I was thinking a little bit about how to reduce duper's ability to operate at no cost and get away with murder. As I understand it, a lot of dupers use credit card fraud and trial accounts to do their dirty deeds. My solution? Make it so an account can only own certain items if it has been paid for legitimately. In other words, until EA has received a payment that cleared on an account, the account can not have certain items. The items on the list would basically be anything a duper would want to dupe. Ornies, Inquis, runic tools over a certain level, etc. Accounts in "unpaid status" would have the following qualities: * can not pick up items on the ban list (like they're locked down) * can not trade for items on the ban list * if account already owns items on the ban list, they are placed in invisible temporary storage until the account is in paid status * can not operate a vendor * can not carry more than a certain amount of gold. If gold owned is already in excess of that value, it is placed in temporary storage until the account enters paid status. Offloading gold does not gain the account access to the gold in temporary storage. Only a cleared payment to EA does. Is this a working solution to the abuse we're dealing with? Do you see flaws in this plan? Can you think of other ways to restrict dupers? Please give descriptive feedback. We certainly need to come up with a good solution to the problem, cause banning buyers is certainly upsetting people. One possible benefit of this strategy is that it forces the dupers to somehow link their financial information to the accounts they are using to abuse the game. I think this will make it harder for them to hide when EA comes looking for who's making all the trouble.