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Posted: Feb 1st 2008 8:55AM (Unverified) said

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I read that story sometime last year, it's what made me try EVE. Simply fantastic.

Posted: Feb 6th 2008 10:53PM (Unverified) said

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What most players don't know is that EIB and The Great Scam were both fake. The Great Scam by Nightfreeze is a work of complete fiction -- well written fiction but fiction nonetheless. The EIB scam alleged to have involved 790 billion isk but the only proof of this was a screenshot from a character known for his history of faking screenshots. In reality, he had been cooking the books the entire time to drum up more investor confidence by pretending he was already holding 700 billion.

The real scam with EIB was conning the playerbase and the media into thinking he'd stolen as much as he claimed, a subject that CCP were oddly silent on at the time as it was getting Eve some press. The actual figure stolen was thought to be a respectable 50-150b, though no proof has surfaced of it. A forum moderator accidentally revealed one day that the EIB scammer was banned from Eve eventually for selling his isk for cash.

I can provide links to back up most of this and did so in a wikipedia edit that was mysteriously covered up by removing the entire section a few months later. I don't blame The Escapist's fact-checking for not picking up on these subtle errors, though, as eve is a very deep game of deceit and such facts are hard to come by.

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