WoW Fan (buy now €14.99 ) Kairuu was suspicious when a Level 1 character on a server of the popular online role-playing game offered a Spectral Tiger, a rare mount from the WoW TCG, for less than the usual retail price. Nevertheless, Kairuu went for the deal - only to end up with a wallet lightened by two million gold; and without a mount, of course. Before we translate the post from the WoW subreddit and explain what happened, we want to know from you: Have you already fallen for a scammer? At this point we want to encourage you to share your stories in the comments, but also want to point out that you please discuss calmly and objectively, and also don't call anyone by name.
Kairuu describes his own story with the Spectral Tiger scam as follows: "There was a level 1 priest on the server US-Proudmoore who was trying to sell a spectral tiger in trade chat. I know that these mounts sometimes change hands for 10 million gold, and sometimes even more, so I was curious what the guy would ask for it, because the mounts are also very rarely found only in the auction house." No sooner said than done, Kairuu wrote to the character who wanted to let him have the mount for 800,000 gold. "At that point, I should have known something was up," Kairuu writes. "But I couldn't let this opportunity pass." His reasoning at the time: if this was a scam, he would only lose 800,000 gold, not 10 million of the coins.
When the two characters met up in Stormwind, Kairuu took the other to the Loot Bay because Landro ended up staying there. In the meantime, the two exchanged Battle.net IDs and Discrod data, and the interested buyer not only handed over 800,000 gold to the merchant for the mount, but also 750,000 gold as collateral. On top of that, there was also 430,000 gold for an ominous website fee - so Kairuu's expenses added up to just under 2 million gold. You probably already know how the whole thing turned out. Kairuu was no longer interested in the deal and demanded his gold back, the merchant kept coming up with excuses as to why it couldn't be done. In the end Kairuu did get a code for the mount, but of course it didn't work. The merchant probably made off with a cowardly grin.
"I know how stupid this is, and I've certainly learned my lesson," Kairuu writes at the end of his report. "I'm also just writing this to warn you guys. Never trade with a character who can't even show you the item ingame. Because then it's most likely a scammer, and even if it's not, in most cases it's all not worth your time." How about it? Have you encountered anything similar in your WoW career?
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