Lesson 11. Trading and exchanging in-game items
What a headache: you need an elven bow, but the defeated boss leaves behind a dwarven battle-axe. What to do? Sell the one, buy the other. Alternatively, do an exchange with another player. But as you probably guessed by now, you need to take care.
Let's say you're selling a rare item. A buyer pops up and says he wants it right now. Only he doesn't have enough game currency. So instead he offers to pay via WebMoney or similar, while you gift him the item inside the game. What's wrong with that?
After all, it seems you're getting paid in advance.
The trick is that the payment will be bogus. For example, you might receive a smart-looking email supposedly from a payment service saying that such-and-such amount will be credited to your wallet within 24 hours. It's a fake, of course, but you already
handed over the item. As a result, the scammer gets to keep his money and your "gift".
Conclusion: only sell gear, skins, and other in-game valuables using in-game tools or the gaming platform only. As a rule, appeals to your trusting nature are fraud.
The same with purchases. We already covered phishing links to alleged super deals in lesson 2. But there are other pitfalls too. If someone asks you to make an advance payment not on the official platform but through a third-party wallet, promising
then to gift you the item, say no. If you fall for it, you will have no one to turn to, because in the eyes of the game or store administrators there was no deal.
Even on official sites, however, you should never drop your guard. Let's suppose that you finally found the exact item you need up for sale. The price is good, and the seller is communicative and friendly. But then he starts to hurry you, saying he
needs to take off immediately, or his waterpipes broke or the like. You feverishly agree, and then discover that instead of the cherished item you've been slipped something similar, but worthless. In general, don't give in to pressure, and check
Exchanging gear with friends, however, is a completely normal practice. But only if you know for sure that they really are your friends. A scammer might pretend to be an acquaintance who's supposedly set up a second account, from where they ask to
give your power armor a spin — just temporarily, of course. You can guess where this is going. So before transferring anything, call your friend by phone or Skype, for example, and get them to confirm everything.
Unfortunately, there is no technology to protect against basic swindling, so be careful. That's the long and the short of it. Anyway, enough about scammers. Next time we'll be entering the world of trolls.
Check the true statements about trading and exchanging in-game items.
Buying and selling should be done with care and
only on official sites.
the buyer offers a prepayment, the transaction is probably safe.