Too eager to “deto the game”, many students and parents have inadvertently fallen prey to a very new and sophisticated form of fraud.
“Game addiction” is one of the burning problems in the digital age, not only for ordinary social classes, but also for the gaming community. For parents, just seeing their children plugged in to the computer or phone too often, they will easily think that their child is addicted to games, while gamers also “have a headache” because often referred to as addicts, while games are also nicknamed “digital drugs”.
Therefore, the need to treat children’s game addiction (whether they are really “addicted” or not) has become an urgent need of many parents, especially in China – where the industry Digital entertainment has exploded in popularity in the past few years. However, until now, game addiction is no longer the only concern of Chinese parents, but they also have to face an extremely sophisticated form of fraud, labeled: “Education” Anti-Game Addiction Program or Software”.
According to an investigation from China’s high-tech crime prevention police force, tens of thousands of people, including parents and students, have become victims of this scam. The operation tricks of the scammers are still based on the common motif of stealing information and breaking into bank accounts, but these subjects hit the “fear of game addiction” mentality of parents and children. even gamers themselves to entice them to voluntarily provide information.
A few good examples can be mentioned as websites designed with the same interface as online learning platforms, specializing in selling “gaming addiction treatment textbooks”. They possess an extremely scientific amount of “seeming” content, including many psychological analyzes and assessments of young people with video game addiction syndrome, in order to attract viewers and gain trust. of the victim.
The form of approaching “prey” of these objects is often through the hot games on the market themselves, they will penetrate the community, looking for potential targets (with signs such as the number of hours online too much). many times, or through making friends, pretending to exchange information, etc.), or through consulting “Call Center” on websites.
Once the target has taken the bait, they often come up with very convincing reasons to ask the victim to provide their parents’ social media, E-mail, bank account information (due to their target audience). Most of them are minors)… After having enough information, they will link the obtained data to steal bank accounts, many parents respond that they have had all the money in their accounts. after your child actively participates in a “detox” of the game.
In addition to the trick of stealing account money, some scammers choose to do small businesses, that is, they provide real game addiction treatment programs, with prices ranging from 30 to 50 yuan, but How effective it is, only… heaven knows. These detox packages are mainly personal information management software, and they will require players to hand over game accounts, then change information, passwords and store in these software, a form similar to “give your phone to your parents to stop playing mobile games”. When players want to use their game account, they will load into this management software or website an amount of about 30 yuan, and will be able to use the game account for a limited time.
Although this method sounds “reasonable”, the reality is that most of the players’ game accounts are stolen, until they decide to stop this service package and want to get their accounts back. I just fell back and discovered that my “nick game” has lost all information. Therefore, this is also classified as a high-tech scam. More importantly, people who are deceived by this form often rarely actively report to the authorities, due to the perception that: “I only lost my game nick and a few dozen/several hundred yuan, it’s not a big deal. slap anything.”
Therefore, they have become “long-lived, healthy” subjects that are much better than those who steal bank accounts, according to Chinese police, this form of fraud has appeared since the beginning of 2020. , but started to increase in recent times, when the Government of this country applied the law to limit game hours and will penalize guardians if they let minors play games for more than the prescribed number of hours. .
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