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.
Rockstar have said they 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, Rockstar are removing the counterfeit GTA$ from the game's economy. Grand Theft Auto Online will be down for maintenance beginning last night at 2AM British Standard Time through today, Thursday January 16th. Rockstar expect to be back up within 24 hours. I feel like they are going to take an ink pen or scanner and scan every note just to figure out which is real and which is fake. They have said that anyone that innocently received GTA$ as a result of these exploits but did not engage in cheating to acquire it will not face any further action - the funds will just be removed , and you'll be able to keep any items you currently own.
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.
Should you ever encounter someone in GTA Online that appears to be taking advantage of exploits in your session, Rockstar have asked that you alert them directly via the in-game reporting functionality. In the Pause menu, under the Online tab, select Players and scroll to the offending player. From there, select Report and choose Exploits from the violation options.