In one of the craziest stories about Fortnite, apparently dark web sellers are using V-Bucks as a way to launder money.
First reported by The Independent, this story is absolutely wild.
For those unfamiliar, the dark web is a section of the internet able to be accessed with specialized software. It is nearly impossible to track and heavily encrypted and is used almost like an Amazon for illegal businesses.
Money laundering is the process of taking money from illicit sales and running it through a clean business to be able to pay taxes and keep the cash flow legal and hide the real source from the government.
Fortnite’s V-Bucks have become a prime candidate for laundering because of the crazy demand, and a lack of regulation from Epic according to the article. Sellers are using dirty money to buy V-Bucks, then selling those at a slightly discounted rate and the money they receive is legitimate.
The Independent partnered with security firms Sixgill and ZeroFox to uncover the scope of the operation. Here are some things they found:
- Operations have been uncovered in five different languages
- The number of mentions of Fortnite on the dark web has risen along with the game’s revenue
- There were 53,000 different instances of online scams related to Fortnite in a one month span between September and October
“Epic Games doesn’t seem to clamp down in any serious way on criminal activity surrounding Fortnite, money laundering or otherwise,” said Benjamin Prenger, a senior intelligence analyst at Sixgill, to The Independent.
Epic did not respond to The Independent’s request for comment but we will update this article if they release an official response.
I can’t wait for Jason Bateman to turn to Fortnite V-Bucks on Season 3 of Ozarks.