Trade Scams have been fairly rampant throughout Steam since the induction of trading cards, with many users having received messages from scammers asking for a trade. These scams are really obvious though and easy to avoid, which is why it makes sense that Steam will not be returning items lost this way.
In the scam FAQ on Steam Support, they say:
“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.”
Steam say that while they feel sorry for those who lose items, there is loads of info on how to avoid this.
“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. All trade scams can be avoided.”
It many not seem like a very consumer friendly decision, but even I have a hard time arguing with them on this. As they said, all of these are easily avoidable, so use your head before going into a trade, especially if you are just after friending the account. As the old saying goes, Don’t be silly, wrap that wi…. actually nevermind. That has nothing to do with this.
What are your thoughts? Do you think Steam should be returning these items, or do you think users should take more responsibility? Maybe you have even been a victim? Let us know in the comments!