Fortnite has created an actual revolution in the gaming industry, outrunning such giants as Minecraft and League of Legends. Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite, made around 3 billion dollars on this game in 2018.
However, such a wave of popularity can also attract organized crime. As reported by Independent, the inta-game currency of Fortnite, V-bucks, has been involved in multiple cases of scam, money laundering and other crimes.
One of the most popular tricks of scammers is purchasing V-bucks using stolen credit cards and then resell them to Fortnite players at discounted prices, basically a classical money laundering scheme. It used to be popular with Bitcoin-related scams, however, they are not as popular and numerous as they used to be.
V-bucks have flooded the Dark Web, the section of the Internet where you can purchase dangerous and/or illegal goods and services.
“Threat actors are scoffing at Epic Games’ weak security measures, saying that the company doesn’t seem to care about players defrauding the system and purchasing discounted V-bucks. This directly touches on the ability of threat actors to launder money through the game,” said a representative of a cyber security company Sixgill.
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