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41  Other / Meta / User nominated names of possible moderators for forum. on: September 07, 2018, 05:52:45 PM
Inspired from iasenko post about Add new moderators for forum. And I think its really need accordingly current situation of forum. Moderators role very important for forum as well theymos too busy. A thread was post by me long time ago about Know the most helpful self volunteer list for this forum. Few self volunteer name come on mind those are deserve upgrade to moderators. In fact trust is involve with this position. Although theymos know better than us but we can nominate few names. So it would be little bit easy to select name for (theymos if he want).

My nominated names are for possible moderators;


I think they are mostly active to prevent spam. I don't know about admin opinion, but I believe at least few moderator should be add with limited power. So they can show their creativity and prove themselves. If you agree with that really need add more moderators you can write here your nominated name. Final list can be present to theymos by voting who are most popular and trusty.
42  Other / Archival / Deleted on: September 06, 2018, 06:15:53 PM
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43  Other / Beginners & Help / Bounty Hunters ! Must read before join any bounty campaign. on: September 06, 2018, 09:36:51 AM
Hello Bounty Hunters, Good Day.

Although I am not much interested to visit Bounty board, I guess this thread could help you to save time and money. Just short introduce about me , I always like to expose scam ICO in order to save people's.

However this post dedicated for Bounty Hunters;
As far as I know, bounty is popular way to earn money on bitcointalk. But I don't think hunters are much happy lately, if I am not wrong. Only because of scam ICO's. Almost more than 90% ICO's are scam on 2018, whatever success may be pay after 3/4 month (IMO). But who is the responsible for that ? Of course you. You know why ? Let me describe. ICO will not able to scam us without help from you. For your careless you are wasting time, investor's lose money. You are the one of them who responsible for scam.

  • Manager's taking projects without minimum investigation (not all but most of greedy managers do it).
  • Hunters & promoters never check even their website. Just fling for hunt money.
  • Fianlly victim is investor's. Never investigate before invest. Just cry after got scam.

More platform are involves with scam indirectly just like listing platform. Finally investors and hunters are victim.

What I feel, hunters keep most important role on ICO. They spread the word about ICO all over the world. But you can keep role to prevent scam in order to save your time and investors money.

How you can? Let's describe briefly;
  • Before join any bounty campaign, know the managers. He is well reputed or not. Check his past work how they are success. Try to avoid those aren't well reputed and who managed most of scam ICO.
  • Investigate yourself about projects. Don't join blindly. Read their whitepaper and others content.( I have added guidelines below read it.
  • Stop promoting bounty if you see someone post scam proof against an ICO. Otherwise you might be get red tagged by DT( IMO). You should visit Scam Accusation board once a day.
  • If you find anything wrong with any ICO make a post on Scam Accusation board. You can search on Google about any project so you will find if there is any scam accusation over internet.

I will request to all the hunters please read below topic before join any bounty campaign. You could be assets of forum instead of spammer; also report that managers who manage most of scam ICO. Sure he will get tagged from DT.



Alone no one can prevent of reduce scam, we need work together. You don't think spot a scam also benefited for you? But I think obviously benefits, you can save your valuable time and that time you can earn some from legit project. So let's make sound against scammer.



However it's my little try to prevent scammers from bitcointalk. I know most of hunters will avoid this thread. It will much appriceated if topic sticked by moderators to keep up ( if this consider useful for forum)
44  Economy / Scam Accusations / Another Bitconnect - Lunarlink - Offering high return & no team members. on: September 06, 2018, 07:53:45 AM
ICO Name: Lunarlink
Scammer Website: https://lunarlink.io
Archived Website: http://archive.is/sOewi
ICO status: (Upcoming  )
Bitcointalk Profile: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=2039361
ANN Tread: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=4691252.0
Archived ANN: http://archive.is/4Xu3Y
Bounty Thread : N/A
Archived Bounty: N/A
Valid Reason of Accusation: No Team & Promissing high return.


Lunarlink look like offering high return like bitconnect. This is possible scam or slow scam. There is no any team members. Personally I never trust this kind of ICO.

Let's check their return plan.




Domain information :
Code:
Website: lunarlink.io
Title: LunarLink
Description: Lunar Link
Domain Age: 138 Days
Last Refreshed: Just now
Website Speed: Very Fast
Organisation: WhoisGuard, Inc.
Owner: WhoisGuard Protected
Owner Address: P.O. Box 0823-03411
Owner City: Panama
Phone Number: +507.8365503 Panama
Phone Type: VoIP telephony :Panamá Skycom Communication, S.A. / Galaxy Communication, Corp
Email:
45  Economy / Scam Accusations / For scam exposer's- Accusations formats of Scam ICO. Updated. on: September 06, 2018, 05:04:53 AM
As I mentioned this thread only for scam exposer. We need report more effectively with all the details especially for scam ICO's. If got scam by bitcointalk user there is another formats for report ; Scam Report Format (Use it to make scam reports properly) . Btw, it was posted long time ago on 2013. And it's still perfect for bitcointalk user scam.

However I have a Guidelines, how to spot a scam ICO & report effectively. ✔ to find scam ICO's. I moved it Help & beginner board due to help newbie. You can read it to find scam ICO more effectively.

