Joeg Posted January 8, 2019 Share Posted January 8, 2019 It seems with cases like these, it is very difficult to tell if someone has bad intentions or not. https://backpack.tf/profiles/76561197961452664 Very recently banned for scamming several thousands of dollars in unusuals and keys. Before this spree, he had a relatively clean looking record, apart from a bp.tf ban for gambling with scammers. This was a red flag for me, but a lot of people would see past this, as he had around 17 +rep for cash trades with reputable users. He obviously used this as a way to convince people to do something against their will, i.e. go first in a "paypal trade". While these sprees generally only last a few days, as people start to realise the money is never going to arrive, the amount of devastation that can be caused in this time is shocking. And without very close inspection, or even, just by being an extremely cautious person by nature, it's very easy to trust someone just based off rep. As seen in past cases, with people like Merp, anyone with the morals of a toad could use their reputation and influence to go on a $10000 scamming spree, before the leave the community forever. Although he's banned now, he'll probably never be seen or heard from again. Although in a lot of cases it's extremely hard to tell; when doing something completely based on trust, like a paypal trade, do your research. It pays to be suspicious. If someone is truly interested in one of your items, enough to pay real world cash, they wont be put off by you taking your time, and doing some research on the buyer. Are all their trusts recent, and based on very small transactions? How old is their steam account? Do you think its likely that they would spend that much money on tf2 if they have an inventory of very little of value? If they do have an inventory of value, is there a reason why they cant use a secure site like mp.tf? While none of these are concrete evidence, its up to you to make your own judgement. But if someone is insisting, that the only method of payment they are willing to use is paypal, and they refuse to go first, this is a major red flag. With the user mentioned above, he claimed he couldn't use mp.tf because of his bp.tf ban for trading with scammers. This was a lie. If someone is banned on mp.tf, it's for a good reason. The only situation I'd recommend paypal over mp.tf, or similar sites, is where the buyer is very obviously trustworthy in any way you look at them, and you are happy to use paypal to avoid losing 5-10% to fees. While most of this is just basic scam awareness, I feel something had to be said. Because people continue to be scammed by community members "going rogue", before they leave for good. Stay safe, and do your research. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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