Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Scam Alert: Moneyball Scam

Affects: Small Casino operators, small games operators, anyone who might use a money ball.

Modus Operandi: The scammer distributes a copy of the offending object called "VGI Money Ball" en masse. Once the victim rezes the moneyball and gives it debit permissions, the scam is underway. Please note that this is NOT a VGI product. It is just pretending to be one.

How it goes down: The victim is given the object free from the scammer or an associate. When the victim rezes the object "VGI Money Ball", it asks for debit permissions. Once the victim has given debit permissions, the moneyball begins to syphon off the person's account in intervals until there is nothing left and gives the money to the scammer.

Seeing through the Scam: Once again, I cannot stress enough that you should NOT give debit permissions to ANYTHING that you don't know explicitly where it came from or are savvy enough to look at the code (if its permittable!) to know if the thing isn't going to rip you off.

Damage control: If you have rezed this object and notice it taking money from you GET RID OF IT ASAP. That will stop it from robbing you. Its not a good idea to just leave something like that out there without testing it first for a good deal of time while online to make sure it ISN'T going to rob you blind. Even if it wasn't a scam, a bug or other glitch could cause severe losses.

If you recieve something with the VGI name, it is advisable to check VGI's website to ensure that it is legitimately one of their products before you use it.

Moneyball affected:
VGI Money Ball

Avatars under suspicion of being involved this scam:
MoeMonnie Bao


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