Scams for Runescape have been around so long as I can remember, and I’ve created this page to protect you from scams; you should not be using any of this information to scam people yourself.
This article will go over the three main techniques which are a part of the vast majority of scams. I’ll go over what it takes to create your own scam or steal one from someone else. I’ll finally outline some old and new scams and how they interact with the three main techniques for using a scam. It’s quite important to read the ‘three techniques for scams’ section or you won’t understand the later areas.
There are three main aspects which must be involved with a scam to make it successful. Just like a business must focus on its products, marketing and so forth for survival – a scam if very much the same and for a successful scam there are some things which you must have. If you want to create an Advanced Runescape Scam then having and combining these three aspects is critical!
Building up a rapport with people is incredibly important for scamming. It’s actually important for most things in life when you want to convince someone to do something they know they shouldn’t be doing.
Scams are essentially either getting someone to do something they know they shouldn’t be doing because they trust you or tricking them entirely about what it is they’re doing. People use their influence over other people all the time to do stupid things and Runescape scamming is no different.
Scams usually take place in either a short amount of time (up to several hours) or are long-term scams which can easily take months. In either instance what you’re trying to do is get that person to trust in you. You want that person to trust you so that you can abuse that position of trust and get them to do something which they know they shouldn’t be doing but think to themselves ‘but he would never do that to me!’.
Creating this sort of trust relationship can be easy or difficult depending on what kind of person you are. If you’re a people person, a good talker and confident then it won’t be difficult at all for you to gain people’s trust. On the other hand if you’re more introverted it can be more difficult, but in the next paragraph I’ll outline a few ways to gain people’s trust.
Firstly, stop talking about yourself because no one wants to hear your problems, ask about their problems, their real life situation and all of that. Become a sympathetic should to cry on, ask about their lives and become a part of their lives. People don’t trust faceless avatars over the internet, so revealing parts of your own life is also important. You need to show them pictures of yourself, add them on facebook, on MSN and all of those things. You need to let them into your life like they let you into yours, and if you aren’t comfortable with that then it will be difficult for people to trust you and hence scam them.
I’ve personally never done this kind of scam (much); it’s too much effort for me because the methods of earning cash that I create are a little more complex. But if you think about it this is an easy way of earning quite a lot of gold, because all you’re doing are becoming friends with people.
I used to have a friend called Alex, this is a true story by the way, and he played Runescape and he had tons of friends. Everyone loved this guy, he’d go Pking with people, tell people his own scams and tricks, give out a few 100k or even a mil here and there. Everybody loved this guy. But every now and again all he used to do was scam someone for a few hundred million to a billion gold. He would literally use his likeability, his social superiority and people’s trust in him and he’d just screw people over constantly. He actually used to teach people scams and give them gold to start with so they’d get rich and then months to a year down the line he would just scam them.
The really funny thing was all of the people he scammed were friends with his other friends, and people liked and trusted this guy so much that the just wouldn’t believe the person who got scammed. Alex (his real name) would just say “he tried to scam me so I got him first”, people wouldn’t ask for details – that doesn’t really even make any sense. But people liked this guy, he was cool, people trusted him and so he used this to make money (his biggest scam was around 4 billion gold – but this was when a blue partyhat was 350 million gold so the equivalent today would be around 40 billion gold).
Taking Advantage of people’s Own Greed
Humans are greedy creatures and the people who play Runescape are even greedier. Runescape is the most capitalist game I know and it’s based purely on who’s the richest. If I walk around in one of my partyhats people think I’m a god, they talk to me, try to be my friend and so forth (I’m sure you’ll have seen this at the Grand Exchange all the time). People trust and look up to the rich in Runescape, and people on Runescape are especially greedy in my honest opinion.
Thankfully you can use people’s greed against them in a variety of ways. Greed makes people do stupid things, when people go staking their whole bank and win it’s greed that makes them stake it again and lose. Greed clouds people’s judgment and when there’s a deal that’s ‘too good to be true’ it usually is. Greed is what gets people lured for partyhats and expensive gear; when the deal is too good to be true and they do something which they know they shouldn’t.
You must make people greedy, show them a deal which is too good to be true. Don’t tell them about your deal let them figure it out themselves. Contrary to popular belief scamming on Runescape is much harder than the real world. People are much more aware of scamming on Runescape because everyone’s trying to scam everyone else all the time. People in real life rarely get scammed in the way they do on Runescape and because most people are positioned with good and bad scams all the time they’re naturally much more skeptical to the ‘too good to be true deal’.
