Originally Posted by bastiartadi
How would the CAG earn a reputation if not given a chance to join a group? Just curious. I would understand if we don't trust a person for hosting but if he sends the payment first, I don't see how that's a problem. You can easily recover an account if made correctly (writing down birth date used, different password for email and PSN account etc etc).
Not defending the user, just remember that we were all CAG newbies once.
A way to earn reputation would be to stick around on the forums for a year or two and participate in conversations on the forum. I just get very suspicious when I see someone who created an account just
for the sake of joining a gameshare group. When I saw his first post, I thought "ok, this could go either way-- a noob who legitimately to join a group, or a scammer creating a new account to rip people off again." The fact that he deleted his first post when I replied to it raises my suspicion from 50% to 90% chance of danger.
There's still massive damage that a phantom could cause. He could get the account info, quickly download onto two PS3's (his own and a friend's), do the remote deactivation himself, reactivate on a couple of other PS3's.. in a situation like that, even being able to change the password back would still mean waiting a full year before the other 3 people gain complete access again. Scary thought.
That's a worst-case scenario, so the chance of that happening is probably very low in general (though just doing the first half of the steps would still be a major headache for everyone else), but the chance of it happening with a brand new user who created an account just for the sake of joining a group.... well, I wouldn't risk it, personally. It doesn't take much effort to post around and become a familiar face in the community, so anyone who tries to skip that step throws a red flag in my book.