I just update a formats for ICO scam exposer's that will help to understand easily and verifiable by single click. There is few question on meta about scam expose are very hard to verify.

For archive the scam website sometimes we got problems from http://archive.is . And it's unable to capture team picture is team picture is slide. So I would like to suggest use https://archive.org it will capture include all live part. So even ICO owner delete team we will be able to identify. Even this website archive all the embedded links, like social media.
For track domain information use; https://www.whois.com/whois/
So let's check Scam ICO report format. If you feel need add more data, let me know I will update OP.

Accusations Formats of Scam ICO

Preview of Scam Report format for ICO:
Code:
[b]ICO Name:[/b]
[b]Scammer Website:[/b]
[b]Archived Website:[/b]
[b]ICO status:[/b] (Exit / Live / upcoming )
[b]Bitcointalk Profile:[/b]
[b]ANN Tread:[/b]
[b]Archived ANN:[/b]
[b]Bounty Thread :[/b]
[b]Archived Bounty:[/b]
[b]Valid Reason of Accusation:[/b]


[b]Describe briefly about accusation with solid proof: [/b]



[b]Source links :[/b]


[b]Linkedln/profile Link of team with name:[/b]


[b]Domain Information[/b]:



Preview of Scam Report format for ICO
ICO Name:
Scammer Website:
Archived Website:
ICO status: (Exit / Live / upcoming  )
Bitcointalk Profile:
ANN Tread:
Archived ANN:
Bounty Thread :
Archived Bounty:
Valid Reason of Accusation:


Describe briefly about accusation with solid proof/image/screenshots :



Source links:





Linkedln/profile Link of team with name:

  
Domain Information:



46  Economy / Scam Accusations / Scam - Cryptual ICO - Fake Team on: September 05, 2018, 08:59:05 PM
ICO Name: Cryptual
Scammer Website: https://cryptual.com
Archived Website: http://archive.is/J6xau
ICO status: Live
Bitcointalk Profile: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=2253031
ANN Tread: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=4998359.0
Archived ANN: http://archive.is/TkeZ0
Bounty Thread : N/A
Valid Reason of Accusation: Fake Team


Cryptual stolen picture from other website. Mostly picture Photoshoped.







Source link: https://www.everypixel.com/image-3867296571750199250
Source link: Sutterstock
Source link: Click here
Source link: http://demo.webulous.in/stronghold/about-us/




Source link: https://www.mckinsey.com/our-people/manish-chopra
Source Link: Click here




Source link: https://image.shutterstock.com/image-photo/man-working-office-260nw-794586304.jpg


Fake Linkedin profile:

Jun Z.: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cryptual-jun-z/
Tony Kaleka: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cryptual-tony-k/


Domain information :

Code:
Domain:cryptual.com
Registrar:Shinjiru Technology Sdn Bhd
Registration Date:2016-11-07
Expiration Date:2019-11-07
Updated Date:2018-07-06
Status:clientTransferProhibited
Name Servers:ns1.cryptual.com
ns2.cryptual.com
47  Economy / Scam Accusations / Scam ICO- Socialmediapay - Fake team on: September 05, 2018, 06:33:56 PM
ICO Name: Socialmediapay
Scammer Website: https://socialmediapay.io
Archived Website: Archived
ICO status: Live
Bitcointalk Profile: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=2023943
ANN Tread: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=4562728.0
Archived ANN: Archived
Bounty Thread : https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=4610021.0
Archived Bounty: Archived
Valid Reason of Accusation: Fake Team


No picture & social media link of CEO. Used Fake photo of Robert Willium from over internet.

Robert Willium=Mark





Wtf, icoholder verify system ?

Newly added Linkedin profile link on icoholder all the link suspended except CEO, but not yet added on their website.

Domain information;
Code:
Website: socialmediapay.io
Title: SMP – Cryptocurrency for social media platforms
Domain Age: 84 Days
Last Refreshed: Just now
Website Speed: Very Fast
Organisation: WhoisGuard, Inc.
Owner: WhoisGuard Protected
Owner Address: P.O. Box 0823-03411
Owner City: Panama
Phone Number: +507.8365503 Panama
Phone Type: VoIP telephony :Panamá Skycom Communication, S.A. / Galaxy Communication, Corp

Edit ;

In addition to that, Fenfang Yao = Lisa C (archived)




Source link : https://www.meetup.com/ru-RU/meetup-group-zUTzBacY/members/224777158/
48  Economy / Reputation / Bought Sr. Member account for promote scam ICO on bitcointalk. DT read please. on: September 05, 2018, 07:50:58 AM
Profile link: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=965673

Recently changed email and password;
 


However may some one will not agree it's bought account due to only changed email and password. Let me explain.
There is a Scam Accusation against them for fake team.

This bitcointalk account from Indonesia as well he had many post on local board of Indonesia.
But their address mention in US on their website;
 

First they announced their ICO by a Jr. Member account : https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=4997678

Then they moved thread on : https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5007518  by Sr. Member account. Only single topic created by this user that is ICO ANN.

They defending on scam scam accusation like owner. Also writing style is different from previously. Check it;
hello sir, on the web we are our advisors, we have offices in America, only we don't post our real photos, not because of our malicious intent in selling tokens, because we prioritize our sponsors to enter the web, and I'm wrong one of the sponsors, if you are a countryman with me, you can come directly to my office

-Rethen team

So there is any doubts they bought account ?
49  Other / Meta / Moderator please ban this obvious spammer. on: September 05, 2018, 06:42:49 AM
Profile link: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=2342853

Post history : https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=2342853;sa=showPosts
Archived profile history.

