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swiftyisNOTevil writes, "I have recently become obsessed with the BBC Three show 'The Real Hustle' - personally, I think of it as a 'How To' show for aspiring con artists."

Have you carried out a successful con? Perhaps you hustled a few quid off a stranger, or defrauded a multi-national company. Or have you been taken for the wide-eyed, naive rube that you are?

(, Thu 18 Oct 2007, 13:02)
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eBay + Banned WoW account = Profit
Anyone who's familiar with eBay even a little probably realises by now that despite all their big fancy security claims and safety nets, unless you're pulling off repeated, major cons then chances are they won't even bother to enact them.

Anyway more on that later - My World of Warcraft account was banned for what were some pretty lame reasons so I decided to at least get some compensation from the situation.

Blizzard has always frowned on WoW accounts being sold, but back in the day you could still list them on eBay provided in the small print you stated the auction was for the time spend playing the game and gaining items/levels, and not for the actual characters/items themselves, which always remain property of Blizzard Inc.

Basically, I listed the banned account on eBay half what it would otherwise fetch ($800) in the hope of some quick excited twat snapping it up without looking too hard at the fine print, which stated the usual but also specifically that the auction was for the time put into playing the account, and not it's items, level or account status
Lucky me, Mr. Twat did come along only a half hour after the auction was listed, not wanting to let such a bargain slip away.

A few hours after payment was made I had one VERY pissed off buyer in my hands... But since I was going on holidays it didn't bother me. I get back a week later to find over 40 emails ranging from polite begging to furious, poorly written legal threats.

The kicker was that my small print didn't even cover me from a legal standpoint technically, but since a) eBay doesn't care to get into disputes unless it's cut and dry, and b) I managed to convince him I'm legally in the right and he should take this as a life lesson, he never ended up pursuing it with either authority.

I was half considering selling the same account again, until eBay disabled all WoW listings recently.
(, Mon 22 Oct 2007, 1:52, 9 replies)
What an arsehole. That's not Ebay you're conning but some poor kid out of his pocket money. Clearly no honour among geeks.
(, Mon 22 Oct 2007, 10:13, closed)
I agree.
Also, this is a game that people seem to find incredibly fun, yet pay other people to play for them.
(, Mon 22 Oct 2007, 11:13, closed)
I doubt kids and their pocket money could afford to shell out the $175 or so pounds, but even if they could I'd still have happily taken their money.
If anyone can afford to spend that sort of money on a video game and a good enough computer to play it, plus the monthly subscription, they're probably not going without bread and milk.
I just considered it a stupid tax.
(, Mon 22 Oct 2007, 12:55, closed)
You do realise that this makes you sound like a complete thieving cunt?
Well done for effective stealing someone elses money, you twat
(, Mon 22 Oct 2007, 13:18, closed)
Guess so...
Well that is the QOTW topic for the week so... Thanks :)I can't remember what I ended up spending someone else's money on, but I'm sure it was frivolous.
(, Mon 22 Oct 2007, 13:46, closed)
I don't realy see the problem, the idiot should have payed more attention to what he was buying.
(, Mon 22 Oct 2007, 13:53, closed)
if someone is stupid enough to fall for such a scam then clearly they deserve it
and it wasn't rape because that woman was asking for it, your honour.
if you walk around the town centre alone late at night, you're asking to get mugged. plus, if you happen to be stupid enough to talk back to the mugger, you pretty much deserve to get stabbed.
if you tell the internet how you knowingly ripped off someone you never even met, then I guess you deserve to be called a twat.
(, Mon 22 Oct 2007, 15:24, closed)
Fuck me you're a cunt
I'm a firm believer that shit things happen to shit people and you are one of the shittest people I have had the unfortunate displeasure of knowing about - I truley hope that you get what's coming to you. Something like being arse raped by a gang of lepers.
(, Wed 24 Oct 2007, 8:41, closed)
I did it for the lulz...
Tomfantastic, your subject line was spot on. Survival of the fittest and all.

Creamy - If you actually believe some mysterious force will make me get mine because I happen to do such NAUGHTY things, then you sound like the sort of person who'd fall for one of my cons.
(, Wed 24 Oct 2007, 14:13, closed)

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