Game and metaverse platform Roblox is popular among the younger generation. Unfortunately however, there is a criminal underbelly to the Roblox platform where kids are scamming their peers. Scammers are using Discord Servers to sell stolen Roblox accounts and items. Additionally, these pre-pubescent scammers are also selling instructions on how to commit such thefts.
“I scripted something called a pin cracker. I run it, crack their pin, and it auto-unverifies their email,” one such hacker told IGN.
The hacker then changes the user’s account info while they are logged off. The 13-year-old hacker claims he makes €2,000 per week.
“My parents don’t know,” the hacker adds. They ask where I get the money for everything. I just make excuses and they believe me.”
Roblox Scammers Target Kids
Unfortunately, the victims of these Roblox phishing scams are as young as the scammers themselves, if not younger. Tens of millions of children log in to Roblox daily, and most are looking to socialize in a fun, safe space.
“Kids are using Roblox to socialize. You can see it had massive growth during the pandemic. It’s a place to hang out, just like that Facebookian metaverse we’re being promised,” says games journalist Quintin Smith. Smith previously published two in-depth investigations via his company, People Make Games, which delve into Roblox’s criminal underworld.
Roblox sells limited edition items called limiteds, like the replica Carolina Herrera gown, in its virtual store. Once a limited sells out, it can only be obtained by trading with another player. The metaverse platform takes 30 percent of all sales of limiteds between players. While users can earn Robux through in-game trading, only Roblox game developers can cash their Robux out for real money.
Due to the restrictions on cashing out, various criminal markets have popped up on Discord Servers, eBay and websites such as ro.place where limiteds are available for purchase. Then there’s RBXFthata Roblox casino which scammers use to launder their stolen goods
“The original owner wouldn’t be able to get them back once they go through RBXFlip. [It’s] a sort of laundering,” one scammer told IGN.