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Discussion in 'SteamRep General Discussion' started by Xenophobia, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. Enstage

    Enstage SteamRep Moderator Partner Community Donator - Tier V

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  2. Scrook

    Scrook New User

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    I have a quick question, how do you know that you've been reported for fraud? I've had a couple of users who've been trying to scam me out of my items to the point where I don't even know who's warning me or scamming me. Also, if I've had been reported for fraud, how many days do I have in order to prove that I am innocent? Is there a way to be notified on what I've done something wrong? If you have the time, please answer these questions whenever you're ready. Thank you for reading this post.
  3. Enstage

    Enstage SteamRep Moderator Partner Community Donator - Tier V

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    Simply go to your SteamRep profile on https://steamrep.com/ , either by searching for it or by logging in. There will be a warning displayed if you have any currently open reports, you can also find any past reports by clicking "Search SteamRep Forum".

    This is your profile: http://steamrep.com/profiles/76561198139806989 , you have no current or past reports.
  4. Daddy Alex

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    Feel free to post here what you think needs improvements or is inaccurate with it.
  6. Daddy Alex

    Daddy Alex New User

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    Okay then. A little background: I made this post 9 months ago: https://forums.backpack.tf/topic/66438-scam-stolen-steam-api-key/ and I regularly read new reports at https://backpack.tf/issues

    The guide doesn't even try to explain how to avoid being phished. I tried my best here: https://forums.backpack.tf/topic/68426-scamming-bots-what-is-that/?do=findComment&comment=609933



    This is simply messed up. Point 4 is too early in the sequence, then "decline" is repeated again in point 5, there's a mix of "you"/"Steve", "fraudsters"/"scammer", "their mobile app"/"his mobile auth".

    The correct decription would be something like this:


    This sounds like a copy-paste from some other guide. If you fooled someone into thinking you're on BitSkins then you just let them "deposit" directly to your bots, you don't need this elaborate "redirected offer" scam.

    I have never seen or heard about fake Marketplace.tf website. It just doesn't make sense: scammers need victims to trust real Marketplace.tf even if they suspected something during fake log-in.

    I've seen probably 20+ different short-lived domains with the same fake popup (skinwiz/skin2bet/skinsvalue/etc) and victims were always urged to "login" with
    * either "before I send you an offer, just check the price of your item at xxx.com"
    * or by promising a coupon/free item (like here in comments: https://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198256259336)
    It's probably much more common than "similar-looking" domains or adwords.



    This might make people who do not "deposit" feel safe. However, I've seen multiple reports where scammers "redirected" two-sided trades. Granted, this gives a victim more chances to suspect that something is wrong (as the trade becomes one-sided) but it still works quite often. Once a victim said he noticed it but thought it was "just a Steam glitch" and confirmed anyway.

    Examples:
    https://backpack.tf/issue/5b57a5cb44325a6fed1ac70c
    https://backpack.tf/issue/5b5bb0b344325a11a017a8b8
    https://backpack.tf/issue/5b5c72d6cf6c7510a0450de7
    https://backpack.tf/issue/5b66a34ccf6c7534825d1d0f



    It could help to emphasize that the scam consists of 2 parts and the 2nd part can happen days later.



    Some people say that changing your password already does that but I did not test this myself.


    Finally, it probably would make sense to note that this scam is not reportable here on SteamRep.