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, Builders Club membership, or other services and products that benefit the player in an attempt to gather information against the individual.
A simple, harmless & common 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, and ROBLOX staff have come out as saying that any chainmail method of getting ROBUX or anything else (except hate) is false. Any reward must be more intrusive for the account.
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.
- T-shirt scams - The perpetrator will have a shirt with a name such as "Admin for Reason 2 Die" or "Mod for Twisted Murderer." The perpetrator will sell the t-shirt for a low price and will say the t-shirt will give admin to certain game.
Refundable: Maybe. See Solution 1. For proof, ensure the item still exists.
- 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.
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.
- Players should always be sure to contact
firstname.lastname@example.org they were scammed. They must include evidence, or ROBLOX can't refund them. Before you buy something sketchy, and you think it's a scam be sure to SCREENSHOT: BEFORE YOU BUY THE ITEM, WHILE YOU ARE BUYING THE ITEM, (for evidence if you know this scammer has done this before, to ban them from future scams.) AND AFTER YOU BUY THE ITEM! The evidence may have to include picture proof of the scam. Including the scammers username.
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 Phishing Scams, and depending on the severity, one can lose access to their entire computer if they are not cautious enough. For those who don't know what Phishing means, The definition is labeled in bold, italic, and underlined at the bottom above "Avoiding scams."
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. Also, a recent act of account phishers is that they will upload sexually explicit places.
- 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 his/her username and password in return for a benefit.
How to know: The fact that someone asks for your login is a pretty good sign of a scam. Be very careful with giving other people your account information.
- 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, especially short URLs which hide the true website.
- 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.
- Fake maintenance message (Only appears in places) - As far as known, This type of Phishing scam only appears in places such as places with the title "Beat obby for 250 or whatnot ROBUX. It will look like a maintenance message telling the user that they must log back in. When it will really feed the perpetrator the victim's account information. How to know: Administrators will NEVER send maintenence inside of a Roblox game window. Just don't type in any information. There is an image in the image section reguarding this if you would like to get an idea what one of these kinds of scams look like.
Fake beta server - As well as scams that require your personal information fake beta servers have log in form that looks very realistic, but its totally fake, and tells that when you log in into there, you get a fake robux reward that needs to be posted on several number of games. But it actually just steals your information. Here's the link to this fake website to check it out by yourself robloxbetaserver.com
"Phishing is an e-mail fraud method in which the perpetrator sends out legitimate-looking email in an attempt to gather personal and financial information from recipients. Typically, the messages appear to come from well known and trustworthy Web sites."
Definition from: searchsecurity.techtarget.com/definition/phishing
- You should not give people your account information, generally.
- When buying catalog items, players are encouraged to look for [ Content Deleted ] in the item's description. [ Content Deleted ] is an indicator that the item somehow violated ROBLOX's Terms of Service.
- If no players have bought a VIP shirt, players are advised to avoid purchasing it until more users have done so.
- Avoid links that lead to sites other than ROBLOX, Youtube, Twitter, or Twitch. This includes shortened links (TinyURL, bit.ly, or similar). Follow off-site links with caution!
- While buying a VIP shirt, players should check to see if the creator of the place has condoned the selling of this shirt. For example, there are many fraudulent versions of VIP for the game "Catalog Heaven" although the only legitimate versions of the VIP are sold by Seranok (previously by Merely).
- If the asset 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.
- When preventing portrait scams, check the scammer's inventory for any stolen artwork. In addition, a user can check to see if the total amount of drawings in the seller's inventory is fairly close to the total number of "get drawn" assets sold; any huge discrepancies in the total number of people drawn and assets sold hints towards a portrait scam.
- 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; try avoiding these people.
- If a user follows an off-site link that goes to a log-in page, do not put any information in it. The page is most likely a phishing scam.
- Avoid programs not created by the ROBLOX developers that ask for login information. Similarly, avoid downloading files (particularly .exe) that you do know the source of.
- Try avoiding buying Limited or LimitedU items with a price of over 50,000 R$, as these have a high chance of being scams.
- Acknowledge that comments such as "Builderman told me how to get this reward by doing x, y, z" are scams, and no reward is given for posting those types of comments.
- Since summer 2014, Girl robux scam messages have been surfacing. The best thing to do to stop these from happening is setting your inbox to Friends and upper by going to the Settings gear icon in the top right corner of the webpage -> Settings -> Privacy -> Who can message me dropdown, Choose friends -> Update to save changes.