They’re using stolen credit cards to purchase V-Bucks, then selling the currency at a discount to players on the Dark Web and thereby cleaning the money.
Why do we keep hearing about yet more scams that revolve around Fortnite? Same reason that robbers rob banks: that’s where the money’s at.
Be they young, old, and/or dressed up in the skin of an anthropomorphic tomato, players worldwide flock to the free Fortnite Battle Royale, to the tune of what its maker, Epic Games, said was more than 125 million players across all platforms as of June 2018.
Before its release, we saw fraudsters exploit gamers’ keen anticipation to get invitations to the release, flogging their fictional “extra free invites!!!” as they looked for profit or for pumped-up Twitter followers/likes/retweets/comments.
Then we saw scammers seed the internet with fake Fortnite apps that never loaded the actual game and instead churned victims through the downloading of other apps that the fraudsters got paid to disseminate.
A Slovenian teenager told the BBC last month that he’d made £16,000 (around $20,000) in the previous seven months by selling stolen accounts.
The news about V-Bucks being used to launder money is anything but surprising, given that crooks are using free v bucks generator to make money in a mind-boggling variety of ways.
The credit card thieves have an eager market when it comes to selling discounted in-game currency. The game may be free to play, but there’s plenty of money to be made by selling in-game accessories like character outfits, weapons, skins for those weapons, and emotes (such as dances for their characters to perform).