Scamming is an increasingly common profession within EVE Online. Main trading hubs, channels and recruitment channels are highly populated with many of these market bandits (Jita for instance). An average scam can generate around 2bil profit, with this in mind an increasing number of EVE players have dedicated alts designed to relieve other players of their isk.
Today was just like every other day in the ship section of the ingame trade channels. sellers linking their ships in hope of profit, buyers looking for their next ship at a bargain price and of course scammers lurking in the shadows searching for targets. A Character named ABM Rambo was one of these scammers, pretending to sell a fitted bhaalgorn for a good price. A quick look at the contract would make you think, Hey this is worth it but when looking closely at the price you would realise that something is wrong…
ABM Rambo started his usual waiting, linking his fit in channel, Suddenly he was confo’d by Big Lynx after discussing the price he created the contract but instead of the 1bil, 1000bil (1 trillion) was set as price. He linked it in the private chat and then started waiting. Suddently his wallet blinked, He had to look twice but then realised that he did it. He just scammed somebody out of 1 trillion isk!
Like many others he had seen the fit on the Bhaalgorn and thought to make some quick isk. In his excitement he forgot to look at the price of the given contract. As is often the case his greed cost him, he thought he had seen 1 billion ISK but after accepting he realised that the actual price is 1 trillion. One might ask himself how this person had so much ISK in his wallet; according to ABM RAMBO Big Lynx had taken the ISK of the “xXPlease Pandemic Citizens Reloaded Alliance Xx” wallet to make a quick profit. like many victim’s before him he went into panic mode typing: GIMME MY ISK BACK! in the Ship trade channel. Instead of receiving his ISK he received some well deserved trolls for falling for such well known scam.
Once again we learn to take an extra look at the contracts before accepting them.
This was a well executed troll that went viral after it was released. I got informed about this and was very interested. After speaking to AMB Rambo I had all the information I needed to write this article. after about an hour a reddit post went up and we started doubting. Then I got confo’d by one of my sources that confirmed my new suspicions. This 1 Trillion isk scam is a Troll, crafted with photoshop and the Singularity server. so sadly all glitter ain’t no gold.
This troll is like a space version of the Jimmy Kimmel troll that went viral as well.
Do you know about any other well executed trolls then please share them with us in the comment box!