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I've recently received a Steam friend request from someone I think I know, but I am not absolutely sure. Sadly, he has no useful information in his profile page. Is there any way I can get in touch with said user to try and figure out who they are before deciding what to do with their friend request?

  • You can always add them, message them, and then remove them later. – GnomeSlice Sep 22 '13 at 14:00
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    @leetfan Because to me that would be like inviting someone into your home before figuring out whether or not he is a vampire. I honestly have no idea whether friending someone is in any way exploitable, but I am the cautious sort and would rather not find out. – Aubergine Sep 22 '13 at 14:02
  • There is no exploit unless you take any weird trade offers and such. But they cannot do anything to you just by adding them. – user53721 Sep 22 '13 at 14:51
  • @leetfan actually with some script they can find out your ip via steam voice call and try to ddos your server (this happens sometime during online tournament). However I really doubt this is the case here. – WizLiz Sep 22 '13 at 15:51
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A reliable way to contact another user who is not a friend is to get into a small group with them. If he's not part of any small groups that you can join, you can create a group and invite them to the group.

Then you can navigate to the groups under your friends list and start a chat like you would with a friend.

example group

  • That's actually a very nice idea. If I'm ever in this situation again, I'll be sure to try this method. – Aubergine Nov 28 '13 at 20:35
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You can send them a message via the Steam Protocol:

You will first need to find out that users 64bit ID, which you can do via http://steamrep.com. With this site you can also see if they are trade scammers or not.

Then add the 64bit ID to this URL:

steam://friends/message/id

Then execute it via Win+R or in your browser.

This way you open a chat with them. However, they will get a notification that asks them if they want to answer your request. If they added you anyway, they probably take it.

Steamrep.com even provides a link for that feature in their search.

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They have to be online for that though.

  • This looks exactly like what I needed! I'll be sure to try this out. – Aubergine Sep 23 '13 at 8:44
  • That guy is either never online, or I can't get this to work (works just fine for people on my friends list). Can anyone else confirm this? – Aubergine Sep 23 '13 at 18:23
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    This answer is outdated and does not work anymore. Someone should Edit this. – krikara May 12 '14 at 5:12

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