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# 1 Ferengi Smugglers!?
02-01-2010, 01:41 PM
Hi everyone,

We've been getting numerous complaints recently that some Ferengi Smugglers have been approaching members of Starfleet and the Klingon Defense Force offering to sell them additional Energy Credits for real life money. We want you to know that we take these actions seriously, and are working on ways to combat this movement. However, while we're working on these things, there are some things that you can do to help stop this now.

If you come across someone offering to sell you in-game currency for real life money, please report them in-game. You can do this by right clicking on their name in game and select the option to report them.

If someone sends you a PM you can do the same thing. In-game click the question mark (?), request GM Help then select behavior and add the players information for a GM to investigate and take action. Please include as much information as you can regarding the message you received.

Additionally, you can ignore these people both in-game and on the forums. In-game, simply right click on the players name and choose ignore. On the forums, go to the profile of the person who you wish to ignore and select the option to add that player to your ignore list. Your ignore list is the same both in-game, and on the forums, so if you do this in one location, you will not need to do so in the other.

We want you to know that we do take the buying and selling of in-game currency for real money very seriously. If we have proof that you have bought in-game currency, or are caught trying to sell in-game currency, we will ban your Star Trek Online Account. No one would like to see this happen, so please, don't buy in-game currency for real money, and if you see someone trying to sell in-game currency, please report them.

Thanks,

Stormshade
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# 2
02-01-2010, 01:49 PM
I'm glad to see that ST:O is taking a very firm stand regarding this issue instead of dancing around it. Excellent!
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# 3
02-01-2010, 01:53 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by StormShade
Hi everyone,

We've been getting numerous complaints recently that some Ferengi Smugglers have been approaching members of Starfleet and the Klingon Defense Force offering to sell them additional Energy Credits for real life money. We want you to know that we take these actions seriously, and are working on ways to combat this movement. However, while we're working on these things, there are some things that you can do to help stop this now.

If you come across someone offering to sell you in-game currency for real life money, please report them in-game. You can do this by right clicking on their name in game and select the option to report them.

If someone sends you a PM you can do the same thing. In-game click the question mark (?), request GM Help then select behavior and add the players information for a GM to investigate and take action. Please include as much information as you can regarding the message you received.

Additionally, you can ignore these people both in-game and on the forums. In-game, simply right click on the players name and choose ignore. On the forums, go to the profile of the person who you wish to ignore and select the option to add that player to your ignore list. Your ignore list is the same both in-game, and on the forums, so if you do this in one location, you will not need to do so in the other.

We want you to know that we do take the buying and selling of in-game currency for real money very seriously. If we have proof that you have bought in-game currency, or are caught trying to sell in-game currency, we will ban your Star Trek Online Account. No one would like to see this happen, so please, don't buy in-game currency for real money, and if you see someone trying to sell in-game currency, please report them.

Thanks,

Stormshade
Please give us an option to report spam in the mail box in the Forums too...
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# 4
02-01-2010, 01:53 PM
Good to hear of the harsh penalty !!! i always been for banning those who buy as well as those who sell. seen way too many mmo economies get dragged to there knees because of this.

i believe this is now the 2nd mmo out there that is banning players for buying as well
just need all the other mmo's to follow suit then this menace will stop.
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# 5
02-01-2010, 01:53 PM
Well I totally agree with the punish the seller approach.

As for the punish the buyer one, be VERY careful. It is too easy to exploit it to harm someone you don't like and frame them.

That is why other MMO companies, although they threaten to, never really took action against the buyers.
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# 6
02-01-2010, 01:54 PM
I have always hated the ferengi with a passion. I will be sure to report them.
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I got 3 this morning, in my STO email.
Edit: Emails removed. Please do not post them here that drawns the wrong kind of attention, report them instead. Thanks, Dionaea

thought I would paste the meails, so you guys could go after the websites. Happy Hunting.... Send Worf with a Klingon contingent should take care of them. LOL
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# 8
02-01-2010, 01:56 PM
World of ******** banned people buying in the early days. They still do, but, they do not pursue it as aggressively.

All I have to say is "HA HA STUPID" for the first moron who has a lifetime subscription and gets caught buying energy. You know someone will.
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# 9
02-01-2010, 01:57 PM
I can't believe how fast they started spamming to sell energy credits already. Fact of the times I guess. You guys can always give me an extra 100k credits and I'll help you report them, LOL :p
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# 10
02-01-2010, 01:59 PM
I'd like to be able to report via the forum as well, Im sitting looking at 4 different messages with people trying to sell me gold right now.
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