Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Skin Scammers have found a new way to bring attention to their sites within Steam. As noted on the Steam subreddit, bot accounts are now using the Review system as free advertising.
Yesterday, a post on the subreddit from user Troglodyte722 said that “now they’re abusing the review system to advertise their abysmal scams.” A screenshot attached to that post showed a positive review under clicker game Adventure Capitalist, the text of which featured little more than a url and promises of “free CS:GO skins.” The review, which was posted yesterday, now appears to have been taken down, but bots helped drive more than 400 ‘helpful’ commendations to the post.
The issue doesn’t appear to be limited to just one game. Another post on the subreddit shows a nearly identical review under Payday 2, again with more than 400 commendations. Curators seem to have cottoned on to the scheme, as that review also appears to have been removed from the game’s store page.