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Minecraft convention cancelled, with $500k unaccounted for

The organisers of a now-cancelled unofficial Minecraft convention are suspected of having made off with over $500k worth of ticket sales. Kotaku reports that the team behind the New York fan convention Mineorama cancelled the event just four days before it was supposed to happen, saying on Twitter that: "It …

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Sniper Elite 3 buyers left empty handed after key scam

A batch of stolen and subsequently re-sold Steam keys has left potentially hundreds of Sniper Elite 3 buyers without a copy of the game. Affected users are being offered free access to the game’s ‘Target Hitler’ DLC but are being advised to contact the retailer form whom they purchased the …

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Chris Roberts ‘frustrated’ by Star Citizen scam accusations

Criticism of problems with the early build of crowdfunded record-breaker Star Citizen has bothered creator Chris Roberts. To date the game has raised an incredible $44,721,324 from nearly 500,000 backers. The game’s first playable build, the Arena Commander, finally released this week after some delay. However, the early access build …

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Take-Two continues to target Grand Theft Auto V beta scammers

Two more websites attempting to scam consumers with promises of access to a fake GTA V beta are being targeted by Take-Two. Fusible reports that the publisher has already taken action against and successfully shut down both getgtavbeta.com and betagtav.com. Now two other sites are also being targeted – gta5betacode.com …

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NBC 5 issues fake iPad warning after woman buys a mirror

Be warned, dear readers – a cunning scam is currently thriving in the US that tricks punters into buying a fake iPad. It is speculated that the rouse is being perpetrated by the same gang of hooligans that have been spotted in Weston-super-Mare selling pencils to pensioners, tricking them into …

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UPDATED: MS responds to The Sun claims, says XBL "has not been hacked"

Though MCV contests that users falling for fake phishing emails are not Microsoft’s responsibility, the platform holder has responded to claims made in today’s copy of The Sun. The paper this morning reported that users of the service were being robbed by online conmen. What it failed to adequately highlight, …

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Xbox Live ‘hack’ gets front page treatment from The Sun

UK national newspaper The Sun has this morning given front page space to a story concerning a phishing scam that has affected Xbox Live users. It’s not a hack”, though the opening paragraph strategically uses the word to give that impression. What the paper is in fact referencing is a …

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MS probes Indie Games scam

Microsoft is to investigate claims that an organised group of people have made deceitful ratings to some Xbox Live Indie Games. The accusation is that Crosse Studios, developers of the XBLIG game College Lacrosse, had asked fans on its Facebook page to improve the user rating of the title. This …

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Microsoft hunts Xbox Live scammers

Microsoft has taken steps to identify users who used an exploit to duplicate Xbox Live points codes and illegally download content with them. Yesterday it was reported that some Xbox 360 owners had used the technique to stockpile points for free instead of paying for them legitimately. Microsoft has said …

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