Hello everyone, just a quick update. After talking to my Polish colleague Dom1n, it seems that once again fake gold is on the rise. Some of you who were around WoT forums a year and a half ago might remember what this is: It’s basically a scam, that uses gift shop. Some 3rd party (not Wargaming) promises you to sell you cheap gold. Here is how Wargaming describes it on their website: Tempted by an offer which usually sounds too good to be true, you pay a swindler to purchase the discounted gold he offers. After receiving your payment the scammer buys the gold from our website at full price using a stolen credit card (this is called “carding”). He sends you the gold in form of a gift that you receive in the game. Then, when the real owner of the credit card or his bank notices the unauthorized activity, they withdraw the money from us for the purchase of the gift package which annuls the transaction. But since the gold has already been credited to you, we’re forced to temporarily suspend your account as its associated balance becomes negative. To unlock it again you – the initial gift recipient – will need to pay us the full amount of the value of the gold you received to finally equal out your balance. The defrauder gets your money; you lose time, temporarily even your access, and get stuck with a new bill on top of it all. A less common but similar way of fraud is when the impostor uses a regular bank card and then himself orders his bank to withdraw the money for the transaction claiming that the associated services were not rendered. (This is called “fraud”). Be aware that recent experience from the Polish community (so called “Allegro Gold”, Allegro being a Polish trade portal, infamous in the past for this stuff) shows that Wargaming is cracking very hard on this stuff. There is a post on the main forums. In other words: if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Use common sense and be careful.

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