This topic used to be about Game Sage impersonators who scammed players who wished to buy AP Fun Cards, and while it still is I thought I'd build on it to inform players the risks of buying/selling (mainly buying) AP.
is a topic posted by Superman0X about AP Gifts/Trades. It's a very informative topic that should be read by anyone interested in possibly buying/selling Fun Cards (or any other prepaid AP card).
I'd like to point out one particular section of this topic:
What will Aeria Games do for me if I get tricked/defrauded in a transaction with AP Codes?
Nothing. We do not support the exchange of these codes, so you do this at your own risk. However, if we receive multiple reports of fraudulent behavior about the same account, it may result in loss of service for that account.
What does this mean? It means that if you get scammed, YOUR MONEY/AP WILL NOT BE REFUNDED
. The GMs do not condone this method but they do not prohibit it either. It is a do at your own risk
kind of trade.
If you still wish to take the risk, but want to feel safer, you may ask a GS to mediate the trade. How does this work? (I'm going to explain what to do if you're buying
the AP since this is most often the case)
You give a GS whatever you're buying the Fun Card with, whether it be gold, M-Clays, Costumes etc and then the seller will give you the Fun Card pin number. You will go here
and under the PrePaid category click on the Fun Card option and follow the directions.
If the pin number goes through and proves to be legit, the GS will then trade the player who sold you the Fun Card.
A few things to keep in mind
: A GS does NOT have to mediate a AP trade. It is their
choice whether to do so or not. Even if a GS does mediate a trade, there is still a chance of being scammed.
Sellers of Fun Cards can be scammed too.
Please remember that a player can always claim the number doesn't work thus getting their items back AND pocketing your AP. This is why GM's don't condone this type of trade. There is always a chance of getting scammed. This is also why it's best to only trade with well known players. Do your research before taking this risk. Frequent your server's Barter
section and lurk topics that have to do with buying/selling AP. You'll soon be able to gather who is well known and who isn't.
There has been a recent trend of AP scammers impersonating GS's to trick players into trusting them. How do they do this? In Grand Fantasia, an uppercase " i " looks EXACTLY like a lowercase L. So more than likely they will only impersonate GS's will lowercase l's in their name. Please keep this in mind.
How can you protect yourself?
- Add ALL of the GS's on your server to your friendslist. You can find a list of the GS's here
. If a GS whispers you but isn't online on your friendslist, they are an impersonator
and you should report them immediately! There is NO function in game that allows you to hide offline.
- KNOW YOUR GS's! Try to memorize if you can who your server GS's are! This will prevent a fake GS from attempting to trick you.
- GS's are unable to ban. If a "GS" claims that if the person scams you then they'll ban you, it is NOT a real GS!
to be paranoid. It is always better to be safe than sorry. I hope this helps! Please pass this onto all your friends so they can better protect themselves too!