I just figured I'd let someone know about how Russians can completely fuck your steam account due to the unique way they operate in that region. But first, foreshadowing!
I was playing ARMA2 wasteland on a Russian server having a generally good time. Throughout the whole match they were talking on the global channel just spamming the absolute hell out of it. In every other server talking even for an instant will get you chastised by about 50 people telling you to shut up instantly but not on this server. But back to the matter at hand. As people are usually wont to do I decided to lightly mess with them.
Every time they tried to talk on global I'd respond by just going "shhhhhhh quiet time" over global. That's it. Shushing. Incredibly lame considering what people say on the internet 99% of the time in such situations. The next day I was just idling in games for cards and noticed 20p had randomly gone into my account out of nowhere. I was incredibly puzzled by this so clicked on market transactions and found this:
"27 Jun 2013 Wallet 10pyб. Credit"
What the fuck? How did 10 rubles get added to my account? I instantly panicked that someone had hacked my account and added 10 rubles to it. I fired off an email to steam support about the transaction and set about to scanning my PC for viruse and changing my passwords. 4 days later steam finally gets back to me with this message:
"Hello Andrew, Thank you for contacting Steam Support. We apologize for the delay. There is a payment method in Russia that allows users to input cash into a kiosk and send the funds to their Steam account. It appears as though a Russian customer has entered the wrong Steam account name, yours, by mistake. Your account was not compromised, they have just sent funds to your account accidentally."
Oh. So someone "accidentally" added 10 rubles into my account. Well that's sort of understandable except for a few things.
-It happened a day after I annoyed some Russians online
-It was in rubles, and an incredibly small denomination
Nobody "accidentally" puts to 10rubles into someone's account. In the 9+ years I've had my account this has never happened once. The icing on the cake? I'm reading the support website and then this pops up in steam:
"#checkout_payment_method_kiosk has charged back a recent Steam Store transaction.
27 Jun 2013
Content purchased with these wallet funds has been removed from your account.
This account will have restricted functionality for 9 weeks.
This account will be restricted for 9 weeks (until 31 Aug). Purchasing, gifting, trading, cd-key activation, and Steam Community access have been disabled. If the chargeback is removed, this restriction will be lifted and the content will be returned to your account."
What. The. Fuck. Either the perpetrators or Steam charged back the 10 rubles which in turn caused my account to be transaction banned for 9 weeks on the cusp of the steam sales. I'm going to have to wait another 4 days for steam support to get back to me about this whole ordeal. It's probably just valves system fucking itself up. After everything that's happened I hope it's just that.
The moral of the story is don't annoy Russians on the internet. They will fuck you in ways you never even thought possible. But here I am, totally fucked! I just don't want to let this happen to anyone else.