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RuneScape is no different than any other online game when it comes to scammers. Much like popular MMORPGs like World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy, RuneScape players have to deal with scammers since gold and items from the game have an equivalent real-world value.
Now, we have bad news and good news for you. The bad news is once your items or gold are taken away from your account, it would be impossible for you to get them back. The good news is you can avoid losing your hard-earned gold and items by just being careful who you talk to and transact within the RuneScape world.
In this article, we will cover the most common scams used by people who want to make money by tricking new Old School RuneScape and RuneScape 3 players. This way you’ll become aware of their methods and avoid falling trap in their scams.
Most Common RuneScape Scams
We’ve been playing the game for quite some time now and these are how scammers to trick players from giving up their in-game gold or items, sometimes both.
Doubling Your Money
One of the usual tricks used by RuneScape scammers is telling other players that they will double their money if you trade your gold to them. This starts in small amounts which they can easily double, and once you’ve sent them a good amount of OSRS gold or RS3 gold, they’ll just disappear.
There are some reports, that the scammer will disappear right away even if it’s just for small amounts, so trying to test if this is indeed a scam can be foolish. It is recommended that you just avoid these RuneScape players, put them on your block list, and just mind your own business.
Phishing Ads Or Websites
There are hundreds of websites catering to RuneScape players from client sites to Real-World Trading sites. One thing you should remember as a RuneScape player is to never give away your account login details to anyone online.
Whether you are just there to buy OSRS gold or check for RuneScape item prices, always be on the lookout for phishing websites. If it does not contain the lock symbol next to the website URL, never share any information, even your email address.
Some can even disguise as the original website by simply using Greek or Latin characters on their domain names. Always double-check if you’re on the right website before placing an order since popular RS gold sites are not immune to scammers.
Password Reset Emails
Much like digital wallets or online bank accounts, RuneScape scammers are also implementing password reset emails to trick you into giving away your account details.
They usually design an email to look that it’s coming from a reputable company like RuneScape itself, then request you to change your password because it’s nearing its expiration and you need to do it for your account’s security.
Don’t fall for this scam, please. Once you click the reset password link, you will be redirected to a page that will record your old password, maybe even ask you about the last password you remembered using. As soon as they get that information from you, you can say goodbye to your RuneScape account.
RuneScape Account For Gold Or Item/s
Another popular RuneScape scam is trading accounts for gold or rare in-game items. Scammers will pretend that they are currently selling their RuneScape account, usually with good skill levels, for a mere sum of gold or a certain item.
Once you agreed to send them the gold or item that they are requesting, they will just disappear and run with your gold or item. Some might even trick you more by giving you access to a different account usually a brand new RuneScape account.
Playing RuneScape can be a fun activity. Just be careful about who you are dealing with since it’s easy for people to pretend online.
If something is too good to be true, then it probably is. Make use of your block list so these people won’t bother you ever again. You can also report them to Jagex so you can save other RuneScape players from getting victimized by these scammers.