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6-29-2009 @ 8:46PM
This is interesting because no more than a few weeks ago an article was posted here about how much of the gold sold through online vendors is, in fact, duped from other players through scams, keyloggers, and fraudulent emails. Spectral Tiger anyone? This isn't a case of steal from the rich, give to the poor (which still isn't right by the way). This is a case of steal from the rich, sell to the poor, sell it BACK to the rich. Many gold farming sites are based out of China, that's a fact. What isn't a fact though is HOW they get that gold. According to the recent wow.com article, and I have been targeted myself, it's regular players from across the world scamming people out of their gold and then selling it to the gold vendors to make an extra buck. These vendors willingly and knowingly participate in this criminal activity. What's sad is that if they put all of those people out there running bots and scamming people to work on the AUCTION HOUSE, where profiteering is legitimate and expected, they would make more gold and see higher profit margins too. This makes it impossible for me to feel sorry for them. There IS such a thing as stealing to feed your family while at the same time being conscious of the consequences. Most of what we've seen though are scammed accounts, sharded epics, and destroyed guild banks. So no, not one single tear from me.
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