Warning goes out in Taiwan. Diablo 3 Scammers Take 5 Grand.
In Taiwan, the popularity of Diablo 3 has given a number of unscrupulous individuals a good means to scam money from unsuspecting would be game buyers. Copies of Diablo 3 have immediately sold out in Taiwan during its launch, but the game is so popular that so many gamers were willing to risk anything just to get their hands on the game.
The anti fraud hotline of the National Police Agency of Taiwan had discovered that there are criminals who have been taking advantage of these gamers by pretending to sell them copies of the game on websites such as Facebook and on other auction sites, and then disappearing after they have collected the payment.
These fraudulent sales have already reached about $4994 so far.
A 27 year old gamer known as Chen was reported to have been a victim of these scammers, when he tried to purchase a copy of the Diablo 3 Collector’s Edition from a seller on the auction site of Yahoo, Taiwan. The seller had told him that there was only one copy left, and had asked him to send the payment of $150 right away so that they can secure it for him. So he did, but the following day he received an email from Yahoo! Taiwan informing him that the seller is part of a scam syndicate.
Taiwan police authorities have issued warnings to gamers to prevent them from falling victim to these scammers. They remind them to make sure that they buy games only from trusted sources, and through secure online payment methods like the services provided by Yahoo! and other trusted websites. The gamers should also be able to receive their copy of the game first before giving up their money to the sellers, or at least have a secure way of getting their money back in case of unexpected problems.