Take a look on some of his post ;

Is this automatic?
Cost
What you charge?
Do you offer Russian translation.
Not cheaper than fiverr.
What your packages
Why market falling?
Interesting service
Informatic website

Nice service.
Is this possible?
Any prove?

Tagged and reported his post. Not sure banned or not !
50  Other / Meta / Scammers entering on the forum without obstacles on: September 04, 2018, 08:52:42 PM
Scammers entering on the forum without obstacles. Although many times discussed about  that, but I want to highlight it again. Its time to think about it.

Lately we have identify so many scam ICO project, especially with fake team. As we know scam isn't moderate by forum, reporting this kind of post is useless. So scammer can continue their promotion on this forum. We are update all of their bounty or ANN thread, I wonder when we see our post is deleted by moderator sometimes. Also DT claimed about that, you can see posted by marlboroza ; Need explanation from moderator who deleted my post (2) 4 days ago

I noticed from current situation that scammers just create new account and buy copper membership to make ANN and bounty thread. In a result , no one is monitoring that except scam exposure. You can visit Scam Accusation board, 95% exposed scam thread posted by themselves (scammer). Because of that hunters are wasting time investors are losing fund. Not only that, forum also losing reputation.

Is there is any solution for minimize scam ? If yes than how ?

So many members suggested different idea previously. However I am wondering just prevent/reduce scam.

My suggestion is to prevent scam;

Means everyone will able to reply, but below Full Members will not able post new topic. So scammers will not able to post directly above boards unless they bought account.
On that situation ICO team will try to hire some one from higher rank. Obviously higher ranked members will investigate minimum before take a project due to red tag from DT. Because no any higher ranked managers expect red paint on his profile. Also we can ask a manager to delete or lock the topic if there is enough evidence against scammers. But if a topic posted by scammers, we can't force them to delete or lock the topic & moderators also not able to do it due to scam not moderated by forum.

It's time to think about forum reputation now. Don't let them scam innocent people. Need to become strict now. Merit system implemented to prevent spam. Theymos couldn't take this action to prevent scam ?
51  Other / Off-topic / Interesting bitcointalk user name [ Just for fun] on: September 04, 2018, 07:57:58 PM
Interesting user name I have seen ever is ; Your Point Is Invalid   Wink

Apologize for off topic Smiley
52  Economy / Reputation / Multi language writer/poster on: September 04, 2018, 06:33:20 AM
Profile link : https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=1092261

Please a look on his profile post : https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;threads;u=1092261;sa=showPosts

Posting with multiple language. Multiple local board and using English board also for position native language. However look like he was promoted ICO.  
Archived post history : http://archive.is/szGGb

Also he created a post for refund money from scam ICO.  Lol.

I think account is compromised or using Google translate.

Reported his some post.
53  Other / Beginners & Help / 🌍 Guidelines, how to spot a scam ICO & report effectively. ✔ on: September 03, 2018, 07:32:15 PM
I don't know if there other guidelines to spot scam ICO. I can't found appropriate topic. Anyway , everyone have own thought & and experience. I am going to share my thought and experience, How to spot a scam ICO .

As well everyone know what is ICO/crowd-sale. In short description, ICO or crowd-sale is the one of famous fund raising opportunity from people's.

I always care about some point before spot a scam ICO. I will describe below:



  • Domain Information:
Domain information is a important part to spot a scam ICO. A newly registered domain create many questions. If I found domain registration below one month, it's suspicious for me. I will consider it primary scam attempt. Because they just decide suddenly to launch an ICO for raise fund. It's not a good practice. If domain registered before 3 or 4 month, that means they have well planed from began.
However about domain registration, other point is owner identity. If there is no owner identity on domain information obviously there is risk involvement. That means they use a service to protect identity. Although most of ICO hide their identy, some of them are got success. It doesn't mean all ICO will be successful. So consider research about domain information before invest an ICO. You can use Whois website to find all information about domain.

  • Unprofessional Website Design:
A website design indicate about skill of developer team.  Very rare ICO's using unique design. They just simply buy a template and higher a cheap developer for modify template. Some time I surprised once I see a template sold more than 2K times, so how many template on the market ? And do you know how many coin listed on CMC ? Approx 1900+ only. So who bought too much template ? Answer is obvious scammer. I noticed some of ICO even never removed default logo from infographic chart. So , should I trust them ? Should I consider it a legit ICO? I don't think so. So always consider design professionalism before invest any ICO. If an ICO not have a experienced developer obviously their plane isn't fair.

  • Website Content Plagiarism/Stolen:
I don't know what about other's, but I found many ICO's plagiarized or copy paste from other. I consider it stolen content. Most of ICO doing that stigmatized work. It could be easily find if you are involved with ICO's. You can see almost ICO using similar content or same content to introduce themselves. If a team not able to write unique and something new about the project so how we can expect a good result from them ? Basically an legit ICO will never follow others. They should show their creativity on their project. It's not a story writing. Just copy content from any other successful ICO for encourage investors, obviously I will consider it a scam attempt.


