Two days ago, I wrote about some poor ToS wording that CCP is adopting regarding “character impersonation.” The new language makes it clear that EVE scams involving lying to another player about one’s player or corp roles is now a bannable offense. To make matters worse, GM Karidor made it clear that even claiming representation of your corp/alliance could be bannable if you are not logged on with that specific alt.
Today, GM Karidor doubled down on his statements, and even went a step further, saying that even in full disclosure of the status of all of the scammer’s alts, that scam-artist can still be banned under the new ToS. Player Abdiel Kavash provided two examples, the second of which creates the hypothetical scam in question:
Abdiel Kavash wrote:
Help me understand this then:
I, Abdiel Kavash, run a legit 3rd party business. Over the years I gain the trust of hundreds and a multibillion empire.
CASE 1: A new character, Joe McScammer, completely unaffiliated with me, decides to make some extra money. Joe McScammer convoes a customer of AbdielCorp and claims to be an alt of Abdiel Kavash. The poor mark falls for it and gives Joe McScammer ISK thinking he’s sending it to Abdiel Kavash.
In this case, Joe McScammer is guilty of “[using] the character name of another player to impersonate or falsely represent his or her identity”, and if petitioned by the unsatisfied customer is prone to getting banned.
CASE 2: I decide that I want to make some extra money off my past customers, without necessarily having to provide any extra services. I create a new character, Phill McScammer, on my account. I then go talk to a past customer of AbdielCorp and I claim that Phill McScammer is an alt of Abdiel Kavash. Customer falls for it, sends me their money and never sees it again.
Since different characters are treated as separate entities, is this judged the same as case 1? Is Phill McScammer prone to getting banned for impersonating Abdiel Kavash? I.e. can I get banned for claiming that Phill McScammer is an alt of Abdiel Kavash?
Can I be banned for telling the truth?