Scamming prevention guide
Scamming is a violation of our in-game and forum rules. It is punishable and will result in your account being muted or banned, depending on the severity of the offence.
Scams are easy to avoid through common sense and awareness. This guide has been created to help educate genuine players on the tricks and lies employed by scammers.
It’s absolutely vital that you report anybody you believe is trying to scam you. The more evidence we’ve got the easier it is for us to catch the bad guys and keep RuneScape clean!
What to look out for
Regardless of how a scam is dressed up, all scams can be avoided by adhering to this advice:
- Do not ever drop or trade an item you are not willing to lose
- Complete all deals in one trade
- Pay attention to every trade window
- Beware of overly-complicated processes
Are you asked to hop worlds in certain places? Or use certain items?
- Don’t buy anything for other players
- Don’t accept junk items as payment or collateral – their GE price might not reflect the true value!
- Beware of scammers working in teams (continue reading for more information about lurers and anti-lurers)
There a number of everyday in-game items and systems which are used by scammers. Whilst each of these items does serve an in-game purpose you should exercise caution if somebody asks you to use them as part of a trade:
- Grand seed pod – relatively uncommon item used for transport to the Grand Tree. Either launch or squish will result in being transported. Often the lurer will lie about what the item actually does, thereby exploiting the item’s unknown status.
- Clockwork cat – another uncommon item that requires 85 crafting to construct. It acts just as an ordinary pet does in that it can follow players around. Used in conjunction with drop-based scams to exploit areas and instances where followers/pets are not permitted.
- Teleport tabs – a very common item used to teleport to other locations. Used in alongside distraction techniques to scam players in-trade by making the victim trade a high-value item for a teleport tab (continue reading for more information about the ‘teletab scam’).
- Grouping system – ordinarily it is a legitimate means of grouping with friends and clanmates that can be used for teleporting to various activities. Lurers will exploit players who are unaware of this teleporting capability by teleporting them after they have dropped an item.
Examples of common scams
These are examples of lures. The way the scammers present the lure may change, but the mechanics behind usually remain the same.
Drop giveaway lure/anti-lure
Initial premise is that somebody is having a ‘giveaway’. Usually under the guise of the person recording for YouTube, or streaming. It involves you dropping a high-value item in order to receive wealth.
So in the first round You drop ur items then trade me for 100m
I just got 270m in trade… you could be making as much as i do off these guys
Usually performed through teleporting you away, or manipulating your inventory so you can’t pick up the dropped item.
- Seed pod:
Involves dropping a high-value item as per the ‘giveaway’. The lurer will then ask you to click the seed pod, usually under the guise of it producing fireworks (a lie of course, it will take you to the Grand Tree). In the time that you are at the Grand Tree the lurer(s) will be able to pick up your dropped item.
Often involved in anti-lures too, but as a decoy. Anti-lurer ‘warns’ of using the pod. This is done to try to distract you from another mechanism which will prevent you from picking up your items. Often it involves being invited to join a group (via the grouping system) and then being group teleported to Mazcab. The idea is that you’re focused on not being scammed, and not using the seed pod, and so you are vulnerable to something else which prevents you from picking up your dropped items (in this example being teleported elsewhere).
- Clockwork cat –
Involves dropping a high-value item as per the ‘giveaway’. You will then be given clockwork cats (enough to fill your inventory). The lurer will then ask you to trade the clockwork cats back to them to receive the ‘giveaway’. The lurer will try to drag out the trade screen for as long as possible. Either your item will reappear in that time, and the lurer will take the item, or you will cancel the trade and then try to drop a clockwork cat in order to be able to pick up your item.
There are certain areas where clockwork cats cannot be dropped/released. You will be unable to clear your inventory in time, and the lurer will take your dropped item.
Often works in conjunction with the seed pod and with an anti-lurer accomplice.
The lurer will use the seed pod lure as a distraction, and then an accomplice will warn you about the seed pod. Your focus will be on the seed pod and not the clockwork cats.
Grand Exchange/buy limit scam:
This scam exploits the restrictions of the Grand Exchange. Buy limits are of course in place for a number of items, and so in this instance the scammer will request that you purchase a large number of an item which has an exchange price above the market price (usually an item that is largely unused and rarely traded, which results in the increased price). The scammer will be selling the item in the Grand Exchange, you will then buy the scammer’s useless item, and so the scammer will profit from your willingness to help.
Teleport tab scam:
This scam relies on the victim becoming distracted. The premise is built around the victim taking part in what they think is a legitimate trade.
The victim will enter a trade (either buying or selling an item) and put up items or wealth. The scammer will then attempt to negotiate, which results in a request to meet an alternate account or a friend elsewhere (usually in exchange for a much better deal). The scammer will offer a teletab to allow you to travel there, and will then accept the trade in the hope that the victim will forget that they have items or wealth in the trade window too.
How does 100m sound? Ok man – my cash is on my other account.
Take this tele and meet at camelot bank please
This is one of the oldest lures in RuneScape and can take many forms. Ultimately in results in the scammer luring the victim into a dangerous area so they can be killed for their carried wealth and items. The best method of prevention is to simply not enter a dangerous area with any items you do not wish to lose.