Hello everyone, no, this post will not be about Greek players in World of Tanks, the title of the post is an English proverb, that came originally from the Aeneid. It will be about yet another way how to screw someone in World of Tanks, a way that has been in existence practically since the beginning, yet still happens from time to time. For a lot of you it might be an old and known issue, but it is still actual, so it is better to repeat something, that was said a thousand times rather than to have someone fall for it. Three days ago, I was contacted by a player, who wants obviously to remain anonymous. That player (or his friend, without names it hardly matters) was just a regular player, until this Christmas, when he recieved a gift from the premium shop, the E-25 tank, from an unknown donor. Considering it a Christmas present from his friend, he accepted it and everything went smooth until recently, when his account was banned out of the blue. Not understanding the situation, he wrote a support ticket, asking what the hell is going on. The reply of Wargaming support staff member was as follows: We would like to inform you that you have initiated a chargeback process with our company, a gift that you have accepted has been charged back. This chargeback is a result of withdrawing the money the person who gave you the gift used to purchase goods on our website. Therefore; if you want to remove the chargeback form your account you will need to buy an amount of at least 6700 Gold, form our website (the price of the gift received) that will be removed and your account unlocked. When your transaction is successfully completed please notify us and we will then reactivate your account after a successfull proof of payment validation (attach one after the payment) Further communication revealed that there is practically nothing you can do about this situations, this is specifically mentioned in the gift shop instructions too: WARNING! If a recipient accepts a gift, and a giver asks for a refund (for example, cancels the bank transaction), the total gift package cost will be deducted from the gift recipient’s account. If an account has insufficient funds it will be blocked until sufficient funds are acquired. Do not accept gifts from strangers Naturally, the player, not knowing what the hell happened was outraged and sent me an e-mail about this entire situation. So, what happened? Chargeback is a nasty feature of certain forms of delayed payment of the Gift Shop, most notably the credit card payment. Basically, what happens: someone uses a credit card to buy you a gift and immediately cancels the transaction afterwards. You accept the gift in the meanwhile, yet the payment doesn’t come through. It’s more complicated than that, but I don’t want to give anyone any ideas on how to do it, so I will skip some parts. At this point the logical thing to do would be to actually remove the purchased content and life goes on, but for example it might have been gold you already spent. Therefore, the general approach is to block the account until the price is actually paid (in gold). In other words, if you purchase a tank, instead of having the tank removed, you will have to buy its price in gold. Please note that this might seem harsh at first glance, but it is justifiable. You see, these operations actually cost Wargaming money and without making SOMEONE pay for this thing, they’d actually lose money everytime this happened. You can imagine how abusable that would be. They can’t force a bank to send the payment through obviously, so the only person they can get the money from to cover their expenses is the person, who is the “victim”. Maybe you ask yourself, why would you actually accept gifts from strangers? Well, there are tons of reasons why you would. It is human nature not to immediately suspect foul play, humans in general are pretty gullible. There are tons of transactions happening every day and these “bad” ones probably form just a tiny fraction of the whole, so the chance the gift is “legit” is probably pretty good. Another reason would be players that are a bit “famous”. You don’t have to be a blogger or a streamer to actually recieve something, you can be a good platoon, company or CW leader, you could have done something else to make people like you. Or you might think that the gift is from a friend, like the guy above, when it is not. This method can unfortunately be abused to cause intentional damage to players to have their account locked and there is very little you can do about it. Imagine “buying” someone you dislike a huge ass “gift” for 99 Euro… you get the drift. In case your account does get banned after a chargeback, here is a set of instructions from Wargaming, what to do. Best thing however is to prevent it by making absolutely sure you know who an incoming “gift” is from and whether that person is really not just screwing around,

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