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Fake Gift Scam

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A scammer claims they will give away good items if you gift them good items. They'll make up fake usernames that they claim they gifted their big items to, or use spare accounts to receive gifts.

People around will believe that the scammer is actually doing what they promised, seeing the usernames being called out. If they gift the scammer, they will be ignored, blocked, or the scammer will leave.

NOTE: The user mentioned in the photos is not a scammer. 

How to avoid this scam

  • Search any usernames the scammer calls out to see if they're real. Even if those users are real, they could be helpers, spare, or unrelated.
  • Don't gift them and you won't get scammed! This is basically the Gift and Trade Scam, except a different tactic. If someone asks for items and promises better items in return, it's a scam. If someone is being generous, why can't they directly gift you?

Fake Giveaway Scam

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A scammer will say that they’re hosting a giveaway, and ask people to give them rares so they can have items to host the giveaway with. However, once they’ve collected items, they never host one.

Members may even use their Jammer Wall to describe the “giveaway” they’re going to do, making it sound like you’re donating to a good cause. They might also link it to their YouTube channel, or a YouTube channel that they claim to have.

Examples

  • “Give me rares so I can donate them to poor New Jammers!”
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  • “Doing a holiday giveaway! Send me items so I can give them away on the 25th.”
  • “Spread kindness! Help give to the poor by sending me items, big giveaway tomorrow!”
  • “Doing a huge RIM giveaway, please donate!”

How to avoid this scam

If you see anyone asking for rares in order to host a giveaway, it’s more than likely that they’re lying. If you want to help, you can easily trade “poor jammers” items directly. This way, you don’t have to risk trading them to someone else, who could easily keep the rares for themselves.

Fake Scam/Hack

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A scammer will lie about being scammed/hacked in order to receive donations from players. Alt accounts often do this in a crowded area like Jamaa Township, but most of the time they're lying for rares. However, it's harder to tell when more well-known AJ players are lying. They may host a fake scam giveaway using alt accounts in order to look like they were scammed, then post footage of that fake giveaway on YouTube, Instagram, or another social media platform. (They may post fake hack proof as well.) Users who lie about being scammed/hacked often move their rare items from their main account to an alt account in order to "prove" their items were scammed/hacked. IMPORTANT: Do not accuse anyone of lying about being scammed/hacked unless they're proven to be lying. People often do legitimately get scammed/hacked.

How to avoid this scam

  • If a random account on Animal Jam claims to have been scammed/hacked, they're usually lying if they're on an spare account (low achievements, few animals/pets/items, and often Non-Member). Avoid gifting other players making these claims large items, since anyone could lie.
  • If the person who claims they were scammed/hacked shows proof, observe the proof to see if anything appears suspicious. (For example, a lot of spare accounts at the giveaway, or not a lot of people moving at the same time.)
  • If the person who claims they were scammed/hacked has no explanation or tells a story that doesn't make sense, they may be lying.
  • Check their animals/pet list to make sure they don't have the items they claim were stolen. If you know the names of any of their alt accounts, check those as well.

Gift and Trade Scam

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If a scammer is using a gifting or trading method, they will usually stand in a common trading area, such as Jamaa Township, and say something similar to the phrases in the Examples below. If a player confronts them for not sending the promised gift or trading the promised item back, the scammer will usually block the player, leave, or ignore them.

Examples

  • "Send me something, I'll send you something equal/better back!"
  • "Send me rares and get my [rare item(s)]!"
  • "Best trade wins my [rare item(s)]!"
  • "Trade me your [rare item] first and I will trade you a [rarer item] after!"
  • "Trade me a beta and win my [rarer item]!
  • “Best treat wins [rare (s) ] on my list! Double accept!”

How to avoid this scam

Don't give them what they're asking for. They're making you take an unnecessary risk. You could easily trade at the same time, but they want to get their hands on your items first, no matter what they say.

If you're unsure of whether or not some is scamming, ask them these questions.

  • Do you have the item you're promising? (If they refuse to show the promised item, they don't have it. Everything they're saying is a lie. However, just because someone has the promised prize doesn't mean they intend to give it away.)
  • Why are you doing this? (If they ignore you, it's a scam. If they say it's out of kindness, ask them why they're making other people give their items first, and see if their answer is suspicious.)

Mailtime Scam

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This scam is where someone says "GIFT ME, DOING MAILTIME!" (or something similar) without having a YouTube channel, just to get free items. They may use trading, usually if they're nm. However, Mailtime isn't always a scam.

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A scammer is more likely to say something such as "Whoever sends the best gift/trade gets a shoutout!" or "Whoever sends a gift gets entered in my giveaway!".

