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Avoiding Fake Giveaways

22 days ago by serubi in Guides

If you find yourself on this article, you're either the subject of a phishing scam from a fake giveaway, or you're curious on how to detect and avoid fake giveaway scams.

Unfortunately, in communities built around trading valuable items, there will always be bad guys trying to steal from innocent people.

Recently, fake giveaway phishing scams have been spreading on Discord. These scams are typically spread via direct messages. Discord doesn't have adequate protection against these scams, so in this article, we'll show you the signs to look out for, so you can avoid getting scammed.

TL;DR: Messages claiming you've won a giveaway are scams 99.9% of the time. Don't click on links you don't recognize. Scammers will try to impersonate RL Garage to appear legitimate.


Fake giveaways — What to watch out for

DMs claiming you've won an item

Scammers will send you a DM (Direct Message) claiming you have won a Rocket League item from a giveaway. Typically, they tell you that you have won a highly desirable item such as a Titanium White Octane. They are hoping you get so excited about the item, that you forget to check if the giveaway is legitimate.

Giveaway item must be claimed from a link

In nearly all cases, these scammers will require you to go to a link to claim your item. Once you click the link and go to their website, you are required to login with your Epic Games account, or in some cases Steam, PlayStation, Xbox, or Nintendo. However, when you login through this website, your username and password are stolen by the scammer. They can now access your account and steal your valuable items from your Rocket League inventory. This scam technique is called phishing and is sadly very popular.

Impersonating RL Garage

We at RL Garage frequently host real giveaways. To make the fake giveaway appear legitimate, the scammers will make it seem like the message is coming from us, or other known communities. The message itself may mention our name (RL Garage/Rocket League Garage), and the website may look like RL Garage, but in fact, it's just a look-a-like to make you fall for their scam.

Example

To give you a better idea of what a fake giveaway scam looks like, here is an actual screenshot of a Discord DM one of our users received from a scammer:

There you have it — some common signs to look out for to avoid getting scammed by fake giveaways. A good rule of thumb is: If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.


What to do when you come across a fake giveaway

Don't click on any links! Even if your intention is to only look at the website, these sites may log your IP address and target you in different ways other than phishing.

Ignore them! Replying to them accomplishes nothing, and only wastes your time. The accounts messaging you are usually bots and never get checked.

Report them! If the message is sent via Discord, report them for spam directly on Discord and then block them. Please also make sure to report them for scamming on RL Garage.

Note: If you're a victim of one of these scams, and you've lost your Rocket League items, we won't be able to return those items to you. We will help you ban the scammers, of course, but that is the extent to which we are able to help you.


Official giveaways on RL Garage

When RL Garage host giveaways, here are some things to keep in mind:

Active giveaways are listed here: https://rocket-league.com/giveaways.

Only people who have joined the active giveaway has the opportunity to win. If you're told that you've won a giveaway that you never joined, assume it's a scam.

Winners of giveaways on RL Garage are ONLY contacted via RL Garage chat from a developer account. A developer account will be clearly marked with a Developer tag. We will never contact winners on Discord, Twitter, or anywhere other than RL Garage.

If you win, the only thing you need to do to claim your item is join our in-game lobby and accept the item. You will NOT be required to claim the item via a link.

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serubi

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22 days ago
No, you didn't win a TW Octane from some random dude on Discord...
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AJ_

22 days ago
But I won 2 Tickets to World Championship
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TensiveZexal

22 days ago
@AJ_ from some random dude on Discord...
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acct4rcktlg

22 days ago
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MATE59

22 days ago
Done. Where's my TW Octane?
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obamiumprism

22 days ago
why are there people knocking on my door???
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acct4rcktlg

22 days ago
@MATE59 I don't have it here. it's in Bill's house.
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acct4rcktlg

22 days ago
@obamiumprism ah, see you got a visit from the TW Octane delivery guys. wouldn't worry about the crowbars, just for opening the crates I'd imagine.
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Xotiic_rl_

22 days ago
Thanks RL for telling the community this✌️
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Supersonic2407

22 days ago
I happened to recieve one of those as well, it seems that they are bots using the RL garage discord as a medium to target the victims.
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DMWrl24

22 days ago
I got scammed the first time from a guy from discord that sent me a link of rlg to vote for him for giveaway for him to give me so low priced items and took my whole inventory and i had tw octane 20+ blackmarkets over 4k credits and more and i didnt know what happened and a while later i bought some credits and traded again i didn't realized the first time and did the same thing again with good black merkets tw mamba and good amount of cr something like 4k not sure be aware of these scams guys!
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Kyruis

22 days ago
Thanks rl garage, for a second I thought that the ticket giveaway were fake?
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serubi

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22 days ago
We are giving away World Championship tickets on RL Garage. Just be careful of impersonators sending fake giveaway links.
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Kyruis

22 days ago
@serubi I've never been to a rlcs and my dad isn't able to pay for it so if it turned out that it was fake I would be crushed, rlcs is my dream
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TheSheep71

22 days ago
Never gonna give you up
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JonoHST66

22 days ago
Never gonna let you down
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E_K_0

20 days ago
@JonoHST66 never gonna run around and desert you
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JonoHST66

20 days ago
@E_K_0 never gonna make you cry
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isvxc

20 days ago
@JonoHST66 never gonna say goodbye
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Pulse_Freeze

19 days ago
@isvxc Never gonna tell a lie and hurt u
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Srs12

22 days ago
Yeah! There are alot of guys doing this on discord. Just simply block them if they send a link of any kind.
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NavidGamer087

22 days ago
Wow Great to say those to some peaple stoll some stuff 😒 like me stollen almost all item like all import that i collect them for 3 years
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Flyin_Red_Baron

6 days ago
I actually witnessed one that happened to me on Discord but nothing related to RL. I was awarded from some random user Discord Nitro, and it sent me a link for their server. I didn’t join it but I kept getting those text so I blocked the user
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BaconGator

12 days ago
I thought I won a black standard but got scammed😅
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Jordy0217_

15 days ago
I just got a message on Disc from a kaka-chan with this exact message
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snacking8snake

10 days ago
Hey serubi. On discord I got a message that I won a tw octane and I had a 10% chance of winning a titanium white Dominus and a 1.5% chance of winning black deici wheels. Is this a spam? It took me to rl garage website and even the website said I did
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s1lv3rfir3

1 day ago
that's not the actual website. take off the slashes (rockettrade.pro/giveaways/twoctane/winner -> rockettrade.pro) and it'll be the same - it's fake. just look at the link.
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SidewinderX01

12 days ago
I just lost my whole inventory to a scam like this....
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Road2RageQuit

16 days ago
Why does the phone in the picture actually look fire tho
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Davekraft

22 days ago
Yes I seem to get these exclusive on Discord. I'll post a trade in a channel and then I'll sometimes get a DM with one of those links. I've received two in the past week and I think three or four in total. I've never clicked them, never will and I hope more people don't fall for these after reading this post.
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Not_in_soul

22 days ago
Thanks RL garage. It's really a great helpful post. I hope we all will aware of these type of scams. Let us build a evil free community. Peace ✌️.
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CL23146

10 days ago
Ye I get scammed a lot
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Elias999999649

18 days ago
scammers are noobs
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BplayingXD

5 days ago
Yessirrrrrr (Go check out my Car Design) ;)
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Quaantum_King

19 days ago
This was an incredibly needed post. Thanks to the RL Garage developers for putting together such an incredible website!
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