Roblox is supposed to be an online safe place where you use the available tools to create wonderful games from your imagination. Unfortunately, the platform also has many scammers who want to con you out of Robux.
Robux is Roblox’s in-game currency that you use to buy game access, avatar accessories, and other items. You can acquire it by purchasing it directly from the Roblox website or by buying gift cards from retail stores, such as Target or Wal-Mart.
Here’s the hook: Robux can be exchanged for real cash, which makes it appealing to scammers. Fortunately, you can avoid being a Robux theft victim by reading this guide.
Before we get into the details let’s make one thing clear: There’s no such thing as free Robux. If someone approaches you with that offer, that person is running a scam to swipe your money, items, or other objects. Robux is one of the ways that Roblox Corporation makes money, so it would be erroneous to think you could get them for free.
What Are Robux?
You can purchase 880 Robux for $9.99 via the Roblox website if you have a Premium Roblox account. If you don’t have a Premium account, you’ll receive 800 Robux for $9.99. That means one Robux is equal to roughly 80 real-world cents when you purchase it direct from Roblox.
When you acquire at least 100,000 Robux (from selling items, using gift cards, etc.), and have met all the Developer Exchange requirements, you can cash out your Robux for real money. Now, you’ll receive approximately $350 for every 100,000 Robux you sell back to Roblox Corporation. In other words, one Robux is worth a little more than a quarter of its purchase worth. That’s a great exchange rate that attracts scammers.
What Kind of Robux Scams Are Out There?
There are many Robux scams in the world, and they’re designed to do three things: steal your Robux, steal your username and password, and steal your items. These are the main methods by which thieves run Robux scams:
Roblox game chat
Roblox messaging system
Fake free Robux streams
Fake web pages
Free Robux for App Exchange
Before we get into the scams’ nitty-gritty details, you should know that most scammer accounts fall into the “bot” or “phishing” categories. Bot accounts are created with running cons in mind. These accounts are often reported to Roblox Corporation, and banned from the platform. Sadly, it’s easy to create bot accounts. They don’t require verification via email, so an entire bot army can be whipped up in a matter of minutes. These are the accounts that send messages and chats to their targets, hoping that you click a malicious link.
Phished (pronounced as “fished”) accounts are accounts that have been stolen. Two actions are likely to occur once an account has been stolen by a scammer. The first is nothing. The account log-in info simply sits in the attacker’s database for later use in a massive scam attack. The second? The attacker immediately changes the password to lock you out, trades all items associated with that account at little to no cost, transfers out all Robux, or uses the account to phish other accounts—starting with anyone in that account’s friends list. To prevent this, you should learn how to avoid phishing scams.
If your account gets stolen, contact Roblox Corporation to get it back. Do not wait, and do not be ashamed. You must react quickly if you want to get your account back. A Roblox Corporation representative will contact you, and walk you through the account-recovery steps. Pro tip: Keep redeemed Robux cards handy. A customer support rep may need you to read the used numbers to verify that you are the owner of the stolen account. Honestly, if you are at this point, your account is most likely going to be deleted by the scammer. Keep a positive mind, though.
Roblox Game Chat
One of the first places you’ll find a scam is in a Roblox game’s chat room. The bogus account will say something like “Want free R$? Check out [some website] to get your free Robux!” Roblox Corporation doesn’t allow links in game chats, so scammers have found creative ways to mention the URL instead of pasting in a link. These links usually lead to a malicious webpage, so do not visit them.
There’s an email-style system for messaging your friends on the Roblox webpage. By default, this feature is turned on so “Everyone” can send you a message. Scam accounts send out massive amounts of spam to random users in attempts to get them to click malicious links. You can set your settings preferences so that no one can message you, or only your friends. Still, remember that your friends could get hacked, and any message that comes from them might not actually be from them.
Fake, Free Robux Streams
If you visit Twitch, YouTube, or other video game live streaming services, you’ll find streamers who promise free Robux, and ask you to drop your handle in the chat. These are fake streams. In fact, these are looped recordings! Far too many viewers believe that these streamers are giving away freebies, so they click a malicious chat link in hopes of getting no-cost Robux.