Buying Video Game Accounts is a Risky Business
Every gamer knows the frustration of getting stuck on a certain level, or trying to acquire a new character in a favorite game. Buying an account from another player may seem like a fast, easy way to level up, but buying accounts is rife with scams, and most game manufacturers forbid the practice.
How the Scam Works
You search online message boards and fan sites for someone selling the account you want... at the right price. When you find someone, you exchange contact information. The transaction seems easy: you pay the seller, and in exchange, he or she provides the account information.
Of course, these transactions often don’t go as planned. Sometimes, the seller provides incomplete or fake account details. Before the buyer notices, the scammer files a support ticket with the game manufacturer to change the account details. Other times, the scammer sells the account to multiple players and provides them all with the correct account information. However, when multiple users attempt to change the credentials at the same time, the manufacture realizes the account has been compromised and shuts it down.
Most game manufacturers forbid selling game accounts and will deactivate your account if they find out. If you share your account details, this person can pose as you online, making it nearly impossible for the game manufacturer to determine the original owner.
Keep your online game account secure:
For More Information
Most gaming system manufacturers have safety information on their websites (here are two to check out: Xbox, Playstation). More information for parents is available from the National Cyber Security Alliance. To report a scam, go to BBB Scam Tracker (bbb.org/scamtracker)
Note: Sony Corporation of America, which owns Playstation, is a BBB Accredited Business.