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Lame scams still profitable in Guild Wars, over 1000 bans every week

Would you fall for this? (Please say 'no'...): A complete stranger approaches you on the sidewalk outside of your bank and shows you a rare coin he says is worth twenty thousand dollars. "I want to just give this coin to you," he says, "but I don't want anyone to know we did this... tax issues, you...

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EVE Online player loses USD 19,000 in shady virtual currency deal

The sci-fi game EVE Online is set apart from many other massively multiplayer online games by its economy. While there are currently problems with the game's market due to a serious exploit, the economy isn't getting reset anytime soon. The currency of EVE's virtual economy is the Inter Stellar...

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Outlaws of EVE Online: Miz Cenuij Part 2

How much time will you spend pulling together a confidence scam? And how integral is having a third party to facilitate what you do? It depends upon how much I am enjoying that particular scam. If I am enjoying it then time is never really an issue. I've spent months on individual scams,...

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Outlaws of EVE Online: Miz Cenuij

There are many criminals in EVE Online, but some push their chosen profession to a whole different level, sometimes even at the expense of their fellow outlaws. Being an outlaw in EVE Online's setting of New Eden isn't just about prowess in combat. For some, the pull of New Eden's underworld is all...

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CCP Games lead economist on social structures in EVE Online

Phil Elliott from Gamesindustry.biz recently conducted an interview with CCP Games Lead Economist Dr. Eyjólfur Guðmundsson (known as CCP Dr. EyjoG) titled "Star Bucks." While the interview discussed the importance of social structures in EVE Online given the game's single-shard nature and...

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You probably didn't need that Second Life account anyway

We feel a little odd about this one. Not because we're giving you a warning about a scam to steal your Second Life account information, but because you'd have to be just a bit retarded and greedy to fall for this ... or maybe just unsophisticated and ignorant would be enough. Certainly a level far...

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Fraud and its effects on the MMO industry

As the number of people embracing MMOs has increased exponentially over the years, so too has the frequency and scale of fraud related to these games and credit card transactions. Chargebacks resulting from fraudulent credit activity are a growing problem for MMO publishers. Gamasutra has run an...

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Ten Ton Hammer takes a closer look at EVE Online

Ten Ton Hammer's Managing Editor, Cody 'Micajah' Bye writes about EVE Online in his latest editorial, 'The Temptations of a Unique MMOG.' The piece -- the first of many to come -- is an exploration of a game where that standard MMO skillset, employed in virtually all of the industry's dominant...

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Virtual items trader receives Red Herring award

Red Herring has named Live Gamer, a virtual items trading company, as one of the top 100 privately held companies in North America in 2008. The annual Red Herring 100 North America Awards are given to companies identified as the most promising tech startups. Love it or hate it, RMT is not going...

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Free Lindens now

Remember this website? Well, apparently they've given up on trying to scam people through assorted survey fakery. They've stepped up to straightforward theft, and want your account credentials -- in exchange for L$25,000 (which, quite obviously, you would never actually receive). You'd have to be...

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