Readyvbucks Emerges as Yet Another Fortnite Data Harvest Scam to Target Naive Players
By Chaz Frazer
Readyvbucks is yet another Fortnite data harvest scam to target children and naive passersby with their empty promises of free v-bucks. There are literally countless apps, websites, and email scams which offer free v-bucks, Fortnite’s store currency used for buying skins and other cosmetic items.
Online fronts such as Readyvbucks offer the free currency to ensnare visitors to give up personal information, and some are more malicious than others. Viruses, phishing, and even credit card fraud are some of the more nefarious goings on in this dark side of the colorful and cartoony world of Fortnite.
Is Readyvbucks a Scam?
According to website digs, reviews, reddit and other research, Readyvbucks is a website that was established just over one month ago. New sites such as this will appear all of the time, so this is not surprising. While online scams that target free to play models is nothing new, when dealing with the colossal scale of revenue that Fortnite brings in annually, the potential pool for fraud and deceit is huge.
Not only do these websites and apps target children, but they also try to influence the content creators that have tended to have children as an audience and live viewers. YouTube content creator and streamer Drift0r has highlighted the predatory nature of these companies, including the amount of money he himself has been offered (and turned down) to promote websites and apps such as Readyvbucks. Offering figures into the tens of thousands (depending on the audience) it stands to reason that some content creators fall victim to the temptation of exchanging money for promoting predatory business practices.
Fortnite players spend over $200 million a month on V-bucks and content in-game, and the market is ripe for predators to take advantage of young players with access to mom and dad’s credit card. Be sure to only purchase V-bucks from official channels and stay clear of any offers offering anything for “free."