Due to common sense not being so common on these forums and a recent wave of major scams... here is a trading tutorial. Feel free to reply with suggestions on things to add.
Sellers Point of View
- Make your topic.
- Create your selling topic. Do not leave contact information such as MSN emails in your selling topics. This invites scammers to directly add you from fake accounts claiming to be other people.
- Wait for reply.
- You will sell your items, it is only a matter of time. Do NOT jump the gun and trade with someone with no vouchers and just recently joined the forum (3-4 months). Scammers target impatient people because they are in a rush and do not think things clearly through before making decisions.
- When contacted by buyer.
- Check registration date. If it is less then 4-5 months then ignore him, unless he/she has vouchers.
- Check signature. If there are no vouchers in his signature then ask him to provide at least 2-3 reputable vouchers to PM you on forum. If there are vouchers in his signature then PM the vouchers on his list. If vouchers don't check out, then report the user and ignore his offer.
- Check recent topics/posts. If the other two steps above check out and no one acusses him of scamming in his topics then you got the green light to reply and negociate a deal. Remember do not give out your contact information, request it from him/her.
- Ask buyer for contact information.
- Google his contact email (usually msn). If nothing comes up then that's a negative. People leave digital footprints, it is unavoidable. Myspace, facebook, or any time you post your e-mail. A legit e-mail will have a few results. An unreliable email will have either no results or a list of scams or bad reputation as the result. If e-mail doesn't check out, then ignore the buyer.
- Confirm contact information.
- Ask him on MSN to confirm his KO4Life profile by sending you a message. If he/she checks out, then continue negotiating the trade; otherwise, block and report him.
- Buyer always goes first with payment.
- NEVER EVER go first if you are the seller unless the seller is more sketchy looking then the buyer. This part requires better judgment in order to avoid being scammed.
- Seller, delivers the goods.
- At this point you have nothing to worry about except for keeping your part of the bargin. Give the buyer what he payed for.
Buyers Point of View
- Comming soon!
Dealing with PayPal
Before reading this take to note that there is no 100% way of preventing a charge back. This is the safest way and gives you a fighting chance.
- Always use payment owed option.
- Send -> Personal -> Payment Owed
- Doesn't really prevent charge backs or anything, but it makes it so there are no fee's (depending on location).
- Attach a note.
- Make it say something like...money for virtual gold bars for the game knight online, i have received item before payment was sent
- It says you gave the item first but DO NOT give the item first. Just make sure it says you did. This way when they charge back you can tell a paypal claim reports agent that you gave the item before payment was received. Therefore, your proof of delivery.
- Transfer money to bank right after transaction.
- If they do somehow charge back, your last option is to cut off your bank account so paypal cant get the money. You will not be able to link a new account with that bank account.
Click here to see what my paypal transactions history looks like. That is how it should look.