Bloodlines - A pest and rip-off Pyramid Selling scheme!
Saturday, December 6, 2008 7:27:33 AM
Bloodlines is not a Ponzi Scheme, but a Multi-Level Marketing and Pyramid Selling Scheme. Sorry about that .
I am not against Vampires, I am not against roleplay, but I am surely against Spampires and abuse.
Funny thing I just found out (15 Jan 2009)..I am banned from the bloodlines region. I guess thats a good thing *laughs*
I had to find found out that I was bitten by one of the zombies of the Bloodlines "game". I don't know when or where, but members of this "game" pestering SecondLife all over, target malls and public places, not related to any "roleplay" and especially target welcome and freebie areas with many Newbies around which are an easy target for unsolicited bite attacks.
I found myself listed on the Bloodlines database for I don't know how long. To only be able to get my stolen soul back and remove myself by buying some antidote "potion" from them for several hundred of L$.
Firstly it is an offense to put someone on a public database without providing information and getting consent. A blue popup, disguised as an animation request like a simple hug, is clearly not sufficient for that, rather a way to trick someone into the system. But worse than this is to use it to force people to pay them and buy that antidote to be removed from their database and website. Please note that avatar "souls" have a tangible monetary value inside SecondLife and are traded at prices of 599L$ up each. This was recently used by someone to create 500 (!) alts to sell the souls to bloodhungry zombies and according to his claims he made 2000US$ in just 3 weeks by doing so. Not to mention the profit the Bloodlines owners made and the betrayal of any serious roleplayer in that game.
I requested Bloodlines to purge my personal details from the databases of the Bloodlines system.
The answers I got from the creators/owners of Bloodlines were that I have to wear and activate a "Garlic Necklace" with unknown scripts inside, that would remove me from their site. I also got an answer that they manually activated that thing for me and put me on their no-bite list.
Lastly I got an answer that they did me a "favour" and removed me from their databases.
This removal did not take place, it was checked with a member of Bloodlines that I am still listed in their database and not even marked as to be no longer attacked.
This means Bloodlines / Liquid Designs intentionally and repeatedly refuse to remove personal and private data from their systems that are used for Multi-Level Marketing and Pyramid Selling. Furthermore they add ones details to additional lists and systems of unknown purpose against clearly stated non-consent.
The real interesting point here is: Is SecondLife avatar information personal information or is SecondLife a game and are we all gamers and have no protection at all? If SecondLife is what they position themselves as, a to be taken seriously communication and online business platform with targeted corporate customers; how are individuals and their personal details and privacy protected on that platform, if at all?!
I ask all to take a serious look at the Bloodlines pyramid scheme and the RL company that claims to be behind it with two names, Liquid Designs and Liquid Interactive LLC, an anonymous registered website, and no contacts or addresses. It is time to get active, request them to remove your data and file abuse reports against their unethical and annoying activities. I ask the Bloodlines creators to fix the flaws in the system, make it opt-in only and to stop members from attacking people outside designated roleplay areas. I also ask Linden Lab to take action to resolve the problems with Bloodlines in SecondLife.
What can you do by yourself?
Many people keep asking, how to get removed from their database and what to do against continued attacks. As the company "Liquid Design / Liquid Interactive" is virtually not existing, the website is anonymously registered and hosted, there are no names, contacts or addresses; ways of legal action in RL are limited. Especially when you are residing outside U.S. with different laws applicable.
The best way therefore is to use Secondlife's built-in Abuse Report (AR) system, and with some luck a report will be followed up. So more reports are filed against Bloodlines and their abusive "players", so sooner LL will take action.
To file an AR you simply need to click on the Help menu on top, then "Report Abuse". Depending if you want to file a report against the owners/creators of Bloodlines or against an attacker, the following categories are applicable:
- Fraud: Pyramid scheme or chain letter
- Assault: The bloodlines system is designed and used to attack people all over SL
- Harrassment: Soliciting/inciting others to violate ToS
- Disturbing the peace: Repetitive spam
- Disturbing the peace: Unwanted advert spam
You can choose one main abuse category and add the others to the body of the message. Don't forget to add some descriptive text why you file the report. If someone has a good template, please feel free to post it as comment here
I strongly recommend to make use of Abuse Reports!