  • Fake Developer/Core Team:
Fake team is the main problem now. It's spread like a virus. I called it fake viruses. Team & whitepaper is backbone of an ICO. If team if totally fake so what will happen ? Fake means stolen picture from other's, obviously a scammer team behind of every project. Using fake team it's clear proof of scam. I never compromised with fake team. If team aren't existing, how we expect a good result from any ICO? I don't think it's possible. If a team don't want to scam , so why they will hide their identity ? Stolen identity of their it's a good practice? Never, it couldn't  be fair. For me fake team is more dangerous from no team. Because is scammed by fake team claim will goes to others. If no team on the website that means investors aware about their absences. So it's depend on investors should be invest or not. If invest such as scam project, of course he deserve scam. Team can be identify easily. Just use by few online tools. I have a topic regarding how to find fake team. You can read it to know.
So please check team also carefully before invest on a ICO.


  • Plagiarism & Unprofessional Whitepaper:
As I mention above team and whitepaper is backbone of an ICO. So all the details about project should be reflect on the whitepaper. But most of ICO follow others whitepaper. It's not just guesses, I saw it practical. Direct copy paste from other whitepaper. But unfortunately they forgot to change token symbol in one point. So what does mean ? Obviously they copy paste from others. It's not very hard to find if you related with ICO. Because if you read all project's whitepaper than more easy to find plagiarism. Although there is some online tools to check plagiarism. It's very important subject to read whitepaper. Whitepaper will describe about their aim. Vision, roadmap, problem, solution, uses of token, block chain technology, Soft Cap, hard cap, token distribution, fund allocation etc every thing should be clear explanation on whitepaper. If they never explained briefly than it's indicate to scam. ICO means not just create a token and sold on market. There should be proper explanation about token & project.
So don't miss to read whitepaper before invest on ICO. Although personally I don't like to invest on ICO. But people's are doing that. However I never encourage you for invest on ICO personally. This topic just to spot scam ICO. So if you can spot any ICO that means you are safe huge fund.


  • Corrupted Roadmap:
May be you are thinking roadmap how could be corrupted. But it's really possible. Corrupted means meaningless roadmap. Some of roadmap you will find like a description with token distribution. Like development date, token deployment date, pre-sale date , ICO date etc. You don't think this is look like a corruption? I consider it's a corruption. Because no meaning of roadmap if there is no clear future plane. It's important how they are going to increase their token value. What is the future plan, it will on the roadmap. However check the roadmap it's actually worthy or not, or just copy paste from others.


  • Existing businesses:
It's also an important element of ICO. If any ICO project had a potential existing business that means there is a chance of success. Most of ICO hasn't any existing business and they try to raise found. Some are use fund for increase value of their token after ICO. But it's very rare, most of them are just skip with fund. As a result even token listed on exchange price will drop. So somehow you will get scam. Those project already had good platform for invest raised fund it's could consider pretty safe. But reality is no one can say who will skip with fund. It's depend on team mentality. We should check their background as much as possible.


  • No Real Concept:
What is concept ? Concept means a platform, which platform they are launching with ICO. For example, exchange , advertising , marketplace, gaming etc. If there is no clear concept obviously it's a scam indicator. Just create a website it doesn't mean they are legit or they are going to success. It's very important that how they are going to build their platform. It's look almost ICO using same concept. That's why scam are increasing on the market. We should look how interesting their concept. What is the different with others. What is new they are going to us. How we could benefited from their project except trading. If need get profit from trading than why we will by their token. How they are going to develop their concept. All the point we should check about their concept. Just match with concept, roadmap and whitepaper. If you find something wrong that means they are going to scam you. Or you will lose your money with them. Because most of ICO price drop after crowd-sale.
For example; I have a construction company and I need fund to expand it. I choose to raise fund by create an ICO, so how you are going to benefited from my project? So it's not a real concept for investors.


  • No Usage of Token:
When you are wishing to buy some ICO token than think how you will use it. Is there is any source to use their token? If not than I can't say it's a potential ICO. Use of token keep role to increase token value. If no purpose of use that token build for what? Only for trading on exchange ? It's really profitable for investors ? I don't think so, if no legit source of use for token means you will lose your fund. For example; if you can use a token for buy goods or services that means there is legit reason of use token. You might consider its a legit project.


  • Disharmonious Token Distribution:
Disharmonious Token Distribution means unfair distribution of token. Like 50% for public 25% for team it will lock for 2 years etc. However they just want to increase demand of their token, nothing else.  All raise fund with them so why team need reserve 25% and promising for lock. I don't think there is legit reason. Sure they will partially sale token after listed on exchange even they will not scam directly. One they will sale their token , price will automatically drop down.


  • Weak Community:
A strong community  is the key of success. Even for existing coin, always need strong community to support them. With out community a token is useless. Say, a token listed on exchange, but there is no community for trade it. So who will buy your token ? Community need before ICO and also after ICO. But maximum project never care about community after crowd-sale. You can check their media environment to guess how strong their community. Community real or fake. You need observe it. Also how is their social activity. Only way to build community is social media. So you can gusses what is going on.


