Official Scamming Policy + Tips To Prevent It

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Official Scamming Policy + Tips To Prevent It
The most important thing in any Pokémon trade is both people getting exactly what they want! But sometimes, people are unfair, and some pretty shady things can happen. This thread is going to give you some tips and tricks to avoid something unfortunate happening to you. You can also view our official scamming policy written below. Although there are rules in place to punish these kinds of actions, it's also best to equip yourself with the knowledge to prevent them from happening in the first place!

What is a scam?
If two people engage in a trade, and one person does not gain something that they agreed upon, it is a scam. It is against the rules of the forums and will result in serious punishment. When trading, it's very important to be clear with your intentions. Express exactly what you want, and what you intend to give. Only engage in trades when you are completely sure what is going to occur.

One helpful in-game to you can use to avoid getting scammed is to view the summary of a Pokémon you're about to receive before you trade. Though it's difficult to check IV's this way, it at least can help you get a general idea of what you'll be receiving before trading.​

There are certain kinds of trades that can be very risky to participate in, unless you're able to absolutely trust your trading partner. Some examples of this include:

Trading Multiple Pokémon At Once: The safest trades that you can do are 1 for 1. You get a Pokémon, and so does your partner. Doing trades of two or more just for a single Pokémon can possibly result in you losing out. It's very easy for users to simply disconnect whenever they want and shut you out of the rest of your agreed trade.

Tradebacks: Sometimes when people are filling their Pokédex, they'll ask for quick "touch" trades where they will immediately trade a Pokémon back to you after it is registered. However, this is another example where a person can easily disconnect or refuse to trade a Pokémon back to you, even though you agreed upon it. Though some people can be nice about this, you have to be careful.

Trading Eggs: It is impossible to know what is going to hatch from an egg before it hatches. Even though a user may claim to have given you a specific Pokémon, it could very easily just hatch into something you did not want. A good way to avoid this is to politely ask your partner to save their game and hatch the egg. Sending pictures or video is a great way to confirm this as well, if able.

New Users: If a new user joins the forum to post in your thread, be very careful! Obviously not everyone who does this will have the intention to scam you, but it's best to exercise caution when discussing your trade with this person, and always double check what you're getting is what you asked for.

Hacked Pokémon
Some people don't mind if their Pokémon was generated by dubious ways of hacking. But for others, getting a hacked Pokémon can be very devastating. It's important to understand and respect both of these viewpoints. Even though trading hacked Pokémon on the forum is allowed, and trading a legally playable hacked Pokémon is not a punishable offense, please be honest with your trading partners about it.

These days, hacked Pokémon can be difficult to detect, because they usually appear with legal moves, stats, and abilities. But, if you see anything off about a Pokémon's summary before trading, such as a obscure catch location or a unobtainable move, it is very likely hacked. Many special event and legendary Pokémon are restricted to certain langauges, OT's, and other unique markings to indicate they're legit. Do your research if you're trading for Pokémon like these, so you know exactly what you're looking for and can notice if things are awry.

In general, hacked Pokémon are floating around everywhere. Some players may not even be aware they have them. But if you do possess a hacked Pokémon, and you intend to trade it, always be honest and upfront. Respect that some players prefer to play legitimately, and others don't.

I've been scammed! What do I do?
Before any official action is taken, the most important thing you can do is contact your trade partner and explain the situation. Often times it's simple a misunderstanding or mistake, and players can be kind enough to correct it. Be patient and wait for their response. If a fair amount of time passes and the user does not respond, especially if they continue to be active on the forums, it is time to contact the staff.

Use the "Report" button on private messages, posts, or profiles and explain your situation to the forum staff. They will take it from there and contact you with any updates. If you and your partner resolve the issue privately before staff intervention, please inform them as soon as possible.

Please avoid flaming, bashing, or calling out users in public. This is never necessary or acceptable on the forum, and could result in you getting in trouble. If politely communicating does not work, please let the forum staff handle the situation.

Be aware that unfortunately, even if action is taken against a user who scammed you, it is impossible for the forum staff to retrieve your lost Pokémon.

Official Scamming Policy
The staff will determine whether or not a scam was intentional or not. If it is determined that it was indeed deliberate, the user will be banned for that single incidence for 3 days. This extends to all forms of scamming. If the scam has involved four or more Pokemon, the user will also immediately be placed on the Public WiFi Blacklist. Should any user be found guilty of scamming multiple times, they will be banned for one month, and they will be placed on the Public WiFi Blacklist. After the one-month ban is over the user will once again be able to trade on the Forums, but their Friend Code will remain on the public blacklist.

The public blacklist is available on the second post of this thread.
Please be safe and aware while using the trading forums! Be smart, be respectful, and it will be positive for everyone involved. If you have any questions, please post below, or contact a staff member. Thank for reading, and happy trading!
 
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Blacklist
This is a staff approved list of Friend Codes used by users who have been caught scamming on the forums. While they are still allowed to trade here, it is wise to be careful when trading with any of these users.

Friend Code - IGN
3110-5180-7368 - Nik
5386-8703-5296 - Kyle
2638-0643-1112 - Enzon
3668-8692-9436 - Ash
0705-3230-5287 - Caleb
2895-7154-8001 - Baby
3625-9795-0265 - Ricky
2294-4519-7157 - Joseph
3110-5934-6488 - Pedro
1650-2141-7932 - Tom
 
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