For a while, Steam has been playing the role of nice guy and replacing items that people have lost in trading scams, but now it looks like that practice will be ending.

According to the update Steam community FAQ page, they will no longer reimburse lost items because there is enough information available for people to know about the dangers of scammers.

Our community assigns an item a value that is at least partially determined by that item’s scarcity. If more copies of the item are added to the economy through inventory rollbacks, the value of every other instance of that item would be reduced.

We sympathize with people who fall victim to scams, but we provide enough information on our website and within our trading system to help users make good trading decisions. All trade scams can be avoided.

It will be interesting to see how the community responds to this change in policy. Scammers and fake profiles have always been a part of the Steam community, and now Valve is putting it on the users to make wise decisions when it comes to their items and personal account safety.

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