Game & Safe Trade
With the recent outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, lockdown and social distancing is becoming apparent in many affected countries, and as a result more people are turning to online and mobile games for pastimes and to alleviate boredom. One such example is Tencent’s blockbuster title Honor of Kings which sees a surge of active users surpassing 100 million compared to the average level of around 60-70 millions. This however has fuelled an unintended consequence with unscrupulous scammers taking advantage of the situation to target unsuspecting gamers.
In one statistics provided by Liewang Platform where Chinese internet users can report online fraud cases, there is a spike of fraud cases to as much as 47% year on year from Jan 24 – Mar 13, a period which sees hundreds of millions of people confined to their homes. Among the biggest group of these victims were reportedly young online game players.
“Younger players are the easiest to be scammed” reported Qihoo 360, a Chinese internet security company. “They have more time to play games. The fraud increased with the rising level of trading in game accounts and items.”
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