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 a violation of our in-game and forum rules. We take scamming very seriously. Some scams could result in a mute or a ban, depending on the severity of the offence.
This guide has been created to help to highlight to our genuine players some of the tricks and lies that scammers use.
How to avoid being scammed
All scams can be avoided, no matter how devious they are, by following this advice:
- 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 collateral – 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 hefty 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.