Biggest EVE Online Scam Yet Duped Over 8,000 Players

Any regular scam on any other MMO will have the scammer trying to lift in-game money or rare items off unsuspecting victims. But scams on EVE Online are interesting because the in-game currency, ISK, can also be used to buy game time, like buying a subscription.

Which is why the biggest recorded scam yet on EVE Online is truly staggering. At the end of the day, Eddie Lampert and Mordor Exuel used a simple Ponzi scheme of massively, multiplayer online proportions to rake in 1 trillion ISK which clocks out to be  $51,677.50. Or, if you don’t care about how all these space-dollars convert, it’s enough to buy 160 years of game time for the both of them. So surely this means they have some spare change for actual in-game items.

The scheme went as far as it did when even skeptical space-goers were convinced by real testimonials from friends and family to invest in the duo’s Phaser Inc. investment scheme. And probably the best part of the whole thing (or the worst) is that they got off scot-free. Like a true, untamed space west, they will face no consequences from the game’s moderating bodies. Just good old fashioned vigilante justice should they run into one of their victims. Heck, Phaser Inc’s website even comes right out and says, “The ISK is gone; you will not see it again.”

Take that, Bernie Madoff!

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The Buffalo News (Buffalo, NY) December 6, 2010 | Samantha Maziarz Christmann Daily deal sites are a lot of fun. They usually offer one item per day at a drastically discounted price. The sale lasts until the end of the day or until the supply runs out whichever comes first.

But you’ve got to keep your wits about you. The reason these sites are so successful is they give you only a limited time to act. If you don’t have the willpower to keep from buying stuff you don’t need, won’t use or can’t afford, stay away.

Even with sites aimed at moms, the deals aren’t often on things you need, like diapers and bottles. They’re often cutesy outfits and toys — sometimes very expensive — despite being discounted. You’ll still need to comparison shop to make sure you’re really getting a deal. And don’t forget to add in shipping costs!

Here are some of my favorite deal sites for things related to babies, bigger kids and moms:

*BabyHalfOff.com This site’s daily deal is offered at a discount of at least 50 percent. Deals are posted at 10 a.m. Monday to Saturday and run until the quantity runs out. It usually features one product per day but will occasionally feature multiple vendors, such as on holidays. Most products are for kids ages 10 and under, but the site also features products for moms and moms-to-be.

Sample item: Koala Kuddles, an Australian muslin swaddle wrap for infants ($7.50 for three, regularly $14.95).

*BabySteals.com lists one baby or maternity item per day, starting at 11 a.m. and ending when the supply is gone. If the deal doesn’t run out by the end of the day, whatever is left over is sometimes offered on the weekend. Items usually sell for 50 to 80 percent off their regular retail price. this web site zulily coupon code

Sample item: HALO organic sleep sack and hat combo ($14.49 to $16.49, regularly $29.99 to $35.98).

*Totsy.com lists high-quality baby, kid, mom, maternity and household items at up to 80 percent off. Sales (called “events”) typically run for three days, and, the site says, for every sale, a tree is planted.

Sample item: Bobux leather baby shoes ($16.99, regularly $28.95).

*EcoBabyBuys.com offers one nontoxic, eco-friendly, fairly traded baby product deal per day. Each item sells for at least 40 percent off its retail price. Items are listed at 9 a.m. and run until they sell out.

Sample item: Lafe’s Natural and Organic baby shampoo and baby lotion set or baby shampoo and baby oil set ($21.50, regularly $36.98).

*KidSteals.com is the sister site to BabySteals.com. It’s the same spiel, but for a broader age range.

Sample item: Elephants on the Wall mural tracing patterns ($32.48 to $44.98, regularly $64.95 to $89.95).

*zulily.com offers several new deals per day, which last for 72 hours. Another five limited-time deals go up each weekday. Send e- mails inviting your friends to the site and you’ll get a $10 credit when they place their first order.

Sample item: Sleepy Wrap cotton baby sling carrier ($29.99, regularly $40).

Samantha Maziarz Christmann