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May 13, 2011, 03:50:02 AM
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pretty sure this whole joint is getting lit up by a small set of organized scammers operating out of canada that used to focus primarily on mischief involving online pharmacies, drug forums, and steroids.    You poor kids are in for a real dissapointing (as in losing faith in humanity dissapointing) treat because these characters are nasty.

Damn shame!

You see them everywhere. I've had them on Ebay, I've had them in business. There's just been such a large influx of them lately in the Bitcoin world. But that's why people don't even want to deal with people who have a few posts and no other reputation.

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May 13, 2011, 09:27:03 AM
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I am not surprised in the least.

With Bitcoin's anonymous nature, it is inevitable that scammers and frauds will infiltrate the marketplace.

Those with the most common sense (and paranoia) will prevail!
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May 16, 2011, 04:52:13 AM
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I'm confused how this should be astounding to anyone but those who haven't ever used the internet.
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May 17, 2011, 12:55:55 PM
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urgh, scammers were to be expected, but they make it hard to get started for new people. It seems trading with established users first to build up a rep is needed before you can start offering a service.
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May 17, 2011, 02:00:26 PM
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Maybe it is a measure of Bitcoin's potential... you don't get scammers if there is no value or worth...
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May 17, 2011, 02:30:03 PM
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Maybe it is a measure of Bitcoin's potential... you don't get scammers if there is no value or worth...

heh, on the other hand, maybe it's a nail in the coffin.   Wink

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May 17, 2011, 10:28:45 PM
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Maybe it is a measure of Bitcoin's potential... you don't get scammers if there is no value or worth...

heh, on the other hand, maybe it's a nail in the coffin.   Wink



Nah, if it were then ebay, paypal, most online stores, etc. would have gone defunct a decade ago. This is just one of the major growing pains of a new and popular service, that the community needs to take time to work out. When EBay first started out it was scam central, kind of a wild frontier, and over time it got refined in such a way that it's (perhaps excessively) safe. There will always be people looking to get something for nothing, fleecing sheep, just one of the sad little lessons of life, but I think most people understand this, and as they become more familiar with a service and safeguards are made easier and more readily available it will be less and less of a detriment to the service as a whole.

In relation to OP, there is a quote I enjoy:

"You cannot cheat an Honest man."

Sadly I'm not an honest man, but it's a good concept to keep in mind.
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May 17, 2011, 10:32:27 PM
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Well to give my 2 Bitcents,
It is anyonmous and not face to face. Scammers are inevitable and you need to be a smart buyer when using bitcoins.
However, I truly posted because it said read 666 times when I opened ths thread. Apearantly scammers are the devil.

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