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#1 Oct 16 2013 at 12:36 AM Rating: Default
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Hey guys, I was leveling botanist last night in the new gridania area collecting elm logs to store in my retainer for when I level up crafts, nothing out of the ordinary there..

But this is what is weird.. I had a guy with a name like "hdfga sfafa" (some kind of spam name) following me constantly, like literally with the /follow command, he would try and trade me every so often.. This went on until I had about 500 elm logs (so a few hours or so), it was really starting to annoy me, so before I left to go town to store my logs, I accepted the trade for the sake of it and whoever it was put 750k into the trade box and clicked accept.. Now at this point I thought it was one of my friends playing around with me.. So I clicked accept... Just because I thought they were gonna decline but.. I now have +750k I didn't have before .. After trying to get my friends to admit to me that it was them, they were like "honestly it wasn't us, we don't even have 750k ourselves lol".

This has got me worried, I tried calling for a GM on the matter but one didnt come, I now don't know what to do.. I don't want to get banned, I'm worried :/

What do you guys think happened??

This is a very strange occurrence to me, nothing has ever happened like this in a mmorpg before!

Help!


P.s.. I would like to add that immediately after the trade the random character disappeared, not sure if it logged or teleport I was too busy talking to my friends to notice.. (Was totally in shock)

Edited, Oct 16th 2013 2:38am by Omniworm
#2 Oct 16 2013 at 1:20 AM Rating: Excellent
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I'd log a ticket on the support desk asap, under harassment. You need to let them know the characters name that was following you, the server you are on and the time it happened. Tell them as much as possible and stress that you accepted the money by folly, otherwise your account may get flagged for RMT activity.
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#3 Oct 16 2013 at 3:46 AM Rating: Good
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You probably have a similar sounding name of one of their gil runners/banks.

But yeah, long story short, if you thought ZAM was a hard place to try and convince people you really didnt do anything wrong or didnt actually purchase that gil, try dealing with Square Enix...

Not saying that what happened isnt the truth or anything. None of us were there, and probably no one knows you personally, so we have no way to confirm or deny it, but it is suspicious. And Square Enix bans people that are even slightly suspicious.
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#4 Oct 16 2013 at 4:43 AM Rating: Good
KojiroSoma wrote:
Square Enix bans people that are even slightly suspicious.


EVENTUALLY Smiley: laugh
#5 Oct 16 2013 at 5:31 AM Rating: Good
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KojiroSoma wrote:
You probably have a similar sounding name of one of their gil runners/banks.

But yeah, long story short, if you thought ZAM was a hard place to try and convince people you really didnt do anything wrong or didnt actually purchase that gil, try dealing with Square Enix...

Not saying that what happened isnt the truth or anything. None of us were there, and probably no one knows you personally, so we have no way to confirm or deny it, but it is suspicious. And Square Enix bans people that are even slightly suspicious.


SE operates on a strict guilty until proven guilty because you're clearly guilty policy. Just like SE doesn't have a downvote button on their forums I don't think their customer service dep't has any other button on their screen but 'ban account', so the end result no matter what the inquiry is an account ban.


Edited, Oct 16th 2013 7:32am by Furiousnixon
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#6 Oct 16 2013 at 6:06 AM Rating: Good
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I wouldn't be as stupid to jeopardize my account by doing RMT, I posted this to see if this has happened to anyone before.. Not just in this game, in other mmorpgs too, I will be posting a ticket when I get ingame next, I want this sorted, I'm too scared to even buy anything from the market now until this is fixed.

Edited, Oct 16th 2013 8:08am by Omniworm
#7 Oct 16 2013 at 6:08 AM Rating: Decent
just laundry the money, give it to someone to hold onto for a fee days, then take it back >.>
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#8Uchida, Posted: Oct 16 2013 at 6:22 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) You must be really stupid to have accepted the trade. It was your own mistake. And now your worried.
#9 Oct 16 2013 at 9:39 AM Rating: Decent
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I had something like that happen in EQ 2. Someone walked up to me and handed me over 10,000 plat and disappeared. I accepted and was blown away. Never got banned or anything. Different game but same scenario.
#10 Oct 16 2013 at 10:10 AM Rating: Decent
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Ramzies wrote:
I had something like that happen in EQ 2. Someone walked up to me and handed me over 10,000 plat and disappeared. I accepted and was blown away. Never got banned or anything. Different game but same scenario.

Well, in this case we can be pretty darn sure a RMT traded him the gil. Unless the person in EQ2 was named Xcncnnxnxxffd or something similar, it could just be a person who quitted and wanted to give what he had to the nearest person. Or random acts of philanthropy.
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#11 Oct 16 2013 at 10:26 AM Rating: Excellent
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Chances are you will be flagged for RMT long before they see anything that you post. But, yeah, I would say just get ready to expect the suspension, hold off on any large purchases/sales, and make sure you don't move gil off of your character.

If you do get contacted, or suspended, use the posts/messages that you submitted as your evidence that you are an unwitting party. Hopefully nothing comes from it and you have 75k. But if something does, just remember to CYA, and understand that from their point of view, they are just following the money, and have no intention of banning honest players, but also don't have time to dig deeper than necessary.

They deal with thousands of hacks, cheats, bots, and such a day. It is a full time job for a lot of people, and as a result, they tend to be short and suspicious. But, USUALLY, they are reasonable. Not always (and we always hear about the times that they are not, or the occasional people who try to make it seem like they are not).

Good luck!
#12 Oct 16 2013 at 11:29 AM Rating: Good
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I gave away lots of money to strangers in beta4 and just after launch just to get my gil down to 7 million. I asked before I gave it to them, 750k is not a lot to RMT and most legacy people, a few days work if we focus on it. Share your good fortune with friends so you can stop looking over your shoulder. If bringing SE in it makes you feel better do it. I've deleted lots of mmo characters over the years most times I give the items away because of the work I put into getting them... maybe you got lucky. At worst a bunch of spam names surround you and say you have pay the gil back by doing dungeon runs till they say it ends or they are going to stare at you menacingly in zones or point at you in chat.Smiley: smile
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#13 Oct 16 2013 at 4:42 PM Rating: Decent
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Warmech wrote:
I gave away lots of money to strangers in beta4 and just after launch just to get my gil down to 7 million. I asked before I gave it to them, 750k is not a lot to RMT and most legacy people, a few days work if we focus on it. Share your good fortune with friends so you can stop looking over your shoulder. If bringing SE in it makes you feel better do it. I've deleted lots of mmo characters over the years most times I give the items away because of the work I put into getting them... maybe you got lucky. At worst a bunch of spam names surround you and say you have pay the gil back by doing dungeon runs till they say it ends or they are going to stare at you menacingly in zones or point at you in chat.Smiley: smile

Or even worse, they could spam you with tells about their site, and how it's 100% handwork guaranteed!!
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