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Table of Contents


Page 1

Post 1.
"New" Scams
Post 1.5.
Old and Useless Scams
Post 2.
Trust Game
Post 3.
Doubling Money Scam
Post 4.
Trimming Armor Scam
Post 5.
Website Scam
Post 6.
Show me your inventory Scam
Post 7.
Rounding Money Scam
Post 7.5.
P-mod App Scam
Post 8.
Rushing you to Trade Scam
Post 8.5.
Account buying/Selling Scam
Post 8.75.
Trade & Lending Scams
Post 9.
Wilderness Scam


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Post 10.
Accepting a Teleport Problem
Post 11.
Fake drop party Scam
Post 12.
Gem cutting Scam
Post 13.
Flower Game Scam
Post 14.
Chicken Scam
Post 15.
Rare items Scam
Post 16.
Team Scamming
Post 17.
Alt-F4 Scam
Post 18.
Common Phrase of: "Trade me your item for a minute, I'll give it back"
Post 19.
Pass-setting Scam


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Post 20.
Common Phrase of: "Give me your item and I'll duplicate it"
Post 21.
Common Phrase: "Whoever drops the most valuable item will win a prize!"
Post 22.
All about the ?
Post 23.
Quick Swap in a Trade Scam
Post 24.
Goodie Bag Scam
Post 25.
About Me
Post 26.
Usage of Guide/Abiding with Forum Rules
Post 27.
Overall Scams/Reporting & References
Post 28.
List of Supporters & Contributors
Post 28.5.
Updating and Remodeling Section
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Post 0. What to Do When You Are Scammed (Or Before You're Scammed!)


Users who host scams are not welcome in RuneScape according to the RuneScape In-Game Rules and by the players who have been scammed and by those who fight scamming.

If you suspect someone is a scammer then make sure to report them using the in-game report button. Although it may seem more effective, it is not always (and most likely almost never) necessary to seek a Player Moderator or Jagex Moderator to sort out a scammer for you on the spot. Most of the resources are in-game already for you to use. The best way to handle a scammer if you see one is to use the "Report and Ignore" method. This makes it so that you have notified Jagex about the problematic user and now not only have you reported the user, but you won't have to deal with hearing the user's rants and advertising.

Post 1. Newer Scams


None. Yay :)


=== Disc Game ===

In this game, players predict whether a disk will land on the correct side or not.

DO NOT ATTEMPT this at anytime. This is almost always a scam.

=== Common phrase "First person to give me xyz gets a prize! =====

This is considered a trust trade, and with all trust trades, it puts your money at risk. by giving your money to the "scammer" you're pretty much giving them a gift and hoping that they keep their word and return your gift after wards.

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Post 1.5 Old, Retired, and Worthless Scams


Dicing - This scam and gambling method in game was removed by making the dice bag "unavailable" in the game.

Horsing - This scam and gambling method in-game was "altered". Instead of saying 3 different lines, a message "Say neigh to gambling" would appear instead.
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Post 1.5. Types of Scams


There are multiple types of scams in RuneScape. This post will help clarify the differences between them and the techniques to avoid being scammed by them.

Most Common: Trust Games


Very Common: Website Scams


Uncommon: Misconception Scams


Less Common: People You Think You Trust (You may be living with them)


Post 2. Trust Games


The Trust Game is where Scammers offer an item to entise users to follow them to a place where they can talk. Usually, they will show great sums of money, or items of value.

This "Trust Game" can be found all over Runescape. Although it is most commonly found at the Grand Exchange, Lumbridge Castle.

The Trust Game works by getting a user's attention with large amounts of money, or rare and expensive items. They will usually bring you to a quiet place where there are much less people to disturb the chat. It will usually then turn into bets, or an auction form. They will soon increase in value, sometimes reaching into the millions. After the time is up, or the limit has been exceeded, they give an item to one person. Or, give it to nobody at all. After that, they log out without returning any of the items. And in the best case scenario, the winner is happy while everyone else is sad. Sometimes they will even give the item to a friend who he/she knows will return the item to them. This will trick other players to "trust" the user, thinking that he/she is a legit dealer.
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Post 3. Doubling Money Scam


Type of Scam: Trust Game

Rarity: Extremely Common

Most Commonly Seen: Grand Exchange and Free-To-Play Banks

What You Should Know: The Doubling Money Scam is used to steal a player's item, or large amounts of gold pieces. As almost all trust games attempt to do, the concept behind this scam is to slowly gain your trust and increase your confidence level with the scammer until you offer too much. Once you test it out with 5k, or an amount of your choice, they gain your trust by giving you back the amount doubled, as advertised. Once you fork over that 200k (usually, 10k is enough), they log out and you don't get your money back. These scammers will usually double small amounts of money, or the first amount you offer. A common phrase used is *Doubling money, using a cash generator”. This is absolutely a scam because there is no legitimate RuneScape “gold generator” out there to magically create millions of coins. You should report all two-trade doubling schemes as you seek fit. I recommend reporting the ones who use autotypers, which are also against the rules.

