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April 22, 2018, 12:25:40 PM
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Hello Newbies.


I felt like i had to post this because I was this close (---) to getting scammed.

Now if you are familiar with Forums in general then chances are you already know what I am going to say. but if you just a newbie like me then you should know that ,there are a few types of topics that can be created on the forum , yet there are only 2 types that must trigger your " is this a scam ? " Alarm.

1- Locked Topics

with a lock symbol next to the tittle

2- Self-Moderated

once you enter the topic , there will be a note at the top left corner under the tittle saying (This is a self-moderated topic)

** i was hoping there is a way to see Self-Moderated topics before even entering them.

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While a few of those topics may be legit, MOST are not !

Scammers love using these two functions because in a locked topic nobody can reply to the topic saying " this is a scam !".
while on self-moderated the topic owner themselves can delete comments saying they are scam !, and the forum moderators can not moderate these topics.

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Another tip is to look at the Trust index of the author. you can find it under his username to the left side of your screen. and always ask for Escrow ( trusted people on the forum who will be like a middle-man between you and the seller)

As mentioned by YOGG  "if you see a negative (red) trust score, always check why this person got it.
It must be for a good reason. So simply click that "Trust" link, see what happens, and make your opinion."

I think one reason why you need to check that is because you want to know WHO gave the reviews and WHY. for example  the 4 guys i mentioned in the comment for being SCAM

YoutubeTV
bolg1
G1Shop
Thempanince

can easily give me be a bad trust score just to bring me down. so it is very important to check the reviewer's reviews too.

I know this is probably the worst anti-scam guide but it could save some people Cheesy



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April 22, 2018, 12:50:11 PM
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That's simple but straightforward for newbies. Smiley

You should also add that, if you see a negative (red) trust score, always check why this person got it.
It must be for a good reason. So simply click that "Trust" link, see what happens, and make your opinion.

If there was a negative trust score, and you decided to go for the trade and you got scammed, you can only blame yourself as there was lots of red flags to warn you.

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April 22, 2018, 12:51:35 PM
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Would be nice if you could say more about the i-almost-got-scammed part. How were you almost scammed? Which member and thread?

Yes, new members locking or self-moderating threads usually have dishonest motives. That's almost always a given.

Report them to EcuaMobi or here:

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=2929216.0

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April 22, 2018, 06:03:24 PM
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here are some other helpful tips from Tomatocage


0. Newbies, NEVER DO BUSINESS WITH OTHER NEWBIES, EVER. There are plenty of veteran members to do business with and ALWAYS use escrow. If you're a newbie you're doing business with another newbie, there's a 100% chance that you will get scammed (or you're a scammer yourself).
1. New account (usually created within the last 3 months, plus or minus)
2. Low-medium message count with vapid posts of little to no contributory value
3. Use of a seemingly realistic first/last name as their forum account name
4. Signs posts with full name
5. Straight out of Newbie mode right into Lending (requesting a loan of course)
6. Straight out of Newbie mode right into Currency Exchange (PayPal, Liberty Reserve, Western Union)
7. Straight out of Newbie mode and selling gift cards/codes/Steam games of any kind
(they'll often be purchased with stolen CC info, leaving you holding the bag later on down the road)


check his topic for more tips: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=137288


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April 22, 2018, 06:38:13 PM
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Would be nice if you could say more about the i-almost-got-scammed part. How were you almost scammed? Which member and thread?

Yes, new members locking or self-moderating threads usually have dishonest motives. That's almost always a given.

Report them to EcuaMobi or here:

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=2929216.0


Here is the most convincing topic that almost got me 

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=3315079.20

1- a comment from a FULL MEMBER .
2- a few good reviews .
3- no scam comments. !

everything about this post looked legit. till I asked for escrow and he deleted my message. so i checked his trust " did not about it's exciting" till my comment got deleted and found all kind of SCAM reviews.

here is a list of members who either refused to Escrow or simply delete my comments when i asked questions they didn't seem to like and.
I also noticed these 4 guys only have Locked and/or Self Moderated topics. which explains it all.

YoutubeTV
bolg1
G1Shop
Thempanince


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April 22, 2018, 06:44:25 PM
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That's simple but straightforward for newbies. Smiley

You should also add that, if you see a negative (red) trust score, always check why this person got it.
It must be for a good reason. So simply click that "Trust" link, see what happens, and make your opinion.

If there was a negative trust score, and you decided to go for the trade and you got scammed, you can only blame yourself as there was lots of red flags to warn you.

Thanks for the note , i will add it to the topic. Cool

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April 23, 2018, 02:55:51 AM
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I would also like to add that one of the most tell-tale signs are auto-buy links, like the scammer posted in this message:

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=3315079.msg35196593#msg35196593

They're basically 99% guaranteed to be scams, so that should set off a red flag to any prospective client. He already got red trust from EcuaMobi for it, but I thought it would still be worth pointing out.

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April 23, 2018, 07:21:21 AM
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Thanks for the notice. Newbies we have to be extra careful not to be scammed.

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April 23, 2018, 07:43:40 PM
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I would also like to add that one of the most tell-tale signs are auto-buy links, like the scammer posted in this message:

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=3315079.msg35196593#msg35196593

They're basically 99% guaranteed to be scams, so that should set off a red flag to any prospective client. He already got red trust from EcuaMobi for it, but I thought it would still be worth pointing out.


actually the author of this topic "YoutubeTV" is on the TOP of my scam list , he is the most active scammer on the forum.

Thanks for pointing this out.

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April 23, 2018, 07:53:43 PM
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Thanks for the notice. Newbies we have to be extra careful not to be scammed.


yes mate we are on  SCAMMERS's TOP LIST haha,,, Cool

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May 08, 2018, 04:17:26 PM
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Here is a list of some of the famous scams !


https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=3486346.msg36123932#msg36123932


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May 09, 2018, 09:11:33 PM
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Scam list updated !

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May 09, 2018, 09:59:13 PM
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This is helpful for us new in crypto,I already scam two times because I don't have much idea on this,now I already know and this will help me a lot.
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May 11, 2018, 01:01:14 PM
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This is helpful for us new in crypto,I already scam two times because I don't have much idea on this,now I already know and this will help me a lot.


i keep a list of the top  scams here > https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=3486346.msg36123932#msg36123932

always check that the seller/buyer name is not there. if you suspect any more scams feel free to share with me and i will investigate further  and add them to the list if i could confirm your accusation .
thanks


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June 13, 2018, 11:24:41 PM
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The number of scammers on the forum has had a crazy bull run Cheesy. so am bumping this topic

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June 14, 2018, 05:57:58 AM
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wow thank u so much for this, it's really helpful for the entire community on this forum
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August 16, 2018, 07:18:09 PM
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just a yearly bump.

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