OSRS memes: The ‘Trimming Armor’ Origins

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Old School RuneScape (OSRS) is well-known for its rich lore, deep gameplay mechanics, and thriving community. However, like any online multiplayer game, it has its dark sides – the prevalence of in-game scams, bots, and no real customer support. One of the most infamous scams, often humorously referenced within the player community, is the “Trimming Armor” scam. This article explores the history and mechanism of this scam, its metamorphosis into a meme, and how OSRS and its community are fighting against such fraudulent activities.

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OSRS, with its vibrant economy and various player interactions, offers a playground for both legitimate players and scammers. The game’s economy revolves around gold coins (GP), used to trade items. I remember that one of the first interactions I had with another player in RuneScape was with a really nice person who was actually making Xmas gifts to random players and he gave me a bunch of runes. I don’t remember their name, but it was a nice and warm welcoming to the community, especially after coming from Albion Online and League where the communities are less friendly. Soon enough I got lured in the Wilderness from the GE by a fake drop party, so I got a fuller picture of the community.

While there are a few items worth over a billion GP, there are higher volume items which still have some value and importance, such as armours. Not only they are worn by everyone, because of their stats, but sometimes they can even help with fashionscape. A particular category of armour, known as ‘trimmed’, has a unique design, offering a prestigious status symbol for players, and it can be only obtained as rare rewards from clue scroll caskets. Historically, this led to the ‘Trimming Armor’ scam, an illicit scheme where fraudsters prey on uninformed players who believed that someone can create a trimmed armour rather than obtain it, or trim it for them.

How the scam works

The ‘Trimming Armor’ scam exploits a player’s desire to enhance their armour’s aesthetic appeal. A scammer would claim they can ‘trim’ a player’s armour, requiring them to trade their armour first. Once the trade is completed, the scammer disappears, leaving the player with nothing.

The scam thrives on trust, the appeal of rarity, and a lack of game knowledge. New, uninformed players are typically the victims, enticed by the promise of a rare, prestigious armour set. Meanwhile, seasoned players, aware of the scam, often perpetrate it.

The Meme

Due to its prevalence and absurdity, the ‘Trimming Armor’ scam has evolved into a meme within the OSRS community. It is often brought up humorously in forum discussions, social media posts, and in-game chat as a form of mockery towards scammers and naive players. By becoming a meme, the ‘Trimming Armor’ scam has, paradoxically, contributed to raising awareness and promoting prevention within the community.

Jagex’s part

Jagex, in its commitment to create a fair and safe gaming environment, has established robust anti-scamming policies and an in-game reporting mechanism. Players are encouraged to report suspicious activities, and Jagex frequently updates the community about ongoing efforts to combat scams.


In addition, the OSRS community has taken proactive measures to educate players, especially the newer ones. Veteran players share their experiences and knowledge through forums, guides, and in-game chat to equip others with the knowledge to avoid scams.

While these efforts have significantly reduced the occurrence of the ‘Trimming Armor’ scam, it persists due to constant influx of new, uninformed players. However, its prevalence has undeniably decreased compared to the early days of the game.


The ‘Trimming Armor’ scam, despite its malicious roots, has become a meme within the OSRS community, serving as a humorous reminder of the game’s past and the importance of vigilance in online gaming. Through understanding and awareness of scams, the players can enjoy OSRS in a safe, scam-free environment, turning a once-infamous scam into an educative meme. In the ever-evolving world of online gaming, staying informed and vigilant is the key to a satisfying and secure gaming experience and I really want to write more about OSRS scams just to fight the scammers with knowledge.

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