Creating a False Sense of Reality
This is quite a hard one to talk about without giving away specific examples which of course is impossible because I have never scammed anyone ever, ever.
Creating a false sense of reality is important for scamming if you want to enter the big times and start scams 100+ million gold. So what do I mean by this?
I mean manipulating the person you’re trying to scam by manipulation of him, his environment and what he interacts with in the process of the scam.
You manipulate him by presenting something that’s ‘too good to be true’, by gaining his trust and putting yourself in a position where he thinks ‘he’d never scam me’. You can do this because he thinks you’re his friend, or because you seem so much richer than him you’d never bother with such a small amount of money. There are plenty of techniques for achieving this you just have to think.
You manipulate his environment by getting him to specific locations, by having secondary or tertiary accounts he interacts with that he thinks are nothing to do with you. You can actually relate this back to simple wilderness lures where people are tricked into following a ‘noob’. Perhaps a skulled green dragon trainer, people think because of the situation he’s in, what he’s wearing, his name and his combat level and hence he’s a noob to be killed. Of course this isn’t the case it’s all a fabrication, and you can apply this basic scam to far more complex situations for much greater effect.
If you want to create or use new scams it’s critical to understand how old scams worked so that you change the setting, environment and situation but apply the same principles which allowed previous scams to work so effectively.
The Jojo3000 lure is a very old lure, and it exists today in certain forms, but it essentially used people’s own greed against them. Back in world two there were a lot of combat level 3 Merchant accounts, trading partyhats every day. People knew about luring main accounts to Edgeville, dropping coins and tricking them to enter. It’s an obvious trick and less and less people started to fall for it.
However when the same principle was applied to the rich level 3 accounts, nothing extra was said but it was implied. These merchant accounts I’m sure had the exact same thoughts as the main accounts who were getting lured – ‘Am I being lured? Or will I make a lot of gold’. The implied difference is that this scam relied on these rich level 3 accounts to come to the same conclusion ‘I am such a low level, that the only people able to attack me are either level 3 or 4 accounts, so it is unlikely to be a scam because level 3-4 accounts cannot bind/freeze me, and I have ten hp (100 life points) and level 3-4 accounts can only hit 1 damage.
Hence a false reality is created in their mind which assures them that even though the set up is exactly the same as a typical lure, they cannot actually be killed. But of course, what they did not realize is that there were 10-15 other level 4 accounts all with fire strike spells, ready to pop out and kill them.
It’s both simple and genius. When you scam someone, if you were to tell them this information it’s too obvious. You need plant the clues in their mind, in the situation and the environment and let people think they’ve come to their own conclusions. If the lure account were to say “Of course this isn’t a lure, how would you die you’re level 3?” then it’s immediately much more obvious than if you were to say nothing. More importantly, when you say nothing, people draw their own conclusions and believe them because they weren’t convinced by anyone else. They believe the idea originated from them, and hence no one is trying to trick/manipulate them – and if no one is trying to manipulate them then there is less of a reason to be worried.
The jojo3000 lure worked so well because it drew upon these three different key features to scamming. It had the greed factor, which rushes people into making rash and ill conceived decisions. A good example of the greed factor is when someone thinks they’re getting a deal that’s ‘too good to be true’, rushes into buying some product or service to only find out the whole thing was an elaborate set up and what they’ve just purchased was due to a cleverly thought out advert campaign or convincing sales person as opposed to a good product. Greed makes people do stupid things.
Stupid people are not the ones that get scammed. Smart people are the ones that get scammed, smart people that make a stupid choice – but smart nonetheless or they frankly wouldn’t have anything worth taking.
Money Doubling Scam
The basic money doubling scam involves trust and the reward of exhibiting trust. It also works using the example a few paragraphs above where you create the situation and let them come to their own conclusions. Few people start by letting someone double a few million gold, most people will hand over a small amount of money.
They trust you with 50-250k gold, and you reward that trust by genuinely doubling their money. They took the risk, and it paid off – they didn’t think it would, it went against what they knew they shouldn’t be doing – and soon they think ‘it worked last time, why wouldn’t it work this time?’ The trust and reward complex allows people to build up a rapid rapport where by the trust is build up much quicker than by regular means. This is because the player takes a risk they know they shouldn’t – but to their surprise it pays off. The next step of logic for most people is to go with what they know works. They then do much more money, and you log of.
