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MovieStarPlanet is generally a really awesome place, but there are some users you have to watch out for. Here is a quick and clear explanation of everything tricky on MSP.
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In MovieStarPlanet, the term "'''scammers'''" (or "hackers" to some) represents a user who uses a variety of techniques to try and steal a player's items, clothes, diamonds, StarCoins, and in some cases, their account.
   
==Compromisers==
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If a player feels like they're being targeted by one of these users, they should block the user and report them if they’ve been very clear about their intentions.
MovieStarPlanet is known for having intruders all over. Although MSP lets users know not to share any of their personal information, security problems still occur. 
 
   
Many users call them "Hackers"; to clarify things, here are some true and false statements.
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==Scamming Tactics==
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The following lists will explain some of the tactics used by scammers. Please be careful and do your best to avoid them at all costs.
   
==<span style="font-size:20px;">True: </span><u><span style="font-size:15px;">"Hackers" can attempt to convince users into giving up their password. </span></u>==
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==='''Account Stealing Tactics'''===
<u><span style="font-size:15px;">Ex:</span></u><span style="font-size:15px;"> The "Hacker" known as "The Dolly" has no legal power against regular users. So in order to make users believe she does, she dresses somewhat creepily. The only thing she is able to do, is convince users into sharing their passwords with her. Otherwise, adding her, and/or talking to her, will not cause any harm to your account, or computer.</span>
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Sometimes, scammers will go as far as to try and take your account. They do this by pretending to be an MSP staff member and asking you to set or change the e-mail linked to your account to something else. They might also try to get you to change your password to one they give you. '''Do not believe someone when they claim to be a staff member!''' Real MovieStarPlanet staff will have a "MODERATOR" badge across their avatar on their profile when you click on them. Hackers/scammers may also message players and say that they are giving away free VIP and in order to activate the VIP, they need your password to log onto your account. In most cases, the hacker/scammer will send items to themselves or change the account's password, therefore locking the original owner out. If they say no if you ask them to get you a VIP Certificate code instead, they are almost certainly a scammer. Another tactic scammers use is pretending to be nice. They will always talk to you, compliment you, or like your stuff to the point where you trust them. Then, they will steal your account because you trusted them. Don't trust anyone when they ask you to change your password/email, or to give it to them.
==False: "<u><span style="font-size:15px;">Hackers can get into your account, and and compromise your whole computer system"</span></u>==
 
'''(Once again, please keep in mind that none of the things said below are true.)'''
 
   
<u>Ex:</u> Some cases are very serious, because not only do hackers hack into your account but also your computer. If they can hack into your computer then they can find out about your life by looking through your files and logging into other accounts that you have left open. Hackers on MSP are on every server, but some servers have more hackers than others, specific severs are those servers with many users like the US server.
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If someone tries to tell you to change your password or email, report and block them. If the situation is continuous or threatening, you should contact MSP.<!-- Please contact me(SnowGem) if you're in need of help with structuring this section. -->
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==Dealing With "Hackers"==
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==='''Items/StarCoins Stealing Tactics'''===
As explained above, Hackers/Compromisers/Intruders basically have no greater power than any other regular user of MSP. But just because they can't illegally hack into your account, doesn't mean that you can't be 100% safe. Hackers ''can ''however become a nuecence to fellow users by spamming MSP with reports that somebody did something they didn't really do, that could get them into trouble. So to stay clear from running into this type of issue, simply go through our list or known "hackers", and block them on MSP.
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Scams for stealing StarCoins and items are more common than scams for stealing accounts. Typically, the item scammers will offer to trade wishlist gifts or to watch your movies if you give them a wishlist gift first. '''Do not do this unless you personally know who you are talking to!''' It is likely that whoever is trying to bargain with you is going to end up scamming you, as they will block you after you give them your side of the deal before they can fulfill theirs.
   
<u style="font-style:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-size:12px;text-align:center;">'''(YOU DO NOT HAVE TO REPORT THEM. YOU COULD GET INTO TROUBLE FOR FALSE REPORTS!)'''</u>
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There isn't much one can do when a player does this because MSP doesn't have a solid, clear rule against it.
   
Listed below are examples of what a scammer might say, and how to avoid them:
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You should always use the "trade" option with the user that is trying to gift you back and forth. If they say no, they are probably a scammer.
   
=="I lost all my items!"==
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=== '''Scam Sites''' ===
Some users pretend to have "lost" their fame or items and will ask others to help them by giving them an autograph or giving them a gift. Don't fall for this! Usually, this isn't true and the people asking you for "help" really just want to scam you. It's impossible to lose fame unless their is a system error. So if somebody claims to have lost their fame or items, or if they say they have been hacked at a high level and they ask for an autograph, wishlist item, or anything else: '''<u>they are usually lying.</u>'''
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The scam sites for MovieStarPlanet are those that "promise" to give the users free StarCoins, Diamonds, rares, and VIP. Generator scam sites are very common and ask users to download an unknown software onto their computers for said rewards. Sometimes they ask you to do a "quick" survey when you do this (which never ends), as it makes money for the scam site. In many rare generators, they ask you for your username and password, so they can have access to your account.
   
=="If you give me a Wishy/Greet, I will give you one!"==
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'''Do not ever download any software from these sites.'''
Don't trust people who say this. Usually, they're lying and will not give you an auto, greet or wishlist item. If you give them one they will most likely NOT give you what they promised.
 
