In February, Take-Two Interactive won a dispute over the domain getgtavbeta.com, which was followed by a win over betagtav.com, a phony website that claimed to have beta keys to the game. Now, Take-Two has a total of four open cases over Grand Theft Auto V related domains.
While grandtheftauto5beta.com does not resolve to a web page at the moment, gta5betacode.com (screenshot above) is a full-fledged website, complete with a Facebook page that has over 1,000 likes and a YouTube account.
How does the scam work?
People who visit the website are first instructed to help unwittingly spread the scam through Facebook. If you scroll to the bottom of the page, you can see the steps.
If you click the “Get Your Key!” button, you’re taken to another page that has you pick a console.
After you select a console, the final page is shown that tries tricking you into downloading a file to your computer.
If you don’t think people still fall for these absurd and obvious scams, take a look at the website’s related Facebook page. At the time of this story, it has over 1,300 likes.
This case will be another slam-dunk for Take-Two.
Gta5betacode.com is owned by a resident of Pennsylvania, who first registered the domain in January 2013.
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