Gold Farmer Has Real Gold Stolen!!
Katrina Fincham, a gold farmer from Australia, turned the $75000 she made selling WoW gold into bars of gold bullion… only to have someone steal them.
I’ve learned something new today, and I’m going to share it with all of you. I’ve always looked at gold farmers in World of Warcraft as being scammers. It never occurred to me that in some countries gold farming is a legal and legitimate source of income. Australia is one of these countries. In Australia gold farming is legal and even a taxable form of income.
Katrina Fincham is a gold farmer from Australia. She built herself a fairly successful business off of collecting in-game items from Warcraft - for several hours a day - and selling them for real money. On average, Fincham was making $700 a day – all legally and taxable.
After a while, Fincham had made $75000 and made the decision to turn the money into bars of gold bullion. Katrina Fincham had said, “There were things in the news that gold was a good investment and, in a couple of the games, gold was the actual currency – so gold seemed like a good idea at the time.”
We haven’t even gotten to the main story yet!! Back in 2008, Fincham went on a holiday with her boyfriend. While she was away, her home was robbed not once, not twice, but three times!! Among the items taken was her wall safe where she kept her gold.
The gold bars were insured; however, Fincham’s claim has been rejected. The insurance company, AAMI, is accusing Fincham of insurance fraud claiming that she had converted the money into gold bars so that they could be stolen. A spokesperson from AAMI said, “Ms Fincham was not covered for any loss caused by, or arising from, fraud or fraudulent means used by her or anyone acting on her behalf.”
Fincham has sued the insurance company; however, AAMI has issued a counter-claim against her for fraud. The case has brought on a lot of stress for Fincham, obviously. Her gold farming business was ruined, her previous customers had to answer to insurance investigators, and she had to sell her home to cover the costs of the lawsuit.
Apparently, the insurance company wasn’t far off with their insurance fraud case. As it turned out, Katrina Fincham’s boyfriend was behind the robbery. What did it take for her boyfriend to tip off the robbers? All it took was $500!!