Thursday, July 20, 2006

Scam Alert: Re-Box Sellers

Affects: Merchants & Designers
Modus Operandi
: The theif buys or aquires an item with a designer's box which has copy/transfer permissions. They then aquire other items, rip the textures, and then apply the new, ripped textures to full permission clothing they've aquired in their inventory to cover their tracks regarding what they are doing.
How it goes down: The scammer goes around collecting freebees or aquiring clothing in boxes from top designers, either buying or aquiring them through yardsales, friends, yada. They then take the outfits out of the box and replicate the boxes. After this, they take the clothing they aquired, rip the textures, and reapply them to full permission clothing they have in their inventory (renaming it is optional). After which they put the newly minted forgery clothing into the designer's box and proceed to sell it in a store or yardsale enviroment. The scammers name remains out of the creation field, so it becomes nearly impossible to track them unless you are in the scammer's store looking at the OWNER rather than the creator.
Seeing through the Scam: This scam is kind of nefarious as it implicates innocent parties by way of the very permission scheme that is supposed to help prevent this sort of abuse. By using other people's items, the scammer effectively makes those people appear to be the culprits, thereby having innocent designers banned from larger stores for no reason. I do urge that designers and store owners, while angry, don't jump the gun. Make sure you have the facts before taking drastic measures or you may ban an innocent person and let the actual perp get away, or in this case, remain free to continue to rip you off!
Damage control: It is sad that these sort of things continue to press designers into selling non transferable, non copyable objects, but in this case, it is the box/bag/packaging that your outfits come in that you are going to have to protect. Designers, make sure if you sell clothing in a box/package that the box is set to no modify. This will prevent the scammer from using your boxes as they can't put anything in them.

**Updated x2**
Avatars implicated in this scam:
Joane Diller owner of PIECE OF HEAVEN

Originally Candace Sullivan was also implicated in this scam, however, this has come into question and as a result is no longer believed to be directly involved. Appologies to Candace.

Innocent Avatars who's boxes have been used in this scam:
Ashlin Leandros of Mixers

As usual, if anyone has more information on this, please leave it here as a comment.

7 Comments:

At 2:50 PM, July 20, 2006, Blogger Wanda Rich said...

It doesn't appear possible to create a cube that is no copy/no transfer

 
At 4:24 PM, July 20, 2006, Blogger Myst Panther said...

tee hee. Made a slight edit to fix that. ^^;;;

 
At 10:12 PM, July 20, 2006, Blogger Jakkal Dingo said...

I think if you just make the boxes no-modify, they can't put anything in them.

 
At 10:14 PM, July 20, 2006, Blogger Myst Panther said...

Thanks for that Jaks.

 
At 11:38 PM, July 20, 2006, Blogger Jakkal Dingo said...

Of course that wouldn't stop them from trying to sell an empty box.

 
At 12:07 AM, July 21, 2006, Blogger Gattz Gilman said...

if they are smart enough they can use a script to put items in the no modify prim. only thing you cant do is put a script in the no modify prim and have it run

 
At 11:19 AM, July 24, 2006, Blogger Daphne Molinari said...

This was shown to me and i was astonished. I was greatful for the gentleman who informed me of this for my boxes in game were mod/copy and my stuff was being copied.

 

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