7 Tips On Mafia Wars Trading
Here are a few tips to help you navigate those choppy trading
waters safely and keep you away from them pirate flags!
Tip#1 "If it's too good to be true, it probably is."
Most scammers rely on the lure of their offer to trap you.
The irresistible deal or a bargain is also what
causes most unsuspecting traders to even accept the
"Send first or no deal" diktat without protest. If they
protest the Scammer will often cut loose and run, but 9
times out of 10, they don't. Because the deal is too good
to pass up on. Aye, there lies the rub....
This is not to say, "Never go for a good deal" but that
if and when you do, don't get blinded by it.
Tip#2 When in doubt, check their Mafia Wars Profile.
Does it show a far lower level player than you would
expect? Are you thinking to yourself, "How does he have
500 blades? He's only level 50!". Your early warning
system should kick in right about here.
Now check their inventory. Do they actually have the
item they want to trade? No? Ask them about it and if
they need to move the items from another account. Once
they have done that, check again.
Tip#3 Big ticket items are best traded with a middleman.
There is almost no reason a clean trader will reject a
middleman request especially if the items being traded are of high
value or volume. If there is a fee involved try to split
the damage. But, one of the best ways to ensure neither party
gets scammed is to employ a middleman. There are lots of trading
groups that provide these services pro bono.
Tip#4 The Trusted Path! Part 1 - "I'm a trusted trader!"
Scammers try to convince you that they are a trusted
trader. They do that because once you accept that they
are one, then you have no option but to send first.
There's only one way to find out and it doesn't involve
taking their word for it. Ask them for a link that proves
they are one.
Tip#5 The Trusted Path! Part 2 - "But he is one!"
Do you see his name on the list? All lists link their trusted
traders to their facebook profiles. Click on the link. Does it
have the same name? The same picture? How about the profile id?
Does that match as well?
If it doesn't, you've just encountered a scammer who has dressed
up his profile to look like a trusted trader's profile, often a
well known trader. When the trusted trader changes anything significant
on their profile (like the picture or the name) the doppelganger
instantly copies the change on their own profile. Smart, no?
Tip#6 "What if I get scammed?"
The first thing to when when you get scammed is to immediately save
all records and transactions and proof of the scam on your computer.
This means chat transcripts, screenshots and most importantly (because
the scammer will promptly unfriend you and block you from accessing
his/her profile) save his facebook profile.
Now you can report the scam with us on this site by clicking on the
report link on top and visiting our
facebook group and posting your report there along with the proof.
Tip#7 "Is my loot really lost?"
The short and painful answer is, "Yes".
But there is one thing you can do to try and get back at least a portion
of your lost loot if not all. you can report the scam (along with proof,
of course) with the
Mafia Wars Counter Scammer Team on Facebook. This group of highly dedicated and
experienced counter-attack specialists will do their best to recover your lost loot as much
and as fast as possible. This really does happen.