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Kumu Honua
Posted - 2007.03.15 11:56:00 - [1]
 

Item Exchange Contract

What it used for: Direct isk for item transaction. Usually for items that you cannot simply find on market such as BPC's, Faction gear, Rarer items.

When to use this contract type: When you have an item that you want to sell for x amount that you want to sell to anyone who sees the contract.

How people scam with it: The scammer is relying on your greed, or lack of attention to detail for these scams.

Common scams:

Mineral scam ("Zydrine x 10,000!" where quantity in items offered is actually a single zydrine hoping that you don't pay attention to the items offered.)

Tier II x 11 scam. ("Hammerhead II x 11!" where it offers only a single hammerhead hoping that in your haste you see the "II" as the quantity.)

WTB Price scam. ("WTB Navy Raven for 1.2billion!" where the money offered is 1,200,000.01 hoping that you don't know that if it was an even 1.2billion it would be listed as 1.2billion instead of 1,200,000,000)

Auction Contract

What it used for: Selling an item with the hope that demand will cause a bidding war and increase sale price.

When to use this contract type: When you think your item is in demand and can sell for higher than you expect.

How people scam with it: Generally the same as item exchange. They rely on your greed/lack of attention to detail.

Common scams:

Same as Item Exchange.

Private Item Exchange Contract

What it used for: Direct isk for item transaction limited to a specific person.

When to use this contract type: When you make a deal with a specific person for an item/isk transaction.

How people scam with it: Social Engineering and preying on greed/lack of attention to detail.

This type of contract generally requires conversation with the buyer/seller. This allows the scammer to attempt to distract you enough to accept the bogus contract without paying attention.

Common scams:

Bait and Switch scam. (Scammer contacts you with a Navy Raven for cheap! However when he sends the contract it's a regular raven. During the transaction he keeps talking to you in an attempt to distract you from the details.)

Private Auction Contract

What it used for: An auction for select individuals/corp.

When to use this contract type: When you want to have an auction limited to members of a corp. (Very few people would ever need to use this contract type.)

How people scam with it: They prey on your lack of knowledge of how contracts work and your gullibility. When it is set as a private auction you cannot simply bid over them with an alt.

Common scams:

Tax Evasion scam. ("I want to buy your X, but we can avoid taxes, if you make it private with a low start bid and buyout of X." They hope that you don't know that there is no tax and when you make the contract, they place the minimum bid and wait for it to end.)

Magical Transportation of Goods scam. ("I would like to buy your item X, but I am deep in 0.0 and cannot enter empire. If you set it as a private auction I can accept the contract from here." They hope that you don't know that you can accept private contracts in any region already and that Private Item Exchange would work just fine in this situation.)

Courier Contract

What it used for: Getting items moved from a to b by another player.

When to use this contract type: When you want something moved and you can't/don't want to do it yourself

How people scam with it: Ambushes/High risk to make you lose the collateral.

Common scams:

Ambush! (Courier sends you to lowsec/0.0 where they will ambush you causing you to fail and lose collateral.)

Freeform Contract

What it used for: Inter-corp recordkeeping. Trust based contracts.

When to use this contract type: When your corp wants to keep records of corp members filling roles such as POS fuel supply.

How people scam with it: Freeform allow for custom "Items offered" You could buy a link to a ship instead of a ship.

Common scams:

Anything that is freeform outside of your corp.

Kumu Honua
Posted - 2007.03.15 11:59:00 - [2]
 

Note: Not all of these contract types are scams. For example, not all lowsec courier missions are ambushes.

Generally, use your brain. Check things over more than once to make sure everything is good to go. If you don't know how something works, don't take the other persons word for it. Get a 3rd party's word for it. Forums, help channel....

Shanur
Minmatar
Republic Military School
Posted - 2007.03.15 14:11:00 - [3]
 

A good way to tell bogus courrier contracts from genuine ones is to compare the collateral to the reward. Scammers don't like to reward you for thinking up a way to evade their trap, and as such will often demand a collateral that is many times higher (30m for a 100K reward contract for example) than the reward. Most often the reward on a genuine courrier contract is about 1/10th of the collateral.

Kumu Honua
Posted - 2007.03.15 15:23:00 - [4]
 

Actually, collateral to reward isn't all that good of a comparison to determine a trap.

Some items simply have high values, and generally the people making courier contracts are the cheapest people in Eve.

Therefore you may be asked for a 50m collateral to move that 0.1 m3 3 jumps for a payment of a pathetic 100K simply because it's a +4 implant...

Shanur
Minmatar
Republic Military School
Posted - 2007.03.15 15:40:00 - [5]
 

Ok, let me put it this way then: If the reward is ridiculously low for the collateral or the flight to be taken, it's either a scam or a cheapskate Razz.

Pan Dora
Caldari
Organization for Nuclear Research
Posted - 2007.03.16 04:50:00 - [6]
 


Scammer dont pretend to pay the reward, they just use it to motivate you to take the contract.
I think a good signal of a scan courrier contract will be short time to finish + good reward/collateral ratio + inavoidable unsecure sistem in rote + indusrial sized package.

Seamus OReilly
Posted - 2007.03.20 20:12:00 - [7]
 

Isn't there also a courier type scam where the package is undeliverable? Not just because the cargo size is outrageously large, but they game it some other way?

Easy Target
Minmatar
Brutor Tribe.
Posted - 2007.03.20 20:37:00 - [8]
 

Originally by: Seamus OReilly
Isn't there also a courier type scam where the package is undeliverable? Not just because the cargo size is outrageously large, but they game it some other way?


wasnt this stopped?
it was done by setting the drop off at Jove region system. "Polaris" as an example

Simon Jax
Gallente
Battlestars
GoonSwarm
Posted - 2007.03.20 22:49:00 - [9]
 

Another one that's done with the Freeform Contracts. They set it up so that it reads:

Description: Myrmidon (Item Exchange)
Type: Freeform
...
Collateral: 30,000,000 isk
Reward: Myrmidon

I don't recall the exact format wording. The trick is, of course, that "(Item Exchange)" is placed in the description of the contract to trick you into thinking it's an Item Exchange type contract. When you accept the contract, you pay the collateral, and the scammer simply fails the contract. The reward (the actual ship) is never issued and your collateral is kept.


 

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