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Common Scams and How to Avoid Them

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smartguy11 Level 119 Broa Hermit
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Posted: April 2009 Permalink

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ryuugaki Level 140 Renegades Zero Transcendent
Nice guide, though the rule "Use your head" would probably cover the solutions for most of these.
Sep 12 2009
There's another way to prevent the best friend forever scam.. **PUT YOUR ITEM IN THE STORAGE.**
Sep 13 2009
smartguy11 Level 119 Broa Hermit
There's another way to prevent the best friend forever scam.. **PUT YOUR ITEM IN THE STORAGE.**[/quote]

Have you considered that maybe, JUST MAYBE, a person in Maplestory might have a SECOND ACCOUNT?
Sep 13 2009
Hey this is a very nice guide! I've seriously learned to look out for this stuff. Lol on the gold digger scam and the drop game part. This scam may seem pretty dumb but I fell for it.
Name of Scam: The Leeching Scam?
Intro: So you see a high level guy and he said he obtained this by leeching and is willing to help you reach lv 35 from lv 21 in and hour for 10m. Sounds great right? It's not.
The Situation: You are grinding in a monster zone thinking, "Man, this is boring," then a guy enters the map and says that he leveled from 20- his current level (which I think was 80-ish) by leeching. For those of you who do not know look at the leeching guide. (If there is one.) Anyway you pay him 10m=1hr because that is what he tells you it costs, but leveling so so easily sounds sooooo good that you pay him. He leaves or in my case takes you to a dark golem place and trains there while you realize you're not getting exp. You just lost 10m and you track him for a long time hoping to get a refund, but you don't. As smartguy11 says,"You've been had."
How to Prevent This: Basically like the intro says. A fake leecher, that's why I will never try to leech again. Yes I did loose 10m. Infact 20m because I believed him after he said 2hr for 20m all or nothing. (OMG I feel like such an idiot!) So the best way to avoid this is (and some of you might disagree) not to leech. I guess it seems nice at first, but when you loose at least the price of an hour of leeching for nothing it won't seem nice at all. Also if the guy tries to offer you a better price with the money you paid + some more (lessoned learned for me) DO NOT accept it. Just go with the instinct to get away and forget it. That seems to make it better.
Sep 14 2009
Hey this is a very nice guide! I've seriously learned to look out for this stuff. Lol on the gold digger scam and the drop game part. This scam may seem pretty dumb but I fell for it.
Name of Scam: The Leeching Scam?
Intro: So you see a high level guy and he said he obtained this by leeching and is willing to help you reach lv 35 from lv 21 in and hour for 10m. Sounds great right? It's not.
The Situation: You are grinding in a monster zone thinking, "Man, this is boring," then a guy enters the map and says that he leveled from 20- his current level (which I think was 80-ish) by leeching. For those of you who do not know look at the leeching guide. (If there is one.) Anyway you pay him 10m=1hr because that is what he tells you it costs, but leveling so so easily sounds sooooo good that you pay him. He leaves or in my case takes you to a dark golem place and trains there while you realize you're not getting exp. You just lost 10m and you track him for a long time hoping to get a refund, but you don't. As smartguy11 says,"You've been had."
How to Prevent This: Basically like the intro says. A fake leecher, that's why I will never try to leech again. Yes I did loose 10m. Infact 20m because I believed him after he said 2hr for 20m all or nothing. (OMG I feel like such an idiot!) So the best way to avoid this is (and some of you might disagree) not to leech. I guess it seems nice at first, but when you loose at least the price of an hour of leeching for nothing it won't seem nice at all. Also if the guy tries to offer you a better price with the money you paid + some more (lessoned learned for me) DO NOT accept it. Just go with the instinct to get away and forget it. That seems to make it better.[/quote]

