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Pet Care Scam

About

The Pet Care Scam is when a user advertises a "Pet Care" at their den for roleplaying purposes, or offers to "babysit" a pet. This is usually between users who know each other and if a victim is afraid their pets are unsafe on their account. The scammer who offers their "services" never returns the pets as promised and instead blocks the victim.

How to avoid this scam

  • Buddies can still scam. If you don't want your rare pets on your account for safety reasons, trade them to a spare account not connected to your parent email. There's no purpose in having another user hold onto your virtual pets; it's more of a risk than putting them on a spare is.
  • It's not a good policy to lend users you don't know your items; they're far more likely to scam than not, as there's no real reason they need them. Although anyone can scam, users with low achievements, few pets/animals, etc. are more likely to be spare accounts used so their main isn't caught scamming.

Pet Code Scam

Method 1

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Someone will say that they'll give you a rare pet code (so you can make a custom pet) in exchange for rare items. A scammer is likely to offer the rare pet code for less than its worth. They don't actually have the code (or they won't give it to you), but they make you give them your rare items first. They may give you part of the code first, but they never give you the rest, making it impossible to create a custom pet.

Method 2

A scammer receives rares in exchange for their code. However, the code they give you isn't a valid pet code--it's random numbers and letters that they made up. When you try to enter it in to make a custom pet, it doesn't work because the code is fake.

Method 3

Someone may offer you rares for your pet code, but when you give them the code first, they don't follow through with their end of the deal.

Tactics

  • A scammer will use images online of Adopt-a-Pet toys, codes, etc to "prove" that they own a pet code when they actually don't. They may even photoshop more "proof" into the image (for example, a piece of paper with their AJ user on it).
  • There are several images that cannot be reverse-searched on Google that scammers use. They may tell you to reverse-search them to prove that they're real, but they aren't.

How to avoid these scams

Instead of trading pet codes, trade for the pet after the person with the code makes it. That way, it's a direct trade instead of a risk. It's very easy to get scammed with codes, because someone could either give you a fake code or not give you a code at all. If you have a code, you can use it to make a custom pet for someone, and they can trade directly for the pet. If they ask you to make a super common pet, they could be trolling you, so don't do it. Whatever you do, don't go first in a risky trade.

Pet Code Troll

Someone may want a custom pet, offering to do it the safe way. They'll ask you to make a common or ugly pet, then leave without trading for it. Although they're trolling and not scamming you, they'll make you lose a lot of worth (for example, if your code is worth 40 and they ask you to make a common pet worth 4, then you'll lose 36 worth.) The only way to avoid this is to refuse their offer if they want you to make a bad pet.

Pet Expedition Scam

About

This is where a scammer has a pet on an expedition, and asks for you to trade for it. When a pet is on an expedition you can't see what they look like, which lets the scammer describe the pet to be as rare as they want, despite the fact that the pet could actually have really bad features. This will sometimes trick the victim into trading over for a low valued pet.

How to avoid this scam

  • Do not trade for pets on expeditions
  • If you don’t believe them, ask them to wait until their pet comes back. Then you can do the trade without taking the big risk.

Example of a pet on an expedition

Pet Stop Scam

About

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Usually a non-member shall ask a member to dress up their pet for them, or a member will advertise that they're doing pet dressings/undressings at their den. The member will trade the non-member a bad item for their pet. Instead of using the Pet Stop to dress the pet like they promised, the member will block the non-member.

Method 1

This scam is more of a big deal when it involves rare-tag pets. If a non-member asks a member to dress up their rare pet, and the member trades a bad item to do it, there's a high risk of the non-member getting scammed. The non-member should always have the member trade the worth of the rare pet when wanting it dressed. However, this can still result in a scam, since rare pets have such a wide worth range. Clothing items may cover up important pet features that determine the pet's worth, and the only way to find these features out is to get them undressed. A member may undress a nonmember's pet to find out that it has good features. Since they undertraded for the pet, they may use this opportunity to scam.

Method 2

A member will dress/undress a pet for a nonmember, and complain or lie about what that they had to spend to do it (only 200 gems). The member will then demand a rare item in return for spending the gems and doing the work, without warning the nonmember beforehand.

How to avoid this scam

The safest way to get your pet undressed is to have the member trade the worth, although this is sometimes difficult with rare-tag pets. You can ask a trusted friend to dress your pet, although they can still scam. The best way is to get a trusted staff member of either the AJ Item Worth Wiki or the AJ Scammer Watch. If someone suddenly tells you after undressing your pet that you have to pay them, give them either something small or nothing.

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