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  1. #1
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    Default Cheating the Seller of Online Accounts if Sale Violates Terms of Service

    Heres the scenario: Person A wants to sell a virtual item of a game at a agreed price of 1000USD to person B. They meet up to trade and after Person A passes Person B the items, person B does not pay up. Person A has evidence that person B wanted to buy his item at a agreed price of 1000USD but is it true that since it is against the game policy to deal virtual items with monetary value, person B cannot be charged in court even if does that serveral times?

    HELP appreciated i have been scammed and the police says that there's nothing they can do! is it true?

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    Default Re: Scamming of Online Items Against the Law

    being against game policy does not make the action illegal. This is a civil issue so there would be no "charges" coming from a court anyway.

    If A got taken and B refuses to pay, A needs to sue B in court (small claims would be the most likely place)

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    Default Re: Scamming of Online Items Against the Law

    So is it true that the authorities cannot take any actions on the scammer as there is no actual item ? thanks for your answer

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    Default Re: Scamming of Online Items Against the Law

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    So is it true that the authorities cannot take any actions on the scammer as there is no actual item ? thanks for your answer
    it has nothing to do with there not being a physical item involved. There are many crimes that do not involve physical property. That has nothing to do with it. The reason the authorities will not take action is the scammer has not broken any criminal laws. In a breach of civil law, the onus is upon the injured party to seek redress from the courts.

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    Default Re: Cheating the Seller of Online Accounts if Sale Violates Terms of Service

    Quote Quoting smallkid
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    They meet up to trade and after Person A passes Person B the items, person B does not pay up.
    It sounds like the police view this, in essence, as a sale on credit terms. If A chose to sell something without getting paid, his enforcement of the promise to pay is a civil matter. The police aren't debt collectors.

    If this is Blizzard and WoW, the seller can likely contact Blizzard, prove original ownership, and have the password reset. Of course, the buyer could report the attempted sale to Blizzard, and that could result in the account being terminated for TOS violations.

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