I've been raffling for months now and I've noticed many people doing not-so-smart things, so I decided to write up this short guide. Who to trust? Never trust anyone on a random trade server Never trust anyone who is marked on SteamRep or trade banned Never trust anyone with a private profile/backpack Never trust anyone with under 300 hours on Tf2 Never trust anyone who doesn't own the item they claim to be raffling Never trust small Steam Groups with no reputation unless you know the raffler is trustworthy Trust people from raffling groups owned by people you yourself trust or have reputation Trust administrators or moderators of SteamRep communities Trust people with valid reputation, not just on their Steam profile How to know if I've been scammed? Typical raffle scammers will have an alternate account or a friend as the winner. Always follow the item on backpack.tf or another site to make sure the item isn't traded back. Also watch for payments from the winner. Sometimes the prize simply isn't claimed, so it's usually not a good idea to report someone just because they still have the item. Sometimes scammers simply just take your entry and run for it. It's a good idea to save a link to the scammers profile so you can report them if necessary. It's also been known for scammers to simply not list your name and pretend to forget about you. Don't enter something which doesn't have a list of the entries. There's also the old middleman scam, were someone will impersonate a middleman from SteamRep or the server. Always double-check the middleman's legitimacy if you're using one. Who should I go to if I've been scammed? Go straight to SteamRep and report them. If it took place in a group, report it to the owner or an administrator as well. Use your common sense. Remember, if something seems to good to be true, it probably is.