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Online gaming fraud is an increasingly common form of cybercrime. Many online gamers invest a lot of money in their hobby. But gamers also need to make sure their profiles are secure. Otherwise hackers could gain access to their accounts and run up a hefty bill.

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Martina Baron was the victim of a peculiar online fraud. Over two years, she’d invested more than 3,000 euros in an online game called Howrse, where players rise from mucking out stalls to running an equestrian center. Martina Baron had a stud farm with several hundred digital horses. But then hackers gained access to her account and sold most of her animals. In the end, she filed charges with the police for virtual horse-theft.