Gold farming may help poorer countries, but in the United States, the FBI looks views the peddling practice as a front for fraud. The agency recently raided the apartment of two University of Michigan undergraduates, seizing laptop computers, hard drives, videogame systems, credit cards, a cell phone, paperwork and other computer equipment, according to government documents.
The two unnamed students were not arrested, and claim to be innocent and to not even play WoW. “They thought we were involved in some kind of fraud," one of the students told AnnArbor.com, "I'm pretty sure they have the wrong people, but they took all my stuff.” The students are currently exploring their legal options via MSU student legal services.
The FBI claims the raid was carried out in order to gather evidence that at least one of the pair was setting up fraudulent bank accounts in order to sell farmed gold. The authorities are also attempting to gather documents from various online sources including gameusd.com (a Chinese gold farming site) eBay, PayPal, and the United Services Automobile Association, which offers banking services.
Apr 15, 2011
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