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1  Economy / Scam Accusations / Yet another newbie scammer - 0x54444e on: January 13, 2015, 07:42:35 PM
What happened:: User opened a thread wanting people to contact him for a BTC deal. Uses only Skype. I contacted the user, went through the motions. He wanted me to send coins first, I told him to send the payment first, and this time (Unlike my last attempt at exposing a scammer) I requested that he use a third party escrow. He claimed to not know what that was, I explained. He claimed that a third party trusted escrow was untrustworthy. I explained that's how everyone does business around here. He then stated he would do business with only newbies to "avoid getting scammed". I took this to mean that newbies don't know any better and would send him coins ahead of time.

Scammers Profile Link:;u=409589

Reference Link:
Amount Scammed: Attempted $150
Payment Method: Bank Transfer
Proof of Payment: No payment
PM/Chat Logs: See thread
Additional Notes: I can unblock the user on Skype and screenshot the conversation upon request.
2  Economy / Scam Accusations / Potential Scammer - JonnyQuid on: January 11, 2015, 01:46:18 AM
What happened:: User (JonnyQuid) wanted to receive a $400 USD WU payment in exchange for bitcoins. User (A newbie) was not willing to go first, and insisted I go first. Insisted on using a third party escrow out of the forums (Gave me some random link to LocalBitcoins) when I refused to send first. In my personal opinion, I do not trust this user. His "name" (John) that he signs his PMs with does not match his WU information (Sheikh Naveed Ali).

Scammers Profile Link:;u=410450

Reference Link:

Amount Scammed: 0.00 BTC (Refused to deal with him)

Payment Method: Western Union

Proof of Payment: None (Refused to deal with him)

PM/Chat Logs: Just ask me for them - I don't feel like taking 4 screen shots and putting them on imgur unless I have to.

Additional Notes: This user did not scam any coins or currency out of me. I am posting this here as a warning to other users as to his suspicious behavior. I'm afraid I haven't had many positive transactions with users from Dubai who assume false identities and demand to have Western Union sent to them ahead of time.
3  Economy / Digital goods / Looking to purchase a working ARMA 3 key on: March 30, 2014, 04:19:21 PM
Hey. What the title says. I'm looking to buy a fully functional (no bans, unless they are on some obscure russian server) ARMA 3 Key for Steam.

I have a few BTC laying around and I figured what the hell. Again, the key must be valid and not banned (globally or locally on populated servers).
4  Economy / Currency exchange / Selling 0.1 BTC @ Bitstamp +5% on: February 21, 2014, 11:22:52 PM
What the title says. I'm looking to unload 0.1 BTC at Bitstamp +5% (At the time of this post, that would be about $62).

This isn't a panic sell or anything, I'm just looking for a little extra cash for some expenses. I'm looking for a bank transfer, cash deposit, or Western Union (WU only on the weekends).

I'd like to get this done sooner rather than later, not only in case the price keeps dropping, but also because I need a few things.

If you aren't reputable, don't even bother asking me to send the coins up front. I'll accept any reputable escrow, provided that you cover any fees associated with it.
5  Economy / Scam Accusations / Scam Report: SomeoneInNeed on: February 04, 2014, 09:00:45 AM

Read next post - user has PMed me claiming to have sent it. If this turns out well, I will remove this thread, my negative Trust, and offer an apology.

What happened::

User created a Loan Request thread here: Due to the user having collateral, I decided I would back a portion of the loan. I corresponded with the user regularly, and we agreed on the user sending an iPod and a laptop as collateral on the portion of the loan I would back. The user talked me out of sending the iPod, which was fine with me (I would just reduce the loan amount to compensate).

The user then gave me a story about how he needed money for shipping. At first I refused, and pointed out that BTC wouldn't pay for his shipping, then the user sent screenshots of PMs between himself and regarding a trade he was setting up - 0.06 BTC for however much in Rupees.

I sent the coins to the user, he sent the coins to, then responded back that he was awaiting his payment. The next day, the user messaged me back with a story about oversleeping. He then messaged me later saying he would provide the shipping info (tracking number I'd imagine) soon.

That's the last I heard from him. I've sent him numerous PMs over the past two days, with no effect. The user has been online (although making no more posts, which leads me to believe he is using PMs to attempt to scam more coins) and hasn't responded to me. I'm making this thread after the user was online for about 3 hours, then logged off without responding to me.

Scammers Profile Link:;u=209050

Reference Link:

Amount Scammed:

0.06 BTC - not a large loss, but annoying nonetheless.

Payment Method:

None - sent coins. He received a bank transfer from for the coins.

Proof of Payment:

Then his transfer to

PM/Chat Logs:,PpO7rSy,gbPxMuh,w9H8QS8,xpec9oM,p09RNxa

Screen caps of the various PMs he sent. I can provide full caps of both sides if there's any doubt about the scam.

Additional Notes:

I'd just like to point out that I only mention for transparency on what happened. I didn't get him involved in any of this because it's frankly not his problem or any of my business who he is doing business with. He received some BTC and sent payment. The fact that the payment was supposed to go towards shipping has nothing to do with him or his transaction.

Obviously, this is my fault. I even explained the situation of "You're flat broke, you admit you're flat broke, you want a loan, and now you're asking for BTC for shipping". I was hooked in by the legitimate nature of his pending trade with, and that "put me on the spot". Just another lesson learned - don't send BTC to loanees under any circumstances without collateral.

I'm making this thread simply so that this user can be exposed as a small-time scammer (he was eager to send "collateral", as I believe the scam was just the shipping money story - a scammer doesn't care how much they make, as a payday is a payday.).

