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Is there anything to do about being scammed?


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Probably not, I'm sure.  I just got suckered into giving away a (low-priced) unusual to this guy posing as an 'item history checker'.  Stupid of me, I know.  Don't bother telling me the usual "Never send an offer to a person you don't want to make" bit, I'm very, very aware of that now.  Anyway, this is the guy, so avoid ever trading with him: http://steamcommunity.com/id/BBigBangGamers

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Oh, and I was lured into it by one of the numerous Mistail impersonators.  This all makes a lot of sense now that I'm looking around.

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1. Admit that you can not get your item back as it's long gone and out of your reach.

 

2. Make a report / negative trust ratinghttp://backpack.tf/trust/76561198135723559, @ http://steamrep.com/profiles/76561198135723559 as well as reporting him on Steam by clicking on his profile -> More -> Report Violation.

 

3. Learn from your mistakes. I would definitely suggest using rep.tf next time and entering in the profile link of the person you may be talking with as to check for whether they are a scammer, have any instances of such or is genuine. When in doubt, ask other people for help before going ahead with something.

 

Example: https://rep.tf/76561198135723559

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Right, reports made, and I'll use rep.tf in the future.  Thankfully it wasn't that expensive of a hat, though it was the only unusual I've ever owned. 
So, as far as all the people in his friends list, who are they?  Wouldn't they either be in cahoots, or about to be scammed?

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Right, reports made, and I'll use rep.tf in the future.  Thankfully it wasn't that expensive of a hat, though it was the only unusual I've ever owned. 

So, as far as all the people in his friends list, who are they?  Wouldn't they either be in cahoots, or about to be scammed?

Some scammers buy Steam accounts that look like genuine people, some people may be, as you said, about to be scammed. However, often, most scammers tend to act as normal traders then go rogue once they look legitimate by getting some reputable friends or some reputation in the community, their friends being left added to the scammer.

 

Of course, I wouldn't assume that they are scammer alt accounts until there is sufficient evidence for that.

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Posted · Hidden by Woifi The Viking, November 18, 2016 - spam
Hidden by Woifi The Viking, November 18, 2016 - spam

"Is there anything to do about being scammed?"

Short answer: no

Long answer: nnnnnnnnooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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What I would do before giving an item up, or trading with anyone, I would check SteamRep to make sure that the person is not a scammer. I would do this with anything that seems suspicious.

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Read this guide, it clears up a lot of misinformation the scammer most likely counted on: https://forums.steamrep.com/pages/about-item-checking-scam/

And in the future, follow these 3 steps before making any trade, especially if someone says they're some kind of admin. Both Valve employees and green-tagged community admins will have tags.

 

http://i.imgur.com/9qVAdie.png

 

That sounds like an interesting non-steam game! But seriously, never seen that one before.

 

They've been doing that for months now. I sent it to someone at Valve, so maybe they'll do something about scammers abusing that custom in-game status eventually. Before that, it was rapidly reposted Steam guides about the "importance" of cooperating with admins who request to verify items, and consequences for refusing. Before that, it was a bunch of fake "admin" groups impersonating various communities, with their own middleman lists. They've crafted and honed the "item verification" story pretty far by now, with doctored video tutorials, screenshots, and call-center-esque scripts so that even most cynical and skeptical traders will eventually cave in, but it's the exact same people who used to run the "trusted friend" impersonation scam. Also the same group who used to spam phishing links.

 

My guess is you never saw that trick because you knew enough to block/ignore before they had a chance.

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When someone has private inventory and he sends you a direct link to "his own" inventory, go ahead and block him, it's an impersonator for sure, I don't think you can do anything, anyways, just try asking valve to cancel the trade, and in case they reply no, just insist

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