This is just another reminder to exercise caution when performing cross-site trades. Remember that we cannot guarantee trades that occur between sites, because we have no control of the other side. Today marks an unhappy milestone in Mycena Cave history: our very first site-ban, for scamming people in cross-site trades.
In this instance we were lucky: the other website(s) involved were extremely responsive and helpful, rolling back the transaction on their end after we reported the issue to them, so the Mycena Cave user who got stiffed got their stuff back. However, had they been unresponsive or uncooperative (as is entirely within their rights), the user in question would simply have been out of luck.
So, when it comes to cross-site trades, remember to be cautious:
1. Exercise extreme caution if one of the accounts you’re trading with is fairly unestablished (i.e. few forum posts and/or pets, etc).
Remember, a great deal is only great if you actually get what you are promised.
Posted 11/05/14, edited 11/05/14
Sorry to the person who ended up being scammed, they also tried to get a lot of currency off of me. I cross trade a lot & have been doing it for years. I’ve only ran into issues twice (both were luckily fixed) & this is the first time anything like this has happened on here for me.
Tips on avoiding being scammed:
2. Know when to go first/how much you’re “willing to risk”.
3. Always conduct sales on site.
4. Know what administration will do on a site if you are scammed.
In this case, the user asked to trade 250 GP:250 gems. After checking both profiles, I noticed they didn’t have any posts & only one pet. I found it odd they were asking for a 1:1 ratio (Juney & I trade at 2:1) and how they had composed the message, so I asked them to start the trade here to “prove” they had the 250 gems & I would send them 500 GP (the ‘correct’ amount) after. After I sent the message, I noticed they were online and not responding after a while.
If scammed, contact the administration on both sites. Screenshot the messages between you and the other user and any other proof you have. Just be sure to give the other user enough time to actually send you the currency before reporting them.
Posted 11/06/14, edited 11/06/14
This person also contacted me. I spoke to Juney asking what the proper trade value was because she is someone i trust. Thank you Juney!