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.
Is there a way to report them on the forums as well? I didn't notice that I had received two mails advertising Energy Credit sales until the server went down and I checked my PMs.
I think it's a funny reference too, but the topic of the forum post should be more clear for something this important. Like "Real Money Trading for Game Currency can Get You Banned." Leave the clever Ferengi Smuggler references for the message text.
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.
tell that to eve online. their forums full of those that complain about their in game money accounts going well into the negative amounts when they remove that in game currency that you bought .and if the player buys again they perma ban them all the time and it has worked.
and it not as easy to exploit it as you think as the devs there as well as here probably can track the in game currency and can tell whether it just one player trying to get another into trouble over a in game dispute gone bad or if a player has indeed purchase in game funds from a known gold farmer ect.