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This page/comments section is not for reporting scammers / accusing people. If you've been scammed or seen a scammer, report them through the official channels. This page is not intended to encourage scamming but rather help players avoid them by listing the most common methods.

Scamming is the act of stealing money, items, or accounts from another player through deception or trickery.

In Hypixel SkyBlock, there are multiple different types of scams to be wary of. These can be divided into three different categories:

  • Types that take advantage of players
  • Types that take advantage of gameplay mechanics
  • Types related to phishing

There are limited types of scams that take advantage of game mechanics, while scams that take advantage of players are extremely common and have many different methods. Phishing scams are uncommon and may be difficult to detect. Once a scammer has access to the victim's account, they can then steal all the victim's SkyBlock items, wipe progress on the victim's account on all servers, and steal the victim's account itself.

Players can be reported for attempted or successful scamming. However, victims of scams will not have their items returned under any circumstances, even if Hypixel punishes the scammer—so it's best to know how to prevent scams in the first place.

Tips to avoid getting scammed

Adhering to the following suggestions makes identifying and avoiding scams significantly easier.

  • If a deal seems too good to be true, it is probably a scam.
    • There is no such thing as "free coins" or "free items," as the giver would usually not give away these items for free.
    • For example, with the quitting scam, a legitimate player would have simply given their items away rather than ask for bids or co-op invitations.
  • If someone asks to join your co-op profile, unless you completely trust them, don't bother. The /coopadd command will invite the recipient to join your current island and they can then steal your stored items.
  • If the person requires you to give them valuable items while giving you back some other items after the current trade (such as two-time trades), it is probably a scam. If the transaction can be completed in one trade, there is no reason to complete the trade in two steps. Similarly, if the transaction involves 12 items or fewer per side, there is absolutely no reason to trade using backpacks.
  • For items you are not willing to lose, it is advised at any point to not drop them or offer them in trust trades.
    • As of the 0.7.6 update, coins can now be traded directly through the trade window.
  • Keep account information secure. Enter your account information only into the official Minecraft website and launcher. Don't tell anyone else your password, recovery questions, or email address.
  • The ScamProtect mod was specifically designed to prevent trading with known scammers. This can be very helpful in most situations, but make sure to be aware and use common sense, as this will not prevent all dangers. As with all other mods, use at your own risk.
  • The SkyBlock Addons mod contains features that can help avoid scams. However, as with all other mods, use at your own risk.
  • Always carefully check the trade window and/or auction to verify which items are being traded or sold.
    • Using a reputable SkyBlock resource pack from the Hypixel forums can help show different items should the scammer try to switch items, as most SkyBlock-only items will have a different texture.
    • When in doubt, use the search function in the Auction House to check if the items are really being sold by the seller as claimed. If not, it is a scam. See item switching scam below for more details.
    • Searching for Enchanted books behaves strangely as Roman numerals do not show up on the Auction House properly. SkyBlock Addons has an option to change Roman numerals to numbers (e.x. from VI to 6).
  • If someone asks you to bid on something from the auction house (e.x. a common item such as dirt), it is likely a scam, especially if it is overpriced.
  • Be careful with transactions involving borrowing/loaning items, crafting, and/or collateral as scammers may try to take your collateral instead. When in doubt, cancel the transaction and get the items yourself.
  • If you need something crafted, either obtain the crafting recipe yourself or ask a close friend of yours (if he has the recipe) to craft for you. Obtaining the recipe, however, is guaranteed to be safe.
    • Using a SkyBlock stats viewer website such as sky.lea.moe will show if the crafter has the desired recipes unlocked if their collections API is enabled. (If their collections aren't shown, it's a possible red flag.) For slayer recipes, the crafter's slayer levels will always show. If the crafter agrees to craft an item for you when they clearly do not have the recipe, it is a scam.
  • Never click on any links someone sends to you, even if the link may look like it leads to a reputable website.
  • Dealing with trades involving backpacks is ill-advised. This is because the items inside the backpack might look like the items you're trading for but aren't. If you have the latest SkyBlock Addons mod, you can press F while your cursor is over the Backpack; you can see the items in the backpack by hovering your cursor over them.
    • A hidden update on May 27, 2020 revealed that backpacks can show their stored items' names even without using mods. However, this change was reverted but it is likely to return in an official update.
  • Gambling is against Hypixel's rules, as gambles ran by players are typically in the host's favor.
  • You can look up a player's name on Hypixel's forums (if there is a thread with their name) or on SkyBlock Discord servers such as SkyBlockZ. Think twice before trading with that player if other people have called the "trader" out before for scamming.
    • If possible, check for multiple sources before making a deal. While browsing through SkyBlock Discord servers and the forums may be useful, they may also have new scammers.
  • Never give more than you are willing to lose.