Hopefully, will dump the user's personal information (from the bank transfer) so that other users can be on the lookout for any sale requests from this person. Freezing him out of being able to sell his (probably stolen) BTC via bank transfers would be a plus. I'd expect this person to be back with another username hitting people in about a month.

6  Economy / Computer hardware / [SOLD] PCI-E 1x to 16x Powered Risers and PCI-E 16x Powered Risers [SOLD] on: February 01, 2014, 06:07:52 AM
Hey folks. I have 10 1x to 16 Riser cables and 10 16x Riser cables for sale. I don't have any pretty markups in this post - this isn't a "store", this is me unloading 10 1x to 16x cables, and 10 16x cables.

I noticed how quickly these seem to sell around here, and have procured some for resale to turn a small profit. Prices are as follows:

1x to 16x - $14 + Shipping
16x - $14 + Shipping
1x-16x Unpowered - $10 + shipping

All orders will be shipped USPS. I'm offering 10% off to anyone who wants to buy all 20 cables at once.

I accept BTC as payment. If you are not willing to pay before shipping, then we will use an escrow, provided that you pay the fees and you accept the extra delay in shipping time.

I'll say that once again for clarity (scammers, read this). If you are NOT willing to pay BEFORE shipping, we will use an escrow, YOU will pay the fees, and you will accept the extra delay in shipping time.

All items are shipped in sealed plastic.

Pictures are as follows (Sorry for the quality - bad lighting and the plastic makes for bad pictures):

Please respond here in the thread if you want to make an order, or PM me if you have questions about the cables. I will update this thread as the quantity I have in stock goes down.
7  Economy / Currency exchange / Selling $70 worth of BTC For PayPal [SOLD] on: January 07, 2014, 05:17:15 PM
I require $70 in PayPal funds. I bought an MP from a trusted user, but due to some sketchy person giving me a bad MP code in the past, my PayPal will no longer accept MPs.

I would be really appreciative if a Trusted user could buy $70 of BTC from me @ Mt. Gox average. Gotta top up my PP for some fees that are coming my way in a day or two.

I have no problems sending first to Trusted users.
8  Economy / Digital goods / Selling $59.32 Starbucks Gift Card for $40 BTC on: January 01, 2014, 11:47:56 PM
I'm offering a Starbucks gift card number and pin valued at $59.32 for $40 Mt. Gox average in BTC.

Will send first to trusted members - otherwise we'll use escrow.

I previously had this sale in Currency Exchange, but thought it would be a better idea to move it over to Goods.
9  Economy / Currency exchange / Selling $59.32 Starbucks Gift Card for BTC on: January 01, 2014, 02:38:42 PM
Thanks to Cardpool being annoying, I've decided to try and sell this Starbucks card here.

I'm offering a Starbucks gift card number and pin valued at $59.32 for $50 Mt. Gox average in BTC.

Will use escrow if required. Will send first to trusted members.
10  Economy / Scam Accusations / Potential scammer on: December 29, 2013, 10:35:27 PM
What happened:: A user on the forums posted in currency exchange that he was looking to sell 0.3 BTC for Western Union. He wanted to be contacted via PM or email. I emailed him regarding the transaction. I was initially suspicious (Western Union?), but tried to reassure myself through negotiation. What I found out didn't exactly soothe my concerns.

1: He was selling 0.3 BTC at $192. This is far below the average price.

2: We agreed to use PayPal. I thought this would be better than WU, because at least with this I have a means of resolving a scam. However, the user lives in Israel, and you cannot send a Gift payment to Israel from the USA. The user wanted me to send the funds, open a dispute, close the dispute, and then he would send the funds. This (like WU) would leave me with no way to get my funds back if he pulled a fast one.

3: He was willing to accept half of the payment, send half of the coins, then finish the transaction. He was NOT willing to send half of the coins, receive the full payment, and send the rest. No matter what we negotiated, all outcomes would result in me sending a non-refundable payment to Israel with nothing to show for it but his "word".

4: I told him that it would take later today (negotiations were entered this morning) for me to get to a WU counter. He said that would be fine, and he is "online 24/7". This was a bit suspicious.

5: After driving to the grocery store where I can send a WU wire, I took his personal information (which is....)
Yarin Groiser
Phone: 0523011189
Hadera, Israel

6: After receiving his wire information, I filled out the form, withdrew $200 from the ATM, and asked him to send half of the coins. He refused. I explained that this entire situation is extremely sketchy. At one point he told me "I can proof you via teamviewer" regarding his wallet balance (I assume). Another hallmark of a scammer.

7: At the end of it all, he refused to send even a portion of the coins first, but was more than happy to accept a portion of the payment first. To a scammer, getting $10, $20, or $90 for doing nothing but sending emails is all the same - it's a payday. I informed him of my concerns regarding the points I've outlined here, informed him that I would be making a scam accusation on the forums, and wished him the best of luck.

Scammers Profile Link: Unknown - the transaction thread is deleted.

Reference Link: This is the link to the now deleted thread. You can google $192 from these forums and see a portion of the OP.
Amount Scammed: Attempted to scam me for $192 (or $96, depending on how you look at it)
Payment Method: Western Union (Or PayPal after opening and immediately closing a dispute)
Proof of Payment: No payment was made.
PM/Chat Logs: I can provide the emails sent back and forth.
Additional Notes: I don't have much to add. I tried to work with him to get a bit of protection for myself, but to no avail. His English (which wasn't great) remained consistent throughout the correspondence, so I ASSUME that it was just one person I was dealing with. I'm just posting this here so that if a newbie (or anyone) is approached by someone wanting a Western Union transaction to Israel, or if someone is asked to use the "method" of PayPal he suggested, they can be aware of my dealings with this person.
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