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August 27, 2012, 11:54:17 PM
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… i definitely rate personal responsibility way above victimism... people have noone to blame but themselves.

If one of the victims had said that, I might not have replied, but if you say it, a few words are in order.

It does not surprise me that you say it. You have not lost a single bitcoin. Instead you have benefitted handsomely from being a front-end for the criminal Ponzi scheme. Tell us a little bit about how well your business has gone. How much did you make? How much of that are you going to distribute to those who have given you their money?

Of course you now say you didn't have a clue. But you cleverly made sure in your contracts that you would not lose a penny when the pirate shuts up. Very clueless.

I will tell you something about personal responsibility. I actually agree with you when you say that people should blame themselves for giving their money to you. But that is, at best, one side of the coin. There is another side to becoming a victim, the criminal crook that lies and defrauds the honest, but gullible victims. So far I have not heard that the law punishes the grandmother who was robbed of her purse.

I do not "rate personal responsibility way above victimism". I do recommend to be careful about whom people give their money, but if somebody steals it, then the thief is the first and foremost cause of the crime, not the victim, no matter how gullible. But I understand fully why you want the victims to be quiet and disappear.

Ah, and one more thing—where is your post? The one I am quoting above? I picked it out of another quote, but where is your original post? Could it be that somebody has deleted it? Why?

This is so well-written and easy to understand that anyone pretending not to understand can only be assumed to be "playing the fool." He knows he is a scam-artist. He knows the consequences. He fully understands everything he's done and what could very well happen to him legally.

Try to imagine these pathetic slugs say "people have noone to blame but themselves" to a judge, just before he passes down a sentence...

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August 28, 2012, 12:13:11 AM
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This is so well-written and easy to understand that anyone pretending not to understand can only be assumed to be "playing the fool."

yet so full of falsehoods such as "You have not lost a single bitcoin.". yeah, oat hay  Roll Eyes
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August 28, 2012, 12:19:24 AM
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This is so well-written and easy to understand that anyone pretending not to understand can only be assumed to be "playing the fool."

yet so full of falsehoods such as "You have not lost a single bitcoin.". yeah, oat hay  Roll Eyes


Any "loss" (no matter what method of book-keeping you prefer) matters ZERO as a mitigating factor. If you slipped up somewhere and let yourself be identified, you'll eventually find this out firsthand.

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August 28, 2012, 12:30:08 AM
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If you slipped up somewhere and let yourself be identified

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August 28, 2012, 01:25:21 AM
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I can't say anyone has lost coins, yet. Running such an operation had to be a nightmare, closing it the way it was closed seems to be unwieldy at best, impossible at worst. Sitting out here in the dark twisting in the wind like everyone else,  it seems that what may be needed is a coordinated crash of the price and a subsequent buyback which may be the only way for pirateat40 to acquire enough coins to make the payoff. Just a thought, ideas and solutions are always better than vitriolic language and threats. 
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August 28, 2012, 03:31:39 AM
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I am reducing my offer again (except for people I've already agreed to a deal with via PM). For a limited time, I will buy a BitcoinMax account for 8.75% of the balance. I've already completed a purchase and I'm familiar with the process.

I'm closing this offer and won't post bids in this thread anymore, but people can still PM me for a current bid.
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August 28, 2012, 10:06:03 AM
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If one of the victims had said that, I might not have replied, but if you say it, a few words are in order.

I'll bite.

I 'invested' in this scheme.

Was I aware of what I was getting myself into? Yes.

Am I going to blame someone for the current outcome? No.

It's not like I didn't read payb.tc's warnings. It's not like he didn't say you stand to lose your entire gam...er...invstment.

Everyone's saying "a 3400% annual return rate - it's got to be a scam" - well I agree with you. Did I still take a chance, sure.

I don't think anyone who can think rationally could believe that there wasn't something fishy here, especially with no information as to how these returns were being generated.

I'm also as suspicious of people who are calling people like payb.tc scammers, for exactly the same reasons.

If you're a rational person who can think for themselves, how can people who operated passthroughs be considered scammers?

Some have said that they're scammers because they helped legitimise Pirate... how? Am I a scammer because I gambled? Did I legitimise him?

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August 28, 2012, 10:12:07 AM
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If one of the victims had said that, I might not have replied, but if you say it, a few words are in order.

I'll bite.

I 'invested' in this scheme.