Player Scams

Unbalanced Trades

This is a scenario where the scammer attempts to trade oblivious players a less worthy item for something with higher worth, such as asking for a Runaan's Bow and then offering an Ender Bow for it.

It is recommended that you carefully check all the details about the item before trading, especially their name and rarity. If you're not sure, check the individual page of whichever item you're receiving first to make sure you got all the correct information. This is related to the item switching scam.

Example of a transaction (words in parentheses are explanation; these are not said out. Words in italics denote an action):

Scammer sees a victim holding a clean Aspect of the Dragons.

Scammer: Victim, I want to buy your Aspect of the Dragons and I'll offer you clean Old Dragon Boots for it. I'm offering more than what your sword is worth. (A clean Aspect of the Dragons is worth about 2.5m-3m in the Auction House while Old Dragon Boots is worth about 100k.)

Victim: Sure, I'll take the offer.

The scammer and the victim trade.

The victim finds out that he traded away his sword that's worth 2.5-3m when he received an item worth 100k.

Regular Auctions

Players advertise a worthless item on their auction, with the promise that the auction winner would supposedly get a high-tier item. Upon receiving the payment, the scammer takes off with the money.

The quitting scam is another variant of an auction scam. The scammer will claim that they are quitting and the winner of their auction receives the scammer's items. When the victim bids on the scammer's items, the scammer takes off after receiving the payment.

Example of a transaction:

Scammer: Guys, remember to bid on my Dirt to get a Reaper Scythe! Ends soon!

The victim bids on the item (usually for a price that is 50,000 times the NPC sale value) and the victim wins the Auction.

The victim tries to find the scammer to "receive" the Reaper Scythe, but the scammer logs off, leaving the victim behind.

BIN Auctions

The BIN auction scam is a new variant of the regular auction scam. Some scammers pretend that they "accidentally" put something rare for a low price as a BIN and they go around lobbies asking for help. The victim sees that the item is going below market price and decides to buy it by going into the scammer's auctions but realizes only after buying that it's a cheaper item.

Example of a transaction:

Scammer: OMG HELP!! I accidentally put superior boots on my AH as BIN for 5 million (under market price); how do I get it back??!?!?!

The victim sees the scammer's message in chat and goes to their auction to buy the item because it's under market value.

Victim realizes that they received strong dragon boots and lost millions of coins.

The scammer takes off with the coins, leaving the victim behind.

Bazaar scams

Players put very low supply items on the Bazaar for outrageous prices, and when theirs is the only offer left, it is likely that another player with a lot of money instinctively buys it without looking. These are particularly rare since most items on bazaar have decent stocks. This usually happens with rare items such as Superior Dragon Fragments. Note that this might not be considered a scam as prices fluctuate often with the item in low supply but high demand. This can simply be called taking advantage of the situation when there is little supply.

Crafting

When a player has the items to craft something (such as a Pigman or Leaping Sword), they usually ask in the lobby if other players have friends or guild members with the recipe. This is not recommended especially with items that require other expensive or rare items to craft, as someone can agree to help but steal your materials.

Example of a transaction:

Victim: Hey, I have the materials to craft a Sea Creature Artifact, but I don't have the recipe unlocked. Can someone help?

