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Xel'Naga

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HOW TO FILE A REPORT

All scammer reports should be posted to the Reports forum, or sent as a PM to Faron8, Sargent¥ or Xel'Naga. To make things easy, we're going to be changing up our policies and formats for reporting scammers, as of 5/28/2012. We're going to be using SteamRep's own procedures for gathering details and evidence. Mattie!, of SteamRep fame, has put together an absolutely awesome guide for how to get this sort of evidence already, complete with graphics and templates. Please refer to this thread for the templates and evidence-gathering procedures. Or, for quick copy/paste, simply open the box below to get the template if you're already familiar with the procedure.

Subject: 7656119806666666666 (evil_scammers_name)

Victim:
steamID: innocent_victims_name
steamID32: STEAM_0:0:9999999999
steamID64: http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/7656119809999999999
customURL: http://steamcommunity.com/id/innocentname
steamrepURL: http://www.steamrep.com/index.php?id=7656119809999999999
SOP forum account (if applicable): VICTIM_FORUM_NAME

Scammer:
steamID: evil_scammers_name
steamID32: STEAM_0:0:66666666666
steamID64: http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/7656119806666666666
customURL: http://steamcommunity.com/id/scammername
steamrepURL: http://www.steamrep.com/index.php?id=76561198066666666666
SOP forum account (if applicable): SCAMMER_FORUM_NAME

Screenshots:
- Pictures of chat (required)
- Trade window if relevant (please keep the practice of chatting in normal chat, and just only trade in the trading window).
- Screen shot of profile page if the offender is impersonating admins, middleman, or trusted traders. (showing steam community link, pic, nickname, friends and groups)

Description: A (short) description of where/how you encountered the person, and the deal, the attempted scam, and the outcome. The pics should tell the full story.

Copy a transcript of the chat below that. For readability: Put the text between [ code ]text here [ /code ] tags, remove the spaces within the brackets and it will show up the same as this part of the text.
For the sake of contingency and privacy, if you have any screenshots that contain personal information, please censor it out. If you are unable to censor out the information, or you feel that it is important to your report, then please send these screenshots privately to either Faron8 or myself for review (do not post it as a comment to our profile, but rather chat us on Steam or send it as a PM). We will not publicly post your private information without your permission. Your private information includes items such as your name, email address, PayPal transaction IDs, Steam login name, etc.

However, do not edit out too much information from your screenshots. We need enough evidence to be able to prove the scammer is who you say they are. Don't edit out things such as Steam names, timestamps, URLs (unless there is sensitive information in the URL), or anything else that could help us link the scammer's account to his crime.

If your screenshots contain any private information, be absolutely sure that you do not post them in this thread, or anywhere else. Send them as a PM or Steam chat ONLY. This way, we can make sure that before we release the screenshots as evidence, we can have your personal data removed.

It is also advised that, after you have fallen victim to a scammer, that you file a ticket with Steam Support. Depending on the circumstances, Steam Support may be able to restore your items for you, however this is determined on a case-by-case basis, so your mileage may vary. Typically they will restore your items if you can prove that the scammer made some sort of promise - such as to give you X item after you finished the trade, such as with trading CD keys, or trades larger than what Steam trade allows (which I believe is about 255 items per person per trade) - or if the scammer misrepresented an item (by saying it was a craftable hat, when it wasn't, or if they said it was painted White but it was really painted 216-190-216 (a common scam), etc.

Also be warned that Steam Support will not honor any cash trades. If you lost money or items in the result of a cash trade, Steam Support will simply close your ticket and wish you a good day. Don't even bother in these cases.

As long as it wasn't a cash trade, it's always advised that you go ahead and submit a Steam Support ticket. Worst case scenario: You don't get your items back. However, with ample evidence, Steam Support will apply a trade ban on the scammer, which prevents them from making any trades with their account for two weeks (usually), and may prevent other traders from falling victim.

WHAT COUNTS AS EVIDENCE OF A SCAM?

When filing a report, please be sure to have adequate evidence. We will not take copy/pasted chat logs as evidence. You can take a screenshot of your chat session, trade window, trade history, etc.

There are several different tools for saving screenshots. On a Mac, you can press Command+Shift+4 to use OS X's built-in screenshot tool. On a PC, you can press PRNT SCRN, open any image editor like MSPaint, and then Paste the image and save the file.

Or, you can use a tool such as TinyGrab, which works on both OS X and Windows. TinyGrab lets you take a screenshot of an area of your screen, and it automatically uploads the image to TinyGrab's website, and automatically copies the URL to your screenshot to your clipboard, so you can easily paste it.

You can also upload your screenshot to a variety of image hosts, such as Imgur, Roman's ImgHost, or other sites.

Please try to avoid using ImageShack and TinyPic for hosting images, as they both tend to load up a lot of advertisements, and have a tendency to resize images.

On the subject of resizing images, do not resize your screenshots. If it's a full-screen screenshot of your desktop, that is fine. We cannot use shrunken screenshots, as it becomes impossible to read after a certain point.

Please only file reports in English. While Skial has members from all over the world, who speak a variety of languages, the common language around here is English. For the sake of keeping accurate and usable reports on scammers, all reports must be in English.


WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU FILE A SCAMMER REPORT?

If the user is not already tagged as a scammer on SteamRep, we will have the proper scammer tags applied to them. Because of SteamRep's very strict guidelines on what can and cannot be considered as evidence of a scam, we will only be accepting evidence in a manner similar to how SteamRep accepts their scammer reports.

