Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Don't lose your account to scammers

I was hoping I didn't have to write this particular post, but it seems it can't be stressed enough. I am assuming that if you are here, you play this game, like it and would like to keep playing for a long time to come. If so, please, please, please do not do do anything that would endanger your account. There are two things that can make you lose your account. One of them is breaking the game rules and have your account banned by Acclaim. The other is to have your account stolen, ending up with nothing at all.

There are several things that can make you lose it either ways. Account sharing, automated buffers and buying in-game items from third party sites are the most common of those. All of these methods involve either giving out your account information or installing some third party software that interacts with the game. Once you have done that, your account is not safe anymore. I cannot repeat this often enough: please do not give out your username and password to anyone. Anyone who is asking you for personal details is breaking the game rules and can be reported.

Reasons invoked could be special offers for you (such as adding gold, items, acclaim coins to your account, helping you level or train your buffs) or people pretending to be from the Acclaim staff. The latter is an utter lie: no one from the staff will ever ask for your password - they do not need it. Usually, the first one is a lie too - it's just people after your accounts.

There are some people who view spammers in Hefei as a mere nuisance for the the chat. They are more than that - they are a peril to your account if you fall for them. They promise easy in game money quite cheap. However, with various third party programs you might install or sites you might access you will usually get more than you bargained for in the form of keyloggers. The site owners will then easily retrieve your personal information without you being aware of it. In chasing fast and easy money, uber-items or high skill levels without work you have actually a high chance of ending up with your character stripped of all gold and items you possess. You will not receive any compensation since it is your own fault that you lost it.

Should you be among the lucky ones who do not get scammed by the goldsellers themselves, you still have a chance of having your account banned and items/gold you've bought removed by the Acclaim staff, since purchasing items from any other source other than the official Item Mall is against their policy.

So, please… if you are the sort of person who would not take into account any moral issues (because honestly, cheating sucks and cheaters are losers, no room to argue here), please, please, please at least think of the security of your account. It would be a shame to lose all that you 'worked' to achieve over some fast extra gold. I doubt it's worth it.

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