Alert: People trying to sell accounts that are about to be deleted
If anyone sees someone offering to sell their Duolingo account, please alert a couple of moderators right away. Make sure to give the moderators a link to the discussion and the full URL to that person's profile. If you can give the moderator a screenshot of the discussion too, that would be really great! If you cannot contact a moderator, please fill out this form here.
Why this message:
Recently, someone used scripting to boost their account levels and then tried to sell it. Don't buy someone's else's account.
Accounts that are caught scripting* are removed by staff. Not banned, but entirely deleted. So, you would be wasting your money. Additionally, it is not safe to give out your financial information to strangers on the internet.
They might try to steal your money!
If you choose to warn the people commenting in such a discussion that they should not buy such an account for the reasons above, you may do so. But, you must be be very polite about it. If you are perceived as harassing, that could also get you in trouble too.
Remember, as a basic rule, you may not use the forums to ask for money, whether you are asking for donations or trying to sell something.
To summarize: Persons advertising the sell of their account might break into your bank account/paypal. AND might not give you anything in return or might give you an account that is slated for removal.
Thanks everyone for helping us keep the Duolingo Community a safe place to learn!
*See Guidelines to read more about the scripting issue.
Accounts that are caught scripting* are removed by staff.
I have noticed a few accounts recently that are obviously using scripts to cheat (e.g. very high level but have only completed the first skill in a tree). What is the best way to bring this to the attention of staff? Even without trying to sell their accounts, people who do this devalue Duolingo's attainment system and the considerable efforts of the honest majority of users.