  • Breaking Own Made Rules:
Every ICO have some promising rules, terms and condition. If they break their own made rules it's not a good sign for ICO. Rules breaking create a unexpected situation. Most of investor will disappointed due to breaking rules. For example; after raised some fund they start drama, like update whitepaper, roadmap, terms and condition, KYC etc. I had experienced some of ICO increased total supply. Really it is not a good practices.


  • No Repositories:
In most of ICO's you will see they mention open source repositories. Means they should have source for save all data include code that would accessible publicly. The most uses open source repositories is Github. It's especially for developers, they will save all the details there. But unfortunately you will not find the Github link on most of ICO. It's the clear sign of that they are not meet the minimum requirement to launch an ICO. No blockchain  developer on their team. They just higher some cheap developer to build website and deployed token.


  • No Technological Explanation:
An ICO should have technological explanation how projects are related with blockchain technology. Read the whitepaper, check how they present blockchain technology explanation there. Should be care about combination of projects and blockchain. How they are going to keep role to improve blockchain technology. If they just describe only about their project, and there is no appropriate discussion about blockchain technology, that means they never have enough knowledge about blockchain.
        

  • High Return Promises:
No doubts they are going to scam you if you see high return investment plan on their ICO. Did you think how they are going to pay you? It's called ponzi scheme. I think no need much explanation about high return. Just pay attention on Bitconnect (BCC).


  • No Real Dev's Profile link:
Take a look on team profile link especially LinkedIn before investing. Most of scammer never use any profile link. Some of them create fake profile. You can see newly created and not much connection there. Also scammer able to create all kind of social profile. So check profile history deeply.


  • Fake Partnership:
Most of ICO mention fake partnership. Sometime I can't stop laugh when I see some one use also google as a partner. Lol.. However its little difficult to verify partnership. But not impossible.  


  • Highlights Fake Database:
Most of ICO's highlight fake database. Like first day of launch got 10K participant. Do you believe it ? Some ICO will show 5/10 million raised in one day or 2 day. Don't believe them. I don't think its possible. Remember all the data editable from admin panel include progress bar. So don't trust blindly.


  • Bad Promotional Strategy:
Must look on promotional strategy before invest on ICO. Scammer will find easy and shortcut promotional way. Best example is Bitcointalk, always will try to use bumping service and spamming their link. You can see result on SEO rank also, how recognize SEO rank. Check visitor from website traffic checker , like Alexa. You will get some information how popular they are.


  • Greedy Offers:
Mostly scam ICO use greedy offers. Like pay for bumping ANN, pay for positive comment on social media, pay for voting on exchange, pay for positive rating on ICO listing site. Some of them will offer 200% to 500% bonus. Its not good sign and its make more suspicious.


  • No Reputation on social media/crypto forum:
If you see peoples shouting scam scam on social media of any ICO, stay away. There should reason why people shouting as a scam. Try to find what is wrong. Check the activity of team how they are active. Most of team hire social media managers. Try to contact with core team and ask your question. Scammer always will try to avoid much question. They will not give you appropriate answer.


  • Mixing Token Name With Existing Coin:
Especially I feel worry if I see connect with any token. Like Bitconnect, Ethconnect, Liteconnect, Neoconnect, EosGas, etc. Really terrible name for me. Scammer always choose a well reputed name to encourage peoples for invest their project. So they just mix a name with well reputed existing coin. So if you see something like this remember it , they are really not connected with any existing coin unless there is official ann from existing coin.      


  • No Clear Explanation use of raised fund:
It's important that raised fund how are going to use. How they are going to improve their project on future. They should have proper fund allocation and explanation. Really raised fund use only for team? So what about investor ? How they are going to bring their token/coin on top position? So look a time on their fund allocation.


  • Discrepant Hard Cap / Soft Cap:
Every project have promising hard cap and soft cap. Read details on whitepaper about hard cap and soft cap. If you see more than 30% soft cap target and more than 70% hard cap target its discrepant for me. I have no idea if any ICO return fund due to not reach on soft cap.  


  • Discrepant Total Supply:
Check the total supply. Some of ICO total supply very low, like 5M. They want attract peoples by demand. They try to show their token is low and their demand is high. Some ICO total supply more tan Billion, they offer you cheap price. For me both is discrepant total supply. More than 100M I will not consider this is a good ICO. Too much supply means dump after ICO.


  • Low Quality Smart Contract:
Although I am not a developer but I match smart contract with well known open source smart contract those are already establish on market. There is different smart contract writer. Even for 10$ you will able to deploy token (by hire). So there is not much good result you can expect. If you find wrong, that means core team not able to write smart contract.


  • Email Spamming:
Just say, you never register on ICO, but you are continue receiving spam mail from them. So what does it mean? I have experience, I still receiving this kind of mail. That means scammer bought mail list from other or they hacked other server or they already scammed you by other website. So avoid if you find this kind of behaviors.


  • Low Security:
Before register check their website how safe for you. They are using SSL or not, although its cheap but it will protect your personal information. Check also others security as much as possible.


However I just share what is on my mind and how I spot scam ICO. I can't give any guaranty who will scam. Someone asked me how I spot scam ICO, that's why thought create this topic.
Apologize for broken English. If you found anything wrong here or you want to add any option, let me know. I will glad to modify it.


