Guide - Safe Trading General Tips - Avoid Being Scammed

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    GUIDE DESCRIPTION
    I. How This Guide Can Help You
    II. What Is A Scam
    III. View Blacklisted Individuals
    IV. Imposters
    V. Unestablished Facebook Accounts
    VI. Remote Connection: Teamviewer/GoToMyPC/Logmein
    VII. Email Phishing and Spoofing
    VIII. Rushing
    IX. PayPal: Stolen Accounts and Chargebacks
    X. Western Union
    XI. Tips To Reduce Getting Scammed

    I. How This Guide Can Help You
    The purpose of this guide is to help you learn how to secure transactions online preventing mistakes that could result in a financial loss. While other parties can assist you at resolving problems that may arise, you're the only one who can reduce and prevent yourself from being a victim of a scam. This guide will help you reduce the most common scams but you're not 100% guaranteed risk-free.

    II. What Is A Scam
    A scam is when another party you have conducted business with has committed fraud resulting in them obtaining money or something else of value without anything in return.

    III. View Blacklisted Individuals
    Avoid doing business with people who've been blacklisted. See the list below:
    1). Scammers
    2). Banned Forum Members
    Use our search in the upper right corner and search peoples names to see if they have been blacklisted before doing any business with them.

    IV. Imposters
    An imposter is someone who pretends to be someone else in order to deceive others for a fraudulent gain. In order to protect yourself from imposters, require documentation if they are claiming to be someone. For more information, please visit this link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impostor

    V. Unestablished Facebook Accounts
    Avoid sending payment first or transferring your account information before payment to an individual with an "unestablished" Facebook Account. An unestablished Facebook Account is defined as someone who recently signed up to Facebook and/or has very little friends/pictures on Facebook. These unestablished facebook accounts are considered "high risk" and unless you can verify that they have feedback on another website and/or they're willing to go through an escrow middleman service, our recommendation is to avoid them unless they're willing to send payment first or transfer your account information before you send payment.

    VI. Remote Connection - Teamviewer/GoToMyPC/Logmein
    Avoid allowing an individual to gain control of your PC remotely using programs such as Teamviewer without properly configuring your remote software. These softwares have settings which if configured properly can prevent people from accessing your PC but only viewing it. If you don't know how to configure these, click the help option either on their website or through their software for more information. If you still don't know how to configure these files after that, then send them in game screenshots.

    VII. Email Phishing and Spoofing
    Email phishing is frauding an online account holder of financial information by posting as a legitimate company. Email spoofing is fraudulent e-mail activity in which the sender address and other parts of the e-mail header are altered to appear as though the e-mail originated from a different source. It is important to understand that in most circumstances, companies will never ask for your personal information by e-mail. In order to protect yourself from email phishers and spoofers, avoid clicking on any links OR scan (don't click) the URL to see if it matches the actual website. For more information, please visit this link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phishing

    VIII. Rushing
    Rushing involves the practice of hurrying a victim through a transaction as fast as possible as the less time you have to complete the transaction, the less time you have to think and make a successful one. In order to protect yourself, we always recommend that you take your time and make sure you're comfortable with any transaction you move forward with.

    IX. PayPal: Stolen Accounts and Chargebacks
    PayPal is a service which allows you to send and receive payments through the internet. In order to protect yourself from being a victim of someone using a stolen paypal account to send payment, make sure that the name on the PayPal Account matches the name of the individual you're doing business with.

    X. Western Union
    Western Union is a service which allows you to send and receive payments through the internet or through one of their branches. This payment service cannot be reversed at any point so by sending payment, you are counting on the recipient to then deliver the product. In order to protect yourself from being frauded, we don't recommend this service unless the individual has feedback that can be verified or you can fully trust this individual. If you have any doubt, use an alternate payment method to send payment.

    XI. Tips To Reduce Getting Scammed
    - Communicate and talk directly by phone or skype
    - Request specific screenshots including account names and character information
    - Buy from people who have verified feedback on other websites which you can verify
     
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    Last edited: 6/26/14
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    Hi,
    Great work you do, so much so I got a premium account to show my support.
    Having been scammed recently, perhaps a line on scamming scenarios would be useful.
    I had one successfully done on me, then thugh I learned my mistake, almost got scammed again, by an imposter.
    There is so much fraud out there it is easy to not see all the possible pitfalls, if we can stop one person getting scammed surely that is a good thing (sorry I called you surely) :)
     
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    Well we'll be updating the guide soon as this "Guides Section" just opened today on the recent PlayerUp 1.1.6 update. Many more guides we plan to add here but the key is preventing the problem before a new and inexperienced individual gets frauded. What that means is we may have to restrict things such as no gift card transactions for newly signed up members, and various things like this. We'll have more updates over the next 1-7 days on this Guide Section.
     
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