How to avoid this scam

  • Don't gift any items you care about. You know that if you gift someone, you're going to lose that item. It could be featured in a video, but then again, they could use it only for themselves.
  • Ask them the name of their channel. (If they don't answer, it's a scam. If they make up an excuse for why they can't say it, such as chat filters, it's probably a scam.)
  • If they say a channel name, it could still be a scam. Look up the name they said on YouTube to make sure that channel exists. If that channel exists, make sure that it's actually theirs.

Outfit Scam

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The Outfit Scam is a when a scammer asks to try on your outfit, then never returns it. The scammer could say “Can I try on your outfit?” or “May I take a picture with your outfit on?” The people who try to scam you this way will most likely be one of your buddies, and you'll be willing to let them try on your outfit since you trust them. Scamming tactics include:

  • Pressuring you into it, threatening that they won't be your friend anymore, or reacting emotionally
  • Pretending their feelings are hurt, saying things like "I thought we could trust each other" and "If you were really my friend, you'd trust me!"
  • Claiming they want to borrow it for a roleplay or skit

How To Avoid This Scam

If someone asks to borrow your items, simply say no.

  • Whatever you do, don't lend your rares to someone you don't know. If a stranger is asking for your rares, that obviously means they want to steal them.
  • If someone is your buddy and they try to guilt you into giving them your rare items, even threatening to end the friendship, that means they're not a true friend.
  • If someone asks to see how an item looks, you can wear it on an animal that looks just like theirs. If they insist that they need to try it on themselves, they're definitely trying to scam you.

Sapphire Drop Scam

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A scammer advertises a Sapphire Drop. Once several people are at the scammer's den, the scammer asks for good items in order to do the Sapphire Drop. If the victims give the scammer good items, the scammer locks their den without doing the drop. A scammer also may stand in a popular place and say something like "Trade me a rare item and I'll drop 20 times!", and once they get items, they leave.

The concept is similar to Trust Trading, in that players must risk their rares in order for a reward that is never given to them. A scammer may use spare accounts to make the "Sapphire Drop" seem legitimate when it really isn't.

How to avoid this scam

If someone asks for items in order to do a Sapphire Drop, don't participate. If someone is being generous by giving out sapphires, why would they ask other players to risk their items first? They want to get their hands on your rare, but they can't forcibly take them, so they must convince you to give them by making fake promises. This is an incredibly easy scam to avoid! Many people flock to drops and will accuse the host of scamming! There might also be that one person who is the scammer's backup, but always remember to look out for yourself and just say no!

Skit Scam

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A scammer will advertise a skit (usually for a video) at their den. The skit will require people trading their rare items to the scammer. The scammer convinces users that it's all part of the act, and that the traded items will be returned. However, skits like these always end up in the den being locked and items being scammed.

Tactics

  • The "skit" is usually about scamming. The scammer says that the skit will be helpful to others because it shows the dangers of scams like Trust. However, for the skit to be effective, items will need to be traded.
  • The scammer chooses the rarest users to be the victim characters in a skit.
  • A scammer will often pretend to have a YouTube channel to post their video on. They may even have a YouTube channel, which gives them credibility.
  • The scammer may say phrases like "Recording... now!", "I'm recording", and "Ok, 3, 2, 1, go!" to make people believe that it's really a skit that's being recorded.
  • The scammer may have a partner or spare account, returning that user's items to convince others that their items will be returned as well.

How to avoid this scam

Skits are fun, but if they involve you risking your items, it is a scam. Warn other people and leave, because whenever you're required to trade rare items, it's not because they want to educate people on how to avoid scams, or make an entertaining video for their YouTube channel. It's only because they want your items.

If you're not convinced that a skit where you're required to risk items is a scam, try these tactics:

  • Ask the host if you have to trade your items. If they encourage you to, even insisting that you do, it's definitely a scam. Watch their reaction to see if it's suspicious.
  •  Look at the host's achievements and animals. If they have very few, they're on a spare account, which means they don't want their main caught scamming. Even then, scammers can still use their main accounts.

Victim Scam

Method 1

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A scammer hosts a scam giveaway, and their spare/helper pretends to have been scammed by the host. After that, some people present at the 'giveaway' may believe the spare/helper, and will give them items to "help them recover". They won't know that they just gifted the items to the host's spare or helper.

Method 2

A scammer hosts a scam giveaway, and their spare/helper pretends to have been scammed by the host. The spare will message a user who was at the 'giveaway', saying that they found the host, and need their help to persuade the host to give the items back.

The spare/helper and the jammer who was messaged will go talk to the host. The host will tell the jammer this: "I'll give the victim's items back if you give me this rare item." If the jammer had been scammed during the 'giveaway', the host may also offer to return their scammed items. The jammer may give the host the item they asked for, not realizing that the "victim" was a spare/helper. The host will never give the jammer their items back.