Additional Information: There are some very rare instances where a player may offer a doubling game because they are bored, quitting, etc. Many times, these users will offer doubling in a one-trade instance. The best thing to do however is to avoid all doubling games anyways because many scammers will disguise them as being legitimate by using the following phrases:

1. “Doubling money, quitting the game” -
Reportable

2. “Doubling money, bank drop” -
Reportable

3. “Doubling money, feeling overly excited today” -
Reportable

4. “Doubling money, using a cash generator” -
Automatically Reportable

5. “Doubling money, two-trade” -
Automatically Reportable
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Post 4. Trimming Armor Scam


Type of Scam: Misconception

Rarity: Very Rare (Popularity dropped after the return of free trade and price drop)

Most Commonly Seen: Grand Exchange

What You Should Know: It is not possible to make any untrimmed armour become trimmed because all trimmed armour is obtained as a Treasure Trails prize and cannot be created through any other means. The most common armour that is scammed by this means is Rune. This is because this scam is most commonly found in Free-To-play worlds where the Treasure Trails activity is not available to them and common misunderstandings about how trimmed armour is created can be passed around more easily. Common examples of the armour that scammers claim can be made include (Rune (g), Rune (t), Zamorak, Saradomin, and Guthix).

Additional Information: Many scammers will back their “claims” up if confronted by a doubtful user. The most common questions I see from soon-to-be-scammed users are “How do you trim the armour” and of course “How can I trust you”. Many scammers will use these common excuses as a response to the question “How do you trim the armour”:

1. “I dye it”
2. “I smith it”
3. “I alchemize it” (Ridiculous because that would’ve turned the armour into coins, which is actually another scam).
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Post 5. P-Mod and J-Mod Application/Invite Scams


Type of Scam: Website

Rarity: Uncommon

Most Commonly Seen: Grand Exchange and Lumbridge

What You Should Know: RuneScape only notifies users of becoming a Player Moderator by using the RuneScape Message Centre. It is not possible to be invited to become a P-Mod in any other way. All P-Mod Application websites are fake and are scams, guaranteed. Also, it is currently not possible to “apply” to become a Player Moderator as it is by invitation only right now.

For the J-Mod Application Scam, it is not possible to become a J-Mod unless you apply on the official Jagex Careers website. J-Mods are employees of Jagex and cannot be obtained in any other way than being an employee of Jagex. This means that in order to become a J-Mod, you will need to get a job at Jagex, so study hard when you’re young!

It is possible to receive private chat messages and even e-mails about being a Player Moderator, but just remember that P-Mod invites are by Message Centre invitations only and you will not be notified in-game about it. If you are asked by a player in-game, then use the in-game reporting button and report the user for Advertising a Website or for Scamming and ignore the user. As far as public chat messages go, it’s the same thing; report and ignore.

Additional Information: You used to be able to apply to become a Player Moderator on the Official RuneScape Forums. However, this is not the case any more and the thread has been closed because Jagex did not *find the people they needed” on the thread. If a RuneScape player does not have a Silver crown or a Gold crown next to their name, then they cannot be officially recognized as a P-Mod or J-Mod. If a player claims that they are a P-Mod or a J-Mod but don’t have a Silver or Gold crown next to their name in the chat box, then report the user for Staff Impersonation.
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Post 6. RuneScape Gold Buying Scam


Type of Scam: Website

Rarity: Uncommon

Most Commonly Seen: Grand Exchange, Edgeville Bank, Lumbridge

What You Should Know: The only legitimate way of getting RuneScape gold is by obtaining it in-game by yourself. Gold Selling Websites mainly use bots to help generate the money they have. Depending on the website, various things may happen. Some Gold Selling websites will actually take your account information (that you have given them by registering for their service) and use your account to bot for the gold you ordered on your own account. This will get your account banned. If you provide them with your credit card information and e-mail, they may use the information to do other not-so-good things with that information such as spam and selling your information to third parties.

