Another heist by The Imperium’s scamming experts over at Sundering has liberated 300 billion ISK worth of assets from CO2. An anonymous Imperium operative has made off with 16 fully fitted Rorquals, along with an amazing 38,321 PLEX to reach the grand-total, worth more than $3000 in non space money.
The operative had joined a CO2 member corporation less than a week ago looking for a mark. When he saw this opportunity, it was too good not to take. The heist was simply a moment of opportunity, a combination of a player getting lazy and then foolish. Let me tell you how it all went down.
The operative and all other corp members had access to a general corp hanger, a place to drop ammunition, cheap doctrine ships and loot players didn’t want, stuff anyone could make use of. According to the operative, it was usually full of worthless junk normally not worth a second look. He had gone into the hanger looking for some fuel for his own Rorqual, when he suddenly found there were 16 other Rorquals sat in the hanger. It was a quiet day in space, with only him and a few other players online in the system. Likely a player had simply gotten lazy, and was using the general hangar to quickly transfer his fitted ships to new characters. The operative immediately snatched up the fitted Rorquals, dumping them into his ship hangar.
It wasn’t long before there was a concerned voice on the group teamspeak.
“Um… Did anyone take the Rorquals in the hangar, it’s okay if you did, just need them back.”
“Actually, I did, and you wont be getting them back”
That’s when the person who lost them made an even worse mistake. Desperate to cover up the fact that he had made such a terrible move in the first place, likely not wanting to look like a fool in front of all his alliance mates. He offered the value of the entire group of Rorquals in PLEX to the player, just asking for the Rorquals to be put back and for no one to find out. The operative quickly took the PLEX, doubling his initial 150 billion ISK heist, and of course, didn’t return the Rorquals.
This player had 16 Rorquals and the money to immediately replace all of them to burn, so was clearly an established player within the alliance. CO2’s leader GigX has recently been attacking his own super-capitals he caught ratting during a CO2 operation, as well as destroying his own freighters after banning the export of minerals from CO2 space. Perhaps this careless player feared the repercussions from his alliance leadership if they found out. After all, they might decide he’d made them look silly, getting scammed by goons. He was willing to throw away 150 billion ISK just on the off chance the agent was feeling generous. Even if you were that rich, that’s a lot of money to throw away just to not look silly. This might be another example of GigX’s erratic leadership style coming back to bite his alliances pilots, even just because of the sense of fear it is creating.
Regardless of the reason he gave up the PLEX, it has been put to good use. If you see the Avatar Titan “CO2’s Rorquals” flying around in the coming weeks, you can thank them for their generous support.