Although the number of registered users on Steam stands at 125 million, only 27 million users are paid, members. So, how do the other users access the services and products available on these websites? Steam codes! These codes unlock several products and games, allowing users to get all the advantages of being a paid member.
There are several websites that generate such codes. However, not all of them are legitimate.
How Scammers Operate Free Steam Gift Card Code Websites
These websites are the favorite playgrounds of scammers looking to harm users financially. Unfortunately, fake websites promising to give free steam codes far outnumber authentic ones. These websites use Black Hat tactics to always rank high on Google’s result pages.
Typically, these scammers promise users with free samples, gift cards, etc. In reality, their motive is to either steal your money or steal your data. There’s a massive online black market where this data is sold and used for nefarious purposes.
Hence, if you want Free Steam Codes, you must make sure that the website you are dealing with is authentic. Here are a few essential steps you must follow to avoid scammers –
Don’t Share Private Information
These fake websites initially make a lot of promises. They’ll have you go through elaborate steps asking you to share your Steam account, mention how many codes you want, etc.
In reality, all of these steps are phony ways to lead up to the real question that they want to ask – ‘What is your email ID?’, ‘What is your Credit Card Number?’ etc. A lot of giveaway seekers make the mistake of signing up for these websites using their private emails. Soon enough, their inbox is bombarded with spam mails.
No legitimate Steam code providing website will ever ask you to register unless they are finalizing a payment. Either way, it is always best to create a separate email ID for only dealing with such websites. Or else, the private information stored in your personal email ID account may be at risk.
Before even clicking on a website, copy-paste the website name and do a quick Google search. There’s a healthy community of Steam users on Reddit, Quora, and Twitter. Helpful users tend to share the details of fake websites whenever they find one.
Hence, before opening these suspicious links and putting your computer at risk of a potential virus attack, research the name of the website. If you cannot find any negative information, proceed with caution.
Check Domain Names
Often deceitful sites have domain names that almost the same as the domain names of established companies. These websites may even have the same design and layout to trick you into believing that you have visited the authentic site.
For instance, instead of Rakuten.com (authentic site), they may be called ‘Rakuten.ca.’
Before sharing any personal information, take some time to get accustomed to the website. Only if the website displays enough signs of authenticity, sign up with them to receive a free giveaway.