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Guide Safe Trading Guide

Discussion in 'Rules & Guides' started by Coinstop, Mar 25, 2018.

  1. Coinstop

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    Safety from scammers
    While we try and make EC Tunnel a safe space, there is unavoidable risk in every trade. Even when dealing with established members, you need to be vigilant for your own good as well as the community's.
    • Verify your account - Others are more likely to trust you, as well as let you deal second. Most scammers never upgrade.
    • Research - Google and Facebook their username, email, character, phone, or whatever other info they share.
    • Read their feedback - Is it a good rating? Who left good ratings, new users with low feedback or long-time quality members?
    • Sound too good to be true? - It probably is.
    • Contact over EC Tunnel - This helps stop imposters who will use skype, email, and other methods to act like one of the members here. Always verify on EC Tunnel when someone claims to be a popular EC Tunnel user.
    • Check for stolen Paypal accounts - Send an email to their paypal address and ask them to reply. Many scammers use stolen Paypal accounts, and don't actually have access to the email.
    • Use a middleman - Request a middleman in the "want to buy" forum.
    • Small increments - Rather than one big $300 trade, conduct a series of 10 small $30 trades.
    • Beware of those who need to "sell fast" at low prices - Scammers who "need to sell this fast" are eager for you to act quickly without thinking.
    • Record your transaction - Screenshot private messages, screenshot in-game trades and emails, and forward to staff here if there's a dispute.
    • REPORT! - Let us know if you've been scammed by filing a report.
    Safety in-game
    Keeping your in-game identity private can be a good idea, particularly if competitors or game officials dislike you.
    • Use a "mule" - don't deliver with your main accounts.
    • Use a VPN - To hide your IP in-game, we recommend a VPN from PrivateInternetAccess or running your own via streisand.
    • Use "feedback privacy" - Sometimes you can be tracked down in-game through your feedback on EC Tunnel. If you're a premium member, you have access to feedback privacy.
    • Don't list all items - If you're selling an account, don't post too much identifying information about the character, especially if they have unique items.
    • Cover your tracks - Delete your thread when the sale is complete to cover up any tracks you may have left. All users can delete their own posts and threads. Don't post "100k plat sold" for example.
    • Don't publicly post your email - Don't publicly post any unique information (skype, facebook, etc.) that could be linked to your game account, especially your username and email. If you need a name change, check the redcent shop.
    • Big sellers can pose a risk - On some servers when large sellers are banned by GMs, many of their buyers are banned as well. This is often caused by an unscrupulous seller who farms items without care. EC Tunnel urges you to purchase only from sellers who acquire their items through safe, organic, fair-trade gameplay.
    • Be careful with Skype - It's trivial to get someone's IP from their skype username.
    • Let the items rest - Before transferring items to your beloved main account, consider letting them "rest" on a mule account for awhile.
    Do you have any general tips? Please reply!
     
    #1 Coinstop, Mar 25, 2018
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  2. shiftup

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    The link in the verify section doesn't appear to work
     
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