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I will use an example of a typcial scam to tell you about the typical characteristics of a scammer.
Make Thousands of NP in Less Than 2 Months!
Starts off with something designed to catch the reader's attention - everyone wants more NP.
I had no idea that making money could be so simple. This really works and this is NOT A SCAM!
This is your first clue. 99% of the time you can bet that if someone says it's not a scam, it IS.
I have been scammed before and believe me, it isn't fun.
Hmmm...trying to idenitfy with the reader who may/may not have been scammed before - and also makes us pity him/her.
If you would like to know the secret to making thousands of Neopoints quickly and easily, make me one of your Neo friends and send me any one of the following: a Codestone (any), a Faerie (any), a Map Piece (any), or a Paint Brush...
Yep, it has to come at a cost of course. You always need to spot where the scammer makes something out of it.
Once I receive one of these items from you I will send you the secret ASAP(As Soon As Possible, but please be prepared to wait I am not on Neopets 24/7...believe me it will be worth the wait). *Guarantee* I guarantee the following: You have my promise that this is not a scam.
It's definitely a scam, certain ideas are repeated throughout to get the message into the reader's head - that it's 'not' a scam and that you 'will' earn lots of NP.
I will send you the secret once I receive your item. I don't blame you if you have doubts. This may sound too good to be true but I wouldn't go through the trouble if I didn't want to help you out. I bet you're asking why I just can't tell you the secret. Well, I want to help you but I'd like to help myself too and think of it this way: If you send me one of those items, you will be able to buy as many as you like once you have the secret.
That part doesn't add up - if the secret means you can get as many NP as to buy anything you want, then why does the scammer want anything from you - surely if he/she knows the 'secret', they can buy anything they want too?!
I don't like to be scammed and so I WON'T SCAM.
Just repeating crap we've already heard before.
So at first glance, it can look very believable - but it's not! Don't fall for it or anything similar or you can say bye bye to your account! Here's some traits of scammers:
They explain everything, or try to.
They usually say, 'I'm not a scammer, I hate scammers, I've been scammed before.'
They constantly repeat what they've already said.
They always want something valuable from you.
If you're interested in reading case studies about scammers, or finding out more about scams click here or check out the Neopets Wall of Shame
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