Scammer: Sure! Give me the materials and I'll make it! (A Sea Creature Artifact requires 66 Enchanted Sponges and 23 Sponges in total to craft including the costs of the Ring and the Talisman, or 2663 Sponges (41.6 stacks). This is about 777k coins if all the materials are bought through Bazaar.)

The victim gives the materials to the scammer.

The scammer takes off with the materials, leaving the victim behind.

Another variant of this scam is the essence trading scam. Similar to the traditional crafting scam, the scammer claims to be buying or selling essence. The victim will approach the scammer to buy the latter's essence or sell the former's essence, only for the scammer to take off with the victim's items or collateral respectively.

Example of a transaction:

Scammer (Public Channel): Selling ANY Essence /P ME!!!

Scammer (After victim joins the party): Hey victim, I'm selling any kind of essence.

Victim: OK, I want you to help me upgrading my Tier IX Perfect Chestplate to 5-star. I will pay 17m for the upgrade; any collateral?

Scammer: OK, but that seems like it is an unpopular item on ah, I would like to give an AOTD as collateral.

Victim: Sounds acceptable.

The victim gives his Tier IX Perfect Chestplate to the scammer. Scammer gives 1 AOTD as collateral.

The scammer takes off with the Chestplate, leaving the victim behind.

Borrowing/Loaning

A player will ask to borrow an item from another person for a quest but then leave with the item without returning it. Sometimes a player will provide collateral and promise to return the borrowed item, but leave with the item after giving the (less valuable) collateral to the loaner. The reverse can also apply with the loaner scamming the borrower.

Example 1, with the scammer posing as a borrower:

Victim: Are you sure you will return my Wise Crystal Armor?

Scammer: Yep!

The victim gives the scammer the Crystal Armor. The scammer takes off without returning the armor, leaving the victim behind.

Example 2, with the scammer posing as a loaner:

Scammer: I'm lending my Wise Crystal Armor. Anyone?

Victim: I'll borrow.

Scammer: Sure, I'll give you the armor, but I want 700k coins as collateral.

The victim and the scammer exchange items. Victim returns to the scammer to return the armor, only to find that the scammer has logged off with the victim's coins, leaving the victim behind with the scammer's armor set.

Duplication Glitch Scam

Occasionally, a player may claim that he/she can duplicate items and will offer to duplicate other players' items. After receiving items that are worth little, the player will return double the amount, in order to gain trust. When the scammer obtains an expensive item, he/she will not return it and take the item. (Duplication glitches are quickly patched. No items are ever allowed to be duplicated as they would be deleted if they were!)

Example of a transaction:

Scammer: Hey, I know how to duplicate items using a cool glitch.

Victim: Prove it.

Scammer: Ok, give me 32 Cobblestone.

The victim gives the Scammer 32 Cobblestone. The scammer will probably head to their Private Island to seem like he/she is using the glitch when he/she is really getting 32 extra Cobblestone. The scammer gives the stack of Cobblestone to the Victim.

Victim: Cool! Can you duplicate my Super Compactor 3000?

Scammer: Sure!

The victim gives the scammer the Super Compactor, and the scammer takes off, leaving the victim behind.

Item Switching Scam

Related to the unbalanced trade scam, this scam involves having the scammer initially offer to trade a valuable item. However, the scammer will decline the trade and blame it on lag or a misclick before sending another trade request. This time, the scammer will offer a much less valuable but similar-looking item in the trade window, hoping the victim doesn't notice. The victim pays the price of the expensive item for a cheaper item.

Example of a transaction:

Scammer: I'm giving a 50 Million Midas Sword for 45 Million!

Victim: Sure, let's trade!

The victim opens the Trade menu with the scammer. The scammer puts in the Midas Sword and then escapes from the Trade Menu.

Scammer: Sorry, my game lagged me out of it.

Victim: It's okay. Let's trade again!

The scammer puts in a Gold Sword instead of a 50 Million Midas, and the victim doesn't check twice. The scammer runs off with the money while the victim receives a Gold Sword.

