GAMES FIRM Rockstar is taking measures to step on Grand Theft Auto Online players that cheat.
The firm said that it has spotted or been alerted to a number of players who are exploiting their chances in the game and using software flaws to build up and share very large cash bounties.
"In recent weeks, a small number of Grand Theft Auto Online players sought to exploit the game by generating and distributing game-breaking amounts of in-game cash, disrupting the experience for other players," it said.
"We will continue to issue title updates on an ongoing basis to counter the negative impact this has had on gameplay, and as part of today's maintenance period, we are removing the counterfeit GTA$ from the game's economy."
Some people have been the unwilling recipients of such cash and have reported that random other players have just thrown the money at them. Unfortunately for them, and fortunately for the rest of the GTA Online players, Rockstar will be whipping this cash out of their virtual wallets.
If it looks like you have done it on purpose, things will not go quite as smoothly, it said.
"Anyone that innocently received GTA$ as a result of these exploits but did not engage in cheating to acquire it will not face any action - the funds will just be removed , and you'll be able to keep any items you currently own," added the firm.
"Those who actively engaged in cheating and exploiting the game in this manner will, however, be subject to in-game penalties at our discretion. This may include being placed in isolated cheater pools or banned from GTA Online altogether."
Although it seems rather counter to the criminal spirit of the game, Rockstar also wants people to turn stool pigeon and drop a dime on anyone that they see cheating.
"Should you ever encounter someone in GTA Online that appears to be taking advantage of exploits in your session, we ask that you alert us directly via the in-game reporting functionality," it added.
"We're grateful for the community's continued support in dealing with these issues and once again apologize to anyone that has had their Grand Theft Auto Online experience sullied by these exploits that broke the game's natural flow." µ