Lately, I've been doing a lot of trading on sites like TF2Outpost and backpack.tf, and, within about a minute of bumping my trade, I receive at least 3 friend requests from level-zero private Steam profiles (which is usually indicative of a scammer/phisher). Sometimes, seemingly at random, I'm bombarded with these requests from level-zero bots.

Is there any feature on Steam that automatically declines these friend requests by these scammers (or, better yet, blocks them), as I'm sick and tired of blocking bot after bot?

I've checked the settings in Steam, and gone through all the different tabs to try and find such a feature, but I can't find anything.

  • I don't think there are any ways to do that. Your best bet would be to just "deal with them." Add them, then block, report, and remove. – Shadow Z. Mar 9 '15 at 17:48
  • @ShadowZ. The thing is, I can't report them, as they haven't done anything wrong (as far as I know). It's not illegal to have a private and/or level-zero profile. – alexqwx Mar 9 '15 at 17:55
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    There's a least 3 existing discussion to give steam users some options for this on the steam forums : one, two and three. There might be more but those were the easiest to find. – Jonathan Drapeau Mar 9 '15 at 18:19
  • Typically if it's trade scammers you'll get a private message as soon as you add them. – MattR Mar 10 '15 at 9:10

Google chrome extension called "steam inventory helper" which can auto decline friend invites under certain levels, you can decide in the settings, I always have it set to auto decline levels 1 and under


Not currently to my knowledge, instead of blocking them, just click ignore, this will prevent unread chat messages from building up, once you ignore a BOT that specific one should not bother you again. it is hassle to deal with them, but non the less, something may be done about this, due to the high demand for something like this.

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    It's something that the SE network in general doesn't allow. We're looking for encyclopedia-esque content. Signatures are fluff that don't add anything to the answer, so they are routinely edited out. – Frank Mar 11 '15 at 16:14
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    @ESDougie Welcome to the site. Taking the tour and browsing the help center might fill you in on details like this. – SevenSidedDie Mar 11 '15 at 21:01

Sorry if this is a little late but.

I have a work around. Its not a way to auto-ignore bots but at least make it easier to block the users in a browser (blocking private accounts, unsetup accounts, users under a specific level) Hope it helps


Let me know if you like it

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    Hi Andrew, the link is not working anyway it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide a link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes. – bummi May 12 '15 at 16:15
  • Link-only answers (meaning answers where the only useful content comes from a link) are discouraged because the links may die. Since the script is small, you might consider posting the script directly into your post. I have otherwise fixed your broken link. – user66184 May 12 '15 at 16:35
  • It seems to be working for me but here it is again.BlockAllSteamInvites. If it still doesnt work please qoogle BlockAllSteamInvites and it should be the first link – Andrew Nigel Parkes Jun 22 '15 at 13:49

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