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September 16, 2012, 09:56:47 PM
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Opinion?


Do you think its worth " taking down scammers " ?

Im considering starting a blog, with a daily article relating to investigations into finding out the real ID's of scammers...

Then obviously releasing their details to the public.

Also debt collection on behalf of members with significant proof of being owed/scammed - Following this up with the scammers local law enforcement and courts of law?

Tell me what you think...

Ive already got a P.I finding " Andrew Bitcoin " as he appears to be a scammer with no morals.


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September 17, 2012, 12:55:15 AM
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I think they should at least be called out and labeled as a scammer.  Hopefully it will save some other poor smuck from getting taken.

Depending upon the amount scammed, pursuing it further would make sense assuming you could connect it to a real person.

If I could attach a name and address to 'my' scammer, I would happily pay him a visit if he wasn't too far away.


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September 17, 2012, 08:33:42 AM
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I think they should at least be called out and labeled as a scammer.  Hopefully it will save some other poor smuck from getting taken.

Depending upon the amount scammed, pursuing it further would make sense assuming you could connect it to a real person.

If I could attach a name and address to 'my' scammer, I would happily pay him a visit if he wasn't too far away.




+1, Apart from I think the amount does not matter, If someone scamms 1BTC or 100'000BTC their still a scammer, Just if its more you might be inclined to find them!
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September 17, 2012, 09:55:27 PM
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My guess is that many of the scammers on here are going to be effectively judgement-proof.  They simply won't have the means to pay any judgement so "taking them down" will essentially be primarily about trashing their credit.  Some of them likely already have poor credit or they wouldn't be borrowing here at loan shark rates in the first place.

In many places it's illegal to operate as a debt collector or a private investigator without being licensed.  Never assume that people who owe money aren't going to be willing to report any illegal collection efforts.  I doubt that your clients will bail you out if you end up in shit for the manner in which you've pursued recovery of their debt.

All I can say is that this is Bitcoin. I don't believe it until I see six confirmations.
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September 18, 2012, 05:55:02 PM
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I think it is essential to never work in benefit of scammers, fraudsters, or any other type of parasites. And to make that clear in advance.

If stealing from someone gives more cost than benefit, there's just no incentive to do it. A context with serious punishments for scamming is therefore safer, which in turn makes it more efficient. Note the difference between refund and punishment.

What could also be useful is building up trust much more slowly. I can't believe how many people throw money after things that just recently popped up from nowhere. If someone's trust is worth more than the funds he borrowed, well, the trust burning on fraud burns the profit. That's an acceptable outcome.
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