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Scam Warnings

-----If someone tells you to, "Copy this onto 10 Message Boards. Go to the Lost Desert Food Stall, or wherever, and you will find a random Paint Brush(s)," OR anything like that, DON'T DO IT!!! It DOESN'T work and you can be frozen! That is a "Chain Letter"

-----If a login screen pops up and you DID NOT click login, DO NOT enter your pw. Refresh, if you keep getting it, type in neopets.com in the address bar and start again. This FAKE LOG-IN page can look exactly like the Neopet one. Look at the address above and make sure it says, www.neopets.com

----Never open any link's sent to you by people you don't know.
Most of them have cookie grabbers which the hacker can hack you! A person may even join the Guild and pretend they have been a member for awhile!

----Check the url of the item in the Wiz by putting your cursor over it, If the url does not begin http://www.neopets.com/buy_item,phtml, do NOT click on it!
Even just clicking on the item can take you to a fake login page, where a virus can be loaded into your computer, or to a site that has a cookie grabber that can steal your pw! Always check the URL in the little gray bar at the bottom of your screen. (may be different color based upon your computer system) NOT click on it!
Even just clicking on the item can take you to a fake login page, where a virus can be loaded into your computer, or to a site that has a cookie grabber that can steal your pw! Always check the URL in the little gray bar at the bottom of your screen. (may be different color based upon your computer system)

----The New Neopian Times says there is no longer a guaranteed time to get one million NP from Coltzan's Shrine.

----TheNeopetsTeam will NEVER, EVER ask for your pw. They already KNOW your pw! They don't lose personal information. They have back up systems in place. If you get mail saying they're the Neopets Team and they want personal information, REPORT them!!

----Never buy accounts from people. It's just a way for them to scam you. If they were REALLY leaving, why would you have to BUY a cheap item for a lot of NP/items from them?? It makes no sense. It can also get you frozen.

----No one "wins 6 (something's)" and decides to "give one away" to the highest bidder on a junk lot! If they HAD the item, they'd be offering IT, not JUNK!

----Beware brand-new items. At first, they're overpriced, until more people get them. Then value drops FAST. (Like new Plushies, BD or Quest items)

----When using the TRADING POST check the prices on the Shop Wiz BEFORE you make that deal! People can (and do) claim something is Unbuyable, or worth a lot, but they'll sell it for much less. SOMETIMES, its a rip-off. CHECK THE SHOP WIZ!

----No item can give Fish Neggs, or make you better in games.

----Don't give an item, nps or your account, to a person who says they will freeze your account if you don't! Report them!

----Report people who send Chain Letters saying someone is dying and needs nps/items. How in the world will pretend money help them???

----There is no such thing as the 'codestone cave' or the 'paint brush cave or the Dark Faerie Cave' so never pay people to tell you where it is.

----Adding numbers to the address bar when you're donating to the MONEY TREE, does NOT give you any prizes, or a better chance at prizes. Prizes are given out Randomly, no matter what you donate. This is usually a Scam and Neopets freezes people for it.

---- Never buy CHEATS from people. Most of the time, they DON'T work, and other times if you use them, it'll get YOUR account frozen.

----NEVER UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES give anyone access to your account! Don't fall for those emails that say "You won 1,000,000 but we need access to your account to give you the money." Basically, ignore and report people with who neomail you with a story about needing your pw. It's a scam.

----NEVER log into one of those "cheater" sites that's supposed to give you money or items. They're just trying to take YOUR money and items. There is no "14,000,000" Bank cheat... it's just a scam.

----NEVER change your e-mail address to anything that is NOT your OWN e-mail address. This gives the scammer access to YOUR pw and account! If you accidentally (or unthinkingly) give out your pw , you have ONLY A FEW MINUTES to go to the Help page and change your pw. IMMEDIATELY report if you are scammed, so Neopets can freeze the account and keep your stuff safe until true ownership is verified!!

----And never ever listen to those people telling you to send them stuff for 'secrets'. These are the only secrets you need.

----Don't neomail people asking for FREE items. This will often offend people AND get you blocked!

----Lucky Die will NOT make you any luckier on any GAMES, its just a TOY!

----Beware of anyone asking for your Birth Date! This is Private info that can be used to verify account ownership! Do NOT give out your Birth Date!

----Report ALL Scammers! Click on, "Contact Us" at the bottom of every page.

----Never offer on a multi trade. If someone asks you to offer your good item on a cheap lot, than offer a cheap item on THEIR good lot, you've been scammed. They'll accept your good item, and reject the cheap one.

----Fortune Telling Fish and Fish Eggs Do Nothing!. They Do Not lay Fish Neggs!

----Above all, DON'T try to scam people yourself, YOU *could* get your account frozen FOREVER.

Everyone should know that if they see their account being hacked/scammed in front of them, Click Contact, at the bottom of every page, RIGHT AWAY!!! Put in the message area, "I'M BEING HACKED RIGHT NOW! PLEASE FREEZE MY ACCOUNT (put your user name here) They will then have a chance at seeing who's grabbing your items and freeze them as well..

If someone is in your account and you still have access to it, CHANGE YOUR pw, THEN LOG OUT! That's the only way to get them out. If you don't log out after you change your pw, they may still be in it! (some people say you don't have to log out after changing your pw, but better safe then sorry!)

