Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

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Avoiding Scams on CS:GO
By EpicTheDoggo | Youtube
I'm approached every single day by people telling me that they've been scammed. My goal in this guide is to discuss some of the common scam methods, and how to recognize scammers.By successfully avoiding scams, you can build up to your dream inventory.
Please Read: Important

Also, feel free to pass this guide onto any new traders you know to make sure they know what they're doing and what to look out for before they do too much trading, because that is the true scope of this guide, although I hope it will help everyone in some way.
Hello, I'm Epic, and my name is Patrick. Welcome to my guide! This guide is written to include a wide variety of scams, and should be helpful to people of all trading experience, either to learn new information, or to simply refresh what you already know. I've had a lot of input from high tier traders, and my friends and I've compiled an exhaustive list of almost all the scams you'll encounter. Some of the most common scams will be listed first, but later on in the guide there are more complex/tricky/rare scams, that you might have never heard of.

Feel free to skip some sections (such as the steamrep/metjm sections), as some of them are meant for brand new traders. As I mention in the conclusion, please give me a rating/favorite if you think this is quality content, and add me if you'd like to suggest any changes, or things I'm missing or should take out :). Enjoy.
Tips & Tricks-- The basics
Every scammer that you can think of will rely on trust to perform their scam. The more reputable, trustable, and professional a scammer seems, the higher chance they will have of being successful.

Rule #1:
If someones profile talks about verifying items, checking for duped/glitched items, OR has a private inventory with a "link to their inventory" which is full of high tier items, and it's their "storage account" that they use to keep their items safe from hackers/phishing, then

Rule #2:
Be paranoid, of everyone, of everything. Trust no one, and be especially cautious if it seems you're going to profit quite a bit of money.

Rule #3:
Don't allow a scammer to convince you to trust them.
Some things that a scammer will use include
  • +Reps in comment
  • A lot of years of service on steam (They can buy accounts like these for cheap)
  • A professional sounding and especially wordy text box, full of "why you can trust me" reasons
  • A somewhat elevated level on steam (They can get to level 100 with the funds from ONE knife scam)
  • Screenshots of impressive things: High tier knives, high balances on Paypal/OPSkins
  • Lots of games owned/hours ingame (why do all scammers have hella hours in DoTA? xD)
These things don't mean you can trust someone!

Rule #4:
Be logical! For example:
If a site is giving out 50 dollars for free to every user, how can they make profit?
Why is a random person adding me and offering me a crazy deal?
Why would a moderator/admin of a site just randomly add you?

Be super suspicious of any trade that doesn't just involve a trade offer, or involves "extra work"
  • They want you to do a live trade?
  • They want you to use a nonsteam site?
  • They want you on steam call, teamspeak, discord, skype?
  • They want you to send them a screenshot of a code, or they want to screenshare/know what you're doing?
  • Do you have to install a plugin or add-on to get the deal/trade?
  • Are they sending you a weird link?
SteamRep is a non for profit anti fraud website that is dedicated to educating the community about fraud, and also flagging known scammers, so that they can be identified so you can avoid trading with them.

A good routine is to immediately check the SteamRep of the people that you are trading with, especially if they randomly add you and seem to be offering a deal that is too good to be true. You can do this by simply going to and searching their Steam ID 64 (Looks like 7656119802xxxxxxx). You'll see something like this:

If the shield is white, and not yellow/red then they're not SteamRep banned. If the shield is red, then they're banned, and you can find the reason underneath.
A scammers SteamRep looks like this:

In this case, he's banned for a fake bot, and you can go to the forums link to see the original report, including screenshots of the incident. If they are SteamRep banned, DONT trust them. If they're not SteamRep banned, this doesn't necessarily mean you can trust them though.
A very common site that is used to take screenshots of CS:GO items is At first to new traders on CS:GO this looks like a sketchy link, but you'll find it on every single reddit post on the /r/globaloffensivetrade subreddit. You can use metjm to double check to make sure you're getting the right item in a trade. This is especially important with pattern based skins to make sure you're getting the right pattern, and they haven't swapped it with another Case Hardened or doppler.

How to create a metjm:
First, when sending or responding to a trade, open up the dropdown menu, right click, and select "copy link address"

go to , right click, and paste into the "paste inspect link here" box.

A metjm will look like this, and will show the Pattern, float, and Pattern ID, which are important for pattern based skins.

Double check to make sure the item you agreed on is the one being sent, and not being quickswitched, which will be discussed later on.
Valve Moderator/Valve Employee
The way to tell if you're actually dealing with an employee is if they have one of the following badges:

If they do not have that badge, they are NOT a steam moderator or employee. They will attempt to seem legitimate so that you'll trust them to middleman for you.
Gambling Site Scam
This is the scammer's bread and butter scamming method, and likely a lot of you reading this will have already experienced this. Basically, someone will add you and claim to a moderator on a gambling site. They want you to partner up with them and win some pots, in exchange for sharing a percentage of the profits with them. They proceed to offer to show their powers: They will link you the site, and you pick a random person in the pot to win. This is convincing enough to get some people, and these sites also have "chatting people" to make it appear more real. The scam is, is that when you realize he can control the outcome, you deposit your items on the site, where the minimum deposit is 20 or 50 dollars, and you will never get that back.

