Hi, I decided to make a simple tutorial about scam prevention. They happen frequently and I am sure most people have encountered a scammer and successfully managed to avoid them. But there are enough people who do not have the experience to determine a fraud attempt.
Most scam attempts happen ingame.
In fact, I have hardly ever seen any scams that did not happen ingame.
So when you do negotiate ingame, be aware that the chances that you are getting scammed are significantly higher than anywhere else (unless you are the scammer of course, in that case: duck you).
Here is a hint for all of you: DO NOT DEAL INGAME. Just don’t. It’s safer.
If you still have the urge to deal ingame take screen shots of the entire conversation (hit the f8 button frequently, or FN + f8 if you are using a Mac) so we can help you if you get scammed.
Double check each transaction
Whenever you are arranging a deal, no matter with whom, check their credibility.
Most scammers do not possess the items/tc they are offering.
• Check their TC and Qi count.
Most scammers are lowbelts (alts) with a low post count and a low belt (usually below brown).
Just use this link to check it. Simply replace “NAMEHERE” with the user’s name you want to check.
or when you are using the forums just click on the button.
• Check their deactivated and active inventory.
To do that either use following links. Simply replace “NAMEHERE” with the user’s name you want to check.
Deactivated inventory: http://forum.toribash.com/tori_inven…rname=NAMEHERE
Active inventory: http://forum.toribash.com/tori_inven…AMEHERE&sid=-1 (yes, you will have to add &sid=-1 at the end)
or when you are using the forums just click on their username and the respective option in the dropdown menu.
Account trading and transactions with real money
Everyone knows that people are selling their accounts.
Account selling is prohibited, according to hampa. They will be banned on sight.
If you still proceed be aware that you will get NO SUPPORT AT ALL. We simply don’t care.
If you sell or buy toribash related subject matter with real mony, use paypal or webmoney and do not send as gift. If you send it as gift it will be a lot harder to get your money back when you get scammed.
If you get scammed: We will not refund your precious money you lost. We can, however, ban whoever scammed you.
If you lose TC or items in such transactions it will get handled just like a regular scam.
Unfortunately the safetrade function is currently not working.
However, us marketsquad guys would be able to do it for you.
Check this thread for more information: http://forum.toribash.com/showthread.php?t=286516
When you found a scammer
Yes, even scam attempts are illegal. When we know that someone tried to steal other user’s with hard work earned money or items we are going to intervene to make sure that he will not try it again.
If you think you encountered a scammer after checking all those factors I listed above file a scamreport thread or PM someone with a green or blue name. Make sure you read the stickies before filing a scam report.
In urgent cases contact #support. Just click on the HELP button at the top of the forums and connect.
To find someone with a blue or green name just click on View Forum Leaders
at the bottom of the forums.
Just click on the name you desire to contact, click on the “Contact info” button and then proceed to send him a private message.
Make sure to provide ALL of the following information:
Who did it:
How does it make him a scammer:
*We will require proof or evidence. We will not take action just because you say so. Your word is not enough. If you encounter a scammer take a screen shot (f8, or FN + f8 if you are using a Mac) and upload it to a image hosting site such as tinypic.com. Just copy/paste the [img] link it gives you and put it in the message.
When you got scammed
When you got scammed the best thing you can do is file a thread in Scam Reports.
• Read the stickied threads
Yes, all of them. They provide useful information that will help us to help you if you use them.
• Be patient
After you provided all information we asked for all you can do is wait.
Feel free to PM the person who handles the case all your questions or poke him if you think he forgot about it.
If the thread becomes inactive, feel free to bump it.
We will never punish you for reporting something, don’t be afraid. As long as your report is legit and you do not try to trick us with false information you will be fine. If you do try to trick us and we find out the punishment will be great, I can assure you.
Of course the common sense rules will still apply. If you post links to shocking sites or similar awful content we will ban your ass.
To make the life of the ops and admins at the support-channel a little easier the Stats-Bot was replaced with the Support-Bot. This bot comes with a bunch of new features and commands.
1. The FAQ-Commands:
This command let the bot output the FAQ-text for the given command.
With this command you get a link to a full list of the stored FAQ’s with their commands.
This shows up a short help for the FAQ-script
2. The web-frontend:
Beside the IRC-based side of the FAQ-script their is also a web-frontend for easy insert / edit / delete of the FAQ’q at the database. This frontend have it’s own user-system, so only approved user can use this like ops, admins and some other helpers.
Both, the script and also the frontend, are working with a MySQL-database as storage.
At the moment the layout of the frontend is really simple but we are working on that.
3. Additional commands:
Shows up link to deactivated inventory for the given nick.
Shows up link to activated inventory for the given nick.
Shows up link to transaction history for the given nick.
Shows up link to the market items for the given nick.
Shows up link to the forum profile for the given nick.
Shows up link to the shop for the given nick.
Shows up link to the login history for the given nick.
Beside all the new features the Support-Bot also does the stats for the support-channel.
People ask me fairly often ‘GHB, could you please teach me how to do proper marketing?’
Well, you are right, that is not exactly how they ask but I don’t feel like putting greater amounts of orthographical mistakes into this article than there would naturally be due to my incapacity of writing correctly.
However, there is not really much to teach about marketing within the Toribash community. It is all about common sense, using information you perceive properly and being willing to abuse the great stupidity of the people who will buy from you.
As most of you people probably do not know the true value of the currency we all know as Toricredits is influenced by certain circumstances within and even outside the toribash community.
One toricredit is definitely not always worth one toricredit and I tell you why.
Before we can begin, we need to develop a sophisticated understanding of what #outside is and what it stands it means to the decent fellow people who actively participate in that specific channel almost every day for several hours.
What motivates people to waste so much time within a rather small group of less intelligent people who tend to act elitist even though they are rather unknown and/or disrespected members of the Toribash Community?