Exposing a new fraudulent scheme to scammers

Exposing a new fraudulent scheme to scammers

While browsing videos on YouTube, Fortnite players may come across people promising them free V-Bucks. These accounts usually mention Free V-Bucks on your behalf and submit hundreds of comments on a single video.

Unfortunately, these V-Bucks scams are spreading at an unprecedented rate right now. Bot comments can be found in every video associated with Fortnite on YouTube and it seems even the biggest creators can’t help it.

Avoid scam sites offering free V-Bucks. Epic will never ask you for your password. https://t.co/XYgdQLlNKg

Here’s everything players need to know about how to get ‘Free V-Bucks’, so they don’t fall for bots on the internet.


Is it possible to get free V-Bucks in Fortnite?

First off, it’s important for readers to understand that there is technically no way to get free V-Bucks in Fortnite other than the Battle Pass. The V-Bucks section of the game and the official site are the only places Loopers can safely purchase V-Bucks.

In contrast, bots on YouTube have names like FREE VBUCKS CHECK MY CHANNEL and 21VBUCKS.COM. It’s no surprise that these channels have 0 videos and no subscribers. They usually add a link in the About section that takes users to a third-party website. Players are expected to add their account and platform information to get the desired rewards.

For example, a site called 21vbucks.com asks users to enter their Fortnite username and device.

Players should refrain from giving any account information to V-Buck scammers (Image via 21vbucks.com)
Players should refrain from giving any account information to V-Buck scammers (Image via 21vbucks.com)

Thereafter, he asks them to choose a pack of V-Bucks and a set of skins they want from their locker. The so-called ‘transfer’ of V-Bucks then begins, but players are unable to claim their rewards before one last step.

V-Bucks scammer website forces players to take a survey (Image via 21vbucks.com)
V-Bucks scammer website forces players to take a survey (Image via 21vbucks.com)

The final step is to verify login details – users must complete a survey to do so. These surveys are basically advertisements. This is how scammers trick players into completing surveys and making a fortune. However, Loopers never receive the promised V-Bucks.

Epic Games has clearly stated that visiting websites or clicking on links that claim “free” Vbucks or in-game items is not safe.


How to avoid V-Bucks scammers in Fortnite

It is clear that the target audience for scammers are young children who idealize content creators and treat their comment sections as gospel truth.

This trend started in the wake of the growing popularity of cosmetics in Fortnite. The game is free to play and there is no barrier to entry for players. In such a situation, a valuable/OG/rare skin is the only way for someone to prove that they are ‘good’.

Seriously, I can almost see myself clicking on a free V-Bucks link. Fortnite has invaded my mind palace and turned it into Tilted (Towers)

Younger players should always remember that skins or any other cosmetic items do not provide a competitive advantage. Also, any third party website that claims to give away free V-Bucks is a scam and providing personal information on such platforms could lead to someone hacking your account.

@KDdos4 YouTube was advertising an unlimited V-bucks scam to me the other day, it took every ounce of self-control in my body not to click on the link.

Likewise, parents and guardians whose children play Epic Games’ Battle Royale game should always monitor the creators they follow. Prevention is always better than cure, and the best way to stay safe from scammers is to avoid clicking on such links.


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