An interesting and ultimately pathetic saga of an attempted Internet rip-off scam is related in this lengthy and well-documented post on R-Squared. The author is an engineer and a blogger who has no connection to the gaming industry, other than that he enjoys playing Diablo 2 with his son and wanted to buy a couple of extra CD-keys so they could play together on Battle.net while he was out of town on business. He chose Diablo-Keys.com, after seeing low prices offered in their Google Ads, received two non-working keys, sent some complaint emails, got ignored, and things escalated from there.
Here’s a quote from the end of the piece; read the whole thing for the full story and make up your own mind about who is telling the truth.
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So if you happened upon this because you were trying to determine whether is a scam, now you know. The scam is operated by a delusional, low-life loser who thinks the world owes him something, and has already been kicked off of both Ebay and PayPal.
Here is how the scam goes:
- He sells you a non-functioning product (but this means he is selling something that does not belong to him as someone else has already purchased the keys). You pay $5 because he claims they are new.
- You report that the keys are invalid, and he promises to investigate.
- He stalls and hopes you forget all about it.
- If you are persistent, he has his make-believe attorney write a threatening letter.
- If you continue to be persistent, he refunds your money, fires off a barrage of threatening e-mails while continue to hide behind his pseudonyms, and verbally harasses and threatens you while he has his make-believe attorney send another letter complaining about threats and harassment.