Skial server admins and forum moderators may ban users determined to be proven scammers, however this is up to the management's discretion. This scammer list does not promise that users listed here will be banned from Skial servers or forums (however this may change in the future; and confirmed scammers may be banned by procedure from the servers).


HOW TO QUICKLY FIND OUT IF SOMEBODY IS ON THIS LIST

To quickly check if somebody has already been reported, open up their Steam profile, and copy their URL. Go to SteamRep, and paste that URL into the search box. You will be given results with various information, including their SteamID64. Copy and paste the SteamID64 into Skial's search box at the top of any page on Skial. If you get a result that hits on this post, that means they've been reported!

SCAMMER LIST POLICY

We will not add any user to this list without conclusive evidence. This is why it's very important that you take screenshots before you close out your chat/trade windows. Without evidence, we can't do anything about it. Take a screenshot of anything you feel is relevant to the case.

If you have fallen victim to a scammer who is already on this list, please go ahead and submit your own evidence of the scam, as well. The more evidence we have on these guys, the better.

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Faron

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2 different Piero imposters

NAME: (cYs) Del Piero (Impostor)
STEAM COMMUNITY: http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198044194625
STEAMREP: http://steamrep.com/index.php?id=http%3A%2F%2Fsteamcommunity.com%2Fid%2FDelPiero-
GUILTY OF: Impostor, PayPal scam
EVIDENCE: http://tf2-trader.com/index.php?topic=15090.0
FORUM POSTS: ^^
ADDITIONAL NOTES: Is impersonating well-known Skial trader, Del Piero. One of many scammers trying to use Del Piero's identity. Tricks unsuspecting users into giving him their valuable items (typically unusual hats), saying he will pay after the trade is complete, and then does not send any payment.
 

[TC]CreepingDeath

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I am trying to keep this handy. Please do not contribute if you don't have anything to add.
As per Roman's request, don't post if it doesn't have to do with the scammer list. This isn't a trade chat thread nor a general chat thread.

I've already deleted several posts and will continue to do so as is needed. Continued disregard for this will be considered spamming/threadcrapping and will earn you warning points.
 
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Xel'Naga

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Rather important announcement.

It appears that one of our most prominent traders, (cYs) Del Piero, has been scamming people all along.

NAME: (cYs) Del Piero I TMG I
STEAM COMMUNITY: http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198000140150
STEAMREP: http://www.steamrep.com/index.php?id=76561198000140150
GUILTY OF: Impersonating his own self

I'm still gathering data on this, but Del Piero (the real one) has been tagged on SteamRep as a scammer. From what I can gather, it appears that he's been using this alt account (76561198059290071) to pretend to be one of his own impostors, thus allowing him to scam people and get away with it, under the guise of an impostor account.

I'm still watching this case unfold, myself, as Del Piero is obviously a very active trader in this community. Del Piero has filed an appeal, however until his SteamRep tag is lifted, DO NOT TRADE WITH DEL PIERO, EVEN THE REAL ONE. At this time, ALL USERS NAMED "DEL PIERO" ARE POSSIBLY SCAMMERS.


EDIT: I just spoke with a SteamRep admin. They confirmed that the real Del Piero was linked to his alt account by his IP address.

Del Piero is a confirmed scammer. Do not trade.
 

Xel'Naga

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Okay, so I'm going to be posting each individual report as a separate post. Editing these large posts with new scammers is getting to be cumbersome, and then I'll also have the added benefit of being able to link to individual reports more easily, and the thread will be "updated" with a new post each time I add somebody new.

Searching for scammers will still work the same way. Simply paste their SteamID64 into the Skial search bar, and it should take you back to this thread if they've already been reported.

So for a few minutes, this thread is going to end up getting bumped over and over as I post these reports one by one.

Sorry for the convenience.
 

Xel'Naga

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NAME: Pillow
STEAM COMMUNITY: http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198030943595
STEAMREP: http://steamrep.com/index.php?id=76561198030943595
GUILTY OF: PayPal scam
LIKELY ALTS: 76561198057373861 (Unconfirmed if actually an alt; if anybody has evidence, please post it)
EVIDENCE: Not available to the public. Skial admins can confirm evidence.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Admitted scammer. Has taken multiple unusual hats, saying that he would pay after the trade was complete, and does not deliver payment.
 

Xel'Naga

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NAME: Hot liMit
STEAM COMMUNITY: http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198045929021
STEAMREP: http://steamrep.com/index.php?id=76561198045929021
GUILTY OF: PayPal chargeback
EVIDENCE: Confirmed Steam trade record | PayPal transaction showing chargeback
ADDITIONAL NOTES: Uses stolen PayPal accounts. I've encountered another victim to this scammer who gave me the PayPal details of their transaction, and the scammer used an entirely different account. While you may not get a chargeback, the payment is from an unsuspecting PayPal account, and the owner may file a chargeback once they see an unauthorized transaction on their bank statement.
 

Xel'Naga

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NAME: IO. Blutz
STEAM COMMUNITY: http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198055778542
STEAMREP: http://steamrep.com/index.php?id=76561198055778542
GUILTY OF: Using shill accounts to give himself fake rep
EVIDENCE: Rep posts have been deleted, as the Skial forum accounts have been banned. Skial admins can confirm the posts.
FORUM POSTS: http://www.skial.com/threads/scammer-using-skial-to-scam-people.11678/|http://www.skial.com/threads/keep-an-eye-out-possible-scammer.11762/
ALTS: 76561198057885827
 

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