This is similar to the jojo3000 lure where you create a false impression of reality. The target assumes if you’re going to scam them you’ll do it first. They also will always do a small amount of gold because most people are cautious by nature. This is where you’ve shaped the situation to your adventure. You want to double their small amounts, and you take advantage of the fact that most people start small – not big. You’ve created a situation where you can build up the trust factor at minimal costs to yourself. The lure jojo3000 created build up a situation where people thought they cannot possibly be killed. In each of these situations people will go for the most likely outcome. People nowadays will not fall for the lure or the money doubling scam (mainly because they’ve been done to death), but those that did knew in the back of their minds that they could be getting lured – they could be getting scammed. But they weighed up everything that the situation you’d created in their minds and come to the conclusion you wanted them to draw, and you wanted to think they drew it themselves.
Scamming is the creation of the greed factor, the building of the trust rapport and the manipulation of the individual by means of what you say, the environment you’re in – but most importantly the conclusions they draw because of what you have created.
If you can combine these three things, and create the correct situation and allow people to believe what you want them to believe then the world is your oyster. Hey you’re reading this aren’t you? You just believed everything I’ve put? Why? I’ve just got a website and a few billion gold I might not have a clue what I’m talking about. But you trust me because I act like I know what I’m talking about, I’m authoritative in how I put it, I’m rich so of course I must know.
Flower Game Scam
The flower game scam is similar in a sense to the money doubling scam but it works under the guise of chance. Now in my opinion it’s not a particularly effective scam whatsoever, I actually tried it for a little while (not scamming people just playing the flower game) and even though I was standing there in a red partyhat (I thought blue might be a little too much) and full 3rd age melee armour I only got one person willing to bet me and it was only for 100k – he lost and walked away.
Essentially the scam used to work by people choosing a color of flower that would grow and then placing a bet of money based on certain odds. If they got the color they’d ‘win’ and if they didn’t they’d lose. The scam worked because on an odds basis the chance of winning was already very slim so you’d only actually need to scam someone very occasionally. When someone did win you’d just teleport away. I actually think this is a pretty poor scam both in terms of making gold and in terms of scamming people because the amounts you make are so small and very infrequent.
There are plenty of ‘new’ scams, but the reality is that most new scams are actually old scams in a different form, and some take plenty of effort to master.
Dice Roll Master
Most people don’t entertain this as a method for making money because it requires effort, and the truth is most people are lazy. Dice Roll Masters are, by and large, scammers who use their position of authority to scam people. Now I’ve talked above about manipulating the environment that your victim is in and a good dice master will be doing this all the time. He’ll have friends (or will be multi-logged) accounts who are betting and he’ll appear to be paying out. This adds authenticity so people think “well he’s paying them surely he’ll pay me?” He’ll have a clan chat full of friends and possibly YouTube videos to back up that he pays people out. He’ll be doing everything he can to make the situation seem as realistic as possible. Just like a good money doubling scammer he’ll pay out the small amounts and even subtly encourage the small amounts just so he can scam you for much more later on.
As I say most people are lazy which is why most people are poor, but if you pull this off right it can be a great money earner. You definitely need an entourage of friends who are willing to help you out, and you being willing to help them out – this is really important. You need to be dressed in the appropriate outfit, have the right name, act mature and type in a way which reflects this.
Dressing in typically rich gear or in something which is ‘fashionable’, good ideas are gilded armour, 3rd age, gilded robes, holding flowers. You actually need reasonably good fashion sense and everything you wear should match, remember that you need to look the part.
Having the right name is important and being called ‘alwew54’ isn’t quite good enough, it needs to be an authoritative mature name such as ‘King Alex III’ or a name which specifically relates to dicing such as ‘Dice Lord Jack’.
Acting in a mature way should be easy enough, type in full sentences and don’t use slang words. Using full stops, apostrophes – in fact – just use correct grammar and spell everything correctly. Just read my website and use it as a basis for how you should conduct yourself when talking to people. You need to be professional and polite – typing like a six year old isn’t going to instill trust in people.
Scamming people obviously comes in the form of just not paying up when you lose. It’s quite important to try and make sure they’re not viding, that’ll be difficult of course but being a good scamming is coming out with ways around these problems using your own ingenuity and if you need to be told everything you might as well not even bother trying because there definitely will be issues and problems that you do need to overcome.
Money Doubling Scam Latest
People think that the money doubling scam is dead but that’s because they never knew what it truly was in the first place. It’s far more complex than people think so I actually wrote an entire post on it, go ahead and check out Money Doubling Scam for more details.
Luring is a massive complex topic, thankfully I’m good at breaking things down into step by step processes everyone can follow – go ahead and check out my Advanced Runescape Scams page.
German Worlds Teleport Scam
The German Worlds Teleport Scam is one of the latest and undiscovered scams, and it’s not open to the general public at the moment – if you would like to learn more about this you can visit my Advanced Runescape Scams page.
