Ever since I started a ‘Scams Category‘ on my blog, covering different scams in Second Life that residents should be aware of, I have gotten numerous requests to talk about the group spam scams. I’ve been meaning to blog about them for a while, but was waiting until I had a screenshot of them to show what I was talking about. This morning in one of my groups a scammer hit and I got the screenshot I needed.
The way the group spam scam works is often the scammer will say something like they have gachas for sale in their marketplace store (or sometimes they won’t say anything at all), then they share a fake marketplace link in order to trick people into clicking on it. Once people click on it, they are often taken to a page that looks like the Second Life marketplace and are asked to login to their Second Life accounts. After residents do that, their login information is stolen and their lindens are drained. Whenever you see anyone sharing links in a group randomly like that, never click on it.
Another thing to remember is not to Abuse Report the resident that shares a spam link (like in my image above ^) because sometimes the scammers also use the accounts of the people they have scammed in order to trick more people. So sometimes the people that are sharing these spam links can also be the victims of the scammers. That is why I suggest not to AR them, just to ignore the link, not click on it and possibly warn the other members of the group not to click on it either, just like the helpful group members did in the picture above. (UPDATE: Please read the comment from Payton below as she suggested a way that you can AR the account to make Linden Lab aware of what’s going on)
As far as I can see, there is not much that we as a community can do about stopping these scammers, aside from just spreading awareness about this scam so other innocent residents don’t also become victims.
Please share this post with all your friends and family and on your social networks to create more awareness for this scam. The scams I blogged about earlier are also still going on, please re-read them and share them as well:
I have a “Scams” category on my blog to inform you guys about different issues going on in the Second Life community. If you know of any issues or scams going on right now that you’d like me to blog about, please email me all of the information and I will look into it.