Scammers have already latched onto GTA 6 with fake PC downloads

Scammers have already latched onto GTA 6 with fake PC downloads
Images via Rockstar

Written by 

Megan Cooke


7th Dec 2023 22:08

Since the GTA 6 trailer was released earlier this week, scammers have already jumped on the opportunity to try and trick some people with fake PC downloads.

With the next instalment in the GTA franchise set to release in 2025, it is not surprising that some people are willing to try their luck in order to play the game early, however with over a year left until the game releases there is almost no chance that any of the supposed file leaks are genuine.

Scammers are trying to trick people into downloading fake GTA 6 launchers

As noticed by Reddit user, da13371337bpf, scammers have been posting files which claim to download GTA 6 onto users' computers over a year before the games release.

It is no secret that GTA 6 is one of the most hyped games at the moment, with several players desperate to get their hands on the title, so it is the perfect target for scammers who are looking to target over-excited fans.

While many people will have watched the trailer and are aware that the game is not scheduled to release until 2025, several others will have seen the hype, screenshots and video clips without the release date and may not realise what they are installing.

Plus, there is no shortage of young people who may be fairly new to the internet that may go looking for a way to play GTA 6 without having to go through their parents, so even if it may seem obvious to many people that it is a scam, it is likely that others will still fall for it.

One Reddit user said: “People will fall for this shit. That's how impatient we are.”

Another added that it is “survival of the fittest at this point.”

Players have been sharing their experiences downloading games before the release date

by u/da13371337bpf from discussion
in pcmasterrace

One fairly common thread between several comments on the Reddit thread is the experiences players have had taking risks and downloading games early in the past.

One wrote: “You gotta take risks. I remember playing MW3 (the original one, not the new one) weeks before it came out. To be fair this was on a modded Xbox 360, but still....”

Another said: “When I was 12 my hype for Far Cry 3 was so insane I literally did try and download the game before it was even released.

“I even left the pc overnight to download and shit, to this day I have no idea what I actually downloaded, because after the download I found nothing on my PC, but the install was like 30-40gb (probably malware or something lmao).”

Given the long release date, dodgy download links and rough looking screenshots, it is probably best for everyone to leave the scammy links alone.

At the end of the day, playing a game years before it is ready to release is not going to be the best way to experience it, even if by some miracle it does work.

Regardless, it should go without saying at this point that it is best not to download random software from the internet.

Megan Cooke
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Megan Cooke
Megan is GGRecon's Evening & Weekend News Writer. She has an undergraduate degree in Creative Writing and is working towards finishing her masters in Journalism. When she isn’t writing about games she can be found reading romance novels or playing cosy games like Stardew Valley, Animal Crossing, APICO, and Disney Dreamlight Valley.
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