Scammers have targeted fans of the highly anticipated Rockstar title, and unfortunately many took the bait.
With Red Dead Redemption 2 being delayed until 2018 and no actual release date in sight yet, fans are more anxious than ever, and it’s turning out that scammers are cashing in on that. Although all the hype surrounding the game already most definitely means good things for the game’s pre-order numbers, it is making fans a little too eager to jump the gun on any sort of “news” they may see the game. This time, it’s a fake beta invite.
Keep in mind that Rockstar has not announced a beta for the title, and hasn’t even hinted towards the idea yet. However, someone has taken the Twitter handle @RedDead2Beta and has been attempting to funnel players to a website called livebetaservers.com. It is unknown what exactly the intention of this scam is, but it’s highly likely that it’s being used to collect data from unknowing fans, such as their bank account information, access to their social media and other personal information.
For many fans, the first big red flag regarding this scam was that Rockstar has never held a beta testing period for any of its games. Secondly, Rockstar Games would not set up a separate Twitter account for a beta for one of their games. Fortunately, the Twitter account has been suspended after a number of reports about the fraudulent account.
This isn’t the first time something like this has happened, and surely won’t be the last. Although many fans did fall for the scam, there were many to were quick to point out things to look out for, aside from knowing that the whole thing isn’t Rockstar protocol. For one, the Twitter account was based out of Queens, New York, and Rockstar does not have any offices near that area. Also, another one that caught the eye of some die-hard fans was the font used on the fake open beta poster because it is not the font used for the game’s logo – that is not something a branding professional like Rockstar is going to commit.
Rockstar has always been very good at keeping any details regarding a game in progress under wraps, so it’s easy to see why excited fans are quick to gobble up any sort of “new” information they may see about the game. Typically, aside from alleged leaks, Rockstar is sure that fans only know information if they want them to know – and that has worked in their favor so far.
Rockstar has yet to comment on this incident, however, it is unlikely that they will make a statement as it will only promote more questioning from fans.
If you haven’t seen it yet, or just want to watch it again, check out the teaser trailer below:
Red Dead Redemption 2 is set to release sometime during 2018, yet we don’t have a release date yet. It will be available for PS4 and Xbox One.