There's are the ones that intentionally or sometimes unintentionally violate the rules. To ensure no one gets unfair advantages in the game, the Hattrick community is very aware and active in the search for cheaters and generally they don't get very far.
These are some common ways of cheating:
- having more then 1 team
- managing someone elses team (even if your trying to be nice)
- overpriced transfers
- automating certain activities on the site without CHPP-approval
It's amongst the resposibilities of GMs to penalize violators of the rules, but the whole community has a resposibility as well to keep a watchfull eye for suspicious activities of any kind. Not all cheaters are completely stupid and some manage to escape the rule of law for quite some time. When caught and found guilty, the GMs have several options of penalizing cheaters, varying from a fine (in Hattrick currency) to exclusion from game.
Check the Cheat-o-meter on the GM pages to see the number of caught cheaters last week. Typically around 3000 cheaters are caught every week, indicating the level of awareness in the community, but maybe more so indicating the vast amount off people willing to bend the rules.