your account without permission. Hackers obtain accounts by guessing passwords. With 2FA enabled, you must verify every new login from your phone or email. This prevents anyone but you from logging in, even if they are able to obtain your password.

To enable 2FA. follow these steps:

  1. Login to your Epic account and visit the “Account Settings” page
  2. Click “Password & Security”
  3. Click “Enable Authenticator App” or “Enable “Enable Email Authentication.”
  4. If you prefer to use an authenticator, you can download one from your phone’s app store. The authenticator will generate a code that allows you to login securely.

Click here to visit Epic’s Two-Factor Authentication page.

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