Trust scams has been one of the most popular scams to be used by scammers in every platform in both games. No matter who you are, you'll stumble into these scams often with a chance a victim will have their items taken away. So today, i decided to talk about the popularity of Trust scams.
People, this isn't a post about teaching scammers on these methods. But rather it is an informative post that you should be aware of and how the history has gone through over the years of a near-decade old franchise! You have been warned! Thanks!
Trust scams' popularity is a massive heap. And here's some explanation that can be said enough:
This scam has no hacks whatsoever.
Scammers will often have trouble downloading third-party programs that have the ability to hijack their victims. However, this method lets a scammer be able to take the items of the victim if they got what they want. Whenever if it is a spiked collar or fly trap plant, this scam is easy to use, as it gives out gullibility to their own victims.
This scam has more ways to use.
This has been abused by scammers through singular giveaways, buddy scams, round-based giveaways and even a way to gain people's trust through various ways such as a scammer trying to steal a victim's outfit or making a skit.
No matter what they do, there will be consequences.
It always ends up like this: The scammer gets the victim into accepting a very unfair trade for the promise they will get a valuable. However the scammer will instead backstab their victim to even bully the victim into trying to scam them. There are even incidents where a scammer makes an alt account after an alt account just to stalk and harass a victim, causing the victim to become crazy.
Not only this scam is easy to see, but it is also one of the most complex common scams they will ever have. In the end, it is fully remembered as only 1 scam instead of multiple scams. However, some scammers will have tricks in their sleeves.
Helpers, spares and alt accounts.
To increase the amount of items they want, they will have a helper or a spare account to assist in order to encourage their victims to trade their items for a storebought or a bad item. Spares and helpers will have a valuable that will be displayed with few achievements in their achievement list and are usually non member while the member with valuables is the decoy, a main account or another helper. The reason behind it is because the spare or helper will transfer all of the scammed items to a main account so they can do stuff again.
These scammers will make 1 or more rounds to make it seem trustworthy. They will do things such as First Jam-A-Gram and First Emote. But it will always ended up with the final round or either Trust or Anti-Decline scam in PC's case. Scammers will also rig the rounds that are Wheel and Fashion Show. These rigged rounds will always be won to a spare or helper.
Scammers will do variants that are secretly considered trust. There's ones such as where a scammer will do a legitimate giveaway round to an actual victim or by saying you don't have to accept. But their goal is to get the rare what they want. As the scam gets longer, they will get their victims to accept the items. Sometimes they will announce they will add in points by claiming they don't have to accept, but they claim accepting is worth more points.
As it may suggest, scammers have a right to kick the victim out of their den if they done something that justifies the whole scam such as calling the scammer out or declining the trade multiple times. They will often use the block button to kick the victim out of the den in the process and the victim will never go back. Very rarely, a scammer will lock their victims one by one after they stole the items on what they want. At the end of the day the scammer will lock everyone out with the 'Nobody' button, even go as far to to not accept buddy requests or blocking them.
Because this scam is so popular, Wildworks is forced to make manual suspensions, bans and punishments the scammer might get. It rangers from a 3-day suspension to a permanent ban. I have tips for you the next time you see the scammer using these methods.
Don't participate in trust scams!
Ever since the beginning of Animal Jam Trading, there will always be giveaways that ended up with a scam many have faced. Even if it is a member hosting a giveaway, make sure it is a legit giveaway!
Say no to buddy trust scams!
There are scammers that will try to get an easy free rare through various means. If a scammer tries to beg for it, simply say no.
Research what item it is!
Just like any other method, make sure you do some research before jumping into conclusions. The items that you see depends on what you want and what you do not want. This comes in handy if you ever stumbled an item that you haven't recognize yet.
Take screenshots for the Scammer Watch Wiki!
The AJ Scammer Watch Wiki is a trusted website. Sure it may be prone to some drama, but it'll help you be able to post screenshots. You can also use the AJ Scammer Watch Discord to provide the screenshots on Scammer-Alert channel. The moderators will post the screenshot and it'll alert the jammers about said scammer.
Spot the fake giveaway!
Just like Flash and Anti-Decline, scammers will try their best to hide themselves into actually doing the giveaway. They will range themselves from having spares or helpers assisting the giveaway to hiding their main account and using rigged rounds for spares to take. Check the achievements, animals and even the amount of pets and how many items they are wearing. If you see an account with a few achievements, then it is a spare account or a helper who is assisting the scammer.
Don't call the scammers out!
Nowadays, scammers will often block the jammer who they are calling out for or play the victim card or deny they are scamming to guilt trip the victims. If you are a member, you can jam-a-gram a jammer to warn them about a scam since March 2012. However, non-members won't be able to warn other jammers, as Animal Jam wouldn't allow non-members write a custom message. Back when the custom message is introduced, members tested the messages to make sure if it is suitable for non-members to send it. At the end of the day, it has been abandoned and it is now for members only.
That's all. I wanted to give jammers an informative post that will help them keep an eye on what they are doing. Here's a moral of the story: Trust no one! Not even yourself! Have a nice day!
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