  • Free Airdrop Trap:
This is the most common scam indication. Not only indication they will scam your MyEtherwallet. They announce greedy airdrop offer. Then they will ask something like KYC and eventually will ask for sign a massege from your MyEtherwallet. Unfortunately they will provide you a phishing link of MyEtherwallet. If you am here your password, means within few minutes your wallet will empty.  I have a post regarding this scam. I am the proof myself. But I never enter my private key before I check my address bar. So must be careful from this kind of scam. No doubt they will scam you. This is the trap of scam your wallet. Perhaos few ICO could repeat it.




Report a scam ICO effectively  
There is a Scam Report Format on pin post. I believe it was created to report scammer of forum members. Its not look like much appropriate for report a scam ICO. However I has created a format below, everyone free to use if want.

Accusations Formats of Scam ICO


Preview of Scam Report format for ICO:
Code:
[b]ICO Name:[/b]
[b]Scammer Website:[/b]
[b]Archived Website:[/b]
[b]ICO status:[/b] (Exit / Live / upcoming  )
[b]Bitcointalk Profile:[/b]
[b]ANN Tread:[/b]
[b]Archived ANN:[/b]
[b]Bounty Thread :[/b]
[b]Archived Bounty:[/b]
[b]Valid Reason of Accusation:[/b]


[b]Describe briefly about accusation with solid proof: [/b]



[b]Source links :[/b]


[b]Linkedln/profile Link of team with name:[/b]


[b]Domain Information[/b]:



Preview of Scam Report format for ICO
ICO Name:
Scammer Website:
Archived Website:
ICO status: (Exit / Live / upcoming  )
Bitcointalk Profile:
ANN Tread:
Archived ANN:
Bounty Thread :
Archived Bounty:
Valid Reason of Accusation:


Describe briefly about accusation with solid proof/image/screenshots :



Source links:





Linkedln/profile Link of team with name:

  
Domain Information:


54  Economy / Scam Accusations / Scam exchange + ICO-Coinmonkey used fake team. on: September 02, 2018, 09:44:56 AM
What happed: Fake Team
Website: https://bitmonk.coinmonkey.io
Archived: http://archive.is/vvHof
ANN thread: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=4750353
Archived: http://archive.is/pPpZH
Profile link: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=1339363

 



   


ALEX NISHAKOV= Vladimir Gandelsman

Photo source : http://www.forest.ru/club/user/13357/friends/

ILIA YEGOROV,  case Resolved due to he came on YouTube video.
ALEX NISHAKOV still remain, so I can't mark total post resolve. Let them answer here.

 

They have money back guaranty on their ANN Thread so why not use escrow service like coinpayment.
Appropiate answer expected from team to mark this post resolve.
55  Economy / Scam Accusations / Most used ICO template for exposed scam on 2018. on: September 02, 2018, 06:44:40 AM
This is the most used template for scam o  2018. You can see only more than 2K sales this template. It's created on 20 January 2018. Within 8 months it's sold 2k times Shocked .

Details you can see here : https://themeforest.net/item/crypterio-bitcoin-and-cryptocurrency-wordpress-theme/21274387?s_rank=4



Most cheapest ico template supplier is themeforest. Starting from $10 up to $59 maximum. It's not really cheapest ? I don't think it will cost more than $500 for develop a complete website for ICO distribution. I can bet. Token can deployed by only aprrox 4$ ( depend on gas fee). So any one just create a website and launch ICO with fake team Wink. But many scam are already exposed.  Grin

Btw, is you see this template on any ICO please check deeply everything especially team and whitepaper.
56  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Bitcoin Gold (BTG) is going to delisted from bittrex on 14 September 2018. on: September 02, 2018, 06:05:12 AM
Bittrex announced they are going to delisted Bitcoin Gold (BTG). From beginning there was a rumor about BTG isn't fork of Bitcoin and it's not supported by Bitcoin community. Look like it was true. It's not good reputation if is a coin delist from a well reputed exchange. For confirmation simply visit : https://bittrex.com/Market/Index?MarketName=BTC-BTG . They already noticed BTG traders. Already Alt coin market is dump.  After delist from bittrex BTG will more dump. For me BTG is a shit coin. BTG team already scamed huge amount. They will not care about whatever delited from exchange.


I think it will be better sold your BTG if you are a holder.
57  Economy / Scam Accusations / List of fake LinkedIn profiles of all exposed scam ICO's [ updated: 5/9/18] on: September 01, 2018, 07:04:48 PM
This list created for appreciation of marlboroza Smiley

It just crossed my mind that it will be great if someone who is not lazy as me Roll Eyes make a list of fake linkedin profiles of all exposed scams, together with all names used for ALL fake ICO's.