Was I aware of what I was getting myself into? Yes.

Am I going to blame someone for the current outcome? No.

It's not like I didn't read payb.tc's warnings. It's not like he didn't say you stand to lose your entire gam...er...invstment.

Everyone's saying "a 3400% annual return rate - it's got to be a scam" - well I agree with you. Did I still take a chance, sure.

I don't think anyone who can think rationally could believe that there wasn't something fishy here, especially with no information as to how these returns were being generated.

I'm also as suspicious of people who are calling people like payb.tc scammers, for exactly the same reasons.

If you're a rational person who can think for themselves, how can people who operated passthroughs be considered scammers?

Some have said that they're scammers because they helped legitimise Pirate... how? Am I a scammer because I gambled? Did I legitimise him?

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August 28, 2012, 10:13:46 AM
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If one of the victims had said that, I might not have replied, but if you say it, a few words are in order.

I'll bite.

I 'invested' in this scheme.

Was I aware of what I was getting myself into? Yes.

Am I going to blame someone for the current outcome? No.

It's not like I didn't read payb.tc's warnings. It's not like he didn't say you stand to lose your entire gam...er...invstment.

Everyone's saying "a 3400% annual return rate - it's got to be a scam" - well I agree with you. Did I still take a chance, sure.

I don't think anyone who can think rationally could believe that there wasn't something fishy here, especially with no information as to how these returns were being generated.

I'm also as suspicious of people who are calling people like payb.tc scammers, for exactly the same reasons.

If you're a rational person who can think for themselves, how can people who operated passthroughs be considered scammers?

Some have said that they're scammers because they helped legitimise Pirate... how? Am I a scammer because I gambled? Did I legitimise him?

Thanks inedible. That was long due.
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August 28, 2012, 10:49:19 AM
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If one of the victims had said that, I might not have replied, but if you say it, a few words are in order.

I'll bite.

I 'invested' in this scheme.

Was I aware of what I was getting myself into? Yes.

Am I going to blame someone for the current outcome? No.

It's not like I didn't read payb.tc's warnings. It's not like he didn't say you stand to lose your entire gam...er...invstment.

Everyone's saying "a 3400% annual return rate - it's got to be a scam" - well I agree with you. Did I still take a chance, sure.

I don't think anyone who can think rationally could believe that there wasn't something fishy here, especially with no information as to how these returns were being generated.

I'm also as suspicious of people who are calling people like payb.tc scammers, for exactly the same reasons.

If you're a rational person who can think for themselves, how can people who operated passthroughs be considered scammers?

Some have said that they're scammers because they helped legitimise Pirate... how? Am I a scammer because I gambled? Did I legitimise him?

Thanks inedible. That was long due.

+1 - my sentiments exactly. I wonder if message boards discussing Facebook shares or 0.5% big bank savings accounts are met with such ferocious trolling. I guess those are "legitimate" investments ;-)

Some people gamble by hopping on a plane to Vegas. Others speculate on real estate or stocks. Speculating on a high-yield Bitcoin investment is no different - one should only play with money that they can afford to lose. I have had a lot of fun speculating with Bitcoin, in addition to profit (despite this unresolved Pirate scheme). I'm not complaining one bit, though I find it mind boggling that so many people spend so much time and energy worrying about other people's money.

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August 28, 2012, 11:54:08 AM
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If one of the victims had said that, I might not have replied, but if you say it, a few words are in order.

I'll bite.

I 'invested' in this scheme.

Was I aware of what I was getting myself into? Yes.

Am I going to blame someone for the current outcome? No.

It's not like I didn't read payb.tc's warnings. It's not like he didn't say you stand to lose your entire gam...er...invstment.

Everyone's saying "a 3400% annual return rate - it's got to be a scam" - well I agree with you. Did I still take a chance, sure.

I don't think anyone who can think rationally could believe that there wasn't something fishy here, especially with no information as to how these returns were being generated.

I'm also as suspicious of people who are calling people like payb.tc scammers, for exactly the same reasons.

If you're a rational person who can think for themselves, how can people who operated passthroughs be considered scammers?

Some have said that they're scammers because they helped legitimise Pirate... how? Am I a scammer because I gambled? Did I legitimise him?

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I am sick of the insults implying that I am some sheep being led around and taken advantage of by the conniving payb.tc.

