I played WOW for a long time before Activision Blizzard decided to ruin the game by destroying the line that distinguished actual good players from recreational players. Also, my account was banned for "manipulating the economy," but that's not near as bad as getting raided by the FBI in real life. That this happened is indeed even more surprising than the fact that people still play WOW and yet another reason not to play.
A few very unlucky University of Michigan students were raided by the FBI on March 30th due to suspicion of being involved in, "potentially fraudulent sales or purchases of virtual currency that people use to advance in the popular online role-playing game World of Warcraft." No one was arrested because the FBI really had no basis to do so but they did ninja loot their laptops, video game consoles, hard drives, credit cards and cell phones which would be quite upsetting. The FBI is also searching credit card statements and bank records for transactions involving the sale or purchase of virtual currency in an effort to validate their real life raid.
No arrests have been made as of yet and the students have not been charged with a crime either. One of them went on the record with AnnArbor.com saying,
They thought we were involved in some kind of fraud... I'm pretty sure they have the wrong people, but they took all my stuff.
I wish them luck in getting their stuff back. If petitioning the FBI for your things is anything like petitioning a GM after losing stuff in a server transfer then save yourself some time. Take out some more student loans then go buy some new computers and gold. Next, pay off a raid party to get your tier gear back; at least that way everybody wins.