All the LinkedIn listed in below used for scam ICO those are already exposed;  

Bitcoinmax
Website: https://www.bitcoinmax.info  ( Scam accusation here)
M H Joshua Jahani: https://www.linkedin.com/in/m-h-joshua-jahani-5b9745169/ (Connection #6)
KH Jahan: https://www.linkedin.com/in/khjahan/   (Connection #10)


Pornx
Website:  https://pornx-official.com  ( Scam accusation here)
All profile didn't used photo & all connection are 500+
Martin Benson: https://www.linkedin.com/in/martin-benson-201175153/
Damian Lerner: https://www.linkedin.com/in/damian-lerner-599608156/
Chulwoo Hong:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/hong-chulwoo-a400b1156/


Supportchain
Website: http://www.supportchain.su/  ( Scam accusation here)
They had changed team recently with fake Linkedin,
Alexey Pavlidi: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexey-pavlidi-891525166/               ( connection #68)
Viktor Dmitriev: https://www.linkedin.com/in/viktor-dmitriev-558432167/            ( connection#2)
Dmytro Demchenko: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dmytro-demchenko-15346593/ ( connection#500)
Mariya Yavorskaya: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariya-yavorskaya-15a942b7/    ( connection#500)
Aleksandra Luneva: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aleksandra-luneva/                     ( connection#500)
Nweke Vivian: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nweke-vivian-870a5912a/                   ( connection#500)
Advisors:
Mark Curtis: https://www.linkedin.com/in/markcurtis2/                ( connection#500)
Michael Kapilkov: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-kapilkov/ ( connection#500)
Michael Svyatenko: https://www.linkedin.com/in/msvyaten/        ( connection#500)
Aly Madhavji: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alymadhavji/             ( connection#500)
Addison Huegel: https://www.linkedin.com/in/addisonhuegel/      ( connection#500)


Superfruit
Website: https://superfruit.io/     ( Scam accusation here)
José Toro: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jos%C3%A9-toro-607927162/        ( connection not found)
Lucas Toro: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lucas-toro-112a30161/                 (connection# 1)
Victoria Soto: https://www.linkedin.com/in/victoria-soto-9440aa162/           ( connection# 3)
Marina Molina: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marina-molina-3b1a1a161/       ( connection not found)
Alonso Sanchez: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alonso-sanchez-993100162/   ( connection# 2)
Diego Bravo: https://www.linkedin.com/in/diego-bravo-b66953162/             ( connection# 2)


Penchant
Website: https://www.penchant.network   ( Accusation here)
Louisa Barnsley: https://www.linkedin.com/in/louisa-barnsley-484a0a169         (connection#4)
Margaret Fadlika: https://www.linkedin.com/in/margaret-fadlika-441a38164      (connection#20)
David L Kaplan: https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-l-kaplan-72b3a9166            ( connection#150)
Robert Mall: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-mall-b28a07169                      (connection#18)
Annie Albert: https://www.linkedin.com/in/annie-albert-38207316b                    (connection#34)
John Cheng: https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-cheng-7aa013156                       (connection#500)


Crowdif
Website : https://www.crowdif.com/     (Scam acusation here)
John Cheng: https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-cheng-7aa013156/           (connection#500)
Anthony Lee Robinson: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anthonyleerobinson/  (connection#2)
Harisz Klithchozs: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hariszklithchozs/               (connection#11)
Dr. Kieran Scholes: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kieran-scholes-59455b164 (suspended)
Rudy Toshkov: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rudytoshkov   (suspended)
Jian Wang: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jianwangwma/  (connection#2)
Miranda Chen: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mirandachensmc/  (connection not found)


Smartweb
Website: https://smartweb.network/   (Scam accusation here)
Andreas Burwick: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andreas-burwick-518b8b/    (connection#74)
Christoph Prof. Dr. Engels: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christoph-prof-dr-engels-aa638438/   (connection#135)


Globo
Website: https://www.globo.in   (Scam accusation here)
Andreas Burwick: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andreas-burwick-518b8b/    (connection#74) - same person from smartweb
Christoph Prof. Dr. Engels: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christoph-prof-dr-engels-aa638438/   (connection#135)  same person from smartweb
Kirill Korobtsov: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirill-korobtsov-25836478/  (connection#500)


Vertix
Website: https://vertix.tech/    (Scam accusation here)
Niki Berdnik: https://www.linkedin.com/in/niki-berdnik-03aab1168/    (connection#91)
Cameron Chan: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cameron-chan-ab8b63168/  (connection#126)


Neofinance
Website: https://neofinance.io  ( Scam accusation here)
Jessica Anderson: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jes-anderson/   (connection#3)
Josef Osborn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/josef-finance  (suspended)
Andy Curtman: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andy-curtman (suspended)
Jeffrey Chandler: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffrey-chandler  (suspended)
Dennis Carr: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dennis-carr  (suspended)
The Legal Counsel: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gabriel-gaffery  (suspended)
John Newman: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jhon-newman  (suspended)
Ahmed Alifat: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ahmed-alifat  (suspended)
Djahan Emery: https://www.linkedin.com/in/djahan-emery  (suspended)
Chris Blowly: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-blowly  (suspended)
Prabhu Mangeshkar: https://www.linkedin.com/in/prabhu-mangeshka   (suspended)
Elizabeth Glay: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabeth-glay  (suspended)



Plasmium
Website: https://plasmium.io/  (Scam accusation here)
Ethan Lee:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/ethan-lee-05573316a/  (connection#500)


Socialmediapay   ( Accusation here)
Website: https://socialmediapay.io/
James Smith: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamessmith82a5bb66/   (269 connections)
Robert William: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robertwilliam84a45a168/




58  Other / Meta / Why redirect on specific board after submit a report from patrol? on: September 01, 2018, 08:11:22 AM
I don't know if there is another thread. I didn't get appropiate topic from search. Let me know if there is , I will lock this topic.