   
But if you feel that people are telling the truth (Ex: They've done so in the past,) talk about it with a close friend. Basically get opinions before you make a decision like that. MSP users are getting older along with the website itself, so it's pretty much up to you to decide.
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These downloads carry viruses that are used to steal personal data from you (such as passwords, emails, or bank information) or damage the computer's hard drive. Most of the time, if you have a decent virus protection software activated, it will block the download or isolate it for you to review.
   
<p style="text-align:center;">''And that about wraps it up! Once again be wise, and be smart about what you share on the internet. Any site can be a battlefield!''</p>
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There are also websites that just plainly ask for usernames and passwords. To be extra sneaky, they will tell players to change or set emails to their "company" email to receive VIP or items. Some of them ask users to do a survey. Never trust these surveys as some of these surveys ask for your phone number, email, your first, last name, and address, which can be unsafe.
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Most of the time, websites like these are run by other users attempting to steal other users' accounts.
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Like MSP stresses all the time, never '''ever''' give someone your password unless it is a parent, guardian, or someone else you are 100% sure that you can trust with it.
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So remember: '''If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.'''
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==Hackers/Hacking Groups==
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Often times, players mistake "hacking" with "scamming", which has caused many of them to feel unsafe and that their account could be easily taken at any time. Certain scammers have taken advantage of these fears and created fake people and/or groups to scare the community. Some of these scammers even go as far as to scam the player from another account while taunting them with a "hacker" account. In addition to this, many players have pretended to be hacked by these people or groups in order to gain attention or sympathy, thus making them seem more legit.

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In MovieStarPlanet, the term "scammers" (or "hackers" to some) represents a user who uses a variety of techniques to try and steal a player's items, clothes, diamonds, StarCoins, and in some cases, their account.

If a player feels like they're being targeted by one of these users, they should block the user and report them if they’ve been very clear about their intentions.

Scamming TacticsEdit

The following lists will explain some of the tactics used by scammers. Please be careful and do your best to avoid them at all costs.

Account Stealing TacticsEdit

Sometimes, scammers will go as far as to try and take your account. They do this by pretending to be an MSP staff member and asking you to set or change the e-mail linked to your account to something else. They might also try to get you to change your password to one they give you. Do not believe someone when they claim to be a staff member! Real MovieStarPlanet staff will have a "MODERATOR" badge across their avatar on their profile when you click on them. Hackers/scammers may also message players and say that they are giving away free VIP and in order to activate the VIP, they need your password to log onto your account. In most cases, the hacker/scammer will send items to themselves or change the account's password, therefore locking the original owner out. If they say no if you ask them to get you a VIP Certificate code instead, they are almost certainly a scammer. Another tactic scammers use is pretending to be nice. They will always talk to you, compliment you, or like your stuff to the point where you trust them. Then, they will steal your account because you trusted them. Don't trust anyone when they ask you to change your password/email, or to give it to them.

If someone tries to tell you to change your password or email, report and block them. If the situation is continuous or threatening, you should contact MSP.

Items/StarCoins Stealing TacticsEdit

Scams for stealing StarCoins and items are more common than scams for stealing accounts. Typically, the item scammers will offer to trade wishlist gifts or to watch your movies if you give them a wishlist gift first. Do not do this unless you personally know who you are talking to! It is likely that whoever is trying to bargain with you is going to end up scamming you, as they will block you after you give them your side of the deal before they can fulfill theirs.

There isn't much one can do when a player does this because MSP doesn't have a solid, clear rule against it.

You should always use the "trade" option with the user that is trying to gift you back and forth. If they say no, they are probably a scammer.

Scam Sites Edit

The scam sites for MovieStarPlanet are those that "promise" to give the users free StarCoins, Diamonds, rares, and VIP. Generator scam sites are very common and ask users to download an unknown software onto their computers for said rewards. Sometimes they ask you to do a "quick" survey when you do this (which never ends), as it makes money for the scam site. In many rare generators, they ask you for your username and password, so they can have access to your account.

Do not ever download any software from these sites.

These downloads carry viruses that are used to steal personal data from you (such as passwords, emails, or bank information) or damage the computer's hard drive. Most of the time, if you have a decent virus protection software activated, it will block the download or isolate it for you to review.

There are also websites that just plainly ask for usernames and passwords. To be extra sneaky, they will tell players to change or set emails to their "company" email to receive VIP or items. Some of them ask users to do a survey. Never trust these surveys as some of these surveys ask for your phone number, email, your first, last name, and address, which can be unsafe.

Most of the time, websites like these are run by other users attempting to steal other users' accounts.

Like MSP stresses all the time, never ever give someone your password unless it is a parent, guardian, or someone else you are 100% sure that you can trust with it.

So remember: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Hackers/Hacking GroupsEdit

Often times, players mistake "hacking" with "scamming", which has caused many of them to feel unsafe and that their account could be easily taken at any time. Certain scammers have taken advantage of these fears and created fake people and/or groups to scare the community. Some of these scammers even go as far as to scam the player from another account while taunting them with a "hacker" account. In addition to this, many players have pretended to be hacked by these people or groups in order to gain attention or sympathy, thus making them seem more legit.

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