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GTA V PC Beta Email is a Scam

by Eric Frederiksen | March 19, 2014March 19, 2014 9:00 am PST

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There is no Grand Theft Auto V beta for PC – at least, not that Rockstar has told anyone about yet. If you get an email about it, just delete it; it’s a scam.

The email, spotted originally by anti-virus software company Trend Micro, going around doesn’t pass even the most cursory of sniff tests, but if you’re excited enough about GTA, or if English isn’t your first language, you might overlook the egregious misuse of language seen below:


“You invited Beta tester GTAV to Windows,” it says. The file included is a zip attachment that, according to Trend Micro, contains the TROJ_FORUCON malware.

This is hot on the heels of one of the best scams we’ve seen yet, a Google Drive scam that actually uses Google Drive itself to circumvent site filters, tricking unsuspecting users into logging into an interface that looks almost identical to the standard Drive interface, stored on Google’s Drive servers. It’s hard to believe such a simplistic scam could grab anyone, but anticipation for GTA V getting a PC release is still high even six months after the game’s console release, despite no official word of such plans existing.

This is a good reminder to keep your eyes open, and remember that if something seems too good to be true, it’s probably a virus.

Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...