In recent years, online scamming has taken on new proportions. It goes beyond lottery, bank loans, online dating, and malware threats. The real money earning games are more of bait to lure in the victims. Your weakness for gaming experience and engagement gets thoroughly exploited.
What is real money earning game?
Real money mobile apps or online games help you make real cash by playing card games, casino games, and others on the web. Some gambling apps offer free spins, but you earn real cash only on deposits. Whereas, some games offer digital cash, virtual assets, fake gold coins, and more. You can even redeem some of the credits for small amounts.
It might look like an easy way to make money while enjoying the game. But, think harder and look out for these scams. We are not pointing out that every real money earning game is a fraud site. However, most of them use these scams to make real money out of you.
Mobile diallers and spam call bills
Mobile phones and internet connectivity opened up new avenues for gamers. You can quickly download a free game and play it on a smart device to earn money. But online scammers build sophisticated games with secret dialler functionality. You are happily playing a thrilling game, but the phone bills seem to rise miraculously.
Yes, the trap in the game makes long-distance calls using toll numbers. Besides, it makes international and premium line calls to shoot up the bills further. Be wary about free phone game downloads, and check your call logs in the bill. While installing a game, do not blindly give permission for all controls. If an online real money game requests access to your call features, you are better off without that game.
Gateway fees for real money earning games
Many online real money earning games request a one-time fee to become a member. Or, you might have to buy chips now and then to continue playing. How safe is the payment gateway? People make sure to check whether the URL has HTTPS instead of HTTP. How about the gateway fee (payment processing fee)? Most of the players do not think twice about the gateway fee. Some fake sites even charge a huge percentage of your billing amount.
Phishing tricks dent your pocket
There are two ways online real money earning games use phishing to retrieve sensitive data. The first method is via the payment gateway. Once you click on the bank or the type of card you wish to make payment with, the site will direct you to the bank’s login page or ask for card details. This page could be a phishing site.
On the other hand, when you win a game or a jackpot, you will receive a mail stating that the money has got credited to your registered bank account. The site would have already requested you to add a bank account number to which the prizes should reach during registration. This information sharing is quite common, and there is nothing suspicious in it, either. However, the congratulation mail will have a link through which you can check whether you have got the payment.
The gamer that opens the mail, gets enthusiastic, and opens the bank account via the link, and puts his user id and password to check whether he got the payment. This login credential would reach the hacker even before he understands that the link is a fake one.
Unfortunately, even consummate gamers fall for this old tactic. And those who part with credit card details lose real money very quickly. The fraudsters make repeated and fake purchases using the victim’s credit card. Remember, gaming apps bring in more than 25% traffic to phishing domains.
Beware of casino fraud in real money earning games
Online casino games like blackjack, poker, bingo, and roulette are irresistible. You can also make real money by playing various slot machines. The licensed operators are trustworthy as they follow the rules of gaming commissions.
However, the scammers use the games as bait to attract the victims. They offer post-deposit bonus offers, like free plays, rewards, and great winning odds. Such lucrative deals are merely ploys to captivate your attention and make you get addicted to the game. Their real intention is to steal confidential information and cash deposits from you.
Even legitimate casinos on the web have associated risks. Read the fine print and sign-up after going through the terms and conditions. Avoid those who impose limits on winning or make bogus recommendations to partner sites. Some phony casinos even masquerade as anti-scam pages.
The chase for free coins or game credits
The social platforms have innovative games with credits. Those with high credits can buy unique items in the game. These addictive games drive players to promote email and free credit offers for earning additional credits. Besides, they invite other players to the online IQ tests, leading to contact forms. For each successful invitation, the player gets additional credits. However, he is unaware that he invited his friend to a scam site.
The innocent gamers or the friend would inadvertently sign-up for paid services while scrambling for extra credit coins. They include horoscope, ringtone, stock prices, astrology forecasts, dating, news, and other content. It might look harmless in the beginning. The site would specifically mention that the credit card details are just for confirmation, and the site does not charge the card, as the service is free. Yes, the site would not charge for a month or so. Later, the site would declare that the free subscription is over and start charging a monthly fee.
Not so smart gaming cash incentives
Some real money earning games would offer an exchange option, wherein, you can exchange your game points for real money at a nominal value. For instance, a player can redeem 10,000 game coins for $10 or so. You will find several online sellers who would sell 20,000 points for $10. It would look like you are paying $10 to the seller, and you can redeem double the amount from the game. Or the gamer would be 100 coins short of 20,000 points and would pay $1 to anyone selling 100 game coins.
However, those coins would be fake, and the site would declare fraudulent activity and closes your account along with the points you genuinely made.