Archive for the ‘Scam’ Category

Scamming is not a new thing to Second Life but in recent years it has become more to the forefront as Second Life has grown and become more well known. Myself it only became to my attention when a Scammer appeared in the virtual club I was in recently and tried a sob story on me in the hope to get some money for nothing.

From what I gather they are becoming the real pains of Second Life appearing everywhere annoying everyone where they appear by bombarding everyone with IM’s begging for money for various reasons which include their mother is ill in real life. Then they proceed to bagger everyone who they think will give them money until they either give up, told less than politely to go away or banned from the sim in question.

Basically they make themselves very annoying but sadly there are those people who fall for the scam or pay to get rid of the person which propagates the problem and keeps them coming back.

Easiest way to spot one of these Scammers is they always use an Avatar which looks like a noobie, no profile information and no payment used as it is always a throw away Alternative Avatar. They appear wonder around first then start to bombard everyone with IM’s asking for money for various things always accompanied by a sob story.

Easiest way to deal with the Scammer is to ignore them and report them both to sim/club/shop owner and Linden Labs themselves but under no circumstances give them money even to get rid of them as it will mean they will come back again.

Finally the scammers always use an army of Alternative Avatars just in case an avatar gets banned but it is still good thing to keep reporting them until they get the hint they are not welcome in second Life any more.

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There is a new scourge of Second Life which is the Beggar who wonders around the Second Life Main Grid claiming to be a noobie who asks for money. But it is a scam to get money out of poor unsuspecting Second Life Residents without actually doing anything within Second Life.

I believe the way the scam works these people use multiple Alternative Avatars, Alts, to scam money out of people by claiming to be noobies begging for a few Lindens which soon adds up to a big amount of Lindens if enough people give them Lindens. Then they keep creating new Alts as usefulness of older Alt has ended in so much people have sussed out the game of the Alt!

Basically these people activity is criminal in every sense of the word as they are conning money out of people under false pretences. Currently I think the Lindens Labs have done nothing about them and it highlights again that Linden Labs should Police Second Life a little better.

Luckily for more experienced Second Life Residents these scammers are easy to spot as they are the only noonies who ask for money directly as a rule most noobies tend not to ask for money. Add to the fact the way their Alts which claim to be noobies show far too much knowledge of how the Second Life Grid works.

The easiest way to combat them is not to give them any money to these people and politely tell them to go away.

Also Second Life Residents Should remember than Lindens can be cashed out as real money!

Sadly these Beggars like Campers before them are parasites within Second Life who just take money out of Second Life without giving anything back. Personally I both groups should be removed from Second Life because they are not prepared to add to the community there in general.

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