In a previous post information uncovering the truth about GameZino was posted in an attempt to make people more aware of the situation. To summarize, GameZino was using an illegal game hack to offer donuts, items, and cash to users willing to pay for their service. The way in which they were able to expand their business was by taking control of TSTO Tips and promoting their service as “legitimate” by posing as the original site owner, Mr T.
By leveraging the reputation of a person many people trusted, GameZino was able to scam thousands of customers into using their service. While it appears as though they have been delivering what they promised to customers, no content was ever purchased through the game. The reason users had to provide their account information and passwords (never a good idea) was so they could log-in and hack the items into the game. The story they perpetuated of buying gift cards in bulk was merely a cover for their scheme.
Now GameZino is no longer accepting orders, which they claim is because their business model is no longer viable, and no it’s not because they ran out of gift cards. There are a few possible reasons the site is closing down.
a) The hack no longer works. Development on the once freely available hack stopped once GameZino started using it for profit. Those who developed the hack, for fear of legal repercussions themselves shut down the development of the hack as well as areas online where discussion about the hack took place.
b) Once people realized GameZino was a scam, they disputed their claims with PayPal. It is likely a sizable percentage of people filed claims against GameZino for fraud and/or misrepresentation leading PayPal to block their account. If GameZino can no longer get paid, they have no reason to continue their service.
These are two of the most likely scenarios, but one thing is for certain, nothing about GameZino was ever legitimate.
Update: A new site called GameGull has appeared in the wake of GameZino’s closure. It should go without saying not to trust this site, or any other that offers suspicious workarounds and discounts to in-app purchases. The only way to legitimately purchase in-app content is directly through the game itself. In the event you have been a victim of these scams, there are steps you can take to report the fraud to PayPal.