Steam recently played host to Abstractism, a game that not only hacked players’ computers and turned them into cryptocurrency mining machines but also attempted to trick players into buying expensive scam items like a fake Team Fortress 2 rocket launcher by copying the item image and description exactly. Thankfully, Valve has banned the game and its developer, Okalo Union, from Steam and is now implementing a temporary fix for fighting scam items. “We are hopeful that having to dismiss two warning dialogs will be sufficient to make people think twice about trades containing forged items, but this is not the end of our response, and we’ll continue to monitor, of course,” the Valve employee wrote.

Best of all, the same Valve employee wrote that “we intend to restore/recover items for anyone who was tricked by this scam prior to the warnings being in place.” This is clearly not a perfect fix, but it’s better than nothing, and scammers will always find a way around whatever restrictions Valve tries to put in place. The best thing to do when facing a potential scam item is follow the golden rule: If something seems too good to be true, then it probably is.

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