V-Buck scams have long been an unfortunate part of Fortnite Twitter. Fortnite: Battle Royale is one of the most popular games in the world, after all, and there are all sorts of people looking to take advantage of the hordes of children, teenagers and adults currently playing the thing. Legitimate Twitter feeds relating to Fortnite have long had giveaway scams for Skins, V-Bucks, accounts and more filling out the comment sections, and most are likely phishing scams designed to get your personal information. A little while ago, Epic had to release a statement warning Twitter users against these scams and the official Twitter feed, at least, has significantly fewer V-Buck offers than it used to.
But the scams are big on YouTube, which has struggled with content moderation regarding everything from conspiracy theories to culturally offensive superstars in recent months. Polygon has a new report about the embattled video hosting giant’s insufficient attempts to deal with V-Buck giveaway videos that multiply faster than automated or human moderators can take them down — and that’s only if they try to do so. A quick search on YouTube for “Free V-Bucks” currently yields 4.4 million results — some are just misleading, others are likely true scams that ask users to provide their email addresses or download an app. A number of videos appear to have remained on the site despite repeatedly being flagged for Fortnite community members, as well. And those are only the ones that appear in search: Polygon also reports a scam involving unlisted videos that avoid moderation by staying out of search function but are nonetheless able to make their way into advertisements.
Those are all of the legitimate methods that are currently known for increasing your tally of V-Bucks. Anyone promising you a faster shortcut is trying to trick you into either passing over your account information, or simply farming your enthusiasm for clicks.
Epic Games recently announced that it was in the process of starting legal action against some of the more problematic sites, and if you have used one of them in the past then you are highly encouraged to update your password on a different device to the one you signed up with.