As reported by Variety, the criminals are stealing credit cards and turning them into cash. Sounds a bit complicated, right? Here is how they do it.
The criminals create a free Fortnite account and use the stolen cards to purchase “free v bucks generator,” skins and other items. Basically, they pump up the account and when they are all set, they sell these accounts on e-Bay, G2G and on the Dark Net for less than the actual value. Then, they require bank transfers through PayPal and once the money are sent, the buyer gets the account with all details such as email and password.
Criminals are executing carding fraud and getting money in and out of the Fortnite system with relative impunity,” Sixgill senior intelligence analyst Benjamin Preminger told The Independent. According to him, Epic Games doesn’t seem to care about the illegal activities so long as their currency is being bought and paid for.
And this is a problem that’s only going to get bigger, alongside Epic Games’ profit margin. Fortnite turned a profit of $3 billion in 2018. You have to wonder, how much of that was stolen money?