So many of you have now probably read about the EVE Investment Bank scam:
So what do you think?
In short, a player created a "bank" in which people could invest their ISK (in game cash) and he would promise a return. To very few people's surprise (well, at least not to mine) the guy just walked with the cash.
What makes this interesting is that the sum involved would have translated intou about $100K if he'd dribbled it out on eBay.
I will admit to not knowing everything about this, but my belief is that nothing this guy did was technically against the rules. I believe it would probably not be against the rules of WoW, Everquest, or any other MMORPG that I've played (again, I'll be reading some legalese over the next little while to think that through). I also haven't seen (someone link me?) a public statement about this from CCP, nor, in fact, would I recommend one if I was the PR agent for CCP (a nice guy named Doug I had the honor of chatting up at Gen Con).
This strikes me as a classic caveat emptor situation. This guy is an IN GAME criminal, but Eve is a game rife with pirates and PvP conflict. So if its not against the rules to simply KILL a player (or, OK, waste his ship) then why would it be against the rules to simply be a con artist. The actor in question did not, to my knowledge, hack anything but peoples gullability.