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‘Fortnite' Scammer Swindles Ohio Teen, Gets Credit Card Info, Mother Says

A teenage gamer was duped out of his mother’s credit card information and game content worth hundreds of dollars, WLWT5 reports.

Jake Bates, 13, of Mason, Ohio, was playing the wildly popular game “Fortnite,” an online multiplayer game, when he began chatting with another gamer. The player told Jake if he gave them his log in information he could level up his character faster so he’d be better at the game, the NBC affiliate reports.

"When he logged into his account, he took everything over," Amy Bates, Jake’s mother, told the news station. "The guy took over his account, but also took over his email account and changed the passwords, changed the recovery passwords and the phone number."

Worse yet, the player who tricked Jake also had access to his mother’s credit card information.

She has filed a complaint with Epic Games, the developer of the game, WLWT5 reports.

Some video-game related websites urge gamers use throwaway credit cards that aren't tied to a bank account, the news station reports. They also urge players not to share their log in information with anyone.

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