Thursday, August 27, 2009

Anatomy of the Con

Bored witless during missions?
Unlucky in lootdrops and ransoms?
Frustrated in your attempts at scamming?
Well fear not, my compatriots, for the Master of the Art of Scamming is about to impart his secrets upon yee favored ones.

Step 1. Gather up a decent number of renamed 'faction' ships. You'll need at least 6 'faction' cruisers and 2 'faction' battleships.

Explanation: The cruisers are for all the small fry who have maybe 1 or 2 hundred mil, but are still stupid enough to fall for your scam. The battleships are for the international playboy types who have deep pockets, there's nothing wrong with having a bunch of 'faction' battleships, just keep it believable. After all, if you have 20 'faction' battleships... that's gonna be hard to explain.

Step 2. Create a believable cover story which:

A: Explains your need for selling this ships now, and at a reduced price
B: Explains your lack of contracts Explanation: Anyone can sell a 'Navy Mega' for it's proper price. But what are the chances that some1 will buy your fake navy mega over a legit one? Slim, probably. You need something to entice more people towards your deal, and hopefully snag that one guy who will believe it.

That thing, for me at least, was a reduced price. Eg, I sell my navy vexors for 50m (not 80-100m) and navy megas for 300m (not 400m). I also make sure to point out the 'normal' price to all my potential customers.

My preferred cover story is that I'm moving to Jita, and stand to make more money than I'm losing in this 'deal'. Also, all my contracts are tied up in couriers.

Step 3. Look at your station guest list, and start convoing 4-5 at a time, proposing your deal and informing any parties of your deal.

Explanation: This very efficiently allows you to reach 100+ people very quickly. Pretty much the only people who talk with you are interested.

Step 4: Reel them in.

Explanation: This takes practice, and an understanding of the minutae of human interaction. You must gain their trust, understand what motivates them to take your deal, and what hinders them in doing so. For the most part, greed and distrust are the motivators and deal killers.

4b. Let them go, if necessary.

Explanation: If they clearly state they are not interested/want a contract etc. Just let them go, play aloof ship dealer who knows he'll have no problem selling stuff. Don't waste five minutes begging them to buy your ship. Often, I've received convos later when they've reconsidered and want to deal. Also, that five minutes you waste on them can be spent on someone more credulous.

5. Profit!

5a. All tears are recorded in chat logs, try and keep them going on particularly big sells, they often create a large amount of delicious tears.

5b. Yesterday, in the span of 35 minutes, I made 2.2 Billion isk. Below is the donor list, as well as selected chat logs.

Amount, in Mil. Name. Eve Time.
850,000,000------- Divad Ebur------14:30
600,000,000------ Goliath Dark------14:14
400,000,000------- Amira Lana------14:31
300,000,000-------- Inferatus-------13:56
50,000,000-------- freelander1------14:02

NOTE: I recommend you use a different story and ship type (vexor, mega) than mine. If only because many people have interacted with me and may thus be onto you (and vice versa). Some systems I recommend: Amarr, Dodixie, Hek.

Apendix A: Chat log of a 850m score:

ME > Hey there
ME > I presume you're interested in my offer?
Divad Ebur > yes i sure am
ME > Righto, I have 2 navy megas, and 5 navy vexors
Divad Ebur > the vexor still avail?
ME > yeppers
Divad Ebur > good deal
Divad Ebur > how about 250 for the 5 vexors? and both megas for 300 each?
ME > Um, sure
I'm stoked, but don't let him know it.
ME > Thats like 850m?
Play carefree dude, don't be piratey and '850m or your life!'. That doesn't work here.
Divad Ebur > 850mill yep
ME > I'll throw them all in whenever you're ready
Put the burden of initiative on him, make him think about what HE has to do, not you (and thus the ships)
Divad Ebur > k
ME > Do you have 850m?
Play hard to satisfy, if he thinks you're afraid of getting scammed by him, he won't be that scared of you.
Divad Ebur > yep. 1.7bil
ME > kk
But don't take 'I'm afraid of scams' too far
ME > There they all are
ME > just waiting on you now m8
ME > 850m
ME > Ready
Divad Ebur > thanks
850m into my pocket.
ME > np
No problem, at all
Divad Ebur > enjoy your afternoon!
ME > I will lawl
Indeed, I will

