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A new way cybercriminals are scamming you for money, and how to stop them

A new way cybercriminals are scamming you for money, and how to stop them
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When you think about cybercrime, you're probably thinking about hackers stealing your credit card information, or using a fake email to trick you into sharing your personal and financial information with them. Those are a couple of ways cybercriminals steal your ID and money, but it's not the only way.

Some cybercriminals use games to steal your money, literally. If you play games online, or a family member does, you need to know how cybercriminals trick you, and how you can stop them.

There are seven gaming scams you should be on the lookout for. It starts with a familiar deception: phishing.

1. Phishing

If you receive a message from another online gamer, even someone you think you know, and they ask you to click on a link, don't do it. That link will take you to a malicious site that may look legitimate. There, you're asked to input your personal information. Your online friend may have tempted you with a promise to share a gaming guide, or something else.

How to protect yourself: Always check the URL you're on, to make sure you weren't directed to another site. Then, sign up for your gaming platform's two-step authentication. That's when you put in another code, in addition to your password, to get in. On the gaming platform Steam, for instance, it's called Steam Guard.

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