Phaser Inc., a trading company in space-based MMO EVE online, have absconded with a record-breaking 1 trillion ISK and revealed themselves as a giant ponzi scheme in a remarkably frank open letter
. Their haul of the in-game currency translates to just over $50,000, or 242 years-worth, of PLEX
(traded for playing time). [via RockPaperShotgun]
Say the scammers: "It's been a journey for all of us. Some people trusted us. Others didn't but accepted the risks. Yet, other people were skeptical at first, but became convinced by friends and testimonials (those were all genuine by the way). Everyone has his/her own Phaser Inc. experience. A couple of you withdrew your ISK this week - just in time. Probably some of you were just about to do it, but forgot to send the mail, and are a little too late now; all part of the experience."
Eve News 24
have the numbers, and the text of the in-game announcement. "You’ve invested it, got a chance on some profit, but it turned out to be not the best choice you’ve ever made. That’s how investing works. At least, that’s how it went for the most of you."
Previous notable events in EVE include:
* 800 billion ISK of hardware and cash stolen from Titans4U by one "Bad Bobby
* A vast fleet battle
in February, with around 1 trillion ISK of ships destroyed.
* The destruction of the Band of Brothers alliance
by the SomethingAwful-based Goonswarm in early 2009.
* The in-game massacre and theft of 30 billion ISK by the Guiding Hand Social Club
In-game scams, spying and sabotage are 'legal' and allowed by the makers of the game as long as they don't involve account-hacking or real-world illegal activity.