Over the course of Steam’s existence, Valve has added a ton of features like the Steam Workshop, the Marketplace, forums, community groups, and everything else that make it the platform we know and love today. But the one service that seems to be getting a lot of attention on the web is the Steam Wallet. If you don’t know, the Steam Wallet is a digital wallet service similar to Paypal. Unlike Paypal, money in your Steam Wallet can’t be withdrawn, only deposited. And your Steam Funds can only be spent on through their platform. It’s basically a re-loadable Steam gift card. In fact, you can buy physical gift cards at some retailers with scrach-off codes that can be redeemed for Steam Wallet funds.
So why has the Steam Wallet garnered so much web attention? Primarily because of those Steam Wallet codes I just mentioned. Those codes have become a hot commodity among the Steam community. As a result, they are often used in trading and betting. Many groups have popped up offering free Steam Wallet funds in various forms. Some trying to mislead unsuspecting gamers into some sort of scam or trap. Others trying to persuade you to do something for them in exchange for the Steam Wallet code. Regardless of what it is, free is never free.
Usually those sites fall into one of three categories: Generators, Surveys, or Traffic Pyramids. Generators are probably the most common claim you’ll hear. I’ve TONS of different people saying the have this “Super Hacker Delux 2000 Steam Code Generator”. All you have to do is download a suspicious, likely harmful program and install it on your computer. Yeah, no. Stay far away from these phony programs. I’ve seen people advertise generators for the Xbox, Playstation, and PC. But I’ve never heard of a real one.
Surveys are another common system people use but, unlike generators, it might actually work. It depends heavily on which website you’re using. The basic idea with these websites is that somebody, somewhere, is trying to convince you to take an online survey in exchange for Steam Wallet codes. They do this because their job is to convince people to take these surveys. If you finish the survey, they get paid by the advertiser who runs the survey. The reason it’s fishy is because the person offering the Steam code could simply keep the code and the money he got from the advertiser. If you ever use a website or service like this, make sure its a trusted source.
Traffic pyramids are almost always fake, but a few have been known to actually be legitimate. This is a classic style of “website” used for advertising. They basically offer you a Steam Wallet code but only if you can send X amount of people to their website through your special link. Then they get people to click on their link and so on and so on. 99% of the time you won’t get a Steam code even if you do get enough people to click your link. Like I said, some have worked out for some people but I wouldn’t recommend trying them. It’s a big waste of time. Make sure no matter what you do out there on the internet, be safe, be aware, and never download anything unless it’s confirmed safe.