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HIGH EARTH, Ind. (WEIGHT) – Do you know what video games your children are playing? Chances are they are addicted to “Fortnite” like millions of gamers around the world.

The cartoon shooter has taken the world by storm, and now the crooks are taking advantage.

Something else for parents to add to their long list of worries. But you can help eliminate the problem by paying attention to what your children are doing.

“Fortnite” is addicting and adrenaline-inducing, and if your kids are hooked on your credit card, it could cost you dearly.

“If you don’t know what your kid is doing online, that’s a really big red flag,” said Oana Schneider of the Better Business Bureau.

The game offers new costumes and cosmetics for the characters every day, ranging from $ 5 to $ 20 apiece.

Scammers prey on kids who are looking for the coolest new items by promising them new skins if they give them access to their account.

“The promises are made,” said Dr. James Schroeder, child psychologist at Easter Seals. “The promise that they are making what they can have sounds really good.”

The BBB said it’s a bad idea to keep your credit card information online, especially if your kids have access to it. Schroeder says crooks will stop at nothing to steal your money, even if it means fooling children.

“Unfortunately, children can be taken advantage of,” Schroeder added.

But, it doesn’t take a con artist to ruin your credit score, he said. Children who have access to virtually endless spending can wreak havoc on their own, because children know no better.

“We call it naive. It is not bad to be confident but unfortunately you can take advantage of it, and therefore this power; “Oh, my God, I have this credit card that’s seemingly unlimited. “

That’s why Schroeder said it’s important to talk to your kids about right and wrong. The BBB suggested knowing your kids’ passwords so you can better track what they’re doing.

Stay tuned as the “Fortnite” craze doesn’t seem to be waning.

If you think you have been a victim, you can get help from the Better Business Bureau by visiting bbb.org/scamtracker or by calling 812-473-0202.


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