| NeoPets Guides - Protect Your Account
Both new and old users should read this information on how to prevent from
getting scammed. Remember, if it's true good to be true, it probably is!
This one is simple, just don't trade ANYTHING unless you use
the trading post. The post will ensure all trades are completed
fairly, and both parties go away happy, but be careful there
are scams lurking at the trading post just waiting to get
at your hard earned np's and items. Do not even consider on
offering on a lot which is generally 1 junk item like a bottle
of sand and says in its wish list: I'm leaving NeoPets, so
the best offer in 3 mins gets my account with 6.2 million
nps! I'm seriously not joking! If I lie, you can report me!
You offer a couple of thousand nps and all you'll be getting
is that bottle of sand. Another scam is sort of the reverse
of the scam before, you see a baby paint brush and in the
wish list the scam says: FREE if you offer on my other lot.
The other lot is junky sand and again if you offer nps thinking
it's for the baby paint brush all you are gonna get is that
sand. There are scam lots which tell you to go to their shop
for 1np faerie's and codestones, oh no watch out! you've just
found another fake login page. Report that shop! A newer scam
of late at the Trading Post is called the switch-a-roo where
the lot is something like a battle potato for example, they
are asking for a really low price you think you are offering
on it they quickly close the lot and switch it with a raw
potato that is worthless, you quickly bid again because you
can't believe your luck and the items look identical, they
accept and you got yourself a raw potato that cost you 100k.
Always know what the items you are offering on before you
make any offer just because the lots wish list says its an
unbuyable hidden tower item, it could very well be a hunk
of worthless junk and if in doubt always do a shop wiz to
double check those prices.
Fake Login Pages
Ok here is the scenario. You are looking for a rather expensive
item up on the shop wizard, and wow you see a fish negg for
100 NP's! So you go to that shop and sure enough you see a
fish negg priced at 100NP's, your excited at this point so
you click on it, and uh oh it takes you to the NeoPets login
screen. You very quickly type in your user name and password,
cause you don't wanna miss out on that great deal of a lifetime.
Then you notice that the negg you tried to buy is no where
to be found in your inventory. Hmm what happened? Well what
you probably just did was log into a fake login page. You
say "But it looked just like the NeoPets page!"
Well that's the whole point of the scam, before you get carried
away and fall for this scam, run your mouse over the item
you want to buy, if the URL (web site address does not start
with http://www.NeoPets.com, DO not attempt to buy it. You
will most likely see an address http://www.geocities.com/neologin
or something along those lines. What this person has done
is copied the HTML code from the official NeoPets login page,
and re created it on to their site. So when you type in your
user name and password, the information is sent directly to
them. They now have access to your account, and you will most
likely never see your NeoPets,money & items ever again. If
you do happen to fall for this scam , and your account is
taken over, our only suggestion to you is to write abuse@NeoPets.com
and explain your situation to the staff. You should take note
of what you have in your account. Example, how much money
you have in the bank, the names of some of your neofriends,
what are some of the neomails you have in your in box, stuff
in your deposit box ect. This will help the staff determine
if that account is really yours or not, cause they really
have no other way of telling. Make sure to report these types
of shop scams by using the shop abuse report located in each
shop at the top of the page. Or again write to them with email.
NeoPets Money Maker Programs
There are a few scams like this going around as well. You
see these mainly advertised on chat boards or get them through
neomail. These people will say "Oh wow I made a million
neopoints in a day by using this program! You should try it
too, they give you a URL to go to and low and behold again
it says something like "In order to get the neopoint
maker, fill out the form below with your user name and pass,
and we will fill up your account with neopoints!" Nope
this isn't true. There are no such things as a neopoint money
maker. What you have just done is given all your info to the
scammer who now has access to your account and everything
in it. The only way to get neopoints is to work hard yourself
and play the game properly.
One of the oldest scams around Neopia. Someone neomails
you and says "I will watch your account and NeoPets for
you if you ever go away, I will feed them and play with them
and make sure they are well taken care of until you return"
You think Oh great! I don't have to worry about my babies
while I am gone" So you give them your user name and
pass, thinking they are gonna take care of everything, and
when you get back Doh! you can't get into your account. What
happened! Well, that was a scam. You don't need anyone to
take care of your NeoPets if you need to go away for vacation
or something. First of all NeoPets don't ever die. They only
say they are dying if you do not feed them for awhile, but
that's all. If you really want to make sure they are fed,
please use the Neolodge
that is provided for you by NeoPets. They will make sure your
NeoPet is fed and groomed and played with safely until your return.
NeoPets Staff Impersonators
These people crack me up. Their neomails are so poorly written
half the time, you know right away its a scam. They will have
usernames like The_Neo_petz_Team99 or NeoPetsTeamRules stuff
like that. They want you to fall for their scams which consist
of all sorts of things. I have received neomails saying that
"We have to clean up our database, to make the site run
faster, in order for this to happen we need your password
to keep safe, incase it gets deleted during the clean up,
Or "WOW CONGRATS! You are the winner in the NeoPets Best
Citizen Award, to claim your prize we need your password."
None of this is true. The official NeoPets user name is theNeoPetsteam,
which can be found by doing a user lookup here http://www.NeoPets.com/search.phtml?selected_type=user&string=theNeoPetsteam.
Only neomails from them are legit, and they will NEVER EVER
ask you for your password, as if they really needed it, they
already have it in their records.
To some people who have said contests are allowed, we bring
you the following,perceive it as you wish...
Fake Shop Contests and Fake Guild Contests: If you
look in NeoPets TOS
(Terms of Service) it states,on #6, that 6. You understand
and agree that you will not post any:
Any kind of promotions offering prizes of any sort anywhere
on our site. Promotions could include contests, raffles, lotteries
or any kind of giveaway. Anywhere on our site would mean anywhere
a user could post, including our messaging areas, NeoPet homepages,
shop fronts or guilds.
There are many guilds who do contests that don't require anyone
purchasing things with their own money, which is a nice thought,
but you might want to check it over with NeoPets, before you
go ahead and do it.
You be the judge of what kind of activities you run in your
guild, if your not clear on what NeoPets allows as far as
contests go, email one of the staff members such as iris@NeoPets.com
Selling Accounts and Pets
This is against NeoPets terms of service. But there are
still the odd people who attempt it anyway's. They will post
things on the chat board like "I am leaving NeoPets for
ever, and I am selling my account, bid now!" Ummm hello
if your leaving NeoPets for good, why would you want people
to bid on it with money and items.
Please be careful, Baby N doesn't want to see anyone fall
into these traps, NeoPets is mostly a fun safe environment,
but as with everything there comes caution, always keep your
good judgment alert, and you should be fine. He hopes this
has made everyone a little more aware of their surroundings.