I have yet to hear from someone who has gambled their bitcoins on Bitcoinmax who is shocked at the current state of affairs. There might have been something to be said about trying to warn new folks about the risk. No more new folks are "investing" any longer. Perhaps after one of us clams we need an advocate you can try to assign blame for us, but I think everyone knows the blame lies with himself.
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August 28, 2012, 12:02:26 PM
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If one of the victims had said that, I might not have replied, but if you say it, a few words are in order.

I'll bite.

I 'invested' in this scheme.

Was I aware of what I was getting myself into? Yes.

Am I going to blame someone for the current outcome? No.

It's not like I didn't read payb.tc's warnings. It's not like he didn't say you stand to lose your entire gam...er...invstment.

Everyone's saying "a 3400% annual return rate - it's got to be a scam" - well I agree with you. Did I still take a chance, sure.

I don't think anyone who can think rationally could believe that there wasn't something fishy here, especially with no information as to how these returns were being generated.

I'm also as suspicious of people who are calling people like payb.tc scammers, for exactly the same reasons.

If you're a rational person who can think for themselves, how can people who operated passthroughs be considered scammers?

Some have said that they're scammers because they helped legitimise Pirate... how? Am I a scammer because I gambled? Did I legitimise him?

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I am sick of the insults implying that I am some sheep being led around and taken advantage of by the conniving payb.tc.

I have yet to hear from someone who has gambled their bitcoins on Bitcoinmax who is shocked at the current state of affairs. There might have been something to be said about trying to warn new folks about the risk. No more new folks are "investing" any longer. Perhaps after one of us clams we need an advocate you can try to assign blame for us, but I think everyone knows the blame lies with himself.

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August 28, 2012, 12:06:14 PM
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Was I aware of what I was getting myself into? Yes.
Then you are a scammer. You knowingly paid Pirate to fraudulently transfer other people's money to you without their consent.

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That's not the issue. It's not what Pirate did with your money, it's what you paid him to do.

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Everyone's saying "a 3400% annual return rate - it's got to be a scam" - well I agree with you. Did I still take a chance, sure.
Okay, so you knowingly participated in a scam. You are a scammer.

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I don't think anyone who can think rationally could believe that there wasn't something fishy here, especially with no information as to how these returns were being generated.
Right, so you knew it was a scam.

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Umm, how do you figure? You don't agree that they paid Pirate to fraudulently transfer other people's money to them?

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Because they knowingly participated in a scam and tried to profit from it. Duh.

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You are a scammer because you knowingly participated in a scam, paying Pirate to make you the beneficiary of fraudulent transfers of other people's money. Sorry, but that's the truth.

True or false: Pirate induced people to invest in him by claiming to have an actual business that turned a legitimate profit. You knew, however, that he was probably using new investments to pay off interest on previous investments. You knew or should have known that by investing with Pirate, you were in fact paying him to transfer some of those funds that others were lead to believe would be invested to you, which is in no way an investment of those funds.

How can you say that doesn't make you a scammer? How long until reality sinks in and the cognitive dissonance stops?

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August 28, 2012, 12:21:26 PM
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If one of the victims had said that, I might not have replied, but if you say it, a few words are in order.

I'll bite.

I 'invested' in this scheme.

Was I aware of what I was getting myself into? Yes.

Am I going to blame someone for the current outcome? No.

It's not like I didn't read payb.tc's warnings. It's not like he didn't say you stand to lose your entire gam...er...invstment.

Everyone's saying "a 3400% annual return rate - it's got to be a scam" - well I agree with you. Did I still take a chance, sure.

I don't think anyone who can think rationally could believe that there wasn't something fishy here, especially with no information as to how these returns were being generated.

I'm also as suspicious of people who are calling people like payb.tc scammers, for exactly the same reasons.

If you're a rational person who can think for themselves, how can people who operated passthroughs be considered scammers?

Some have said that they're scammers because they helped legitimise Pirate... how? Am I a scammer because I gambled? Did I legitimise him?

I already said that I would stay quiet in a case like yours, but if you reply explicitly, I will give my opinion and my guess at what a judge would say.

If you are a victim of the fraud and did not know it was a fraud, then you are without guilt. Sorry for your loss (unless you were among the lucky early investors who had made a gain through interest payouts or a timely withdrawal).

If you knew it was fraud, but gambled nonetheless, perhaps because you thought you came in early enough to make a profit before the scheme would fall apart, you are probably legally clean, but you have to clear the moral side with your own conscience.