Another variant involves falsely advertising on the auction house a valuable item such as an Ender Slayer VI when the actual item is an Ender Slayer IV. The scammer hopes that victims bid on the item without carefully reading the actual name of the item, usually by viewing the scammer's auction using the /ah command. As with the regular item switching scam, the victim pays the price of the expensive item for a cheaper item.

Example of a transaction:

Scammer: Do /ah Scammer for a Golem Sword!

The Golem Sword is actually an Iron Sword. Victim bids on the Iron Sword. When the victim wins the auction, he realizes that it is not a Golem Sword.

Backpack Scam

The scammer will put a Medium to Greater Backpack on their auction house and advertise that they left a valuable item in the backpack by accident and ask the victim for help getting it back. This will potentially start a bidding war over the backpack; however, it is impossible to auction a backpack that has items in it. This scam has become less effective due to backpacks showing stored items' names as of a hidden update released on May 27, 2020.

Example of a transaction:

Scammer: Hey people! Do /ah Scammer to get a Backpack with very valuable items in it!

Victims start to bid on the Backpack, while the scammer watches as victims are bidding on the Backpack with no items in it. (Backpacks cannot be put up for auctions unless they carry no items.)

Similar to the item switching scam, the scammer may instead advertise a backpack with "valuable" items inside. When the scammer trades the backpack to the victim, the victim will open the backpack only to find fake items or nothing inside.

Example of a transaction:

Scammer has a backpack and claims to be trading away Superior Dragon Armor inside a backpack (when there is actually nothing inside).

Scammer: I'm trading away my Superior Dragon Armor set for a 50 million Midas. The armor is in a backpack!

Victim: Scammer, I'll trade!

Victim trades away his 50 million Midas sword for the backpack.

Victim opens the backpack, only to see there is nothing inside.

Another Backpack related Scam involves a person asking people to craft Zombie Hearts for them and asks for collateral as "they do not completely trust them." However, those backpacks will contain Revenant Flesh instead of Enchanted Rotten Flesh, leaving the victim with worthless flesh and the scammer running away with their loot.

Example of a transaction:

Scammer: Can someone craft Zombie Hearts for me? I have the materials.

Victim invites the scammer to a party.

Scammer: Can you give collateral so I know I can trust you?

Victim gives their Strong Dragon Armor, unbeknownst to him that he was given Revenant Flesh. The scammer runs away with the collateral and leaves the victim with worthless flesh.

Splash Scam

The scammer will say that they are doing a god splash on their private island, and all the attendee would need to join is give the scammer money. However, after giving the scammer the money, the scammer will kick the victim from the island.

Example of a transaction:

Scammer: Hey, do /visit Scammer to get an amazing splash, only for the low price of 80K!

The victim joins the scammer's island and gives the scammer the money. The victim expects the splash, but the scammer then kicks the victim and runs off with the money.

Reassurance Scam

A variant of the backpack scam, this scam involves two scammers approaching somebody and ask to buy an item like a Pigman Sword in exchange for a backpack with a lot of items inside. The first scammer will stay visible to the victim while the second scammer will be invisible. In order to reassure the victim, the first scammer asks the victim to check the former's inventory on a SkyBlock stats viewer website such as sky.lea.moe to show the payment. The backpack contains all the items that the first scammer promised. The second scammer then gives a backpack that looks identical to the same backpack the first scammer had. Because the victim was reassured, he will most likely accept the trade, except the backpack contains fake items. Both scammers walk away with the victim's items.

Example of a Transaction (scammer A talks to the victim while scammer B stays hidden):

Scammer A: Victim, I want to buy your Pigman Sword for a full set of Strong Dragon Armor.

Victim: Ok, how do I know you are not scamming me?

Scammer A: Here's my sky.lea.moe profile: Scammer A's Sky.Lea.Moe Profile

Scammer B, still invisible, gives the backpack to scammer A while the Victim gets distracted.

Victim: Ok, I trust you will give me the items.

The victim gives the item to scammer A in exchange for the backpack. Victim finds scammer A's backpack filled with junk items.

