hai guys! i was in the shower earlier, and before that i was at a "giveaway". it turned out to be a classic scam. back to me in the shower, i was thinking, "how do i stop all these scammers?" i thought that maybe i could educate people so they we can stop scammers! it occurred to me that it would take a whole bunch of effort, but when there are social media platforms like fandom, i thought, "hey, i could use your guys' help!" so after formulating a plan that may work, i got out of the shower, and decided to write about it. here are the steps:
prep: have a neat seating arrangement at your den. you may want to do this on a spare, to avoid getting mistakenly reported. i am not responsible for any suspensions or bans this may cause.
1: go to a populated place/secret animal area/server/trading den and say, "giveaway at my den! i will say the rules when i get there!" or something along those lines, to draw attention to you. say the rules thing so people will not be as likely to report you immediately without further context. advertise until you have at least 20 people in your den, or until it is full.
2: go to your den. now draw attention to yourself, and when everyone is focused on you, say "please sit down in a chair. i will explain the rules when you have done that." once everyone has sat in a chair, say "this is not a giveaway, but a presentation to teach you about scammers. this is to protect the community and save the game. don't leave yet!"
3: now, explain how scammers scam. first talk about the signs of scams, like if a person is a rather low level compared to the rares that they claim to have. if the giveaway owner is a low level/has little to no achievements, has little to no things in their den, looks like a new jammer, or refusing to show the items that they are supposedly giving away, be alert, because it may end up being a scam. also, if they look like a spare, keep an eye out for a main account, if there is one. then, say what may happen later on in the giveaway, if they mention that it requires trust, flash/accept x2 decline x1, treat or troll, or anything to do with giving the owner things, points, or rarity, it is safe to say that it is a scam, reason being that if it was a true giveaway, why would it depend on how rare the items are? shouldn't there be an equal chance for everyone to win? why does the owner need items? shouldn't giveaways be free? if giveaways in real life applied to the ways that scammers scam, it wouldn't make sense if you gave the host of an iPhone X giveaway a iPhone 6 for a iPhone X, right? also, i mentioned earlier that the owner may be a spare. if someone at the giveaway looks suspicious and looks like someone who would be the main user of the scammer, keep an eye on them. if they don't interact with jammers at the same time as the owner, they could be a scamming friend, helper, or the main/another spare account of the scammer. report and block them immediately if you are positive that the suspicious user is a scammer/helper.
4: after people start to understand the signs of scams, explain how to avoid these scams. keep in mind that i only mentioned only one type of scam, and that if you wish, you can put in other popular scams too. say that you should warn people of the scam (if it already isn't obvious to everyone else), and proceed to report the scammer. i don't usually block the scammer, because then i know what they are saying, to prove further if it is a scam or not. if you leave or get locked, you can block the scammer then. of course, you can report and block the scammer when ever you want, because i'm not you. but yeah, explain how to avoid these scammers, as well as fight them.
5: when you finally finish the presentation, tell people to pass this information on, by doing presentations like yours. share the information on various platforms if possible, including wikis. also mention the aj scammer watch, and tell your audience about it, and how it lists many scams and scammers. tell them to stay safe and jam on!
hopefully, together we can stop scammers, and make both ajpw and ajpc a better place! :D
- please re-post this in various places or tell buddies and friends.
*phew, that was a mouthful. stay tuned, as there may be more parts to #saveajpwandajpc. oh, and you can also do this on ajpc if you want! the next part is hackers. stay safe, and #saveajpwandajpc!