To be honest, sometime I feel irritated to visit patrol due redirection of specific board after submit the report. When I report  a post from patrol, after submit a report browser redirect to the specific board that are belongs to reported post instead patrol page. So I need double click on back button to continue reporting from patrol. Not only from patrol same case also for a thread.

Say, I notice a thread on "Service Announcements (Altcoins)" with so many spam post. And I try to report them, after submit a report browser will redirect on the "Service Announcements (Altcoins)" instade of thread from I started report. So again need double click on back button. It's not really waste of time ? It's discouraged me to visit patrol page.

Example on current situation :
Patrol > report to moderator > write a comment & submit > board belongs to reported post > back > back > patrol.

IMO, it should be :
Patrol > report to moderator > write a comment & submit > patrol.

It's not fine to redirect from where I stated report ? I don't know if there is any setting on profile for that.

So I would like to suggest for implement that, after submit report, redirect on page / thread that we started reporting. Not on that board that reported post are belong.


I apologize for my broken English
59  Other / Meta / Moderator please stop this spammer ( Added new ) on: August 31, 2018, 04:55:50 PM
Profile link : https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=2372032

Code:
Name: SignalSignal1
Posts: 24
Activity: 14
Merit: 0
Position: Newbie
Date Registered: Today at 06:05:00 AM
Last Active: Today at 04:47:09 PM

Joined toady and make 24 post still now, all of post is same below(copy paste);

FREE SIGNAL CHANNEL
Service Announcement of TOKEN SIGNAL

***

Launch DAY 24 September 2018
Free limited admission

***

New service that will be available from 24 September on the largest TELEGRAM community.
Our community of over 5,000 real user offers one of the most interesting signal notification sysyems.

Why will be different from other signal channels?
Because our story is made of honesty. One of the founders is @CryptoReggae,
creator of the only real-time notification services of new coin,
to which today he adds a mathematician/informatics to the team, his name is @bobbit6k


Our signals will not be for the mass, this to avoid the crap that occur on other Signal channels, and that is why the entry will be free but limited.

JOIN BEFORE CLOSING

https://t.me/Free_Signal_Channe
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He advertising badly his telegram channel on multiple ANN thread. I am not sure how to report it , although I reported some by marked Replying same post on multiple thread & copy paste his own post. I don't know it will marked good , or bad.

I think he deserve parma ban.

Edit : Still doing same. Now current post is 27
60  Economy / Scam Accusations / Bangladeshi ICO- BITCOINMAX - scratched team & distorted name . Need DT to tag on: August 30, 2018, 08:41:21 PM
What happened:  Team picture is scratched, no profile link(real), fake country,

Website: https://www.bitcoinmax.info
Archived

Profile link: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=1954108  (Name look like from Bangladesh; IMO)

Bounty: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=4930479

Archived

Airdrop thread: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=4974513.0

Archived

Check Team Picture & Distorted name:



What kind of team  Huh  Most of profile link not working. Those are working just joined this month. That means fake.

Come to website;



What is CAMPAINS Huh

Anyway forget about the team and website. Come to the point; According to their twitter account location and CEO LinkedIn location is United Kingdom (archived)
Lets see what about their domain information;

Domain information:
Quote
Website: bitcoinmax.info
Title: BItcoin Max – The world most easier way to make payment
Type: crypto
Domain Age: 33 Days
Last Refreshed: Just now
Website Speed: Very Fast
Organisation: N/A
Owner Country : Bangladesh
Website Location  : United States
Archived

Whois Data;
Quote
REGISTRANT CONTACT
Organization:N/A
State:Dhaka
Country:BD

Archived

So no doubts domain bought from Bangladesh

But I surprised once saw they listed an Exchange even presale not yet complete. Roll Eyes Although not well known , they made a slogan ;


Pree-ICO is Live With 200% Bonus

Pree-ICO is live (End 21 SEP 2018)
ALready Listed On Token Store Exchanger
Trade Now:https://token.store/trade/BMAX
Live Marketcap:https://www.coingecko.com/en/coins/bitcoinmax
Our Partnarship ICO Holdar:https://icoholder.com/en/bitcoinmax-24958

WTF team verification of icoholder . Even not submitted picture how can be verified ? which angle CEO look like from UK ?





They bought This Template , I can't stop my lough because the didn't delete default Logo from all over template. Just visit template and their website  and see below part . Not only this part, they are unable customized template, just keep all same as template.



Terrible whitepaper No need describe, just open it and read.


To be honest they are going to scam people very soon. As far as I know cryptocurrency is not legal on Bangladesh. But they are operating ICO from Bangladesh. I am wondering if they are not aware even whois guard, how we expect they will success. Register domain owner from Bangladesh but they are trying to use UK location. Even CEO face look like from Bangladesh. I believe all the team members around us. I mean they much active on forum and just trying to raised some found. They listed an worst exchange it doesn't mean they are legit or they will not scam. So be careful..    

According to nemeservers they bought domain from https://www.webhostbd.net it will be redirect to https://www.webhostbd.com/ which is established on Bangladesh

Quote
Name Servers:
ns5.webhostbd.net
ns6.webhostbd.net  

So all evidence indicate that this ICO from Bangladesh. All team members used fake name to encourage investor. Only 6 connection on CEO LinkedIn profile.

I think thats enough proof to call them scammer.  
  
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