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BitSkins.com Test Legitimacy?


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Alright, this is probably one of those no-brainer stories, but over the last few weeks, I've been in contact with this person who sent me a random direct message on Discord.  I know, red flag right there.  Against my better judgement, though, I decided to humor him and see what he was after.  When finally we both got on Discord at the same time (he claimed to be from the Middle East, another potential red flag) we decided which items I was willing to sell for the pure (and australium ambassador) he had.  He even had the Discord share screen feature enabled and showed me the trade offer in the works (I have my trade link on my Steam profile page and in my backpack.tf classifieds, but still he asked for a copy/pasted link; three red flags now).  All seems to go well, and he even wanted to play together after the trade went through.  That is, until he stalls on actually submitting the trade offer and drops the atomic bomb of red flags:  

 

MillzToday at 8:47 PM

can you give me the details of your items?
i mean is it a good condition on the largest market?

 

I had gone through conversing with this guy for so long that I had gotten slightly delirious and decided to see how far down this rabbit hole went.  By "largest market", he listed these four sites:  trade.tf, unusual.trade, marketplace.tf, bitskins.com.  Long story short, he insisted on checking the items through bitskins.com.  I did a quick search on my phone (to make sure he didn't see) and saw bitskins.com to be a fairly reputable site (according to what the first search results relayed).  Of course, I still questioned the method he had in mind to check the items.  Still in screen share, he went to his inventory and brought up two examples of the "test" he was talking about:  

 

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I'm not sure if it was an advanced version of Steam or a different site loading the inventory with these prices included, but I still had no idea what he was talking about (and probably don't want to know).  As something of an introduction to the site, he guided me step-by-step as to how to list an item for sale on the site and how to retrieve it (we used a merc-grade cosmetic for the test).  The test went successfully, and I reclaimed the test item.  When he asked me to put the agreed-upon unusuals onto the site, though, that's when the nerves and warnings finally took hold.  I stalled for as long as I could and delayed the "transaction" until tomorrow (unless I outright block him before then).

 

And now the million dollar question:  is this a legitimate test, or is this bullshit scammer nonsense like I think it is?

 

For reference as to the guy's identity, this is a screenshot of the guy's steam profile that he sent through Discord [EDIT:  profile is being impersonated, only icon is possibly legit]:

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And a screenshot of a trade with either a collaborator or potential victim, also sent by him:

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The reason why the contact and screenshare thru discord is because that makes impersonating easy. They show trades full of aussies and unusuals that they are "doing" to try to appear legitimate. What they will do is since now they have gained your trust by depositing the cheap item they will have you deposit into a fake bitskins bot and steal your items. You do not ever need to verify or check the market for items. With that said, bitskins is a legit site, scammers wanting you to deposit there are not and this type of scam also extends to other sites.

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I thought so; since I hadn't used anywhere but backpack.tf and outpost.tf before, I didn't know if there was some functionality with the prices on bitskins.com.  Definitely going to block this guy.

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21 minutes ago, awsommv said:

The reason why the contact and screenshare thru discord is because that makes impersonating easy. They show trades full of aussies and unusuals that they are "doing" to try to appear legitimate. What they will do is since now they have gained your trust by depositing the cheap item they will have you deposit into a fake bitskins bot and steal your items. You do not ever need to verify or check the market for items. With that said, bitskins is a legit site, scammers wanting you to deposit there are not and this type of scam also extends to other sites.

they also contact through discord because they cannot be marked on steamrep for scamming even if the scam occured and you have proof

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Here’s another potential reason : they MAY already have access to your API and are trying to *finish off the kill*. What I mean, is they have the ability to decline any trade offer that comes in, and then quickly replace it with a fake. So, even if you’re on the legitest website in the world, or receiving a trade offer from Gaben himself, it DOESN’T MATTER, because they WILL decline that offer and quickly replace it with a fake one from one of their impersonator accounts.

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