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Friday, April 5, 2013

virtual fruadHave you ever played a virtual game on Facebook?  There are many of them…from Farmville to FrontierVille to Mafia Wars.  In many of these games you earn a virtual currency that allows you to upgrade your virtual “stuff”within the game.  If you aren’t earning enough currency in the game, you always have the option to pull out the old credit card and buy some more virtual money.  While it sounds completely insane to pay real money for fake money, more people do it than you would ever realize.  People all over the world spend millions of real dollars each year to buy millions of fake dollars in their favorite online game and community.  That is where we will start our story today…the insanity of using real money to buy fake money. 

This past week in Everett, Washington a woman was spared jail time and given community service for getting a little greedy in her virtual world.  We aren’t sure if she was ever released on a bail bond, but we know that she did plead guilty to making unauthorized credit card charges with her employer’s company credit card.  Apparently the woman was addicted to FrontierVille on Facebook.  According to the article, she was making virtual improvements to her virtual homestead in the game.  Unfortunately, she ran out of virtual money to pay for these virtual improvements, so instead of turning to virtual crime, she turned to committing a real crime.  The woman racked up close to $10,000 in credit card charges on her employer’s credit card to maintain her lavish virtual life on the old virtual homestead.  Meanwhile, her real boss was wondering what the heck was happening to his real money and his real growing credit card balance.  The woman finally came clean and turned herself in.

While we aren’t sure if she has been able to keep up with her virtual homestead during this ordeal (you know how tough it can be to maintain a virtual homestead on a limited budget), we do know that she will be serving real community service and paying real restitution back to her employer.   However, as part of her community service, she is being ordered to play PrisonVille for the next 90 days.  Read the original story below.

Original article: Arlington woman spared jail in Facebook thievery

Written by: Eric Granof