How to avoid this scam

If you want to give someone something after you think they've gotten scammed, that's perfectly fine. However, don't give them anything too large, because they may be lying. To avoid Method 2, if the host asks for another rare in order to return the victim's rares, simply don't do it. That is always a scam.

Youtube Scams

Method 1

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A scammer on YouTube say that they're giving away a large item, and that you have to give them rare items in order to enter. However, they never give the prize away. They give it to a spare or buddy, ignore the giveaway entirely, abandon their channel, or even changing their channel entirely.

Method 2

A YouTuber hosts a fake giveaway, which is actually a scam. They use common scamming tactics, or ask for larger rare items in order for you to be entered in a fake giveaway which they never host (or they give prizes to their spares and/or helpers).

Method 3

A YouTuber gains trust, a good following, and a good reputation. People trust them enough to take risks with them, but they eventually get scammed. A YouTuber with a good reputation also may host rigged giveaways or scam giveaways, asking for rare items to be entered. Any large prizes are given to their spares and/or helpers.

How to avoid these scams

If a YouTuber asks for rares, don't give them any you mind risking to a scam. If bigger, more well-known YouTubers start asking for large rare items, it's likely that they're scamming, using their solid fanbase and good reputation to their advantage. Even if someone seems legitimate, a scammer is a scammer. If someone is really giving away something, they shouldn't ask for your rare items.

Note: Some YouTubers are honest and receive small items for giveaways without scamming. It's reasonable to ask for a small entry for a large giveaway. You have to use common sense and discernment to decide who is trustworthy.

"I'm Sick" Scams

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The scammer will claim that they, or a family member are sick.

They will ask for items to “cure” them or something along the lines of that.

But they will only say this just try and scam your items.

How To Avoid This Scam

  • Even if you feel guilty, don’t give them items. Their sickness should be getting treated in real life instead of a game.
  • If they say that they are going to die, don’t give them anything. No matter if you feel bad, they will only say that to try and scam you.

False Rumors Scam

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The scammer will claim if you don’t give them an item, they will spread false rumors about you. This will likely be sometimes just a threat, but it could turn out to be real.

How to Avoid This Scam

  • Take a photo of the scammer saying they will spread false rumors. Show it to someone and then this will prevent them from taking your items, and people believing those false rumors.

Trade Up Scam

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A scammer will offer to trade up one of your rare items, claiming that they want to help you get rarer. However, when you trade them your item, they block you and never return it. 

How to avoid this scam

Don't take the risk. Someone may act like they're trying to help you by making this offer, but why don't they just give you rare items if they want to help? They just want to take your rares.

Gift and Trade Wars Scam

Gifting Wars

Gifting wars can be a friendly game between people, but they are often used to scam. Doing gifting wars with people who you don't know is very risky, and it's likely that they set up their gifting war with the purpose of scamming. Even buddies can scam using gifting wars, since anyone can pretend to be a friend (or even a close friend) for rares, and suddenly break someone's trust. In gifting wars, one person gifts someone a rare item through Jam-A-Grams (Jags), and the other person must gift a rarer item back. This usually continues for a while. Scammers block the person they're playing with once they get a significantly rarer item than one they just sent. Sometimes, a scammer will go to a public place and say "Jag me an item to start a gifting war!", but the scammer never gifts anything back at all.

Trading Wars

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Since nonmembers are unable to gift, the nonmember equivalent to gifting wars are trading wars. Trading wars have the same exact concept as gifting wars, except that instead of gifting, players trade good items for the other person's bad items. Trading wars can just as easily be used to scam.

How to avoid this scam:

The only way to ensure that you won't get scammed by gifting/trading wars is to not do gifting and trading wars. If you want to do them, make sure it's with a close friend. Even then, a close friend can still scam you, even if you think they'd never break your trust. If someone you don't know well wants you to do a gifting or trading war, it's more than likely that their only purpose is to scam you.

Adoption Scam

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A scammer will buddy you and ask to be adopted. If you're the kind of person who does AJ adoptions, you might say yes. The scammer will get to know you over a broad time span, anywhere from days to weeks. Eventually, they'll ask for a rare item (or several), usually after you've gotten to know them and they've been able to gain some of your trust. Tactics for this scam include:

  • Acting like they want your item(s) because they're sad, or reacting emotionally when they don't get the item (either disappointed, sad, or angry)
  • Saying they won't stay or that they will ''Run away'' or something more serious to themselves unless you give items to them.
  • Claiming that it's just for the adoption roleplay, or they just want to try items on.

Once they get their desired item(s), they won't return anything. Instead, they may block you.

How to avoid this scam

This scam is easy to avoid--if someone asks for your rares, say no. If they react badly or leave you (or threaten to leave you) because you won't give them rares, they only asked to be adopted because they want your items. If you want to avoid any of this kind of drama, don't do adoption roleplays.

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