EVE Online scam highlights the value of friendships over ISK
PC Gamer chronicles how over the course of a few months, EVE player Samantha Myth wormed his way into the officer tier of Amamake Police, a close-knit corp known for flying elite ships. Using ill-gotten gains from a previous scam, Samantha purchased an elite ship of his own and lent it to Amamake Police member Tikktokk Tokkzikk. Exploiting the trust he’d just generated, he then talked Tikktokk and two other pilots in the to corp to lend him three outrageously expensive ships, including Tikktokk’s well-decorated Chremoas.
And then he took off. The three ships were gone, sold on auction by the scammer, obviously no longer a trusted member of Amamake Police.
The bright spot of the story is that the winner of the scammer’s Chremoas auction offered to trade Tikktokk’s Chremoas back to him in exchange for a generic one.
The sad part is that Samantha spent over a year building what could have been genuine friendships and traded them for what amounted to $300B ISK in a video game.
Tikktokk told the blog that he wasn’t even that upset about losing the Chremoas. “I was just sad about losing a friendship. This guy had been flying with me for 16 months, and he’s probably the guy I’ve flown most with in the past year or so. He’s one of the few people who I actually really enjoyed playing with, we shared the same style. I like to do really silly stuff and I quickly get bored, so I move from activity from activity. He shared that passion, or pretended to – I don’t know anymore.”