Fraud and risk management technology specialist Kount and game-based storytelling company PonyWolf have devised
, a mobile game that aims to put potential fraud victims into the shoes of global fraud networks and thereby drive education and awareness.
The game is designed to educate users about the tools and techniques fraudsters use to commit crimes that impact businesses, consumers and the economy.
“Don’t be mistaken – this isn’t a ‘how-to guide’ for would-be fraudsters, but a wake-up call for retailers and consumers alike,” said Don Bush, vice president (VP) of marketing at Kount. “Large criminal organisations are constantly looking for weaknesses in your payment systems.
“By putting users into the mindsets of these criminals,
provides a unique opportunity to create awareness of fraud through game-based storytelling. Our goal is to educate people about the evolving nature of fraud and what we battle every day to keep businesses and customers safe.”
Using puzzle-based gameplay, users are taken behind the scenes of criminal organisations that prey on online businesses with vulnerable security. The game asks players to step into the shoes of a criminal and compete for the fake currency ‘Bytecash’ to purchase stolen credit cards and actual fraud-enabling tools to build their criminal enterprise.
“Delving into the world of online fraud was an eye-opening experience,” said Michael Wilson, PonyWolf president and former Independent Games Festival finalist. “Fraudsters experience many of the same emotional states as gamers by accumulating risk while looking for reward.
“The collection of tools, personal and financial information has a strong correlation to game mechanics found in popular mobile games. We wanted to show the hidden story of how a security breach is monetised without making it a training tool – and part of that is highlighting the addictive nature of risk and reward.”
is free, with no in-app purchases or ads, through a sponsorship by Kount. The game may be downloaded on iTunes, Google Play or at www.fraudtycoon.com.
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