The biggest pandemic going around mut right now is scammers, the fact is most of them aren't very clever with their schemes and raise red flags, unfortunately most people put on the spot aren't always thinking clearly and can fall for this, so I decided to write up some of the red flags to look for. If you see some of these you need to think, 'should I proceed with this deal? Is it really a good idea? Is it maybe too good to be true?'
Warning Signs (Red Flags)
* User refuses to use a middleman - If someone refuses to use a middleman, not just a particular MM but all you have to think why they wouldn't want one? How they benefit from not having one?
* User has a middleman but MM has not spoken to you about it on the forum - This could just be me but if I was ever going to MM a deal I would message both users on this website prior to doing it, if someone just says a credible person is being an MM but you only talk to them on Xbox/Playstation that person could be anyone, message your middleman on muthead to confirm they're doing the deal.
* User insists on using their friend as a middleman - Make sure if someone's holding your cards for a deal you can trust them, if someone has 1 feedback but someone's saying 'Oh this guy's MMd for me before you can trust him, you can trust him.' you have to figure something's up. All middlemen should be neutral to both parties. (Exceptions can be made for someone with exceptional reputation)
* User has any negative feedback - People will say 'ohh that guy was lying, ohh that was my friend making a joke.' people will lie through their teeth to get away with scams, never go first if someone has negative feedback, if the negative feedback was false it could be removed.
* User claims to be with EA - I'm telling you this now, no one from EA sports will come here to compensate you for being scammed in the past, EAMutAssisant is an example of a user that tries to do those scams.
* User claims to need your password - No one will ever ask for your password so they can put a UL Moss in your account, A. No one's giving those type of cards away B. if anyone was they wouldn't need your password to do so.
* In a 2 for 2 deal user tells you to offer your more expensive card of their less expensive card - Say you're trading one card worth 60k and one worth 100k for one worth 50k and one worth 110k, if they tell you to offer the 110k on the 50k something's up. In fact be cautious of anyone that avoids precautionary measures.
* A deal is too good to be true - If something sounds too good to be true it usually is. If someone's saying they'll give you M25 Moss, UL David Casper, and Sean Taylor for your Finneran there's cause for concern. Those are the deals you need to seek out a reputable middleman for.
* Secrecy - If someone wants to keep everything on the hush hush there could be something up, if they refuse to have details of trades on a forum and they're pushy about keeping it all to PMs, you have to think 'why?'.
How to Avoid being scammed
There's a few steps to avoid being scammed that should keep you as same as possible.
1. Trust comes from reputation not from request - Just because someone asks you to trust them doesn't mean you can, put full trust in those who've earned it in the past, check feedback and if you're still not sure make a member reputation thread asking if they can be trusted.
2. Think clearly when making a trade - You need to consider everything the person you're trading with says, look for the red flags and make sure you don't go for something too good to be true.
3. Use a proven reliable middleman that both parties have contacted on this website - If someone's going to MM your deal check their trade feedback and make sure they've done this before legitimately, make sure you've seen the people who've left them feedback before so you know they're not the user's alternate accounts. And if the other person picked a trustworthy middleman send them a PM and make sure it's really them doing it.
4. If you're not sure if a deal is a safe one to proceed with ask someone - If you're not sure if the trade is a good idea ask a friend, or ask the community in a thread. If it's not a good idea whoever you ask will let you know that.
5. Your password belongs only to you, don't trust even your best friend with it - No one needs your password but you, I mean you could think telling your close friend is safe, then maybe that friend thinks it's safe to tell their close friend, before long even Vladimir Putin & Kim Jong-Un know your password. EA doesn't need it to put stuff in your account.