Wow, all three hashtags! Good for me. :P
Okay, so most of my previous entries have been light-hearted and fun.
Today, I want to address a big issue; AJ scamming.
What do you think of when you think of AJ scamming?
Maybe you see a arctic wolf with a spike, convincing a poor NM that their nerd glasses are worth a few RIMs.
Or maybe you see a crowded trust-trading party.
Whatever you think of, they all boil down to a few things;
1: Your trust in the scammer,
2: Your rash decision-making
3: Your desperation
I have only been scammed once, and only out of a flower crown.
What happened was that I had both a real, red flower crown and a freedom flower crown.
I told him both the values, and he mixed them up, offering me a few RIMs for the real flower crown.
I didn't look closely enough, and before I could decline it, I ended up accepting the trade.
When I realized my mistake, I requested he trade it back. but he left, never to be seen again.
In my scamming case, it's fully possible that he mixed it up, but he may have done it on purpose.
My brother had a more serious case; he lost his nerd glasses in a trust trade. They were his favorite item(Why did you offer it in the first place, bro?!?!), so he was heart-broken. He went all around jamma township, begging of donations.
And that's another problem; you will often see beggars, claiming that they were scammed.
In some cases, like my brother, they are being truthful.
But there are enough liars out there, so don't know who's actually telling the truth.
Now that i'm done ranting, I'll give some basic tips on how to not get scammed.
1: Avoid giveaways.
Unless they say it's gonna be a live-stream, or they outright say "No trust!", don't participate in giveaways. There is a high chance that they are going to try and scam you.
2: Be rashional
Look at your trade offer before sending it in.
Only trade if you really want to.
Accept offers for your stuff that you like; don't feel like you "need" to send it in/accept the trade.
3: Ask questions
As simple as asking "What are these items worth?" or, "Are you willing to give out your items in any other way?" can defend you from scams.
I highly recommend, in any case, to only trade stuff that you know the rarity.
4: Report scammers
If you see a jammer who is either advertising a scam, is about to scam, or is scamming you, block and report them. No exceptions.
Although some people think that that's "tattling", it's really not. It's letting AJHQ know about jammers who are breaking the rules.
Well, that's it for today.
As GellyJones would say(RIP),
"Stay safe and jam on!"