Don't be fooled by this! Random people are not going to single you out to make large amounts of money!
Item Verification (Glitched/duped)
Another one of the most common scams, scammers will add you and ask if your item is:
  • "Non duped"
  • "Not Glitched"
  • "Marketable"
None of these are actual things, except duping, and that was done years ago by steam support to recover lost items for people that had been scammed/hacked. This only matters with VERY HIGH TIER items (1000's of dollars). Even if your item is "duped" there is nothing wrong with it, you never need to get your items verified, for any reason.

There are three ways they typically continue along:
  • The first is they find a "steam admin/moderator" (see Valve mod/employee section), or someone else trustable to "verify" or "check the serial numbers". You'll need to of course trade your item to them for them to check it.
  • The second is they want you to trade it to a "trusted friend" so they can see it's marketable. After your friend gets it, they impersonate your picture/name and try to get your friend to trade it back to them, instead of you (also they can impersonate your friend, and try to get you to give the items directly to them).
  • The third is they have you list your item on OPSkins. They keep in contact very closely and make sure they know exactly when you're about to list. When you list, they send you a trade offer from a fake OPskins bot and take your item.

There is also another scam involving someone that adds you to "dupe" your items. This actually involves an investment on the side of the scammer. What they do is pick an item in your inventory you want duped, and of course it can't have stickers or nametags on it or it won't work. Once you trade the item to them, they then buy the same wear and skin weapon off of OPskins, and trade it to you claiming they duped your item. They keep doing this "trust" trade until they get up to an expensive knife, and they take it. Don't let them fool you into thinking it's duped just because they "couldn't have bought it off of market, because of the 7 day cooldown".
Faking a C/O (Current offer) Scam
There are two versions to this scam, the first is very innocent and something that some of the people reading this may have even done before, and the second is something a little more involved and manipulative.

The first version of the scam is when someone claims to have a current offer for an item that they're selling, even when they don't. This obviously pressures you to pay more than that, because if you don't offer higher than that, they'll just take their C/O.

The second version of the scam is where they offer to even put you in touch with the person that is their C/O. At first this might seem tempting because it seems like if you just do the trade and message the person and sell the item you're getting to them, you're going to profit. However, after the trade goes through, they quickly are not interested anymore in the item for how much they supposedly were going to pay for it. The person that this guy said was his C/O was actually his alternate account :P (and steamrep banned).He makes up some excuse why he isn't taking his C/O, when it is actually worth more than what he is getting in this trade.

So this is something you'll see on CS:GO Lounge a lot. Basically a seller will say they are selling a knife of a certain wear, like a Karambit Night MW, and want knives in exchange that are less money. Then when you go to send a trade offer, you will realize that it is a Karambit Night FT, which is worth significantly less. Some people don't check the exterior, and will get scammed. Always inspect your items or create a metjm before accepting/sending a trade request.

Also, they can do the same thing in a live trade (not "offer a trade", but "invite to trade"). NEVER DO A LIVE TRADE, ALWAYS JUST DO IT THROUGH OFFERS. Sometimes they'll put their item in the trade, and then distract you by typing to you, then when you're not paying attention, they'll swap the item. Be sure to double and triple check the exterior before trading (you can do this with metjm, see the metjm section).
Free 50 dollar scam
There are tons of steam groups devoted to this, and also people that will add you to advertise these sites. Basically, they advertise a site that has a promotional code that will give you a free 50 dollar credit on the site. The catch is, you have to deposit 50 dollars onto the site in order to withdraw, and once you deposit that much, it won't let you withdraw.

Middleman Scam
Another scam is a middleman scam. A middleman is someone who is a third party who can hold items in a trade, so no one has to "go first". There are legitimate middlemen who facilitate trades that are not able to be done in a trade screen, but there are also people who are fake middlemen. They will attempt to build confidence in you by appearing to be as legitimate as possible, which sometimes involves them posing as a steam moderator or employee (See Valve mod/staff section). Don't just use a middleman that someone randomly suggests. You can find a list of middlemen on
Steam Marketplace Scam
Someone will offer to buy an item of yours on the steam marketplace, as a way of paying you steam balance. They'll offer to go first, and want you to list something worth a few dollars for maybe a couple hundred (depending on the value of your item). Once they buy your item, you send over the knife, and they can file a fraudulent claim through steam to get their money back. If they're successful, you'll be left without your money and your knife.
Paypal Scam
Some people will offer to buy your items with Paypal. There is something called a charge back, where someone paying with paypal can report the payment as fraudulent and get a refund. Paypal isn't great with online transactions, and will take the side of the buyer 90% of the time. So, even if someone offers to go first, and you trade off your knife it can be refunded and you can lose your knife. Please note: it is possible to do this even when paying with friends and family.

