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    Default Fraudulent Station Cash

    So it seems there is a new trick being used to "farm" plat - and that is with fraudulently obtained Station Cash and the marketplace "Gifting" feature, possibly also through the use of compromised accounts.

    The people doing this seem to actually be quite persistent, organized, and have a little system going on. This tends to happen late at night (on this server anyway). The way it works is that they will have a level 1 character (or other very low level) on an account logged in, and advertising in level 1-9 chat. That character will do the deals and collect the plat. You, however receive your item from another character logged in from a different account. The character sending you the marketplace items, periodically changes as Station Cash funds on each of the accounts dry up.

    This is precisely what was happening on the Butcherblock server last night (if you were one of the people buying!). Needless to say, it wasn't too long before a GM showed up (perhaps someone petitioned), and then it became a rather interesting spectator sport.

    The person's active accounts would be banned, he'd vanish from the game, and then 2 minutes later he'd be back to his same spot in TD on a brand new level 1 toon trying to pick up from where he left off. When asked why he switched toons, he'd usually say something like "I didn't like it anymore" or "too much tells".

    This whole merry-go-round of new toons kept the GM occupied for quite a while, but really, it wasn't too hard to link him as the owner of these accounts, because he'd announce his arrival by telling everyone in /say that it was him and he was back.

    I got chatting with the GM that was banning him, since I caught a glimpse of him before he went into GM-Invis mode. He didn't want to go into any details, but he alluded to the Station Cash being fraudulently obtained (guessing either through compromised accounts or credit card fraud - or both).


    General ways to tell:

    - Character selling is a newly created level 1.

    - Claims to have an almost unlimited supply of station cash for sale.

    - Advertises in channel using a popular item from the marketplace, e.g. "X tells Level_1-9 "Pegasus 100p"

    - Plat to SC conversion rate is extremely favorable (normally less than half the price of the legitimate sellers).

    - The item you bought is mailed to you from a different character / account than the one you handed the plat to - seemingly randomly generated by the name generator.

    - Periodically will tell the person that he is currently engaged in a trade with that he has to switch accounts (when he has exhausted the station cash on the account he is currently using).

    - Speaks in the usual "broken English".


    Interestingly enough, it seems they also currently like to gift the items before receiving the plat - perhaps they are so trusting of the wider EQ2 community, or perhaps there is just no personal financial risk to themselves

    Anywho, just fair warning to those that like to buy gifted Station Cash items, and what to look out for - try to make sure they are a legitimate seller. The GM was busy and didn't want to give me any explicit details, but did actually ask me , that if I saw anything suspicious like this to petition it so that they can try to crack down on it.

    Be sure who you petition though - the legitimate SC sellers do offer a valuable service!
    Daray.Wizard.Butcherblock



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    spanker of monkeys Soultraveler3's Avatar
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    Default Re: Fraudulent Station Cash

    There's been some guy doing this for the past week or so on Splitpaw. Thanks for the info.

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    Default Re: Fraudulent Station Cash

    Whatever. I let him on my alt account to buy dov, mine seemed like a cool guy w/ no broken english.

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    Default Re: Fraudulent Station Cash

    Anyone here interested on buying a Pegasus Mount or Prestige Home for 80p? Good deal and I have plenty of SC.
    Blackhawks, the real thugs of EQ2!
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    I made a flames account just to say you're a fucking moron.

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    Default Re: Fraudulent Station Cash

    had a spate of this on Perma a few days ago. same prices, too.

    gotta be related.
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    Default Re: Fraudulent Station Cash

    Fucking SC sellers!

    I blame Bigron.

    (P.S. I want to buy a T-Rex)

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    Default Re: Fraudulent Station Cash

    Lol. They closed my alt account due to fraudulent charges and refuse to reopen it unless I send them the stolen CC information.

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    Default Re: Fraudulent Station Cash

    Quote Originally Posted by Buffrat View Post
    Lol. They closed my alt account due to fraudulent charges and refuse to reopen it unless I send them the stolen CC information.
    Didnt you get a new CC number?

    Also Im not sure how it is against the rules for us to buy from them.
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    You can go after crazies, but that is NOT the kind of crazy you want to go for!

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    Default Re: Fraudulent Station Cash

    confirmed

    on nagafen some one was selling new mounts for 180 p and I said i would like one but you have to send first he didn't even inspect me as i was farming nizzara when suddenly i get a mail was like wtf this bs then go check mail and surely enough the new glider mount in mail and him asking where to meet LOL

    i gave him 180p and only say i want to buy something if i rlly want et :P
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    Default Re: Fraudulent Station Cash

    Saw the guy selling in Crushbone level chat, after I told everyone he was using a stolen credit card we had this exchange and he logged out.



    Not sure what it mean.

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