As one of the primary destinations for kids to enjoy games of all shapes and sizes in a sandbox/metaverse format, Roblox, has boomed for today's younger generation, like how Club Penguin was a staple for others years ago.
While it is the frontier for kids to socialize online with others and understand the workings of the internet, Roblox also has a very deep-seated issue: Teens of the game are scamming thousands of dollars off kids who are too trusting for their own good.
In a detailed report from IGN, Roblox's criminal underworld of slightly older kids swindling more gullible ones got exposed. These kids mingle with each other across a Discord network of resources to scam others and even have a channel dedicated to showing off their best scores called "Flex Your Beams," revealing an ocean of screenshots documenting prices as high as 25k getting "beamed" off kids.
One of the young scammers - a 13-year-old - spoke with IGN about how they made a "pin cracker" that "auto-unverifies" a user's email. It forces the user off of their account so they can step in and pinch off whatever they want.
"My parents don't know," the young hacker said. "They ask where I get the money for everything. I just make excuses and they believe me." The kid managed to buy a gaming PC with a GeForce RTX 3090 graphics card for €2,600 thanks to his scams.
Parents out there, anyone’s kids play Roblox? Yesterday my son was playing, and I saw on the chat in the corner,someone was asking him to go to my purse,take out my credit card and read the numbers!! @Roblox seems a dangerous place for kids. Thankfully he told me!
— Claire Sweeney (@clairesweeney) December 26, 2022
The unfortunate downside to this adolescent scam ring is that kids like seven-year-old Jaxon, the son of actress Claire Sweeny, are getting preyed on while playing Roblox. Sweeny tweeted that she saw "someone was asking [Jaxon] to go to my purse, take out my credit card and read the numbers!!" She continues: "They said they knew everything about him, his age, name, etc.."
It's an unnerving situation that not adults, but actual kids, are profiting off the demise of others in a game world designed to pull them away from real-world issues. Whether Roblox Corporation can reign in its deep-seated young criminal underworld is anyone's guess, but it's clear that Roblox isn't entirely a safe space for kids... still.
About the Author
Anthony Jones is a gaming journalist and late 90s kid in love with retro games and the evolution of modern gaming. He started at Mega Visions as a news reporter covering the latest announcements, rumors, and fan-made projects. FFXIV has his heart in the MMORPGs scene, but he's always excited to analyze and lose hours to ambitious and ambiguous MMOs that gamers follow.
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