Since all trading in Deepworld is at the risk of the players, this means Bytebin will NOT resolve issues related to scamming, and the full responsibility of not getting scammed rests squarely on you. This guide aims to help you recognize some common scamming tactics and prevent yourself from being scammed.
The "Place and Mine" Scam
Process: This is when someone says instead of going to a market world to trade, you should each just place the items you want to trade, and you both agree ahead of time to mine the other person's item or items.
Dangers: The rather apparent danger is for one of the parties to not place an item and to simply take the other person's item. It also allows for bystanders to swoop in and steal the loot. Also, if you mine too many items that a person who doesn't follow you placed, you'll get karma.
Solution: Do NOT trade this way. With the drag and drop trading system, this method is only used as a joke, or a scam. If you insist on trading this way, don't trade anything valuable, and make sure both you and the other person are following each other.
"Give Freely First" scam
Process: Many scammers will ask people to give an item freely at first to prove the item's existence, promising that once you give the item, they'll pay you for it. Other times, they claim that the "trade is broken," and that you should give them the item freely, and they'll pay you its worth by giving you whatever they promised in return.
Dangers: The scammer will be more than happy to take your item and run for the hills. Or, even worse, dance around laughing at you and mocking you for being stupid enough to trade this way.
Solution: There are a couple solutions depending on the scenario. If the person asks for you to prove your item's existence, just initiate a trade with them. When you start a trade with somebody, the item and the quantity of items will appear as a popup on their screen. This will prove that the item(s) exist.
If they claim the trade is broken, look out for a few things. If the trade really is broken, you will get an "error with the trade" notice. If you get a message saying the trade was cancelled, it's not broken; it was just cancelled. If the scammer continues to cancel the trade saying it is "broken," do not trade with him/her.
Another thing scammers will do is deactivate their ability to trade. Some people wish not to go through the hassle of constant trade requests, so they turn off trading. If you try to trade with a person who has turned trading off, you will get a message saying "this person is not accepting trades right now." If they claim it is broken, tell them to turn trading on or tell them to trade with YOU. If all else fails, don't trade with the person.
The Code Scam
Process: The scammer offers to sell you various sorts of redemption codes or redeem codes, claiming that you can redeem them for something (typically either "crown packages" or private worlds). He'll have you give various valuable items and then will give you a fake code.
Dangers: It is NOT possible in this game to acquire crowns using a redemption code. Also, even if he does give you the code to a private world, that does NOT confer actual ownership. Even if he never gives the code to anyone else, he'll still retain control over the world and can remove your access at any time for any reason.
Solution: Do not attempt to purchase redemption codes from other players. If someone tries to sell you redeem codes or private worlds, report the person immediately to Bytebin. If you have any sort of rank in either Order of the Crow or Order of the Moon, you can use the Reporting page. If not, you can send an email directly to Bytebin by using the address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to send the email using the same email account that you used when you created your Deepworld account.
The Hack Scam
Process: The scammer offers to let you in on a secret hack that will give you free items or other advantages in return for some rares, or they will say that they need your password to do it.
Dangers: They will have not have actually hacked Deepworld. And if you give them your password, then they have access to your account, including everything in your inventory.
Solution: Do not attempt to trade for hacks. NOTE: If you have given out your password, hit the 'Forgot my password' button next time you login.
The Multiple Items Scam
Process: The scammer offers to trade multiple semi-valuable items in exchange for you giving one very valuable item. Since it's only possible to trade one item type at a time with the current trade system, the scammer tells you to make the trade with one of the items and then he'll freely give you the other items after the two of you have made the first trade.
Dangers: The scammer will simply refuse to give you the remaining items.
Solution: Do not trade multiple items with anyone who is not an established, reputable player, or someone an established, reputable player will vouch for.
The Natural Mushroom Scam
Process: The scammer offers to sell you a "natural mushroom find" in exchange for you giving him a valuable item. (Natural mushroom finds go towards the Forager achievement.) He'll often claim in chat to have just discovered a natural anbaric, for example. He'll show you the coveted mushroom, which he has put a protector on. He claims that once you give him the valuable item, he'll remove the protector and let you mine the mushroom.
Dangers: In reality, he has simply placed a mushroom from his inventory. Since it is not really a naturally generated mushroom, it will NOT count towards the Forager achievement.
Solution: Do not purchase a natural mushroom find from anyone who is not an established, reputable player, or someone an established, reputable player will vouch for. Alternatively, you can simply opt to never pay more for a "natural mushroom find" than you would for the mushroom alone.
The "Hacked" Scam
Process: The scammer claims his account was "hacked" and all his valuable items were "stolen." He'll play on your sympathy, either begging outright for items or begging you to make ridiculously cheap trades so he can "replace" the items that were "stolen."
Dangers: It is impossible to hack Deepworld, so you are just giving the scammer free items.
Solution: Do not give items to anyone claiming that their account was "hacked."
The "Helpful Builder" Scam
Process: The scammer will offer to help you build under a protector. He may actually offer to give you a protector on the condition that you add him as a follower and set the protector to allow followers to mine and place under it. A variation on this scam involves the scammer seeking access to your private world.
Dangers: The scammer will usually wait until you are offline and then steal any rare items you may have placed.
Solution: Do not set any of your protectors to allow people you follow to mine unless you are completely sure you can trust ALL of the people you follow. Do not give out your private world code or add people to your private world unless you are sure you can trust them. Alternatively, when allowing access to someone you don't know well, don't place anything valuable. Be aware that any new person you follow will have access to ALL protectors you have ever placed that you have also set to allow people you follow to edit under.
The Hotel Room Scam
Process: The hotel owner/scammer invites a player to claim a room in the hotel under the owner's protector. He will add you as someone he follows and set the protector to allow you to place items.
Dangers: The owner/scammer will remove the player's access to the protector and steal any rare items placed. This is basically the opposite of the "Helpful Builder" scam.
Solution: Do not place any rare items in another player's protector unless you are completely sure that you can trust that player, or you don't care if you lose the items.
The Fake Rare Item Scam
(Note: This scam only works if the scammer is a beta tester and the victim is not.)
Process: The scammer claims that he/she has an extremely rare, one-of-a-kind item that was obtained directly from the devs. The scammer will offer to sell you the "rare" item for a large fee.
Dangers: In reality, the "rare" item is simply a fairly cheap beta item that has not yet been released to non-beta players. A relatively recent example is beta testers selling beacons and target teleporters (which are able to be crafted from relatively inexpensive materials) for exorbitant prices before the beta version was officially un-beta-ed and released. Earlier, the same thing happened with scarecrows, tinmen, and wine paraphernalia.
Solution: Do not trade with anyone claiming to have a unique item that they received from the devs. The only item currently obtainable only from the devs is the Brass Throne, which is not tradable.
After the Scam
In many cases, after scamming you, the scammer will either exit the world or suddenly log off. He may claim throughout the interaction that he's experiencing connection issues, and may exit and enter several times as proof. If you find him later and confront him, he may claim that he did in fact give the items or complete the trade, but the game shut down on him and the items were lost.
Another tactic that scammers often use is to simply change their usernames. Name changers are cheap. This means if you're dealing with someone you don't recognize, it's entirely possible that it's the same person who scammed you yesterday, coming back to try it again.
- Although there are several known scammers, one way that people can get around developing a bad reputation is to simply create an alt, and to only use that for scamming.
- If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is!