Where in the new Rules of Conduct does it say that GMs will now restore items/gil to people who have lost it through scams? Where does it say that GMs now reserve the right to take gil/items that they feel were acquired in an illegitimate way?
The ToS was updated recently (there was even a post about it on the boards here). Here's a quote:
"Engaging in fradulent acts within the game... deliberately breaking a promise, deceiving other players, or conducting an exchange unfairly... such acts are, therefor, strictly prohibited."
If it's prohibited and in the ToS, they can take whatever action deemed necessary against it. SE owns the gil, they can do what they want with it, even if it's not fair.
evidence that this is a hoax. One: bad grammar.
I've seen countless pics where GMs had many typos and grammar errors, this isn't really proof of anything other than they're human like you and me. Have you seen all the different pics of that (idiotic) GM Luminous and his whole Lil Jon/Dave Chappelle thing? Or a pic where a GM is asked "Do you know what a Moneyshot is?" and he replies "Yes, we the GMs are aware of the meaning of a Moneyshot". GMs aren't, or don't necessarily have to be, some telemarketer type reading from scripts in ever possible situation, and doing it with perfect spelling and grammar to boot.
two: serves no purpose except to get everyone hopping mad at SE
Umm... wouldn't you be mad if this happened to you? Of course that's the point of bringing this up in public. I really don't see how this is proof of it being fake.
Three: why was the "item" never given a name?
I don't know, and it doesn't matter. Would it be hard for the scammer to say the name of an item worth 1.9-2mil? No, it wouldn't. It's just as easy as not saying what the item is. The item really doesn't matter here anyway, it's that a GM took gil from someone who shouldn't have been punished.
I'm not saying that this is 100% fact, but your points on why it would be fake are really weak :\