Additional Information: Thanks to RuneScape’s players, J-Mods, and the new bot catching system that targets both skilling bots and advertisement bots, the overall presence of the Gold Selling scam has dropped significantly. (But if you pass by one, just report it for Advertising Websites and ignore it).

Post 7. Show me your inventory Scam


How it works: The scammer will ask you to show the best items you have in your account. They'll ask you to show it in a trade. Supposedly, they want you to forget that you put valuable items in so that you'll accept the trade, causing you to lose your items.

To avoid getting scammed by this method, double check your trades and don't get sidetracked when trading.

Is this scam reportable: Yes
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Post 7.
All about the Rounding Money Scam

You'll find this scam at the G.E. and most banks in Runescape.

The Rounding Money scam works by you giving an amount, say 600,000 gp. The scammer will give you 400,000 gp in return. Thinking that he has rounded your money to 1 million, you accept and you lose 200,000 gp.

To avoid being tricked, double check the amount of money you are giving and the amount of money you are receiving.



Post 7.5. RuneScape Giveaway/Merc* Clan Scam


Type of Scam: Website

Rarity: Very Common

Most Commonly Seen: Grand Exchange

What You Should Know: Nowadays (as of 2015), most of these scams come in the form of phishing. They will lead you to a link on YouTube, FaceBook, or Twitch and ask you to visit the website. The URL and website design will look like the Official RuneScape Website, but it is not. Often times, the link will bring you to a login page which looks identical to RuneScape's.

Additional Information: These links are usually advertised as either giveaways or clan invitations. They are often embedded in videos as annotations, the video description, and comments. If you see any user advertising a giveaway on an external site (the advertisers are often times decently trained accounts because they are hijacked), make sure to report them for "Advertising Website".
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Post 8.
All about the Rushing you to Trade Scam
You will find this scam anywhere in Runescape. Although, this scam is rarely used anymore.
How they do it: Rushing you to trade, just like the title says.
To avoid this, make sure you take time to review your trade. Don't take too long or too short of a time. More than 2 minutes would probably get your trade cancelled and less than 15 seconds gives a high chance of you being scammed.
Is this reportable? Yes.

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Post 8.5.
All about the Buying/Selling Account Scam
You find users buying/selling accounts almost anywhere on Runescape. However, you may be suprised that these are usually hijacked accounts cleared of money.
Account buying/selling is against the game rules. Both the buyer and the seller is reportable under the "Buying or Selling an Account" tab when reporting in-game.
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Post 8.75
All about the Trading and Lending Scams
Tips to avoid being scammed by this:
* Watch out when lending and trading at the same time. Lends will be lends and will be received back by the owner while trades are trades, and will be given to the player you are trading with.
* Never rush when trading. Phrases like "Hurry up" or "I need to go soon" should be ignored, since, if they really want to complete the trade, they shouldn't have to rush.
* Watch out for suspicious trades. Some users decline and then switch an item out for a similar item. ALWAYS look at the money transfer.
* Watch out for decliners. Because of this, if a trade has been declined, you will see a BOLD RED sentence in your trade and "all" screen saying that a player declined the trade.
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Post 9.
All about the Wilderness Scam
This scam happens frequently under many names.
You can find different versions along the Wilderness border, in Edgeville, the Monastery near the Wildy, and Varrock.
Although there are many different versions of this "scam", they all revolve around one key point. They lure you into the Wildy and kill you.
Watch out when you see someone wanting to trade with you, but insists that you have to go into the Wildy. The thing is, he is trying to kill you and get your items.
Overall, to avoid these scams, never engage in any trade or "activity" that happens in the Wildy that does not
Is this reportable? In MOST cases.
WATCH OUT FOR SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY! IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT PROBABLY IS.
-- You are asked to be a luring partner and you help lure somebody into the wilderness. You are putting yourself at risk by being in the Wildy. The player you lured with your fellow "Lurer" was a friend of your fellow "Lurer". They both kill you.
In-Depth: You are putting yourself at two risks.
1) is being reported. Luring is possibly reportable depending on what you are doing.
2) is being killed. You can definitely die in the Wilderness and lose all your items (except three sometimes).
-- Somebody is advertising a giveaway and claiming to do a drop party or dropping items and/or money in the Wildy.
In-Depth: STOP! Think about what the user (s) are doing.
1) They didn't specify how much cash, or items they are dropping.
2) They are doing it in the Wildy! Don't you think there's a hitch to it like being killed?
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