PlayStation users have been warned of a new phishing scam that is being used to trick gamers to visit exploitive websites. The good news is that games like Final Fantasy XIV are completely safe to play on any of the platforms it can be found on, including PS4, PS5 and PC. There are no in-game errors or glitches that can be exploited by hackers that can leave you in trouble but there are still people trying to trick gamers into giving away their information.
This is done by using phishing tactics, which usually involve sending messages to people pretending to be a trusted source and asking for sensitive information.
And while this is usually found in emails and social media, it can also be found in video games.
Square Enix is the latest company to warn gamers regarding the threats posed by individuals using in-game chat systems to send people to malware-infested websites, among other techniques.
It’s unclear how widespread an issue this currently is in FFXIV but it’s important to note that the game has been growing in popularity over the past 12 months.
This makes it a bigger target for groups who are interested in stealing account information or installing harmful viruses onto computers.
And even with consoles, PS4 and PS5 gamers could still be pointed to harmful websites to access later on, making it a possible threat.
A message from Square Enix provides more information on the problems, telling gamers this week:
“As we have mentioned in the past, we have confirmed that certain individuals are attempting to direct players to fake login websites which imitate the Square Enix Account Management System in an effort to steal (also known as “phishing”) information such as their Square Enix ID and password, as well as date of birth.
“If you believe you have visited or entered your account information on a fake website, we recommend scanning your system with anti-malware or anti-virus software and changing your password immediately. For increased account security, we strongly recommend adding a one-time password to your account.”
And here are the two examples provided by Square Enix as the most common threats to gamers right now:
We have also confirmed similar attempts in-game which direct players to fake pages imitating Square Enix websites, including the Support Center, the Lodestone, and the official FINAL FANTASY XIV forums. Before opening any URLs you may see in-game (via tells, say, etc.), we urge you to confirm that they are legitimate and not a fraudulent imitation.
How to detect fake Square Enix websites:
The Square Enix Account Management System complies with EV SSL certification. Should a website ask for your Square Enix Account information, please make sure that the website is legitimate before entering any information. On certain web browsers, the address bar will display an icon indicating the website’s security certificate. On a legitimate Square Enix Account Management System login page, clicking this security icon will display references to “SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.”