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G2A makes it harder for scammers to sell shady game codes

You'll have to prove that you're a person to get anywhere.
Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
July 11, 2016
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G2A is still determined to show that it can do right by developers worried about shady game key sellers. The online marketplace has introduced a new verification process that should make it harder to commit fraud. New sellers will have to provide a legitimate phone number and social networking account to get their foot in the door. Also, they'll be limited to selling 10 products before they have to deliver more proof. This is just the start, G2A adds, as "further measures" are planned that will check addresses, credit cards and PayPal accounts.

The new screening measures might go a long way toward preventing some of the tactics that have hurt developers in the past, such as fraudsters who buy game keys using stolen credit cards and resell them at cut-rate prices. However, it raises a big question: why weren't these anti-fraud measures in place before? It's no secret that online marketplaces are rife with abuse (just ask anyone who has fought with a dodgy Amazon reseller), and digital goods make it that much easier to cheat both companies and customers.

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