If you've read Rockstar forums lately – wait you don't do that? - you've noticed the huge amount of players fearing the great and mighty ban-hammer because of cash hackers giving random players huge amounts of change in Grand Theft Auto Online.
Rockstar says calm down. Honest Grand Theft Auto Online players will not be banned if they receive cash through no fault of their own. The fears stem from GTA Online money hackers who are randomly giving away huge sums of in-game currency to strangers, making them vulnerable to banning by Rockstar. The developer however says that honestly players will not be punished. Check out this post from Rockstar's support page:
Question: I was minding my own business and suddenly received a huge amount of money in GTA Online from a cheater. Am I in trouble?
Answer: To keep the gameplay environment as fair as possible for legitimate players, we routinely do sweeps to separate out cheaters and modders, and to reverse any illegitimate transactions. These sweeps are based on in-game automated detection, examination of suspicious gameplay statistics, and also manually-reviewed evidence submitted by the Community. If you were not engaged in any willful cheating or exploiting yourself, you do not need to worry about getting caught up in our work to separate out cheaters from the rest of the population.
[Via Rockstar Newswire]