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A blog dedicated to the popular mobile game, The Simpsons: Tapped Out
As many of you may know, the popular blog TSTO Tips has been compromised. The site is now under the control of GameZino, a third-party company that is advertising a cheaper way to purchase donuts than through the game directly. In a typical case of “too good to be true”, this offer sadly is.
First off, the latest post advertising this amazing deal on donuts was written by an imposter. The former owner and administrator of the site was known for his moral stand against cheating. So when a post promoting this amazing deal was published under his user name, many took it on good faith that since it was endorsed by a trustworthy source, it must be legitimate. Any comments that suggested otherwise were deleted, further amplifying the appearance of credibility, as all of the comments were skewed to be overwhelmingly positive.
Furthermore, GameZino was offering the ability for users to purchase items from previous holiday events, something impossible to do without a hack. A YouTube video tried to explain how this was possible, but once you take into account the devices shown were jailbroken and running hacked copies of the game, the truth reveals itself.
It should set off an automatic red flag in your mind anytime someone requires you give up your account information and password, which GameZino was doing, but sadly for many the offer was too good to pass up. Once people found out they were being duped and scammed, they felt used and embarrassed. Disappointingly enough, this well-crafted scam not only earned this unscrupulous company thousands of dollars, but it also effectively killed on one of the most popular blogs dedicated to this game on the web.
If you were a victim of this scam you should take whatever steps necessary to protect your account. If you gave up a password you use for more than just this game, you’re going to want to change that password on any other associated accounts, or else GameZino may be able to access a lot more than just your Origin account.
While donuts may be expensive, the only legitimate way you’re going to get them for a better price is if EA is running a sale, which is usually denoted by an in-game appearance from Gil.