Cookies/ Hackers

onering_
01:19AM
12/08/2005
Cookies/Cookie Grabber/Keylogger

A cookie is a small piece of data saved by your browser on behalf of Neopets.com. It saves your login information so you don't have to log in every time you want to do something on Neopets.com.

A cookie grabber is any browser exploit on another website that allows an attacker to capture your browser cookies. Those cookies contain your login information, and can be used to log into your account from the attacker's computer.

The advice people in the forums give you is usually "delete your cookies!". That will not make any difference if you've already visited the site with the cookie-grabber. They already have your cookies (which contain your pw and deleting them from your system will make absolutely no difference to the scammer, it will only require you to log in again...

Once a cookie has been grabbed you need to change your pw and e-mail, log out, then log in again. Deleting your cookies before you visit suspicious pages will help.

Another warning: if you downloaded a program from a neopets related site, or MSN/AIM and opened it, you could also get a virus on your computer which gives the hacker full control over your computer. He can do whatever he wants, like deleting files etc. Or it could be a Trojan Keylogger, which keeps track of everything you type. The scammer will know all your pws to everything that's active on your computer at that time, within minutes. So never ever download programs, and certainly not from people you don't know (even neofriends can become scammers, cause scammers never use their own accounts). Having a virus scanner on your computer is a pro.

Also spyware is a way to get information about your computer, so you also should download Ad-Aware and Spybot to eliminate those

Watch out when you use chat clients such as AIM. A scammer is sending people links asking them to take a look at their 'artwork'. This image link is embedded with a trojan keylogger, so it will start recording everything you type, including your Neopets username and entry code.

Do not accept links or images or direct links from people you don't know via chat clients. This could be very dangerous, cause he doesn't stop at hacking your account, he will then hack into your computer and start deleting files, etc. Tip: Set your AIM preferences for everything at "Display Approve Dialog" or "Reject."



Hacked, what to do?

onering_
01:08PM
12/08/2005
Hacked

If you've been hacked/scammed,or if someone is in your account and you still have access to it, CHANGE YOUR pw, THEN LOG OUT! That's the only way to get them out. If you don't log out after you change your pw, they will still be in it! (some people say you don't have to log out after changing your pw, but better safe then sorry!)

Then, go back and change your e-mail.

Everyone should know that if they see their account being hacked/scammed in front of them, Click Contact, at the bottom of every page, RIGHT AWAY!!! Put in the message area, "I'M BEING HACKED RIGHT NOW! PLEASE FREEZE MY ACCOUNT (put your user name here) They will then have a chance at seeing who's grabbing your items and freeze them as well..

I would also make a post on the Battledome Board.



PW Problems

ekul3333
05:19AM
12/11/2008
Scammers

If your pw won't work, try "requesting" it here
http://www.neopets.com/loginpage.phtml

If it's the right pw, try putting a space before your pw to see if that works.



How to secure your account.

onering_
09:19AM
10/08/2004
Scammed I have a lot of expensive items in my Gallery, and because of close calls, I'm pretty paranoid. lol

Here's 5 tips I use to protect myself from Hackers/Scammers.

1) Activate your "PIN" on everything you can! DON'T use your birth date!! People can easily see this info in your user preferences if they get in your account! Your PIN is NOT stored in a Cookie, so it can't be grabbed with your pw.

2)
You should also use all 20 characters. Make sure your pw is a mix of letters, characters, and numbers. (You can also use the characters on the top of the numbers)

3) I have a window open with my "Profile" up, and a new pw ready, that way if I click on an item in a shop that e-mails my cookies, or is suspicious in any way, I can change my info immediately. Then I log out, and log back in. That ends the old "cookie session" Some people say you don't have to log out, and some say you do. Why take the chance? This happened to a friend of mine.

4) I have my PIN sent to me every day, so no one else can.

5) I have my Neomail set to "Plain Text Neomail", so malicious content can't be sent to me. This has happened in the past.

These methods give me time to get my account frozen before the Hacker/Scammer can get those things.

onering_
08:31AM
10/12/2002
Frozen/Scammed

If you get frozen,

You have to contact Neopets every other day to get their attention. Once someone replies to your letter, ALWAYS use their e-mail to reply back to. They look at e-mails with the subject text starting with, Re: first.

Be polite, but make sure you plead. This is what I did to help get guesszoo and meggamegga55's accounts back!! Say stuff like, "Please I need to feed my pets" or "Please, I miss my Pets"

Here's the info you'll have to send in to get your account back. Write it down and store it somewhere!

username,
email on the account (even if you no longer have access to it),
items in the inventory/SDB, trades/auctions,
Neofriends,
birthday,
stocks,
equipments on the pet(s).
active trades or auctions you have
Banking Information

onering_
05:19AM
10/22/2003

Scammers

Resist the urge to reply to Scammers! If you do, you could be frozen! If you reply, with their original Scam message still there, Neopets could think YOU'RE scamming. If Neopets thinks you fell for the Scam because you replied or you sent them something,, they'll freeze you for your own protection. The best thing to do is, report the scammer, then block them! It's not worth losing your account just to try and get back at them! Scammers don't care that you do these things!.






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