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1  Economy / Scam Accusations / Re: COINBASE SCAM ALERT!!!!............ on: September 07, 2017, 06:20:35 AM
Yes indeed Coinbase is a scam service based from hundred of people who testify from different social medias and forum. Such a sad news from a legit and cool coin exchange site to a scam site.

I've used Coinbase several times and never had any problems. I'm surprised at what I read in this topic.
2  Economy / Scam Accusations / Re: Looq ico is scam thread on: September 07, 2017, 05:54:05 AM
It IS A SCAM. From yesterday, their site disappeared, along with karbon.io which was identical and had the same modus operandi.

They were reported to the authorities and companies they claimed to be in partnership with and there was nothing they could do but shutdown and disappear.
3  Economy / Scam Accusations / Re: Invitation to report scam ICOs to authorities on: September 07, 2017, 05:47:43 AM
I see my thread was mostly ignored, but from yesterday karboon.io and and looq.io are down.

SCAM CAN BE FOUGHT! I took me ten minutes to report them to the Federal Trade Commission, FBI, their hosting provider and the companies they claimed to be in partnership with (Unity, Steam, Oculus).
I know they won because they robbed more than 1400 eth + 30 btc, but how much would they still have stolen if pressure weren't put on them?!

Of course, I'm aware that someone might call this snitching and reporting to FBI might be considered calling the devil in crypto. But most of the people work hard and honestly to earn money they invest in crypto.

Scammers are infamous snitches and devil! And they can be fought.
4  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: Looq Potential scam - DEAL WITH CAUTION. on: September 06, 2017, 04:33:56 PM
It's surprising how the site is similar to karbon.io which is confirmed to be a scam.
I bet that the authors are the same.

Same bounty counter. No contact data, no veryfiable profiles. No company info.
No nothing.

5  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Can miners freeze an address by ignoring its transactions? on: September 05, 2017, 03:17:53 PM
That makes sense. Thank you.
6  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Can miners freeze an address by ignoring its transactions? on: September 05, 2017, 01:51:16 PM
Hi everybody,

I have a question. Just out of my curiousity  Huh Smiley

Independently of ethical aspects and the blockchain philosophy, could miners freeze (or block) an address by ignoring its transactions?
For example, suppose an ICO is confirmed to be a scam. The raised money is in a sense lost forever from the investors' standpoint.
But, could miners block the funds so that scammers cannot use them by ignoring any request to send funds from the scam address to a personal address?
I know miners can ignore a low fee transaction. So it seems technically possible.
I repeat, I don't want to start a discussion on ethical issues and how this goes against the philosophy of decentralized economy where nobody can control others.
Mine is just a technical question.
7  Economy / Scam Accusations / Invitation to report scam ICOs to authorities on: September 04, 2017, 10:51:13 AM
I already posted this in an answer (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=2126042.msg21494897#msg21494897), however, I thought a separate topic could reach more people. This is an invitation to report KARBON scam ICO to authorities. Actually, I want to extend this invitation to report ALL scam ICOs to authorities.

This should be a message to all future scammers. Eventually YOU WILL GET CAUGHT!

Why karbon is a scam?
1. They refuse to provide their identity (https://www.coinschedule.com/projects/1228/karbon-ico.html#comment-3500472598).
2. Members have no public verifyable accounts, hence their background cannot be traced. They said to me that up until now they never needed linkedin accounts, but will created them these days. Yeah right!
3. There is no company info. Their site is registered at 77 Geary St, San Francisco (https://who.is/whois/karbon.io), but there is no Karbon company at that address. Use Google and find out. They refuse to provide their VAT number so that we can check the company info at the government institutions.
4. The bonus counter on their site refreshes everyday, also the number of sold tokens is always the same.
5. Their accounts, posts and polls on reddit seem to be fake. Check bitcointalk about that (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=2120020.0).
6. There is no KARB smart contract.
7. They claim to be listed on bittrex after ICO, but check the Bittrex policy (https://support.bittrex.com/hc/en-us/articles/202583854-Submitting-a-Coin-to-Bittrex). There is no way KARB could be listed there according to what is written there.
7. They mostly don't reply to emails.
8. Today they suddenly turned off a live chat after I exposed some facts to them. I continued the conversation via mail, but they stopped replying.

UPDATE: I'm not sure what that means but I just found out that their smart contract is a copy-paste of the KickICO smart contract. Makes me think that there is no KARB smart contract.

There are more than 900 transactions to their ethereum wallet meaning that hundreds of persons were defrauded. We must react! Please, report them to your local authoritites. THEY ARE TRACEABLE. Things like this SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN IN THE FUTURE.

They were listed on major sites for ICO announcements (CoinSchedule, Cointelegraph) where they had to pay for such services. Therefore, someone has their IP, paypal, bank account address, ... They use(d) the tawk.to service, hence they should have their info also. THEY ARE TRACEABLE! If we never react, scam ICOs will continue to be present.

They raised more then 1300 ETH + 15 BTC and people still send them money. This is a lot of money! The authorities will react if reports are made.

EDIT: You can report an online fraud via internet anonymously. For example, the FTC has a nice form. Even if they ask it, you DON"T HAVE TO DISCLOSE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION. (https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/Information#crnt&panel1-1)

Also, you can report them here: https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx

WE MUST SEND A MESSAGE! Please share this!
8  Economy / Scam Accusations / Re: [ICO SCAM] Karbon is just another ICO scam with a bot-posted thread on: September 04, 2017, 09:40:22 AM
Please report them to the authorities: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=2126042.msg21494897#msg21494897
9  Economy / Scam Accusations / Re: Substratum ICO Scam on: September 04, 2017, 05:07:31 AM
I got my tokens today. Everything is fine.
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