Rocket League Trading Scams
Here are 10 most common Rocket League scams and how to protect yourself from them:
There are a lot of Rocket League scams that a person has to be aware of. Most of them have to do with fake links or exploiting the trade timer. Anyway, some of them can be really intricate, while others are pretty see-through.
Too Good to be True Scam
This trade involves two traders. One of them offers an unreal amount of credits for a relatively bad item that is in possession of the other scammer.
The first scammer will try to buy an item for a certain amount of credits. Another scammer will react to this by selling the same item at a noticeably lower price. Keep in mind that, while there will be a difference in the two prices, it won't be that obvious. For example, one trader will try to buy an item for 5k for an item, while the other will try to sell his at 4k.
Now, when a person sees this, they will consider buying the item for 4k and then selling it at a 5k price. However, as soon as they buy the item and try to resell it, the other person will remove his offer. So, the scammers will manage to sell an overpriced item, and you can't do anything about it.
The best way to recognize this scam and counter it is by simply being realistic. If a trade is too good to be true, then it probably is.
Scratchy Discord Scam
Here is another scam that involves 2 people. One of them will work as a middleman.
Upon agreeing on a trade, a scammer will send you some Discord link, where you can supposedly trade with a trusty middleman. Needless to say, the middleman will be the other scammer. The server might even seem legit, with lots of members and such, which is why it might be hard to determine if it’s a scam. Once you agree on a trade, the trusted middleman will take all your items and leave.
Although you can still trade via Discord, you should check several times over if a server is legit.
Discord Prize Bot Scam
If you’re using Discord for Rocket League, there is a good chance you've seen one of these auto-generated messages. A message will tell you that you’ve won an item, but you have to go to a certain website in order to receive it.
This is probably one of the largest spread scams in the game. Scammers can raid big Rocket League servers with their bots. In fact, they can basically message every user on a server, which would allow them to get a major haul from this fraud.
After clicking on this link, a person will log in with their data, and nothing will happen. So, what was the problem? When you access this shady website, they will scrape all your personal data and use it to get into your Steam account. As soon as they gain access, they will remove all your items from the account.
The best way to prevent this is by never logging into unknown websites. This is especially true when an unknown person recommends an unknown site. Keep in mind that sometimes, even just clicking on a link will be enough for a scam to happen.
Item Swap Scam
This scam involves just one scammer.
Let’s say that a person is looking for a specific item. A scammer will put that item in the box, as he suggests a trade. Then, the scammer will add various minor items to the deal.
After that, a scammer might ask you a question or do something else to distract you. As you're responding, he might change the item for something of a lower value. The scammer will try to use two items that are similar in appearance so that you cannot tell that a swap has occurred.
This scam can be quite hard to detect. The best thing you can do is double-check the item prior to clicking.
Mule Account Scam
A trader will add a scammer on his main profile, or at least, main profile for trading. Then, a scammer might say that the items are on his mule account. So, if you wish to trade, you would have to go through this account.
If a trader clicks on a link, a fake Steam page will appear. The page usually looks pretty good, pretty legit. If you log in with your data to that Steam account, the scammer will scrape all your data and take all your items.
The best way to avoid this is by not adding random people. Alternatively, you can ask them for a friend code to get to that profile instead of inputting secret information.
Steam Group Kick Scam
Let's say that you're in a lobby and looking to make some trades. A scammer might approach you and ask you to show them your expensive items.
They will ask you to take a screenshot of that item within the trade box as the counter is running down. While this is happening, they will access Steam overlay and kick you out of the group. This will force you to press Alt Tab to get out of the Rocket League as the counter is still running down.
As you can presume, by the time you’re able to get back in, the trade timer will expire, and your items will be lost.
Unlike the previous scam, this one is pretty easy to avoid. If a person asks you to take a screenshot while the timer is running out, this can be a major red flag.
As the name suggests, the scammer will pose as someone else. In most cases, they will present themselves as a highly reputable trader or some other recognizable figure from the community.
The scammer will use this reputation to build trust. They will do everything in their power so that their Steam profile looks legit. A lot of guys will fall for this, and they might be willing to go the extra mile just so they can connect to this individual.
The scammer can use this in numerous ways. He might ask you to give him an expensive item or to make an unfavorable trade. No matter what, you will be at a major disadvantage.
If you want to make sure this person is legit, you should go to Discord and check the exact tag. You should also check the servers, as most big servers ban impersonators. Needless to say, a bit community figure probably won't ask you for items in the first place. Lastly, you can also check their Steam level. Usually, high-level traders have a high level Steam profile.
A scammer will meet up with a trader in a lobby, telling them they can duplicate items. The scammer will ask for an item to duplicate, which the scammer also has in his inventory. So, the person will give this item to the scammer, hoping that he will receive two of the same in return.
Obviously, the person will just take your item without returning it. This is an easily preventable scam. Just don't give other players your items without getting anything in return.
Invite Spam Scam
This scam only happens on PC, that is, on the Steam platform. It is one of the basic scams that happen in some other Steam games, as well.
During the trade, you will put a certain item in the trade box. On the other hand, a scammer will not put his item or will put an item of a lower value. As the timer slowly expires, you always have the option of canceling the trade whenever you want. But, here is where the scam happens.
As the timer approaches zero, and the scammer still hasn’t put his item in the box, he will start spamming an invite. This box will appear over the cancel button, and you won’t be able to stop the trade at the last moment.
If someone asks you to cancel the trade with one second left, it should be a red flag. A scammer might ask you to take a screenshot of your item during an accepted trade. This is a good indication that a person is a fraud and that you should avoid this trade at all costs.
Fake Trading Bot Scam
A scammer will tell a trader that they have an item on their trading bot. So, a person can trade with this bot on this particular website. You can make the trade if you click on a link that a scammer will provide. Like with Discord Prize Bot Scam, as soon as you click on the link, the scammer will have all your data. Again, a person will have free reign over your whole inventory.
The first thing to note is that trading bots no longer exist. So, as soon as a person sends a link to a bot or mentions a bot in any other way, this will be a clear indication that they're a scammer.
Almost anyone was scammed at one point or another. Some of these frauds can be really troublesome, completely stripping your Steam inventory. This is why you need to be aware of them and prevent them at all costs.