Over the past few weeks friends of mine online have brought up this strange occurrence where they would be contacted by someone on PSN who would offer them opportunities to chat over webcam in exchange for cash. We all know scammers exist out there so this comes as no surprise but when it happened to me this morning I simply had to take action and raise some awareness about this issue.
The thing is that the PSN is a service that caters for all ages and all people out there, be it kids, teenagers, adults, or even those who might be technically challenged. So when you have these bots generating the same text out at random people we could be facing some serious issues online here. Kids who don't know what they are doing could fall into the trap as the text chat on PSN is not really restricted as say the ability to block them from playing R18 games.
Then we have teenagers who could easily believe that there is indeed a pretty female on the other end of the chat who just got out of the bath. Before you know it their parent's credit cards are now on the web thanks to the bot making them believe that they would get to see things if they paid. Don't be fooled, this chat is automatically generated and no matter what you tell it, it will repeat the same hogwash to you.
The bot will try to make you believe that she is into male gamers and has a serious fixation for them. After a few random texts back it will ask you if you want to see more and send you a link to another site. It claims that the credit card information you will give it is just for age verification, which is obviously a load of lies.
These texts come from random accounts so be aware if you start chatting up someone who sounds like they are a robot. Take a look below at some of the chats you can expect from it.
The main issue here is that I have seen no sort of response from Sony at all about this issue. What is going to be done to prevent these bots from scamming people and how will users know about it if no one is talking about it. In today's world, being scammed online is a common practice but the more it happens, the less it happens due to people gaining awareness about it. Hopefully, this article reaches everyone and they learn that the PSN is not as safe as it comes across.
If you are a parent and want to prevent this from happening to your child you can disable the ability for them to receive texts from outside his or her friend group. You can do this by turning on various privacy settings that let you block texts from people who are not your friends. This can be found in privacy settings. Head to Settings – PlayStation Network Account Management – Privacy – Managing Your Friends Lists and Messages. Then click on “Messages” and change the “Who can send you messages” to “Friends Only”. Hopefully, this will stop them.
Have you been contacted by these bots yet? Let us know in the comments below.