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beehiveone

Perma Ban Scam (echo)

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I always thought for a scam to be efficient, the scammer needs to at least be able to speak decent English. 

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Bee insulted my Gob shields.

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But did you rule your problem?

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1 hour ago, SamTheKing said:

I always thought for a scam to be efficient, the scammer needs to at least be able to speak decent English. 

Actually, the broken english can be part of the plan: it means that cleverer people, who won't fall for the scam anyway, are more likely to ignore the person rather than engage with them making it less likely that they will a) get reported to Ankama or b) counter-scammed. It also means that the people they do get responding are more likely to fall for a scam.

 

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1 hour ago, Dumpy said:

Bee insulted my Gob shields.

 Please don't get me perma ban IM SORRY!

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5 hours ago, beehiveone said:

 Please don't get me ban perm IM SORRY!

FTFY

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It's rather amusing to see how bad these scammers are.
Not to be that guy and all, but anyone who falls for these scams deserves it.

Nothing like a little adversity to serve as a life lesson.
One of the many problems with this stupid server merge.

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On 2017-5-14 at 8:19 AM, Sommanker said:

Actually, the broken english can be part of the plan: it means that cleverer people, who won't fall for the scam anyway, are more likely to ignore the person rather than engage with them making it less likely that they will a) get reported to Ankama or b) counter-scammed. It also means that the people they do get responding are more likely to fall for a scam.

 

 

I don't think those methods would be applicable in this situation because the guy has already chosen his targets (everyone around the magus WS got the same PM, including me) and getting reported is a non-factor for these people, setting up another stealth account takes 2 minutes. Most of these types of scams are done by French people who come over here because their methods no longer work well on French servers thus their English is mostly bad.

 

Methods similar the above are generally used in scams that require more human interaction. I'll give a prime example that almost everyone can understand: Why do you think the whole "I am a Nigerian prince"/whatever scam is still around? Because nearly all people who are aware of scams on the internet are aware of the Nigerian prince meme, so the story filters out the people who wouldn't be very likely to fall for it because the process is quite long and they milk these people over and over.

 

Plenty of intelligent people fall for email scams although not at this basic level. A few years ago a security company which I forget the name of held a contest to see if anyone could hack them, someone sent the CEO an email with a hyperlink saying "I won the contest: here's proof"

that link contained a local admin exploit: boom hacked. Most of the greatest hacks in history have required some form of social engineering.

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