How to fix GTA Online ban bug after ‘cheating’ warning screen

GTA Online players are still hit with random ban messages, while others claim their characters have been removed. Here’s what to do if you get hit by the GTA Online ban message.

Rockstar Games has fixed an issue that caused players to send full-screen messages warning them not to cheat in GTA Online. At first, these may seem like nothing more than a simple message that you get around.

But some players are claiming that their accounts and characters were removed shortly after the transition from GTA V’s story mode to the game’s online mode.

The studio has since allayed some of these concerns, but assured their audiences that these posts themselves do not directly lead to a ban.

How to fix the GTA Online ban bug

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GTA Online players log into the game to see on-screen warning messages warning them to avoid cheats.

GTA Online players experiencing problems with their account after receiving random “cheat” messages should contact Rockstar support immediately.

The GTA developers told players that the warning screen is simply a Rockstar Games Services bug and had no bigger implications.

Still, some people have speculated that the display could be linked to an IP address ban that could affect some people.

In any case, this wouldn’t be an intentional effect on the developer’s part, so it should be a simple matter to undo the problem using Rockstar Support.

To submit a GTA Online report:

  • Go to Rockstar Support
  • Navigate to the GTA 5 report page
  • Submit a ticket with detailed report
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Rockstar Games advised against worrying about random ‘cheat’ warning screens popping up in GTA Online.

According to the studio’s guidelines, if you come across the warning screen, just hit ‘OK’ when prompted and it should load you into the game as normal.

It’s unclear if the studio plans to investigate a connection between the error message and random gameplay disruptions that some players are reporting.

For now, GTA Online players will have to rely on Rockstar’s support services to resolve any issues, should they arise.

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