Runescape Scamming Tips
Scamming on Runescape is elaborate and complex but ultimately very profitable. Here are so tips to help you recognize and scam and protect you from it, or scam yourself; it’s up to you.
Runescape is very much an authority based game where the higher your level, and the larger your bank, the more people will listen to you, trust you and respect you. Having a good name is key to this, one of the accounts I used to use for scamming a lot was called something like (not the real name for protection issues) God Zarick. He never met up with anyone, but I just told everyone he had a 4 billion gold bank and was a friend of mine. That may have been unbelievable, but if you show people a big enough bank then they assume your ‘friends’ have similar banks too. I also said he was maxed combat when in fact he was un-ranked on the highscores. People (ironically) trust wealth, intelligence (or the perception of someone who seems intelligent) and status – so use these things to your advantage
Don’t use anything you’re not prepared to lose
Jagex uses this rhetoric a lot when discussing going to the wilderness or doing risky money making Monster killing. But what they don’t know is the exact is true of Scamming on Runescape. Don’t risk your main account, especially if you’ve put a lot of hard work and effort into it. Use an old account, a pure you never finished or a throw away account that is as least connected with your account if possible. If you want to be really careful, then log in to the scam account from different I.P addresses than your own. You can use Hotspot shield for these kinds of activities – also it’s good for watching Hulu if you’re not American.
Don’t give away your own scam
People see me with a blue partyhat on and try to scam me all the time! I’m not an idiot, I was lured once for 8 million gold when I was 13 but I actually managed to survive it. I logged of on 4 hp when I was super poisoned and when I logged in I made sure my friend was there to pick up my items and give them back. But when someone tries to scam me, I pretend to fall for it – just to see if they have anything new to teach me. Usually they don’t but sometimes they do! Sometimes they’ll hit me with a line or phrase and I’ll think ‘hey that’s good, I’ll try that out and see if it works’ and so I do so. More importantly, when you try and scam someone, try and do it in a way which doesn’t reveal the true mechanics of your scam – or soon enough, if it’s good enough, everything else will be doing it.
Plan everything out
You should already have everything planned out before you scam someone. You should know your target audience, not just wealthy people but look at their names, what they wear, and their levels as an indicator of their intelligence level. Check out their player logs, their forum posts and even their old Bounter Hunter Rogue rank to see if they’re experience at fighting or not. Each little clue helps you in figuring out what to do or say next. It helps you matter understand your mark, and hence more likely to succeed.
But planning out an entire scam isn’t just about the people you go for; it’s the setting they find yourself in. Every single aspect needs to be analyzed and you need to ask yourself ‘is that realistic? Would that just normally happen?’ if not, then cut it out or change it. It needs to be a normal, everyday situation that’s catches people unaware.
Know when to stop
Some people are too smart or too cautious to be scammed, and part of the skill in scamming is knowing when your target isn’t going to fall for it. There’s no point wasting time on someone who’s probably not going to do it when there are plenty of people out there who are much more likely too. Don’t waste your time, and cut your losses and move on when you need to. Don’t spend all day on some clown who’s just trying to waste your time.
Get friends involved, get multiple accounts lined up – anything to make the situation a little more plausible. When someone demands something of you, don’t cave in right away – make them work for you. Give in – eventually. A truly great scam artist makes the other person believe they’re the smart ones, when in reality the scam artist is in the background playing all the strings.
Create a rapport
Remember you’re not selling the scam, you’re selling yourself and you’re selling an idea (whether you’re selling the idea of them making a ton of gold, or yourself by making them trust, repect and like you). When you sell yourself it’s a simple case into fitting into the persona of the scam artist. If they think they’re dealing with an idiot, type like an idiot. I tend to type quite well, but believe me when I’m scamming I go into idiot mode and type like ‘yh bt I dnt fink it shud be lik that’. Don’t just type like a moron, understanding what kind of person your target thinks you are and fit into that category. If they think you’re totally stupid, then be slow to respond to questions and respond incoherently at first so that they ask for clarification. If you’re someone who’s just a little slow, it doesn’t mean you have to act completely stupid – it depends on the situation; ultimately only you’ll be able to judge the situation at the time.
Whether the scam worked and you need to make a quick getaway…or the scam failed and you still need to make a quick getaway have it all planned out. I tend to go for the ‘remove from friend’s list, teleport, log out, log in, transfer the cash/items onto a tertiary account and then just wait for awhile’ I’m a patience person. I’m not in a hurry, the cash will still be there, but if you rush things your main account may not be.