Anatomy of a Scam

From time to time you meet scammers out of Jita or Amarr, or one of the other big tradehubs. In my opinion these guys are doing it right. They are another league of scammers. They try it more psychical, more indirect and more…artificial…

Here is one who popped up yesterday. There were some nice moves, but one big fail. Enjoy (and add him to blocklist) ! :

[2014.01.23 21:15:26 ] Berianu Andrei > Hello
[ 2014.01.23 21:15:28 ] Jezaja > hi
[ 2014.01.23 21:15:29 ] Berianu Andrei > Sorry for distrubing you
[ 2014.01.23 21:15:33 ] Berianu Andrei > Can i ask you something?
[ 2014.01.23 21:15:46 ] Jezaja > np, sure ask what you want
[ 2014.01.23 21:15:53 ] Berianu Andrei > Well here it goes
[ 2014.01.23 21:16:19 ] Berianu Andrei > I used Hours for plex from the site to reactivate my account and i tought i had enaugh isk but i only have 380 millions
[ 2014.01.23 21:16:29 ] Berianu Andrei > I do not have enaugh for the ccheapest plex
[ 2014.01.23 21:16:32 ] Berianu Andrei > Could you help me?
[ 2014.01.23 21:17:34 ] Jezaja > well…this is a sweet scam 🙂 what securities can you give me?

At this point I told him the first time, that I think he’s scamming me. Surely he wasn’t !!!
I could have closed the convo now, but flying missions and chatting is not compatible, so the chat window was a few seconds to long open. He might have seen his blinking wallet already?

[ 2014.01.23 21:17:51 ] Berianu Andrei > Well i can enusre you its no scam
[ 2014.01.23 21:17:59 ] Berianu Andrei > Im pretty much selling everithing i have atm
[ 2014.01.23 21:18:02 ] Berianu Andrei > to get enaugh isk
[ 2014.01.23 21:18:10 ] Jezaja > hm…
[ 2014.01.23 21:18:14 ] Berianu Andrei > Dont really want to lose this caracter and start trials over again
[ 2014.01.23 21:18:24 ] Berianu Andrei > And yes it was dormant for over a year now…
[ 2014.01.23 21:19:45 ] Jezaja > how much time do you still have?
[ 2014.01.23 21:19:54 ] Berianu Andrei > Mabe 3 hours tops
[ 2014.01.23 21:20:00 ] Berianu Andrei > It gaved me 4 hours

That’s true. Hours for Plex works like this. For some reason I decided to give him a chance…

[ 2014.01.23 21:20:00 ] Jezaja > can you fly a battleship?
[ 2014.01.23 21:20:07 ] Berianu Andrei > Nope
[ 2014.01.23 21:20:30 ] Jezaja > hm…this make things less easy….
[ 2014.01.23 21:20:31 ] Berianu Andrei > Never grown found of big ships
[ 2014.01.23 21:20:36 ] Berianu Andrei > I prefer cruisers at max

My first idead was to push him into an incursion fleet. In case he was really NOT scamming me, this should have boosted his wallet. But sadly….

[ 2014.01.23 21:20:55 ] Jezaja > sry, I can’t help you withou any security. I think you understand this?
[ 2014.01.23 21:21:13 ] Berianu Andrei > I understand
[ 2014.01.23 21:21:39 ] Berianu Andrei > Eve has spawned much scammers in the last year
[ 2014.01.23 21:23:35 ] Berianu Andrei > Damn i only made 5 millions more

BENG Psychical pressure forces me to „OMFG help fast !!!“ him. Why else he should give me such a useless information? And when he hasn’t been playing for over a year now, how could he know „EVE has spawned much scammers in the last year“? Uuuh, competition in scamming? Sounds like some PVP aspects. I decided to continue the dialog at this point, but wasn’t prepared for his next lie….

[ 2014.01.23 21:23:51 ] Berianu Andrei > Most of my stuff was in corp hangar but it seems i was kicked long ago
[ 2014.01.23 21:24:22 ] Jezaja > aawwww…..srsly….cool story bro
[ 2014.01.23 21:24:37 ] Jezaja > u never have been in a player corp 🙁 bad scam:(
[ 2014.01.23 21:24:37 ] Berianu Andrei > sorry for disturbing you

He realizes that he can’t persuade me to give him money. Staying pollite and sadly saying „Goodbye“ should make me feel uncomfortable with the situation. His last joker is on the table. Perhaps I might give him some ISK because I feel bad now?
I decided to turn the table….

[ 2014.01.23 21:24:56 ] Jezaja > wait
[ 2014.01.23 21:25:25 ] Jezaja > you have to pay me 100Mill now, otherwise I will petitionate you because of using account mechanics to scam players

Wait…threatening someone with being petitionated by using accountcreation mechanics to scam other players and scamming 100 Million from him isn’t the same? Well, I don’t care about, I’m just defending myself…

[ 2014.01.23 21:25:47 ] Berianu Andrei > And they will see the date when the account was created
[ 2014.01.23 21:25:59 ] Berianu Andrei > IF you where a bit wise you will notice its 4 years old
[ 2014.01.23 21:26:11 ] Berianu Andrei > Btw asking for an api could prove usefull
[ 2014.01.23 21:27:20 ] Jezaja > and employment history is deleted after 4 years?
[ 2014.01.23 21:27:36 ] Berianu Andrei > FU

He finally left the Convo. Why I should check his API to see that his account is 4 years old I still don’t know. Maybe there’s a way to magically delete EVE’s employment history? Only CCP can do this…and I’m sure, they’ve never done this to a player except those who changed their RL employment history 😉

Fly safe
Jezaja

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