When doing cash trading, please check that someone has extensive CashRep, and is well known in the community (mod/admin of something). The best way to cash out your items with absolutely no risk is through OPskins.
Steam wallet codes and gift cards
This is a very common scam that a lot of people fall for. Basically the person buying your item offers to overpay a good amount and will give you steam wallet codes in return for your item. They will do whatever they can to make themselves look more legitimate, including making a very professional profile, having a lot of +reps, and getting you into voice chat to make them seem human and less scammy. They ask for you to send your item first, and then they never give you the wallet code that they promised you. Also, please note that they can do a chargeback through steam for the wallet funds, just like on paypal.

Sometimes you'll get trade requests like this as well:

Rare item scam
Sometimes, you'll be approached by someone claiming to own a very expensive and rare item. You can do this with really anything that has extremely low stock on the steam community market. This includes, but isn't limtied to: Foil trading cards from certain games, DoTA2 corrupted items, and more. If there is only one of something on the market, for 3 dollars, than someone can buy that item and set it for whatever price they choose, maybe a price slightly over your knife value... Make sure you check graphs to see what things have sold at, and don't trust prices on low quantity items. Here's an example of some items that might look expensive, but aren't.

Duplicate inventories Scam
So with this scam, basically a person will comment on your profile or one of your pictures and offer you some sort of really good deal, where you profit quite a bit. They will do this for pattern based skins, for example, a F&I that they swap for a regular marble fade, a Case hardened blue gem they swap for one with very little blue.

You can go to their inventory, they won't have it privated, and sure enough, the item is there! Keep in mind they commented on your profile, they didn't add you. If you try and add them they won't accept because then you could just send an offer for what they're trading. Instead, you're forced to use their trade link, which links you to another acount, an account that has the same profile pic, level, and items in their inventory.

Here is the Inventory actually containing the item:

And here is the inventory that contains a fake version of the item:
As you can see they've faked the item down to every detail, including the sticker on the gun, and the nametag. They even have the same sticker and cases in their inventory. There are slight differences like the operation coins, but don't get lured into a false sense of security because the gun has the same name!

Buried items scam
This has happened to some Youtubers, and also to some people that get a lot of trade requests. Basically, they bury a very expensive item that blends into a whole bunch of cheaper items, and they offer some decent items in exchange. If you're not super careful, and you're distracted, you could lose your item.

I was scammed, what do I do?
Personally, I've been very cautious and have avoided being scammed on CS:GO, but others have not been so lucky. Sometimes if you're having a terrible day or you're tired, you can fall for things that you normally wouldn't fall for. If you are scammed, there is unfortunately almost no chance that you'll get your items back. The only thing you can do is try and prevent them from scamming anyone else. If you're scammed, screenshot everything you can: chat logs, their profile, your trade history. You can report them on SteamRep, on the forums. If someone is banned on SteamRep, they are instantly permanent banned on trade servers, and also are flagged to anyone who searches them up.
Video version of this Guide:
I made a youtube after seeing the amount of support that my content was getting on this guide. Within about a month or so of this guide's creation date, I'll have a video format of this material for you guys :).

You can Sub to me here:

I'll be posting a link to the direct guide when it's created.
Thanks for reading my guide :). If you think that this was helpful and informative, I'd appreciate a thumbs up, and favorite it so if anyone ever asks you for advice on how not to be scammed you can link them over here. You can feel free to add me if you feel like something should be changed or added, or if you have a question about anything scam related.I hope this ends up helping some of you guys.

--Epic (Patrick)
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✪ Gamebyte Nov 11 @ 1:23am 
Lmao ever since i put this name no one adds me :D
☢ DNIGHTGAME☢ Nov 10 @ 11:43pm 
G rien compris c tout en englais
MAKHLOUF ツ<3♥ Nov 2 @ 2:06pm 
-___- VAC
♛DankTurret♛ Oct 19 @ 7:52pm 
I got scammed and steam support dont care
Sadness Oct 8 @ 7:04am 
Good Guide! Covered Just About Everything! Good Stuff :)

I own an anti-scamming group with 1850+ members, feel free to join :p
ÜNKNÖWN_KILLER Oct 1 @ 6:20am 
Where the Counter Offer scam at?
Lil Drew Sep 25 @ 12:44pm 
epic my nugga back at top
La Flame | back from China Sep 13 @ 7:11am 
+rep good guide, covered just about everything! good stuff :)

I own an anti-scamming group with 500+ members, feel free to join :D

It's also featured on my profile, I review and report scams/scammers in it along with my fellow admins.
Harry-_ Aug 28 @ 7:17am 
Good guide. Great totalk to you and it's great for you to care
Harry-_ Aug 28 @ 7:16am 
Steam support don't care xD