Epic Loot Box Settlement Scam: How It Works
Readers have been writing us today about the Epic Loot Box Settlement Scam. There are a few things to mention, so read carefully. As you probably have heard, if you played Fortnite or Rocket League between July 1, 2015, and February 25, 2021, and exchanged in-game virtual currency for any in-game item or purchased in-game virtual currency for use within Fortnite or Rocket League, you may be eligible to receive cash from the new Epic Games class-action settlement.
This news, indeed, left room for many rumors and debates, hence the questions about the Epic Loot Box Settlement Scam. The settlement itself is real. However, many cybercrooks have taken the news to their advantage and created fake portals for submissions. Let’s take a more in-depth look at the case – and where to start your claim for real.
$26.5 Million For Fortnite and Rocket League Players
Under the above-mentioned settlement, all U.S. players of Fortnite: Save the World and Rocket League who bought a random item loot box in either game before Epic Games discontinued random loot boxes will receive certain benefits immediately and automatically. The settlement also provides $26.5 million in cash and other benefits to U.S.-based Fortnite and Rocket League players to resolve claims arising from players’ purchases of Fortnite and Rocket League in-game items.
“The proposed settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing by Epic Games, and it denies that it violated the law. The Court has not decided who is right or wrong. Rather, to avoid the time, expense, and uncertainty of litigation, the Parties have agreed to settle the lawsuit. The Court has granted preliminary approval of the settlement and has conditionally certified the Settlement Class for purposes of settlement only.”
Where Is The Epic Loot Box Settlement Scam?
Criminals have taken advantage of the elaborate vocabulary above and created many portals where players are supposed to start their claim. What does that mean? They are supposed to provide all the personal information necessary to “prove their identity”. At the same time, they are invited to submit their credentials for logins and more.
Although this settlement is only for U.S. players, scammers also claim that everyone could start a claim on their fake platforms. Epic Games have over 350 million users worldwide. Do you think all of them will know the truth?
Where To Get Your Epic Games Settlement Claim
You can start your Epic Games settlement claim on the official website made for this – you can access it here. As part of this settlement, Epic Games will send 1,000 Fortnite V-Bucks to each Fortnite account used to acquire a random item “Loot Llama” loot box. Plus, 1,000 Rocket League Credits to each Rocket League account were used to acquire a random item “Crate” loot box, the contents of which were not known before opening.
“You may also submit a Claim Form for additional benefits for real money in-game purchase(s) if you believe the purchase gives rise to a claim of consumer fraud, breach of contract, or other claims for damages, or if you wish to obtain a partial refund for a purchase you made as a minor with your own money and without parental permission. Submitting a timely, valid Claim Form is the only way you can receive cash payments or additional V-Bucks/Credits, or if you wish to claim minor disaffirmance.”
For more details, you can check the FAQ page. The deadline to submit an Epic Games claim is April 26, 2021.
Again, this is solely a U.S.-based action. If you did not reside in the United States when you made the purchases at issue, you are not eligible to participate in this settlement.
How To Report a Scammer
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