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and tracked on the forums of sites like Dota 2 Traders. Patt (a well-known, large trader in the community) explained the idea, “[When you are new,] it’s kinda hard to just go out there and start buying stuff from other traders because they are risking themselves [and the] possible danger like getting scammed… [so] you have to build up what we call a reputation thread… that’s how you gain people’s trust. If you don’t have that much rep, no one’s gonna sell you anything… Even if you have a bucket load of money, it’s no use if you can’t get the other traders’ trust.” Even though scammers are a relatively small portion of the Dota 2 population, the likelihood of having an encounter with one (if not many) over one’s experience with Dota 2 is high. All it takes is one moment of inattention, such as not double checking/ confirming the identity of the person you are trading with, or using the wrong link without realizing, and the consequences can be tremendously costly. One of the most infamous occurrences was the hijacking of a trader’s account that resulted in the disappearance of a Golden Baby Roshan courier, which are worth anywhere from $4000 to

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Unfortunately, scammers have a massive impact on the trading community and how day to day trades are conducted, and have even influenced the entire economy in rare past cases where a massively valuable item has been scammed.

$9000 due to the very limited numbers in existence. The purloined courier changed hands enough times before resurfacing that it became impossible for Valve to determine whether or not the trades following its theft were legitimate. Valve restored a Golden Baby Roshan to the victim’s inventory, but was unable to delete the older one, artificially increasing the pool of Golden Baby Roshans in existence. While they are often times little more than a nuisance, scam attempts will continue to be an annoying reality; but luckily they can be stymied with some basic awareness. As Jing (Admin for

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