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In the ROBLOX game and website, a scam refers to an event, action, or operation in which one player (or a group of players) attempt to defraud others of their virtual currency, items, or complete accounts by compromising for items, Builder's Club membership for free, or other services and products that benefit the player, in an attempt to gather information against the individual or ROBLOX.

Chainmail

A simple, harmless type of scam, Chainmail refers to the act of spreading a message around the site in return for a benefit when such message is posted on a certain set of conditions, including the types of pages which are to be posted on, and the amount of pages to be posted on.

It is technically impossible to have a benefit given to a player this way. Any reward must be more intrusive for the account.

Blackmail

An interest, a purchase. No result, no refund. This shameful act of Blackmail is crucial for players to monitor carefully. These are not harmful to one's account, but they involve currency.

These scams will do variable damage; it all ranges on the money spent and whether the player is eligible for a refund or otherwise.
  • Classic Blackmail - The perpetrator will advertise a service or product for a fixed fee, usually sold on T-Shirts.
    Refundable: Maybe. See Solution 1. For proof, ensure the item still exists.
  • Drawn Portrait Scam - The perpetrator will run a series of advertisements on the site, advertising that the player can be drawn for a fixed fee (which is never revealed until a player clicks on the advertisement). Once the player has bought the item, the perpetrator will turn hostile and refuse to perform the advertised service.
    Refundable: Yes. See Solution 1.
  • Administrative Scam - The perpetrator sells a T-Shirt that enables "VIP access" to a place, that does nothing in return.
    Refundable: Yes. See Solution 1. For proof, ensure the item still exists.
    Update: As of 2012, ROBLOX has introduced game passes, which can be sold directly on the game's page. This makes VIP shirts less easier to counterfeit, since a real version of VIP can be sold as a game pass.
  • Borrowing Scam - The perpetrator asks to donate or trade money for a temporary period of time. An example of a perpetrator is RedBloodMushrooms.
    Refundable: Maybe. Check with Solution 1 to be sure.
  • Limited Feeding - The perpetrator sells a Limited item (often LimitedU) for a very cheap fee, and when a player has purchased it, the seller can begin to raise the price repeatedly, requiring the player to "feed" them money.
    Refundable: Maybe. See Solution 1.
  • Fake Purchase - The perpetrator will post a link to a website in comments pages, usually saying to delete the "Dots" and advertise such as saying "Dominus Frigidus for only 75 robux! Hurry up! Once in a lifetime offer!"                                                                                                          
Refundable: Usually not, but there could be exceptions.

Solutions

  1. Players should always be sure to contact info@roblox.com saying they were scammed. They must include evidence, or ROBLOX can't refund them.

Information Scamming

The unlawful act takes place when a player takes the bait of having a service or offer, and in-turn creates malicious results reaching to the extremity. The most harmful scams and attacks are Information Scams, and depending on the severity, one can lose access to their entire computer if they are not cautious enough.

These are more than scams. These are attacks on innocent players by criminals who need not only currency, but objects, places, and blatantly anything else that can be helpful to them.

These scams will do variable damage, ranging from "taking a few Robux" and "causing as much damage as a computer virus".
  • Login Info by ROBLOX Messaging - The perpetrator will message a player, asking for their username and password in return for a benefit.
    How to know: The user will try to convince them.
  • Login Info by Survey - The perpetrator will comment on items or places, asking for players to participate in a survey to get a "special offer", or anything similar.
    How to know: Posting a link that leads to an external website other than ROBLOX, YouTube, Twitter, or twitch.tv.
  • Login Info by Email - The perpetrator will comment on items or places, asking for players to give account information to an email address.
    How to know: The user will list explicitly false reasons that seem convincing to an amateur ROBLOX player.
  • Login Info by Fake Exploit - The perpetrator will comment on items or places, directing players to a link that gives an exploit tool for the ROBLOX client.
    How to know: The "exploit tool" will prompt one for their login info.
  • Confidential Info by Keylogger - The perpetrator will comment on items or places, directing players to a link that downloads an executable program onto the player's computer. When executed, the program injects a Keylogger into the system files.
    THIS NOT ONLY RISKS ONE'S ROBLOX ACCOUNT, BUT ANYTHING HE/SHE TYPES INTO THEIR KEYBOARD.
    How to know: Antivirus programs will try to quarantine the executable you've downloaded.
  • .ROBLOSECURITY Scam - The perpetrator convinces a player that the ROBLOSECURITY cookie must be given to them.
    How to know: Read this article for more information on the .ROBLOSECURITY cookie.

Avoiding Scams

  • When buying catalog items, players are encouraged to look for [CONTENT DELETED] in the item's description. [CONTENT DELETED] is an indicator of a scam. Players are also encouraged to look for the type of item it is. If it is a ROBLOX Model, it is not a piece of clothing.
  • If no players have bought a VIP shirt, players are advised to avoid it.
  • Almost all offsite links are harmful. Follow offsite links with caution!
  • While buying a VIP shirt, player's should check to see if the creator of the place has condoned the selling of this shirt.
  • If the place comments are not disabled, such usually being a sign of a scam, read them to see if any other users say whether the place is not legitimate. Note, though, that the perpetrator may have made alternative accounts (or hacked into others) to promote said scam, so check for accounts that claim it's a scam. This goes for shirts also.
  • When preventing portrait scams, check the scammer's inventory for any stolen artwork.
  • Some scammers have their names listed on alternative accounts' descriptions stating they are scammers. While this is not always the case, if there are a large amount of these accounts, this is something to be wary of.
  • Avoid shortened URLs (TinyURL, bit.ly, or similar). If it redirects to a login page, players should not put any login information in.
  • Avoid programs not created by the ROBLOX developers that ask for login information. These are most likely scams.
  • Avoid buying Limited or LimitedU items with a price of over 50,000 Robux. These are very likely to be scams.

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