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Warcrafters beware: Scams abound. Here's how to avoid them

October 18, 2010 |  2:25 pm

World of Warcraft

The World of Warcraft economy is larger than the $2 billion that Blizzard Entertainment brings in a year in monthly subscription fees. It also consists of a black market worth many more millions of dollars, where virtual items from the game are bought and sold.

The buyers often get the virtual goods they paid real money for, but often not. Sometimes, they get more than they bargained for, according to SiteJabber, a consumer advocacy site funded by the National Science Foundation.

The site published an infographic Monday of the most common schemes that lie in wait for World of Warcraft players.

To read more about World of Warcraft scams, and how to avoid them, go to The Times' Hero Complex blog here.

-- Alex Pham

Photo: World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. Credit: Blizzard Entertainment