Scamming prevention guide
What is a scam?
A scam is when a fraudster tricks a player into giving away their valuable items, wealth or personal details. Scamming is against our in-game and forum rules. We take scamming very seriously, some scams could result in a mute or a ban, depending on how serious the offence is.
How to avoid being scammed
All scams can be avoided by following this advice (no matter how sneaky they may be):
- Don’t ever drop or trade an item you are not willing to lose
- Complete all deals in one trade
- Pay attention to every trade window
- Look out for overly complicated processes
- Be careful of the items you accept as payment or as a loan – Don't rely on the GE price being 100% correct for an item, it's only a guide
- Be wary if you are continually asked to hop worlds in certain places or use certain items
- Beware of scammers working in teams, even if one player seems to be on your side (check out lurers and anti-lurers for more info)
- Do not enter dangerous areas such as the Wilderness unless you are prepared to die, even if someone assures you it is safe
Common scamming methods:
Misuse of Trade windows - These scams rely on the victim being distracted, and blindly accepting trade windows without checking details
Trust Trading - This is where a victim gives a scammer Gold Pieces (GP) or valuable items, trusting that the scammer will return the items along with a big bonus. The scammer generally walks away with some nice items and a lot more GP
Sounds too good to be true - If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Not everyone is out to scam you, but there are a few
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Reporting a scammer
You can help us by reporting the scammer. The more evidence you can give, the easier it is for us to keep RuneScape clean.