Through an innovative combination of mobile gaming and interactive storytelling, Fraud Tycoon could be the ideal way of passing away idle moments on this year’s summer holiday while also helping you stay vigilant without slipping into paranoia. Also Read - Wolt app cuts down time at the counter
The app, which launched earlier this month, and therefore just in time for the summer vacations, is designed to educate players about the tools and techniques that fraudsters use to commit crimes. “By putting users into the mindsets of these criminals, Fraud Tycoon 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,” said Don Bush, VP of Marketing at Kount, the fraud prevention company behind the app. Also Read - RapKey app mixes text with rap lyrics
The game isn’t a how-to guide for anyone looking to skim credit card details or assume someone else’s identity, but it does use game-based storytelling and puzzles to give players an insight into how fraudsters operate so that they can avoid falling victim. All of which is why it might make a great pre-flight download before heading off to sunnier climes. When we’re on holiday, away from work and from our natural surroundings, it is much easier to drop our guard and to slip up. Also Read - LoveFlutter dating app covers profile pictures, uses 'Quirky Interesting' facts about users to find match
The 2014 Global Consumer Fraud Survey, published in June, highlights that 72 percent of its 6,159 respondents across 20 countries have been victims of some form of payment card fraud in recent years and according to the report’s results, the current card-based fraud hotspots are the UAE, the USA, China and India, all of which are popular holiday destinations.
Of course, there are steps that all holiday-makers can take to reduce the risks of fraud. These include activating the passcode on their smartphone and not leaving it unattended — something that 20 percent of respondents admitted to not doing — and not using unprotected computers for sensitive operations such as online shopping or banking — unlike 17 percent of those polled. Or they can go to Sweden, which, at 10 percent, ranked as the country with the lowest incidence of card fraud of all nations polled.