When there's a way to get free money, you will always find people trying to scam the system. In concrete life, they often get caught and jailed; in Second Life, you have to do what you can to protect yourself, because Linden Labs won't do a thing about it.
The trees I have have built-in safeguards against scammers, such as bots sent by people who are well over the 30-day age limit I've got set on the trees. Recently, someone got caught and the safeguards banned him for 30 days. He had the utter audacity to send me a notecard asking why he was banned. What follows is my answer, and the ensuing conversation.
It's really, really sad when people are so greedy that they'd go to great lengths to scam something that is meant to help newcomers get a good start in our virtual world. It says something for at least one kind of person who comes to Second Life - and what it says isn't very nice.
Here's the conversation. You decide. He even so much as admits he's deliberately scamming the trees.
[05/25/2010 08:36:06 PM] Marie Resch: My money tree banhammer banned you so obviously you were attempting to access my tree in an illegal manner. Sorry but the ban is on for 90 days.
[05/25/2010 08:36:07 PM] Second Life: User not online - message will be stored and delivered later.
-- Instant message logging enabled --
[11:31:30 PM] Ex Adder: well, obviously I shall not attempt to visit your area again, and shall broadcast to all I know suggesting they also boycot your area. I thought the trees were supposed to encourage people, not the opposite
[11:31:53 PM] Marie Resch: it's not my fault that you try to scam them.
[11:32:45 PM] Ex Adder: I've met and talked to many tree owners and all have been encouraging and welcoming - congratulations on being the first to show othewise
[11:33:05 PM] Marie Resch: I'm sure my banhammer isn't the first to catch you at it, either.
[11:33:27 PM] Ex Adder: it is indeeed - out of many trees
[11:33:30 PM] Marie Resch: I welcome and encourage honest newcomers, not people who are obviously an alt and scamming to boot.
[11:34:40 PM] Marie Resch: that's what the trees are for - not for lazy scum who are just looking for an easy buck.
[11:36:11 PM] Ex Adder: thank you - I've broadcast suggestion to not visit to Moneytree group
[11:45:14 PM] Marie Resch: You know what? You're awfully petty and small to be threatening me just because you can't scam my trees anymore, thanks to a device that the tree's creator makes to protect against people like you. You're not the only one with friends. Good day!
[11:46:33 PM] Ex Adder: and you know what? Most people in SL are quite nice, but it's refeshing to find one who is genuinely obnoxious - and checking back, I never even picked from your tree or I'd return anything I'd had
[11:47:10 PM] Marie Resch: then you wouldn't be banned, because I, as owner, did not ban you. The banhammer did.
[11:47:39 PM] Marie Resch: I'm not obnoxious, I'm smart and I speak the truth and if you don't like it, you know what you can do with this window.
[11:47:51 PM] Ex Adder: definitely haven't picked - checked transaction history and nothing from Tweddle region
[11:48:29 PM] Marie Resch: of course you didn't pick, the banhammer didn't allow you to, that's the point.
[12:06:03 AM] Marie Resch: If money is so important to you, why don't you put away your fake newbie account, log onto your main account, then go get a job or learn to make something you can sell instead of scamming the rest of us? There's more to SL then earning Lindens, sheesh. You really have a nerve threatening me when it is you who is in the wrong. This conversation is at an end.