Okay, I have to confess. It wasn’t me who made millions, but the half-elf mage I play in an MMORPG. And he wasn’t playing video games – he was playing the global commodities market. Can you blame him? Doing the same quests day in and day out is boring. So is fighting the same mobs that just respawn, over and over again no matter how many times they’re killed. Fortunately for me, the game I play has an auction house; it’s one of the most popular features! Before I knew it, I was rolling in millions more than my peers and it wasn’t difficult at all.
- Free Phone Games Lead to High Phone Bills – Why? Because while you’re playing the game, your Windows phone is secretly dialing long distance numbers at premium rates that are billed to you, dear gamer. And don’t fall for the “Take this quiz and we’ll text you your results – and give you free social networking credits” trick, either. What they’re really doing is billing you for a high-priced subscription, and no matter how high your IQ really is you’ll feel pretty dumb seeing the charge on your cellphone bill. (I know I did!)
- One Time Fee for Unlimited Free Games – Does that sound too good to be true? Guess what! It is TOTALLY too good to be true. If the “service” involves file sharing, then it’s probably also a form of piracy and therefore totally illegal.
- Place Your Bets! – Actually, don’t place your bets. There are no federal laws in America that prevent you from throwing your money away on games like poker, blackjack, and roulette. But why would you throw away perfectly good cash? In all honesty I had a lot more fun at the betting tables in my favorite MUDs.
- Being scammed? Go Phish! – Phishing scams are almost as old as email itself. Usually you’ll get an email that appears like it’s sent from the game developers, asking you to confirm some part of your account – like your account number, password, etc. Once you click the website and enter your personal information, it’s like you’ve just handed your wallet to a total stranger.