Apendix B: 600m Score

ME > Hey there
Goliath Dark > o/
Goliath Dark > Megathron Navy Issues.. 300m each hm?
ME > I presume you're interested in my offer? (yeah, 2 of them)
ME > I also have 5 navy vexors
Goliath Dark > i take them if they are navy
Goliath Dark > the mega's
ME > All of them? 0_o
ME > oh, lol kk
ME > There they are, 600m please
ME > Ready
600m into my pocket
Goliath Dark > fuck i dont think^^ busterd lol
Hehe, speed is a good thing too, they don't think if they hurry.
ME > lol
Goliath Dark > now i have to find a idiot
ME > You didnt
ME > Shouldn't take too long
ME > How much have you got left?
Goliath Dark > ^^ Goliath Dark > 93 mio
ME > lol
ME > owch owch owch
Owch owowowow

Apendix C: 400m Score

ME > What would you like to buy?
Amira Lana > all
ME > 2 Navy Megas and 5 Navy vexors?
ME > thats like 850m
Amira Lana > mega and only 2 vexor pleas
Amira Lana > for 400m
ME > Show me the isk then please
Amira Lana > hallo, what this
Amira Lana > you do acontract with 400m
ME > I don't have any contracts
Deflect the inevitable contract request in any reasonable way, it rarely works, but when it does...
Amira Lana > i accipt
300m for the 'navy mega'
ME > Ready when you are
ME > 100m for the two navy vexors
Amira Lana > ok
100m for the 'navy vexors'
ME > tyvm
Amira Lana > cu

Apendix D: Hate mail

I don't even know what the ordering of these are. A victim, Amira Lana (400m), and a few of her buddies mail me with vague threats of police action etc. Enjoy.

2009.08.23 19:44
2009.08.23 14:52
you are a very bad

the ships are not navy ships, only from you the names.

you must giv me the 400 million back.
I give you 24 hour to retern the deal.
if not, then i send a pitition to ccp

hier is your convo opening:
2009.08.22 14:02
Here is my convo pasting.
2009.08.23 15:11
hallo ME ,
this is avery very very bad.
and a big swindling, you are not gamer, you are a shark.
it is nat the 250m or 300m loos, what you doing it is not fair.

2009.08.23 19:44
2009.08.23 16:01
hi ME

with it I no other ones would walk against you undertakes, I ask you to accept the return contract.

I give you 24 hours for it, then I will write in CCP a Pitition, because of deception.

Also a police announcement is not excluded.

so to make it easier, take back your deceitful trade.

Amira Lana
2009.08.23 16:32
yours amounted against amira lana

hi ME ,

is ashamed for this action
nevertheless, you are a player and no swindler.

so return Amira Lana her money and take your ships.

We want no problems with you

Jafar Aljabbar
2009.08.23 19:45
2009.08.23 17:16
hi ME

this is audacious, audacious amounted.

you give a normal ship a navy name and sell it as a navy ship.

However, this is not clever because CCP has everybody infos and you can get many problems, all that because of 300m

this is a shit


Hakke said...

The hate mailers apparent lack of English writing skills makes these all the better.

"Also a police announcement is not excluded."

^ was my favorite.

Don't worry, you aren't a bad person. IG actions =/= RL actions.

Keep it up. o/

Anonymous said...

This is hilarious! I just started playing EVE for the first time about 2 weeks ago and I love your blog(and i'm that guy that would usually make fun of people keeping a blog of their video game victories)! However, i've come to understand EVE isn't your typical 8-Bit battleground, and I must say i've enjoyed your stories almost as much as i've enjoyed playing these past couple of weeks.

I'm sad to see you haven't put up anything in the past month or so regarding EVE, but E:TW is an understandable distraction. Please write more stories and adventures of you and your Corp. Mates!!!!


P.S - Please write more stories...i signed up with livejournal just to post this stupid comment!!!

Lanissum said...

Sorry scumgr1ef, I've left eve without any plans of coming back.

But I will happily redirect you to by my corpmate Spectre3353 (although he too has left eve, for a bit though). You'll find plenty of eve blogging goodness there.