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Hi everyone :D

I hope it is ok to ask for some advice? I have been speaking to a forum member regarding purchasing his SC account. We are both happy to do the deal, but how can we both protect each other during the sale? It seems one of us would have to take some sort of risk - either sending money first, or the account details first. Is there a better way people normally do things to ensure both parties are protected from fraud?

Many thanks for any advice!

EDIT: I found the following page which seems to have some good advice, in case anyone else is wondering about the same thing I was:

 

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It's against CIG Terms of Service to buy an account, and it can be shut down at any time if found out the account is operating by someone other than the original buyer. As far as fraud, that's between you and the seller. The seller has the ability to claim it back at any time by contacting customer support and proving they own the account with purchase records. It's a risk not a lot of people are willing to make but if you believe the seller is trustworthy then by all means go for it. Just remember that it could be gone the next day without notice.

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There will always be risk with buying accounts.  Like Donut said it is against TOS and CIG can choose to shut it down if there is a reported dispute of ownership.

The original email used to register the account will forever be able to claim it as stolen, even if the associated email is changed.

You are best off avoiding this mess.

 

but if you must:

1)Use a broker to hold the money till the purchased item is received.

2)Include the original email account in the transaction.   I'm honestly not even sure if this can be verified anymore, as there were scams in the past which led CIG to avoid it altogether, and take their current stance.

3) if they can't part with the email, use another form of contract stating the sale (use a paypal transaction number) once complete will not be reclaimed by the seller as the "Original owner" 

4) Also verify the account is in good standing.  And being sold by someone with some trade reputation on reddit or here (or other known trading platform, I only use reddit and here), the known stores are safest.

5) be prepared to write off anything you pay.  :)  AND anything you gift into the account.

Honestly there are many good people who are looking to sell accounts due to the changing nature of this game and their ships being account bound, but scammers have made it impossible for most of them, and CIG wants no part of it as it is not a liability they want. 

 

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Personally I wouldn't buy an account from anyone. Too risky in my opinion and usually not worth the potential trouble.

Instead you might be better served to make create own account. If LTI matters to you you could always post a [Want To Buy] thread on the ship-sales subforum and ask for a starterpack with SC+SQ42 and LTI. That way you have your own account with a game package and should be good to go. Any additional ships you might want after that should be easy to get by buying one of the upcoming speederbikes and use them as LTI-tokens to CCU them into the ships you want. :)

Does this account have some rare ship or something?

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Why buy someone's account. I know people have done that in EVE, but SC is not a game yet and there's not really much that you need atm. just get a starter pack and start saving money. Every now and then, someone will have a ship you want who you can deal squarely with. Like one of your org mates that decides he has one too many ships.

 

(hahahahaha, just kidding about someone in Imperium thinking they have too many ships)

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6 minutes ago, Gremlich said:

Why buy someone's account. I know people have done that in EVE, but SC is not a game yet and there's not really much that you need atm.

There are a LOT of reasons people are willing to part with an account. One I see quite often is that the seller is looking to recoup some money after they've fallen into financial troubles and are selling everything but the fridge and shower to stay afloat.

People could also be cashing out after they've grown bored of the waiting or are giving up on gaming altogether.

And then there are the scamsters looking for every way to make a few shekels ripping someone off.

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2 minutes ago, J. Coren said:

There are a LOT of reasons people are willing to part with an account.  etc.....

duh, I was stating why "buy" an account. I am not encouraging the OP to buy and don't really care why someone's selling.

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