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Xbox Live users conned by phishing scam, millions lost

Quite often we hear of users of social networking site Facebook being scammed by criminals using various methods to con their way into getting personal information. Now we have reports that Xbox Live users are being conned by a phishing scam that has cost millions in total.

Cyber criminals have been tricking online gamers into revealing their personal information, and then getting access to more sensitive information. According to an article on The Mail thousands of players have been hit by the scam with the criminals gaining access to credit card details.

Some of the victims are based in the UK and have lost an average of £100, but some have seen loses of over £200. Late last night it was being reported that Microsoft were looking into the issues. Criminals send unsuspecting users emails that redirect them to fake websites that offer free Microsoft Xbox Live points for purchasing games.

Then the victims are requested to enter personal information that then allows the criminals to gain access to the accounts were the credit card information is stored. The cyber criminals then take small amounts from the credit cards over a number of weeks that makes it harder to detect any fraudulent activity.

There have been other users that have lost money after been befriended by criminals and having passwords tricked out of them. Most users affected only realize there is a problem after their online account becomes locked out.

Losses have been reported in 35 different countries with one person who lost money in the UK wants other people to be more aware of what is going on. Microsoft have commented and said that if any users can prove they did not reveal their password would receive refunds from the company.

The problem could be that more unaware younger users are falling for the tricks that cyber criminals have been using, which is a similar situation that often affects Facebook.

Do you know anyone who has suffered from this problem?

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Written by Gary Johnson

Gary has a background in engineering and passion for motorcycles, gadgets, and home cinema. In his early years, his obsession for Hi-Fi technology would see him creating the perfect setup with a good ear for sound quality. While Gary is keen to write about most topics that PR covers, his love for phones finds him reporting a lot of news about applications for iPhone, Android, and other popular operating systems

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