Trust scams are when a scammer will ask you to trust them with a rare item(s) of yours, promising that you'll receive better items after. Do not participate in trust! It is a well-known method of scamming. You'll trade someone your good item(s) for someone's bad item such as a necklace. They usually continue to return items, but after a little while, they never return the items like they promised.
Trust giveaways (sometimes called Best Trade giveaways) are the most common type of scam. They are often, but not always, hosted by nonmember spare accounts (users, maybe even New Jammers, with very few achievements and animals).
The host of a Trust giveaway will say that the best trade (rarest item(s) traded) for their bad item wins a large prize. They promise that they'll return items traded to them, and they usually do at first. The items traded will gradually get rarer, and when the scammer receives a trade they like, they'll lock their den or leave.
Other Trust Tactics
- A scammer will often build up trust with participants by continuously trading back items until participants begin trading extremely rare items (such as long collars), which is when the den is locked. A scammer may even return items like long collars, but scam later on.
- A scammer may host scam giveaways in multiple rounds, starting with safe games (like Wheel and First Jag, possibly with real prizes), and then continuing with a scam like Trust.
- Trust scammers also build trust by having a helper or another account present at the giveaway. They may even have multiple or many helpers and other accounts. These users will trade the host rare items, and the host will keep trading them back. This both pushes up the game's rarity and leads participants to believe that the host will return their items.
- These helpers and spares may also taunt or encourage other users to trade, as well as saying things like "I won a spike at one of their other giveaways" or "I know this person, they're trustworthy".
- A helper or spare may eventually "win" the giveaway, but the scammer will not return the items they received while Trust Trading.
- Another version of Trust, sometimes called Twist, is where it's made very clear that you don't have to accept. However, if you accept the trade, you'll receive more 'points', 'credit', etc.
- A trust scammer may do and say things that make them sound trustworthy. They might say they're fine with being recorded. They may talk politely and use encouraging words. They'll say that you don't have to accept (although as the game gets rarer, you will have to accept to be in the running).
"Do you trust me?" Scams
In this scam, the scammer is often your buddy. They ask you questions like "Would you trust me with your [rare item]?". They may say they'd never scam you because you're friends, or they may guilt you into trading by saying things like "I won't be your friend anymore" or "I would trust you with my whole account, I can't believe you won't trust me". A true friend wouldn't pressure you like that.
If a buddy asks to do a Trust game with you, just say no. Doing Trust with friends is unnecessary, and is more likely to lead to lost friendship and scammed items than anything else. Since Trust is a well-known method of scamming, it's just not worth the risk. There are other ways to have fun with friends.
How to avoid these scams
Do not participate in any form of Trust with anyone. Not even friends. Not even people who seem trustworthy. Not even people with a good reputation.
Trust can't be a real giveaway because it depends on rarity. If someone was being generous and giving away items, they wouldn't make it based on people's items. There are other kinds of giveaways people can do, no matter what excuses they come up with. Trust makes you take an unnecessary risk. Scammers just want to get your items, but they can't take them. They must convince you to give them.