Scammers are a huge thing to this day, you will 90% of the time go on a server and find out there might be a scammer waiting to take your precious items. Here's a little guide to know how to stop them in their tracks: 1. Common Sense Lots of you know your common sense; get the persons info about their rep, ask them for reccomendations, etc. But many of you still fall for it because you think it's safe NOT to use common sense all the time. Wrong. Percaution should be taken EVERY TIME to ensure fair trading. Unless they are recongnized as the trusted traders, be ready to get information on someone. How to Use Common Sense First off, make sure you know what he's going to give you. If you both are trading TF2 Items, be sure to use the in game trading window provided by Steam. If Someone however, is trading a game for money or TF2 items, get a tusted trader to help you if possible. This is where most of the people fall for everyones scamming routine. GET A TRUSTED TRADER, NOT A FRIEND AND NOT HIS FRIEND. Also, be sure to ask for information. If he is clean, then proceed. However, it is to be believe that people who have scammer friends are scammers themselves. GET REFERENCES For example: if you use Source OP or Trading Outpost, check the people he has reccently traded with. If all is good, the proceed the trading. If he seems to avoid giving you any kind of reference or SteamRep. Exit immediately. Remember, you have all the time in the world to get what you want. DON'T BE FOOLISH! 2. THEIR TRICKS Every scammer has a trick up their sleeve. They can copy an account, or they could be hijacking. Some scammers are not that smart however. People fall for that occasionally because they believe the names but not the evidence. GET THE EVIDENCE! Remember: You have all the time in the world. Here are some techniques I have seen so far of how they will scam. 1. Site Hack. People will tell you to go to a certain site. If you have seen "How To Reconize Hijacking Sites" then you will know they use their tatics of hiding the links. IF they give you a link and tell you to log in. Dont do it. Unless you know they are trusted, do not go to that site. 50% could be possible it is a hacker site and someone could be getting your Steam Info. 2. Paying Scammers will try to make you pay with PayPal. Again, unless they have proof they are trustworthy to get the money, do not do it! If they seem they want you to pay through PayPal only and will not trade with items, end the trade. 3. "Trade Me First." We have all heard this line one too many times. They will use the excuse "I have trading paranoia" or "I got scammed too many time to trust anyone." Unless you know them and have done this whole line of work honestly, do not trust them. You will end up seeing "[their name here] is offline" in the chat room. An you wont get what you wanted. 4. Calling And Hacking. Hackers exist today, we all know this. But what we don't know is they can obtain info if you use steam calling. Do not talk to anyone within the voice chat unless they are your friend. WARNING: Depending on the things that happen or what will happen, I will not garuntee everything will be 100% scam free trading. If there is anything else I should put down, please aware me.