Kshitiz has been a PC gamer since he was less than 10 years old. His favorite game is CS:GO. He has played it for more than 2,300 hours.
I have been scammed once and lost my precious knife, and it was my fault. I don't want you to face the same situation because I know what it feels like. Steam support won't save you or get your items back, so you need to avoid Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) scams if you want to keep your items.
The truth is that I am more aware of the common scams than most people in the community. Still, I got scammed because the scammer came up with a believable story, and I got greedy.
Don't worry, I will share the details of how I got scammed in this article, but first, let us take a look at CS:GO scams that you must know about.
The Voting Scam
The scammer will send you a link asking you to vote for his team so that they can win. Once you open the website, a virus will be downloaded on your computer that will take over your Steam account, and you will lose everything. So don't click the link no matter what.
If you see such a message, you should contact the friend (if you are connected through social media) from whose account you got the message. It is important to let your friend know that his account has been hacked if he doesn't know it already.
The most important rule of not getting scammed on Steam is to never click a link. Even if my own brother sends me a link on Steam, I won't click it. If someone wants to send you a link, ask them to send you the link somewhere else because you don't click links on Steam.
Steam Wallet Scam
In this scam, the scammer will send you a message with the trade offer that will say that you will receive a certain amount in your Steam wallet in return for the items of your inventory. This is easy to avoid because it is not possible to transfer funds from your Steam wallet to another wallet. So never believe when someone says that they can transfer funds to your Steam wallet.
Another way that this scam can take place is through a respectable trader or person in the community promising you Steam wallet gift codes in return for your CS:GO skins. However, the scammer will always ask you to go first and even send you some Steam wallet gift codes that work to show that he is genuine.
Unfortunately, there is no way to ensure that the other guy will honor his promise, so I don't recommend that you gift your skins even if someone is promising you to pay in Steam wallet gift codes.
One of the moderators of a famous community group tried to scam me this way. He sent me a gift code that worked and said that he will send me gift codes in exchange for my knife, but I have to go first. I knew that it was a scam, so I immediately blocked him.
This is pretty common and effective method used by the scammers where they claim to send you money through PayPal in exchange for your skins. Usually, they will chargeback the amount after you send them your items, and PayPal might not do anything to help you in this case.
There are other variations of this scam like the scammer will claim to send you a PayPal gift card for your items, but you won't get any money in this case either. This scam works well because the scammer claims to send you the money first and then wants you to send your items. If someone wants to pay you money even if they don't know you, you shouldn't accept and report the scammer.
Price Check Scam and Fake Bot Scam
This is the scam that happened with me, so I am probably the best person to explain how it works.
The scammer will ask that you get some other items for your CS:GO items like Rust 2 items and trade him those items in return for CS:GO items that you want from his inventory. The actual scam won't happen while trading with him, but it will happen when you least expect it.
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Before you send him the items and get the CS:GO item that you want, he or she will ask you to check the prices on BitSkins or a similar website by listing your item for sale on the website. This is when the scam will happen. As you try to list your item on BitSkins (which is a legit site), the scammer will send you a trade offer from his or her fake BitSkins bot before the actual bot can send you the trade offer.
It will look just like the real BitSkins bot, and your items will be gone once you make the trade. The scammer can torment you further by asking money through PayPal for getting your items back.
You can avoid this scam by checking if the bot is a real BitSkins or any other website bot or not. It is easy to check because a legit website bot will always be in their community group.
Don't be fooled by the inventory shown by the scammer because he will show you the inventory of someone he is impersonating on Discord.
I lost my butterfly knife blue steel because of this scam, so I hope you don't get scammed this way.
Fake Gambling Site Scam
This is one of the CS:GO scam methods that actually surprised me. Some scammers are willing to make a fake gambling site just to scam other people.
The scammer will contact you as the owner of the gambling site and convince you that he can help you win a lot on the site. Once you believe him and deposit the items, they will be gone forever.
Fake Tournament Scam
This is the scam where the scammer will ask you to play a tournament with their team. Unfortunately, you will need to download an anti-cheat to play the tournament, and as you might have already guessed, there is no anti-cheat but a virus that will steal all of your items.
If someone in your friend list wants to play a tournament, just ask him to invite you through the game and don't click any links. You can play on services like Faceit because they are legit, but never download anything.
It is important to always install softwares from trusted sources and have a good antivirus to save yourself from software scams. Never try to download hacks because hacking is unethical and hacks can hijack your Steam account and steal your inventory.
You can easily avoid software scams if you follow the rule of not clicking any links on Steam because a lot of scammers will send you links to scam software on Steam. Even if someone contacts you anywhere else, you should always avoid clicking if you don't trust the person 100%.
Some More Popular CS:GO Scams
Here are some more scams that don't need a detailed explanation.
- Impersonation Scam: The scammer will impersonate a Valve employee or a Steam Community moderator. Never trust anyone who claims that they are a Valve employee or a Steam Community moderator and do anything that they say.
- Middleman Scam: The scammer will ask you to trade your items to a middlemen who he trusts. However, the middleman will either be his other account or another scammer working with him.
- Fake Skin Trading Sites: There are plenty of fake skin trading sites that will take your inventory and change your password, so you need to verify a website before trading on it. If you want to know about legit trading sites, feel free to drop a comment below.
Tips For Avoiding CS:GO Scams
Here are the things that you need to always keep in mind to avoid getting scammed.
- Always use mobile authenticator. Some hackers can bypass it, but it is better to have that extra security.
- Don't add new accounts or low-level accounts unless you know them.
- Always trade through the Steam platform, and never go first while trading items for cash.
- Never click any link on Steam.
- Use an antivirus and keep it updated.
- Never log into your Steam account from a computer or laptop that you aren't sure about.
- Don't think that Steam support will help you or get your items back because they won't.
- A lot of scammers use high-level accounts and fake comments, so never trust anyone.
- Never trade your items without ensuring that the trade is fair.
- Don't make decisions quickly and postpone them to ensure that you have enough time to think about it.
- Remember that if something is too good to be true, it probably is.
It feels bad when you lose an item because you made the mistake of trusting someone and didn't use your common sense at all. I have been there, so I know what it feels like.
The primary motivation for writing this article is to ensure that you don't fall for any scam and continue enjoying the game that we all love even though it is full of hackers and scammers.
We can't solve the hacking problem, but we can solve the scamming problem by staying updated and sharing information about new CS:GO scams with our friends and the community.
If you have been scammed by a new method, I encourage you to share your experience with me. I will try to keep this article updated with the latest scam methods, so your help in this regard will be appreciated.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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