It shouldn’t come as a surprise that there are real thieves going about their nefarious business within virtual worlds. It’s inevitable once people start spending real money on virtual items for their avatar or room. If those items can be stolen, then there’ll surely be people trying to steal them.
Such is the case in Habbo Hotel, where a group of Dutch teenagers has been accused of nicking more than 4,000 Euros worth of virtual furniture from other users. How? By allegedly setting up a bogus Habbo site to get people’s usernames and passwords, then logging in as them and simply moving their furniture to the thieves’ own rooms.
One 17-year-old has been arrested, after Sulake, the company behind Habbo Hotel, called in the police. “We have had much of this scamming going on in many countries but this is the first case where the police have taken legal action,” says a spokesman. This won’t be the last example of virtual worlds having real-world legal implications…
(via Virtual Worlds Forum Blog)