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Default Preparing for scams and Avoiding them! - 06-06-2012, 03:44 PM

Avoiding Scams but also being Prepared for them in Advance!

With all Runescape servers, both the real deal, and the privately run ones, scams will always be an issue.
There is no way to actually prevent them happening as they are constantly emerging as the older ones are solved, but this thread
is designed to give you some both helpful advice, but advice that will also prepare you for scams and allow you to fight them once they have happened.

When you are trading people, just walk through what you are doing slowly and surely, making sure that everything that you are about to do seems right and that you aren't getting a deal that sounds too good to be true.

If the other players seem to be juttering, perhaps spamming loads of sentences, trying to gain your attention, make sure that they don't make any changes in the trade window. Also It's always good to be sure that they aren't describing something differently to what they are actually giving you, so make sure
you check the text of the item you are recieving, and that there is nothing wrong with it technically and physically.

Another thing to look for; if the player is Level 126 with skill capes, good gear and a decent looking name (not always necerssary) the person will more
likely be legit and wont scam you or be trying to, where as if the person is a level 3, gearless or in scattered pieces of gear, typing like an idiot offering
a deal that just sounds too good to be true, just prepare yourself for a scam.



Key things to do to always be ready for a scam


Be aware


This is a key thing in trading and taking people's word, is that you always check what's going on, and that NOTHING, that isn't meant to be going on, is going on.
By this I mean if you are going for a drop party, and you seem to be the only person following, you might think "Woo, lucky me", but don't be fooled you're not necerssarily lucky, you might actually be unlucky;
as they might try lead you through the wilderness with a wild variety of excuses as to why they have to pass through it, and then before you know it you've been ambushed and your the fool who loses out.
So yeah, just make sure you are aware of what's going on infront of you, and in your surroundings.


Double check everything


This is similar to the be aware point, except this is more so aimed solely at trades.
Whenever you are trading items, be aware of item lookalike scams and such. In Runescape, items such as the Granite Maul
and the Rock Hammer for example can look unbelievably similar in a trade, and it can be very misleading, so always make sure that you are getting the item that you wanted, and the amount of coins you want.
So yeah, in the end always double check everything, it only takes a few seconds, and in turn could possibly save between hours and days worth of work.


Look at the legitness of the player


Whenever you are trading someone or doing anything involving risks with another player, it's always good to scope them out.
By this I mean literally look them up and down, check what their levels are and see if they are wearing half decent gear.
Check the things that I mentioned about, perhaps check the forums for their names if they have been reported before, after all safety first.
If the player is well known, that's always a good thing, and if they are a ranked member then you can bet that your safety is in good hands.


Take Screenshots


By this I mean, before a big trade, during a big trade and after a big trade for example.
This will in turn mean that you have evidence so that if the scam does take place, you are prepared to report them, and you will in turn most likely get your items back.
It's always a safe precaution to take, it doesn't use up much time, and can benefit massively in the long run.
And when you take screenshots, this will get you thinking about scams and will most likely make you prepared enough to prevent yourself from falling for one anyhow.


Trusted Middleman


Always use a middleman when buying/selling anything online.
If you are going to use a middleman, make sure he is trusted, check his post count, his time active, his reputation, ask around, make sure your not hiring a guy with 2 post count to be your middleman, 9.99/10 he'll scam you.
If you don't trust any normal players, be sure to ask moderators and admins, they will always be trusted because you need trust to earn staff, but if going to use a middleman, make sure none of you are friends with the middleman, you don't want the middleman scamming you with the guy you want to trade with.


Well, I thank you all for reading through my guide, and I hope you all enjoyed reading it as much as I did writing it.
This is designed to be both formal but helpful, and provide the information you players need to make sure that you are ready for the con-artists in the world of SilabGarza!
Because trust us, they do exist!




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Great thread for new players who don't quite understand ways of scamming.





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Default 06-06-2012, 03:51 PM

I didn't read it but you might wanna add somewhere to use trusted middlemen; definitely avoid friends of the member you're trading/staking.
  
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I didn't read it but you might wanna add somewhere to use trusted middlemen; definitely avoid friends of the member you're trading/staking.
That is actually a very good idea, thanks for this, editing it in now.




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Default 06-06-2012, 04:07 PM

A lot of obvious things in here. Could be helpful to new people I guess.
  
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A lot of obvious things in here. Could be helpful to new people I guess.
This wasn't aimed for professionals, it was a basic scam guide.




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Default 06-06-2012, 04:17 PM

Pretty detailed guide on how to avoid scams!



  
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Default 06-06-2012, 04:22 PM

Sounds like a good guide for the people who don't know what they are doing..

Just add me to the trusted MM list KG0.


  
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Default 06-06-2012, 04:33 PM

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Pretty detailed guide on how to avoid scams!
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Sounds like a good guide for the people who don't know what they are doing..

Just add me to the trusted MM list KG0.
I'm not doing a list. Thanks for the compliment.




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Default 06-06-2012, 04:36 PM

So from what the first bit of your thing said; Level 3 Skillers are scammers and because someone is level 126 and could of scammed their armour, they're trusted?

Apart from that, great guide, should be added to the "Guides for New Players" thread. (y)






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