Video game trade-ins is not an unfamiliar term when select retailers advertise the service. The service is based on gamers trading-in their old games to get money or in-store credit. Most of the time, these retailers provide gamers with in-store credit to be used on another game; thus, players can use this store credit to purchase new games at a discounted value. However for other players, they choose to turn toward online communities, such as forums where they can contact people directly and establish a trading deal. Trading with online people can be both beneficial and harmful towards an individual. Within this article, it discusses methods how to keep yourself safe and secure from people who can scam you in the process.
Across the web, there are a lot of websites where people can contact one another in search of places where they can trade games. These places will be forums. Forums are a community based place where people gather to discuss thread topics started by other members. In some forums, their main purpose is to find people who need games that are missing from their library. In doing so, they respond to the appropriate threads and eventually make a deal with one another.
Thus by agreeing to the other party, they come down to a consensus where what should be traded and how should the item be sent. In this case, people will require to PM or Private Message each others address in order to successfully send out the item. However, this is a dangerous method to undertake exchanging home addresses with someone whom you never met before.
Before exchanging addresses, you should talk to them often enough to develop a sense of security and trust. In no way should you reveal your details after several discussions. Make sure if they are reliable and trustworthy enough to reveal your home details. You can also look through previous posts if this person has conducted trades with other forum members. If traders are unsure of where to look, usually on forums there are threads which contain posts of trustworthy traders and blacklisted traders. Make sure the person whom you are about to trade with is in the list of trusted traders.
Also, if you don’t want to reveal your real name, you are recommended to create an alias to protect your true identity. In the long run if by chance the person you are traded with is a scammer, then they cannot link you directly. Never reveal any other personal details such as phone numbers, work place information, family information and so forth; such information is restricted to your eyes only. In a growing circle of cyber crimes, you must do everything to protect yourself.