Valve has changed its policies associated with losing trade items in a Steam scam.
Valve updated their Steam Trading Q&A section of the Steam site stating that they will no longer facilitate users who lose in-game items in scam trades. According to the firm, there is enough information on scam trading in the Q&A section to ensure players are well-informed and do not make suspicious trades.
“We sympathize with people who fall victim to scams, but we provide enough information on our website and within our trading system to help users make good trading decisions.”
The logic Valve uses behind this move is to preserve item value, which is partially determined by item scarcity. Repeated returning of items lost through scams will result in the value of every other instance of the item being reduced.
“Our community assigns an item a value that is at least partially determined by that item’s scarcity. If more copies of the item are added to the economy through inventory rollbacks, the value of every other instance of that item would be reduced.”
Valve’s Steam Trading FAQ is filled with tips and suggestions to avoid suspicious trades, including item switching, verification scams, fake CD keys, fake website scams and desktop control malware.
If you’re a Steam user who has previously been a victim of scamming, you might want to be extra careful now that Valve no longer reimburses scam victims.