So out of the blue, this guy Kipp Towers messages me offering me some really cheap Large Skill Injectors.
Wondering if I had previously engaged with him in chat, I humor him and ask for details and quantities.
We settle for 30 LSI’s at 880m each (a steal), which were located in Gallente High Sec.
He contracts the LSI’s from his alt O Little, and once I open the contract, staring at me in bright red letters as big as the red flags Kipp had triggered, is the information that should warn ANY would-be buyers: “Station may be inaccessible”
You see, Kipp was using his own Station (in this case in Wysalan), so he can always deny access to anyone that’s not in his corp… yet that is another scam for another day. Today I will tell you about this ingenious trick to get your isk and your goods.
So as we all know LSI’s can be activated remotely, so you may say, “who cares if you can’t access the station, you can still activate the LSI’s!” … which is a yes… but also a big NO.
What Kipp was aiming to do, was to have me accept the contract…and then on the second I’d accept it, he would input broadcast his army of Oracle fitted Alts hovering the station, to one volley the remaining hull of said station. That way after the core-less station is destroyed, he could collect the loot dropping from it… which would have been my Large Skill Injectors. A gain of 26b vs the loss of a structure that costs 600-700m.
Not being overly dumb, I kept him talking while I warped to his station… and this is what I found:
In the picture you can see all his alts that are members of the same corp, which has Friendly Fire as being legal… reason why Concord would not get involved.
So to anyone reading this… never accept contracts for LSI or anything that is out of a Private Station, as there is a very likely possibility you won’t get what you paid for.
I’m putting this into the public’s eye, as previous knowledge of how it works just saved me from a 26b loss and allowed me to troll this guy. I’m hoping that with this, newer players will become aware of how ruthless eve is, avoiding being placed in a position to rage quit after falling for such an ingenious scam tactic.
Funny thing: after I warped in and trolled them in local, they all warped out and the snowflake blocked me
P.S.: another thing to be aware of, if the station is in low power state, remote delivery won’t work either, so also be careful taking Hauling contracts to private stations.