The Daily Grind: How do you protect yourself from scammers in MMORPGs?

    
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As long as there have been MMOs, there have been MMO scams. If you play, then you know. So you’re not going to be surprised to know that folks are already busily finding “legal” ways to screw over their fellow gamers in New World, as chronicled by multiple victims on Reddit. One guildleader and an accomplice apparently swindled their 200-person guild out of 60,000 gold, rerolling to take the spoils to an enemy faction and avoid retribution. (Thanks for linking this to us, Rick!)

I’ve been playing MMOs since the days of Ultima Online, when people could literally steal your house keys out of your backpack if you were unwary. I saw whole guilds implode and castles be stolen out from under noses. Even players back then devised all kinds of ways to keep themselves safe, whether it be extensive vetting of guild members or something as simple as storing your house keys under a bag trapped with a nasty flame blast. So whenever we hear stories like this in modern MMOs – and we hear them all the time out of games like EVE Online – I just have to shake my head at the newbies learning these lessons for the first time.

How do you protect yourself from scammers in MMORPGs? What keeps you safe? And as a bonus question, what’s the biggest scam you remember in MMOs?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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Jim Bergevin Jr

I simply don’t deal with other people. Hence, I’ve never been scammed.

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cerement

With the advent of pay-to-win cash shops, these guys are small potatoes …

Turing fail
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Turing fail

Ever since my conjoined twin tried to absorb me in Mommy’s womb, I’ve been instinctively mistrustful…

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Jon Wax

Too busy fighting off the scammers in the music business to notice the ones in gaming.

People are ass.

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Gipfeli

i got scammed in real life once by someone i trusted.
now i mistrust anyone before the first interaction, so this certainly helps against scammers but introduced a whole new set of other problems

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Mark

Our company leader swapped servers after two days and left us with a zombie company. The trusted consul took the 100k we had saved for buying a territory.

And now for the shock, the next day the consol logged back in and gave the money back !!!

We then created a new company, everyone transferred into it and we carry on, trying to win a war against the other factions for our own land.

We also fight a different type of war, against the fellow green faction company who is trying to squeeze all the other green companies out while poaching their best players.

The stage is set, the play has commenced.

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Utakata

Welp…if I get a /whisper from a lost Trade Prince from Nigeria who want’s to fund a new guild bank so he can build a new gold float to help reinstate his title, I usually put on /ignore. Or on /report if he whispers again under a sock toon…

…but admittedly, they’re little more obvious to spot. >.<

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Ashfyn Ninegold

All the way back in Diablo 2, there were scammers who would switch trades at the last second, giving you squat for the value you traded. It was then that I realized that trading person-to-person in any game without safeguards was a fool’s errand.

Auction Houses may not be the perfect economic simulation for some, but they guarantee you are getting what you paid for (not that you won’t be an idiot and pay way more than something is worth).

I enjoy the heck out of New World, but any functioning human being could see that these issues and more were bound to happen. Because people are people.

treehuggerhannah nails it below, “never give any guild or player . . . more than I’m willing to lose.”

That goes for real life as well.

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treehuggerhannah

Honestly I just never give any guild or a player I don’t know personally access to more than I’m willing to lose. I know that sounds very cynical, but it’s the only way to be sure.

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maydrock .

Saw that coming a mile away in New World, no way I’m joining a guild and giving my sh*t away for quite some time.

Group A: “We’ll be the pvp’ers and you guys be the gatherers to support the guild’s town.”
Me: “Yeh….right, good luck with that.”