Definition: A confidence game or other fraudulent scheme, esp. for making a quick profit; swindle.
From the 12/18/06 Newsletter:
From The 12/9/07 Newsletter:"If you are in a trade with someone and they say they have entered furniture in but it remains invisible due to a bug – DO NOT believe them. This is a scam, and you should report them!"
Protect Your Personal Info!
VMK Staff will never ask you for your password or initiate contact with a player outside of the game, so don't respond to any individual posing as a VMK Staff member in e-mail or on a message board.
Many times scammers posing as VMK Staff will promise special access or an invitation to a special program in exchange for a player's login information. Be smart and don't fall prey to these foul villains! VMK will only contact you if you've sent in an inquiry through Contact Us.
We take scamming very seriously, and anyone caught attempting to scam a player through impersonation of a VMK Staff member in order to exploit a player will have all their accounts banned permanently from VMK.
Scamming = Theft!
Scamming is equal to theft and a violation of the VMK Values. If you scam someone in VMK, this will lead to your account being automatically and permanently banned. Having your parents send in a request using Contact Us to get your account re-activated won't work, because if you can't play by the rules and follow the VMK Values, we don't want you in the game.
Don't let yourself get scammed. As the old saying goes, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Don't "loan" your stuff and if a room owner refuses to show you their "Cute or Boot" prize or rare item, or you feel they don't really have the prize, leave the room. There are lots of other games to play and things to do in VMK!
- "Invisible Furniture" entered in trade.
- Code that gives you an item, only if you don't have it, thus tricking you to trade your item away
- Other party's item taken out right before you click "Accept"
- Third party website asking for your log-in & password, saying they will give you codes for your account
- When trading codes, code given to you is fake
- Someone asking you to "borrow" your items
- Scammer saying that a pin that isn't rare is a rare pin in disguise
- When trading more than 15 items (trade limit), other party waits until most of your things are traded, and leaves without giving you your item
- Staff Impersonation
If You're Scammed
- Your password is for YOU to know, and no one to find out
- Don't trust anyone you don't know in real life
- If the trade is too good to be true, it probably is.. DONT TAKE IT!!
- Example: You trading: 50K credits. Their offer: stitch, Minnie, inferno
- If they try to force you to do it. Don't
- Example: Aww come on I'm your friend.. Please!
- If they are your friend.. Watch, They may not be a "True" friend
- When your trading.. and press accept, make sure all the items are there.
- KEEP YOUR INFORMATION SAFE!!!
- Don't tell anyone your password/username. Even From your Best Friend!
- Beware of "Free Rooms".
- Beware of Staff Impersonation
- MAKE SURE your kiosk is blocked off If your making it for a trade room purpose.
- When trading with credits, I would advise you NOT TO
- If you are trading credits, make sure its blocked off for other people.
- Contact VMK via the 'Help' button
- Contact VMK via 'Contact Us'
- If you remember the scammer's name, report them
See The Following People's Quotes Below
- WDWGirl - Describes Being Ripped Off and Satisfying trades
- Marebear0620 -Describes The "Can I Borrow This?" Trick
A NOTE FROM WDWGirl:
- WDWGirl's Response To Marebear0620's Post. -Concluding That friends may betray You.
Hope this helps prevent scams.
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