Rockstar has warned fans that invitations to participate in a Grand Theft Auto V beta for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC are fake.
The problem appears to have got far enough out of control that the developer has set up a dedicated page warning players against what it believes to be a phishing scam.
"Please Note: There is no pre-release ‘beta’ test for Grand Theft Auto V," reads the site. "If you see ads or solicitations to join a beta program, beware as this is likely some type of online phishing scam."
Grand Theft Auto V will be released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 18, and on PC on January 27.
The ports will offer "enhancements and new details", including technical advancements such as "increased draw distances, finer texture details, denser traffic and enhanced resolutions", said Rockstar.
Players of Grand Theft Auto V on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 will be able to transfer their saved characters and progress in Grand Theft Auto Online to the PC, PS4 or Xbox One version (as that data is saved in the cloud using Rockstar Social Club).
All of the new Grand Theft Auto Online content – such as weapons, vehicles, properties, customisations, and Jobs – that has been added to the original game since it was launched will be included in the new-gen and PC versions. The PC version will also include a video editor for players to cut together clips of in-game action.