Playing Xbox Cost a Family Their Identity

By WISE Web News

March 19, 2011 Updated Mar 19, 2011 at 8:59 AM EDT

FLORIDA (Indiana's NewsCenter) - If your children are "online gamers," there's a lot more to lose than just a game.

Xbox won't be the same for 14 year old Zach Grant anymore. He's had to learn the oldest advice in the parental handbook has moved to the virtual world too.

"Bad things can happen when you're talking to people you don't know."

His mom Lisa says it started Tuesday night. He was chatting online through his xbox live with someone named Mr. Lambourgini and he had something to offer that Zach wanted

"My son has been wanting this for weeks."

Microsoft points used for xbox games, that was this hackers bait in a phishing scam.

He offered Zach the points. All he needed to do was give an email address and password.

Zach actually was able to record the conversation.

"What you have to do is send me an email address and password."

The hacker even got a little pushy.

"You have like 20 minutes to get me an email address and password. I am not a hacker."

So when Zach gave up the info, his father's credit card information was exposed and the scammer wasted no time buying movies and video games on the card.

"And seeing all these things... microsoft, microsoft, microsoft from his account."

Grant says he's charged around 500 dollars to their card. Money they don't know if they'll get back and Microsoft hasn't presented a solution for them yet.

"You can't give people information, you can't let someone tell you they'll give you something in return, that can really hurt your family."

It's a tough lesson but Lisa says she's not mad at Zach. She says he just took the bait of a hacker looking for a quick score.

"I didn't blame him, I just want him to see how being careless, what will happen."

Gaming experts online say people should be very careful putting their credit card information into xbox or wii accounts.




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