A Far Cry From the Real Thing
Gamers in need of the hottest and newest titles can be target for scammers and cybercriminals. The frequency of illegal software and pirated game distribution, and console scalpers are a products of that. The internet can be a treacherous place, and the newest attempt to take advantage of gamers and content creators is a fake Far Cry 6 beta. Betas can be a good way of having fans playtest a game and get content creators to hype it up before its release. Makes sense why Ubisoft might want to hold a beta before the launch of Far Cry 6, but this is not the work of Ubisoft this time. So far, Ubisoft has not officially addressed this fake beta.
In a warning to the YouTube and Let’s Play community, theRadBrad speaks of an email being sent around that promises access to a Far Cry 6 beta. The sender masks itself as an official Ubisoft account and even sends access codes and an embargo for the beta. Someone is trying to look legit, but close examination of the email will make content creators think twice. Also, if you don’t think Ubisoft would really contact someone like you, they probably won’t. theRadBrad also warns of a virus the email tries to infect with that records your screen and things you do, so clicking on anything in that message is bad news bears.
Just a heads up to all content creators. There is an email from the official @Ubisoft address going around that claims beta access to Far Cry 6. It even has an embargo with a special password for access. The virus watches your screen and records everything you do. Be safe.
— theRadBrad (@thaRadBrad) February 18, 2021
This timing of this scam is no accident either. February 18th was the original date for Far Cry 6 to come out, which was also the date the emails began to circulate. This was probably in hopes that someone missed the delay news and would fall into their trap. A similar scam also was launched with promise of a beta for Cyberpunk 2077. Be careful out there in the crazy internet. Far Cry 6 is expected to come out in April or March for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.
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