EverQuest Account Buyer's GuideIf you're new to buying EverQuest goods, welcome! We're happy to have you. If you run across something you don't understand, or have a tip for new EverQuest traders, please reply here.
Before you make your first trade, please read the Safe Trading Guide to avoid bans and scams.
- Secret Question / Answer:
The secret question and answer (SQA) on an account cannot be reset. This is a potential vulnerability, as others could use this information to take your account. The safest accounts will not have a SQA set, the next best situation is to know the SQA. Any other situation will require more trust in past account users.
SMS is a type of account protection based on a mobile phone number, which can be reset with access to or cooperation from the currently listed number. The original number can sometimes help with account recovery. The safest accounts will not have SMS set, the next best situation is to know the original # used on the account. Any other situation will require more trust in past account users.
The "Verified Email" on an account can be reset. The original email can sometimes help with account recovery. The safest accounts will either have un-verified email (allowing you to set the first verified email) or give you full access to the original email account. The next best situation is to know the original email used on the account. Any other situation will require more trust in past account users.
- Credit card & Billing:
This is currently the most important factor in account security. When attempting account recovery, you'll be asked for the last 4 digits and billing address of the original and/or previous credit card. The safest accounts will have never used a credit card, the next best situation is to know the last 4 & billing of each card used. Any other situation will require more trust in past account users.
- Registered Country:
An account's country of origin may affect your ability to add a payment source. The best option is to purchase accounts that are registered in the same country as your credit card. A lengthy discussion on account's country, including tips on changing the registered country, can be found here.
- Securing your account after purchase:
Change the account password, and if given an email account, change the email password as well. There's more you can do to secure an account post-purchase, as detailed in this thread.
EverQuest Account Seller's Guide
- Share security details slowly:
Don't give the SQA, email, billing, and other details all at once. Confirm that the buyer can log in to the account first, then share account recovery details after. (h/t @Ksales)
- Use several mediums:
Consider sending login details to your buyer over several mediums, such as conversation, email and text message. For example, send the username over ectunnel and the password to their Paypal email. If either party's account or email is compromised, hackers will only get partial details.
- WTB - "Want to buy"
- WTS - "Want to sell"
- WTT - "Want to trade"
- TLP - "Time Locked Progression", a server that unlocks expansion packs over time.
- PM - "private message" or at EC Tunnel, "start conversation"
- F&F - friends & family, a type of payment you can send in PayPal that cannot be reversed.
- FnF - see above
- SQA - "Secret Question / Answer"
- PL - "Powerlevel"
- LOL - "Lots of love"
- Take screenshots in-game to confirm sales should something go awry.
- Because GMs from Project1999 and increasingly Daybreak will do their best to find users they dislike in-game, consider using Feedback Privacy and following our in-game privacy tips.
Trade with Verified users, read the Safe Trading Guide, and stay vigilant!
Any other EQ specific tips? Please reply!