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Accepted Report: 76561197961819137 - ([TF2] Team Fortress 2 Items)

Discussion in 'Archived Reports' started by Metric, Feb 9, 2020.

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  1. Metric

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    Scam Report

    Report Type: [Rep Fraud] Impersonation with intent to defraud
    Virtual item type involved: [TF2] Team Fortress 2 Items

    Accused profile: 76561197961819137

    Victim profile: 76561198302774496

    What happened? Description:
    I added a person on backpack.tf to discuss a trade and left a comment on their profile stating my intentions. After the person I intended to add accepted my request, we discussed the trade. Soon afterwards, the accused impersonator adds me to discuss the trade. I was confused because I already discussed it with the correct user. I confirmed with the victim user that this did NOT belong to them and is indeed an impersonator. Their inventory is private and made the excuse that this was supposed to be their "discussion account" and that the user I added was just their "trading account".

    This account is most likely managed by an automated process as it reads the comment section of their victims and uses their victims' profile information to prey on others. At the time of writing, the accused has already switched profile information.​

    Provide Evidence:

    [12:50 AM]
    Metric:
    is this you
    https://steamcommunity.com/id/713155516631144/

    [12:51 AM]
    A Y S>65+ Unusual TRADEIT.GG:
    no

    [12:51 AM]
    Metric:
    ok well
    there's an impersonator lol

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    A Y S>65+ Unusual TRADEIT.GG:
    yes

    [12:51 AM]
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    yeah
    go beat him up lol
    https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd....154/B0FD9865674C67DC7F8DC63B243A270B22DD9E08/

    they're probably scanning your profile
    because they just added me soon after you accepted

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    A Y S>65+ Unusual TRADEIT.GG:
    yes he most likely see your comment

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    https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd....495/41473B69D4CAB8E7C4FF7E62DAA86CA8D0FE6CE6/

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    A Y S>65+ Unusual TRADEIT.GG:
    I will add in the comment section

    [12:53 AM]
    Metric:
    yeah

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    A Y S>65+ Unusual TRADEIT.GG:
    warn others

    [12:53 AM]
    Metric:
    their inventory is private too

    [12:54 AM]
    A Y S>65+ Unusual TRADEIT.GG:
    most of them private their bp

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  3. Horse

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    Would appear you reported the wrong user - I see nothing related the to accused in those screenshots.
    Can you explain that quickly please what is happening involving the accused?
  4. Horse

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    24hours to follow up since as I said it would appear you reported the wrong user.
  5. Metric

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    I made no mistake in accusing the said user of impersonation. The accused is calling themselves a "discussion" account in an attempt to impersonate legitimate users to commit fraudulent trades.

    As previously mentioned, I suspect this user to be impersonating countless legitimate users by constantly observing the steam profiles of their victims, either by manual or automated (bots) means. The accused user is describing themselves as the discussion account when the legitimate user specifically warned on their profile info box that they do not have discussion accounts.

    accused_profile.png shows the accused user account impersonating the victim user. The steam profile of the accused user is different now because they are still in the act of impersonating others. This could be an ongoing scam method that you and the community should be aware of: there are no such things as "discussion accounts" of the legitimate users.
  6. Horse

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  7. Horse

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    Wait you are not the victim?
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  9. Metric

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    I don't know what I can say other than what I've already said.

    My report information should make it clear to you that the target victim is the one being impersonated. My involvement comes from the fact that the impersonator tried scam me.
  10. Horse

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    Ok so nothing on the users profile links back to any other account - in fact it links back to their own.
    Had it not been for the URL for the trade offer they sent you I wouldn't have been able to review this since you still have images embedded enabled in steam chat - I suggest you turn that off.
    Can you copy/paste me the trade offer URL the user gave you here please.
  11. Metric

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    Here's some screenshots showing that the accused is still impersonating others at this very moment.

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  12. Horse

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    I didn't ask you for more screenshots - read what I said pls
  13. Metric

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    Here I've typed out the link shown in that screenshot I posted with the chat logs.
    https://steamcommunity.com/tradeoffer/new?partner=342508768&token=vY2jPUSu
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    Okay, I should maybe add on this issue. So this bot impersonated me before as Metric, as shown in the screenshot above (https://postimg.cc/ygWfqHwq). Both of us (Metric and I) have not got scammed by the bot above, but he is impersonating people as their discussion account once someone leaves a comment on traders' profile. The bot sent him the trade offer of me (https://steamcommunity.com/tradeoffer/new?partner=342508768&token=vY2jPUSu), which is weird.

    Moreover, I believe I am not the only person the bot impersonate. (https://imgur.com/a/vwhTrw6) and (https://backpack.tf/trust/76561197961819137), which shows that this user is probably a bot that would impersonate others known traders once it detects a comment on the trader's profile. As for it doesn't have the name in the history in Steam, I think it is because it wiped its name history, which is possible to do.
  15. Horse

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    Thanks will review again soon.... didn't need a reply from any other users at this time.
    No need to post again.
  16. Horse

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    Your report was accepted and the accused was banned. Feel free to report a violation via their Steam profile.

    In order to do that, you have to:
    1. Visit the accuseds profile
    2. Click MORE drop-down located at the top right of the page
    3. Choose REPORT VIOLATION
    4. Select the violation, then describe it and provide the evidence
    5. Click SUBMIT REPORT

    Click here to view an animated gif that shows how to report a violation.
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