During this pandemic, youths are more likely to turn to online games to pass the time. Unfortunately, there is a scam targeting online gamers, touting cheap in-game credits through fraudulent advertisements. These advertisements would direct victims to add scammers on WeChat/QQ/LINE. Scammers would then instruct victims to make payments to them via AliPay, iTunes, and MyCard. The in-game credits are never delivered to the victims.
Here’s how you can protect your child from such a scam.
▪ Enable parental controls on their devices to limit their in-app permissions such as payment options.
▪ If you share devices with your child, set up biometric or pin authentication for in-app payment via Google Play or Apple App Store so you may review every purchase before they make it.
▪ Purchase in-game credits directly from the app or its authorised vendors (e.g. RazerGold)
▪ Advise your child that if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.
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This message was brought to you by Woodlands West Neighbourhood Police Centre and The New Age Parents.
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