yeah maybe TS should include this for people who never leeched before and doesn't know you can't get exp from high levels without pg
Sep 14 2009
sparkshooter Level 183 Scania Bow Master See what games, anime & art sparkshooter is intosparkshooter
Name of Scam: Fame Scam
Intro: This Scam is very common and people are tricked very often daily.
The Situation: You enter the FM and see a guy saying, "Buying Fame For 100K! Fame First Then Trade!@@@@@@@@@". You have several accounts with characters over lvl 15 and decide that you can earn millions of mesos with this guy. You fame him then trade. He doesn't accept trade. You keep trading him until u realized that you have been had.
How to prevent thiseople usually don't buy fame over 50K.Also check their fame to see if a lot of people sold fame to him.
Sep 15 2009
About the friend scam.... i trust everyone in my guild 100%. I let someone transfer over my 10 int 20 Magic Maple shield and i didn't get scammed.
Its important to know who you trust, like my guild is only for trusted members and its hard to get in. We sell nx to each other, and help each other out.
I don't recommend you try this with your guild though xD
Sep 21 2009
Thanks for the guide it really helps. and the is more other scams there new recently, 1 example this one is probably old and some knows about it.
Title: Scrolls Look aLike

Intro: This is a very simple kind of scam and it happen to me once, this can only work when your buying a scroll from someone.

Situation: This can take place anywhere and any amount of people, first of all you needed to buy a scroll, for example Overall armor for dex 60%,
You: Buying Overall armor for dex 60%.
Crossing by Guy: hey, your buying a overall dex 60%?
You: Yah I really need it right now.
Crossing by Guy: Ok I have one, trade me.
You: "Trade Him", how much for it?
Crossing by Guy: Really cheap 5M(its only an example idk what the real price)
You: "puts in 5,000,000" by the time you put in the money he should put the scroll and you should notice that it is overall dex 60%.
Crossing by Guy:" Putting the scroll on the trade box"
You: "Pressed Trade"
Crossing by Guy: "Canceled"
You: Why did you cancel it?
Crossing by Guy: Oh sorry i accidently press the wrong one( or any other reason)
You: "Trade him again and put in 5,000,000"
Crossing by Guy: "He put the scroll on the trade box and pressed trade"
You: "Without hestitating pressed trade without looking at the scroll again"

The trade was successful, the crossing guy Change channel, and you who just bought click into the inventory and checked it was Overall armor for Def 60%...
you have been scammed...

How to prevent This: Although it true that it doesnt happen alot I dont think this would be a problem to people too but just to be careful, when your trading someone and he/she Selling you this cheap, good, and expensive scroll for like 2-4m shorten and you wanted to buy it, 50% chance that the person will cancel and again trade you. When that happens check there scroll on the trade box if its the right scroll when your buying it. "Take Your Time" but not to long.

Comment: I know for sure someone probably post this and makes more sense than mine but I kinda want to type it out anyway.
Sep 21 2009
Title: The CPQ Show-off Scam

Intro: This is really easy not to fall for, but it can get you if you're not on guard. It's very similar to the drop game scam.

Situation: You're looking to CPQ and you're invited to a party. There's only one other guy and he tells you to change channels. He keeps going until he finds one completely empty. He assures you that a friend and his party will be there shortly. As you're waiting, the scammer starts dropping items and quickly picking them back up. He shows off for a while and then tells you to show off some of your equips too. You're probably reluctant, but you figure he can't pick anything up from so far away. You make sure no one else is in the room and you drop something. He applauds you and makes no attempts at stealing your item. He asks you to show him something else, so you do. You try dropping something more impressive to show him how awesome you are, but as soon as you do, he enters a battlefield and then quickly exits. As you re-appear in the room, he quickly grabs your item before you can get to it. He leaves the party and changes channel. You've been had.

How to prevent This: Never show off by dropping something. It's common knowledge that there's always a risk to it. If someone really wants to see your awesome items, open a trade window. Just make sure you don't get tricked into "duplicating" your item.

Comment: I almost fell victim to this scam, but the scammer failed horribly. I ended up re-appearing right on top of my item and picked it up in time.
Sep 21 2009
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