Around the end of October, Microsoft started its latest round of banning modded consoles. This round as well as the last few have seen the ban-hammer aim not only at the consoles themselves, but at the offending Xbox LIVE accounts.
The official Microsoft page on console bans states:Xbox LIVE console suspensions may also include permanent suspensions of Xbox LIVE accounts as well.
So, what happens, you might ask, if you purchase a second hand console, which the previous owner modified, so that they could play pirated games and subsequently got hit with the ban-hammer? According to Microsoft, it's tough titties.I have not committed any fraud, I’ve never had action taken against me by the enforcement team, and I know for a fact I have not modified my console. Can you undo my suspension?
The investigations and subsequent actions taken by the Xbox LIVE enforcement team are conservative in nature. We work very hard to try to fully understand that a console has been modified by looking at a variety of information. Sometimes it’s possible that a previous owner or another user may have performed unauthorized modifications to the console. It is also possible that the purchaser of a used Xbox 360 was not aware the console was modified. In either case we cannot undo the console suspension. We recommend customers who believe they have not modified their Xbox themselves (or committed other actions on the service to warrant suspension) to contact previous owners or users of the console.
Microsoft is god, of course they can't be wrong! To be completely blunt, it's rarely a good idea to buy a second hand Xbox 360 anyway. You can never be sure that it hasn't already suffered a red ring of death, had a dodgy repair and is going to fail again after a week.
You wouldn't steal a car, or someone's wallet, so why steal a game?