Back by popular demand, here is a further list of scams for the popular online game, Runescape.
This list is intended to be used as a reference for ensuring you don’t fall prey to one of these scams. Using the information to scam other people is against the TOS for Runescape and is liable to get you banned.
In this scam a player gets a friend to approach whilst wearing armour. The player then asks if his friend wants his armour trimmed. As the other players viewing don’t know that the two know each other they will typically warn that it is a scam and not to do it.
The friend passes his regular armour over anyway and the player pretends to trim it. As he passes it back the friend then selects some armour that is already trimmed from his inventory and puts it on. He acts amazed and the onlookers then ask the player to trim theirs too. As soon as he has collected the armour he logs out, taking the armour with him.
When doing a trade one scam employed is for the player to offer a huge amount of money for something. A lot of Runescape players, especially the newer ones will glady accept the deal and think they are making a killing.
For example, they may offer 1 million coins (1 000k) for a full rune. Whilst their eager victim is distracted they will withdraw 989 996 coins, leaving a total of 1 0004 which looks almost identical to 1000k in the Runescape window.
The best way to avoid this scam is to take your time and check the second trade window before accepting.
The fake value con
In this scam the player goes to a bank and gets some worthless item out to sell, for an overly inflated price. His friend, over the other side of the bank then starts mentioning how he wants to buy said item for a ridiculously large amount of money.
Some new and inexperienced players then get greedy and think they can but from player 1 and sell to player 2 for a quick profit. As soon as they buy, both players teleport or run away.
In this scam a player will take his victim to a secluded area where only his friends are. He offers to show the victim how to duplicate his armour. His first instruction is to remove the armour and then press Ctrl + W. This causes the victim to log out of Runescape, allowing the player and his friends to gather the armour up and walk away.
Here, the scammer offers a rune scimitar for a knock down price in order to encourage someone into a trade. As soon as someone offers to trade they swap the rune scimitar for an iron one which looks very similar. If the victim doesn’t do a mouseover or carefully check the second confirmation window then the scammer will likely fleece them for 25k+