SCAMS IN PROGRESS
As we previously discussed, item verification is a scam.
Browser extensions that check your items or give you a better deal are a scam.
Fake OP Skins bots are a huge problem.
Below are a few screenshotted conversations to help you recognize scammers and how they operate.
The item owner, aka the innocent person, has their name blurred out.
Scammers names are public for you to see.
Click the images to enlarge.
The OP SKINS browser extension scam:
The Fake OP SKINS Bot / OP Skins "Item Checkers":This one was pretty funny.
I have just decided to go along with it and waste as much time as possible.
I will send fake screenshots, pretend to be young, dumb, whatever it takes for them to believe I took the bait.
And here is the trade offer.
I never listed my knives to OP skins, I just lied about it.
This bot is 100% fake.
This one was pretty fun.
This one is very common.
They ask for the items to be "checked" on OP Skins.
When you list the items, you get an add request from a fake OP Skins bot.
This one didn't get so far, as I was leading him along.
He was already banned on Steamrep for this practice.
The "Steam Admin" item check: See more about this very common scam on my Middleman Scam guide, linked at the bottom.
Thanks to RULER for permission to post this hilarious exchange.
Please note the (2) next to Business Sloth's name.
When you see this, it means that there is someone else on your friends list with the exact same name.
Some scammers will try to imitate your friends.