Gambling

One of the most notorious cases involves a "casino," in which the scammer will take bets for a certain item to be dropped by a dropper. However, since the scammer controls what items are inside the dropper, the scammer can guarantee that no one wins.

A less popular gamble involves the scammer advertising Mystery Boxes for a price of 1-5 million coins. The victim offers to buy a Mystery Box, but it does not contain the promised items.

Dungeon Carry Scam

A low level player may request higher leveled players for a carry in a Dungeon run. The payer promises to pay after the run; however, when the run completes, the scammer takes off without paying.

Scams abusing game mechanics

Island Stealing (Co-op Insiding)

A player may ask to join or offer items in exchange for joining someone's co-op island, only to grief it by stealing items or destroying the island. Island stealing can also have two new players join a co-op and then vote out the original owner.

Example of a transaction:

Scammer: I'm quitting SkyBlock! /coopadd Scammer to receive all my goodies including my Superior Dragon Armor set!

The victim /coopadds the scammer. There are two ways this will go down.

Scenario 1:

The Scammer joins the victim's island, stealing all their valuable items, and leaves the victim with no items.

Scenario 2:

Scammer: Thanks! Can you also add my friend to the co-op?

Victim: Yes.

The victim adds in the scammer's friend or alt. The scammer then starts a vote to coopkick the victim, and the friend or alt agrees to kick out the victim. This ends similarly to Scenario 1, except the victim has to start all over.

Scams related to phishing

Phishing site scam

There are multiple forms of the phishing site scam. All of them involve the scammer attempting to get the victim to enter their Minecraft account's login details into their website, which may or may not resemble the official Minecraft website. The scammer then logs into the victim's account and takes all their items. Even though some phishing websites may appear to do nothing, the victim may actually download malware unknowingly.

Scammers will often offer victims incentives to log into a fake website in order to receive the "free" items, usually in private or party chat. Some scammers will also pose as Hypixel staff or notable players such as YouTubers and tell their victims privately that they can receive free items. Hypixel staff will never start a private conversation with players in-game, and will instead use the forums or wait for players to talk to staff first.

Example of a transaction:

Scammer: Do /p scammer to receive 5 million free coins!

Victim adds Scammer to party.

Scammer: Hey, go to [Insert Scam Website Here] to receive your coins!

The Victim goes to the website and inputs their email address and password in. The Scammer then receives the email address and password to then log into minecraft.net to reset the Victim's password. The Victim gets logged out of Minecraft and the Scammer then uses the hacked account to transfer the Victim's items to the Scammer. The Victim not only loses his items but also loses his Minecraft Account, the latter which could be used in many malicious ways such as being used as a "burner" account for running a hacked client.

Real-World Trading

Aside from violating Hypixel's rules and risking a ban, players who engage in real-world trading may find themselves at risk of having their accounts compromised. A real-world trading website or Discord server may request the victim's email address in order to verify the transaction. Using the email address, the attacker will then attempt to crack the victim's password, match the password up to details in a data breach, and then crack recovery questions by doing research in order to take all the victim's items.

YouTube Phishing

Some scammers will claim that, if players search YouTube for a specific phrase or channel name, they can watch videos that teach them how to easily make money or promise a giveaway of items. Instead, these videos attempt to phish victims' login details by telling them to log into a third-party website controlled by the scammers or find the username's details and use a password cracker to compromise the account. These third-party sites may resemble a site controlled by Mojang. For example, the scammer may provide a link to a "post on the Hypixel/Minecraft forums" which is actually a third-party site disguised as the forums which then prompts you for a password. After the player logs into the third-party website, the account will be compromised and the scammer will log in to steal all the player's items.

Password Phishing

A scammer will attempt to get a victim to say their password aloud. One possible way to do this is to say "Look, Hypixel changed it to where you can't say your password backward anymore! See, mine is ********." However, the asterisks are actual asterisks; it will not censor passwords and variations of passwords, such as passwords said backward. The scammer will then log into the victim's account and take all their items.

Another variant of this scam is to tell players to change their password to something specific, then log out in order to receive free items. This will simply result in the scammer logging into the victim's account and stealing their valuables.

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