Title: suspect market prices
Dalek Thay - April 25, 2010 11:15 PM (GMT)
I have noticed now several batches of wood being sold at 2.
how is this possible ??
food and ore has also slipped through at 2-4.
something does not seem quite right here
Bhaal - April 26, 2010 02:53 AM (GMT)
Ambulance was being fed by Rhino, Lyca, and Betrayed. The 3 small accounts had a scheme to feed the high account by manipulating market prices. Ambulance deleted when confronted with the evidence.
Karkento - April 26, 2010 02:59 AM (GMT)
A sweet justice! How did you figure it out though?
Butcher - April 26, 2010 03:29 AM (GMT)
Huh? You have to ask? Bhaal is the god in here. He sees everything.
And damn with the cheaters!
Dalek Thay - April 26, 2010 03:39 AM (GMT)
with a few messages to point the way :P
stuff at 2 is still hitting though :unsure:
Praneeth - April 26, 2010 03:51 AM (GMT)
res @2 :huh:
economic crisis or still dupes around.....
Scorpio - April 26, 2010 07:34 AM (GMT)
may we ask you his identity ... hmm.. for public shame ? :unsure:
Bhaal - April 26, 2010 12:45 PM (GMT)
|A sweet justice! How did you figure it out though? |
As with most things, it starts with a message to the Game Admin account. In this case, 3 separate people contacted me to say that they had seen some cheap stuff on the market that seemed too cheap to be true. I investigated and looked at who was selling cheap stuff, and who was buying cheap stuff. So 3 players were constantly selling cheap stuff, and Ambulance was constantly buying it. Then I did a reverse check to see if Ambulance was selling, and who was buying. Well, Ambulance would sell the same goods he bought cheap, back to the original 3 sellers, but he'd sell it at a much higher price than before.
Nosiin Arayla - April 26, 2010 12:50 PM (GMT)
Good Catch Bhaal and those who reported it.
So who was Ambulance and the other three?
Dan the Great - April 26, 2010 12:58 PM (GMT)
I don't get it? Were they dupes or was it actually 3 people helping 1 person?
Bhaal - April 26, 2010 01:29 PM (GMT)
|may we ask you his identity ... hmm.. for public shame ? |
I can only identify Ambulance. He is known as ASROK on the forum. The other ones don't have forum accounts.
|So who was Ambulance and the other three? |
The other 3 are Rhino, Lyca, and Betrayed.
| Were they dupes or was it actually 3 people helping 1 person?|
Hard to tell. I know for sure that Ambulance was logging into the accounts at some points, but it is not clear if he was doing it all the time. The entire mess IP trail goes back to the Sri Lankan university system, where I know many people say they are playing from dorms with shared computers. So it could have been one person doing 4 accounts, or it could have been 1 guy with 3 friends sharing the same computer. They did try to mask their tracks by going through a proxy server in Botswana. No offence to the people in Botswana, but I really doubt that any of them are playing WOE.
Bhaal - April 26, 2010 01:32 PM (GMT)
|stuff at 2 is still hitting though|
That was just the last batch of stuff that one of the dupes still had on the market. There is no more stuff available for 2 or similar.
Dalek Thay - April 26, 2010 01:47 PM (GMT)
before this i was the only person to log in from botswana
Scorpio - April 26, 2010 02:36 PM (GMT)
One us was so lucky to catch one of the ore caravan of @3 :lol:
Karkento - April 26, 2010 08:51 PM (GMT)
The old knight - April 26, 2010 09:15 PM (GMT)
Very Impressive, glad to see people getting caught and shamed, should help to deter other people in the future!
Scorpio - April 26, 2010 09:18 PM (GMT)
yes people should take more care while cheating :lol: :unsure:
btw we were just started to chat with him (12hr before he delete)
have planned a grand party in his woe home
Karkento - April 26, 2010 09:52 PM (GMT)
jade - April 27, 2010 05:49 AM (GMT)
ah ha!! I knew it was too good to be true :) great work Bhaal.