Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Scam Alert: 'Hit' Scam

Affects: Noobies mostly
Modus Operandi
: The scammers follow around and pester new avatars claiming that someone has taken out a 'hit' on them. They offer to 'cancel the hit' if the new avatar pays them.
How it goes down: Apparently there is a group of these individuals posing as 'hit men'. I'm not sure if this is some kind of roleplay, but regardless, they are attempting to use a scare tactic to extort money from new avatars. These 'hitmen' follow around and harrass new avatars, threating them and stalking them until they are paid to leave them alone. These 'hitmen' also carry around weapons and disregard sim rules regarding weapons. The reporter did not indicate how and if these weapons were used.
Seeing through the Scam: This is a scam that obviously doesn't work on older avatars because even with a little experiece you realize that such things can't exist and that these 'hitmen' are not only scamming, but griefing by way of harassment and to report them. Apparently they are a group called "Hired Hitman".
Damage control: The best thing you can really do is teleport away from these people and if they continue to harass you, report them or ignore them. They might shoot you once, but ignore them long enough, and they will get bored of you.


At 8:26 AM, August 15, 2006, Blogger Hypatia Callisto said...

This scam may not be very new. Seems like a variant on something that happened to me a few months ago. Someone by the name of Till Gasparini (no longer in find) used a prim to enter my lab (a private workspace with no doors and no windows, I teleport to get in and out) while I was talking to a friend in there. Claimed to be looking for a bounty, but then suddenly realised my security system was targeting him to teleport him home, he sat on the prim he used to gain access to my lab and moved himself out to fly off before being forcibly teleported back home.

At 11:23 AM, August 22, 2006, Blogger Nimil said...

i had something like this happen a while back while in a sandbox. someone hit me with a cage gun and said i had a contract out on me and he was to take me back to the man who'd paid him for me. i pretty much used a prim to get out of the cage and then left the area.


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