Come onnnn…that was pretty good, wasn’t it? Yeah it was…
I love computer games…I really do. No seriously. I just can’t PLAY a lot of them (I tend to get motion sick…which is why I get giddy when we break out the Super Nintendo…)
My late husband was a Gamer even before they came up with the word…which made me a Gaming widow long before I was a…well…a widow… (Zelda was the “other woman”…the tramp)
Yeah…I had a feeling…
Where was I?
Oh yes, the love of gaming…and unless you’ve been living in a cave somewhere (Though I’ve heard some of those caves get pretty good reception) you’ve never seen let alone tried an online game. Aside from World of Warcraft, Runescape is one of the best known. (Ok, and the Star Wars Universe…and The Star Trek…and Lord of The Rin- You know what? Just hush you…) My kids have played it..I’ve tried it…and if you notice in the pic:
It can get confusing…frustrating…time consuming…and expensive. Earning coins becomes a BIG deal and some even have found a way to make real cash doing in the game. Well, when there’s money to be made, sure enough someone’s gonna be thinking of how to be taking it from you….sorta.
I’m not supplying a last name…at this point, it’s not necessary…but oh yeah – he’s real. Humza lovesssssss to play Runescape. But in order to be able to do all kinda of cool stuff..like wear bad-ass armor and have badder-ass swords you need game coins. And it takes a lot of work to get them. Or you can buy them from someone in the real world…orrrrrrrr…you can steal them.
Click on the Audio below to hear his brilliant idea…
As you can guess, Humza liked the last idea the best. He found a seller at his school (Fordham University) and set up a meeting to buy them. Most times, ok, almost all the time, it can be done online…PayPal is wonderful that way. But Humza insisted on a face-to-face transaction. It was like something you’d see in the movies…a neutral go-between…wads of (fake) cash…the seller on a cell phone in contact with his agent. When the agent (We’ll call him David…because that’s his name) noticed the money looked rather fake, he suggested canceling the transaction. Even so, the Seller wanted to go through with the transaction even AFTER Humza had to “leave suddenly” (No no David…that sort of thing happens all the time…)
The next meeting David brings a real $100 bill to compare and after stopping the sale with a “No way Dude – that money’s fake”, is where things got weird…Humza pulls out a very real-looking gun and points it at David. (Later we discover that it was a BB gun, but in that moment who’s gonna look close?) Humza orders David to call the Seller back and make the transfer. (yesssss….the double cross! Where’s John McClain???)
$4.7 Billion in RuneScape coins are transferred into Humza’s account and he leaves. Now considering what he’s already done – takes nothing else (Such asssss the $100 bill David brings to compare…)
Now after all David has gone through…clandestine meetings…a gun to his head…fear for his life: he doesn’t even PLAY the game!
After Humza leaves, David goes to the police (In retrospect, this must have been one HELL of a conversation). And after going through the surveillance tape discover Humza’s identity and is promptly arrested.
So…after using a fake gun and fake money to buy fake coins….guess what? He MAY be going to a very REAL jail: Second degree robbery
From the site YPD.com (New York State Laws)
Robbery in the second degree.
A person is guilty of robbery in the second degree when he forcibly
steals property and when:
1. He is aided by another person actually present; or
2. In the course of the commission of the crime or of immediate flight
therefrom, he or another participant in the crime:
(a) Causes physical injury to any person who is not a participant in
the crime; or
(b) Displays what appears to be a pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun,
machine gun or other firearm; or
3. The property consists of a motor vehicle, as defined in section one
hundred twenty-five of the vehicle and traffic law.
Ah- HAH!!! Didja see that? Section 2b. (You didn’t read it, did you..) The part where if you display what looks like a gun – BB pistol qualifies!
aaaaand Grand Larceny:
Taken From newyorkcriminallawyer-blog.com
Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree – New York Penal Law Section 155.35
A person is guilty of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree when he steals property and when the value of the property exceeds three thousand dollars. Grand Larceny in the Third Degree is a “D” felony punishable by up to 7 years in prison.
In case you were scratching your head going “Huh?” The RuneScape “coins” were worth $3,000 (REAL) dollars. The possible jail time he’s looking at: 15 years…
The company behind RuneScape, Jagex Games, prohibits the sale of RuneScape gold or items for real money and may ban any player that engages in “real-world” trading. Yeah…that worked well, didn’t it?
And to think…no one heeded Tom Hanks’ warning with his cautionary tale called “Mazes & Monsters”, trying to teach us all what could happen in these games…
You tried Tom…you really tried…