If you knew it was a scam and set up a front-line business to profit from it, designing contracts that pushed all the risk on your clients, but left you with a riskless profit, then I would not be so sure whether a judge would absolve you of all guilt. My guess is that you would count as a conspirator and would have to bear some of the responsibility.

A word about the moral side, just generally, not as a reply to your message. An unpleasant sign of our times is that increasingly many people believe that anything that makes them money is good. They no longer even know what morale or honor means. At best they show ethical behavior only for fear of punishment. They have not understood or they wilfully ignore that our human civilization could not work if most people acted that way.
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August 28, 2012, 12:28:46 PM
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If you are a victim of the fraud and did not know it was a fraud, then you are without guilt.

thanks hg, that's very kind of you to say.

i agree completely.
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August 28, 2012, 12:31:02 PM
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Some people gamble by hopping on a plane to Vegas. Others speculate on real estate or stocks. Speculating on a high-yield Bitcoin investment is no different - one should only play with money that they can afford to lose. I have had a lot of fun speculating with Bitcoin, in addition to profit (despite this unresolved Pirate scheme). I'm not complaining one bit, though I find it mind boggling that so many people spend so much time and energy worrying about other people's money.

You are strangely overlooking a decisive difference. If you gamble, you are fairly well informed of the rules. The pirate Ponzi scheme was different. There is a person who set up the scheme as fraud, inventing an incredibly elaborate network of lies designed to deceive people and steal their money.

If you gamble in Las Vegas, there is nothing of the sort. If there is deception, like in playing Poker, then that is part of the rules, and everybody expects it to be that way.

Don't tell me you cannot see the difference.

Why do some people worry about other peoples' money? Perhaps there are some who want to uphold honest rules, including the rule of the law. Some people just cannot look on and be silent while watching other people being defrauded, just as some people will not look the other way when grandma cannot get across the street safely. They help as well as they can. These are the people I want to be with.
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August 28, 2012, 12:35:34 PM
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If you are a victim of the fraud and did not know it was a fraud, then you are without guilt.
thanks hg, that's very kind of you to say.

i agree completely.
I don't know enough about the specifics to point blame at any particular people, but I find it really hard to imagine anyone could have been running a PPT and not be either aware of, or willfully blind to, the near certainty that they were paying Pirate to transfer to them money that other people were induced to transfer to him in the belief that it would be invested, and that transferring that money to them was not in fact an investment. In my opinion, that makes them scammers.

And no disclaimers would eliminate this, because the issue is not how they collected their funds but what they paid Pirate to do.

Again, I don't know enough about the facts of any specific situation to point blame at any particular people. I am not saying that any particular person is a scammer.

One of the most horrible things about Ponzi schemes is that they promise free money in way that turns honest people into scammers. Pirate cleverly tricked you into being a scammer.

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August 28, 2012, 01:00:48 PM
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If you slipped up somewhere and let yourself be identified, you'll eventually find this out firsthand.

He hasn't been concealing his identity, just not gone public with it.
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August 28, 2012, 01:07:40 PM
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I have yet to hear from someone who has gambled their bitcoins on Bitcoinmax who is shocked at the current state of affairs.
In other words, everyone associated knew, or should have known, that it was a scam. That means the operators knew, or should have known, that they were participating in a scam.

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There might have been something to be said about trying to warn new folks about the risk. No more new folks are "investing" any longer. Perhaps after one of us clams we need an advocate you can try to assign blame for us, but I think everyone knows the blame lies with himself.
You're missing the point. The point is not what happened to the money they paid Pirate, the point is what they paid Pirate to do. The fact is, they knowingly paid Pirate to transfer funds to them that they knew, or should have known, were obtained from others on the fraudulent promise (credible or not, believed or not) that they would be legitimately invested, knowing that such a transfer is in no way a legitimate investment.

(Again, I am not pointing blame at any specific people. I'm just refuting the argument that people who funnel money into Ponzi schemes are blameless for doing so because the blame instead rests with others. Also, you should pick just one of "I didn't know what I was getting into" or "Everyone knew what they were getting into". You can't argue both at the same time.)

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I have yet to hear from someone who has gambled their bitcoins on Bitcoinmax who is shocked at the current state of affairs.
In other words, everyone associated knew, or should have known, that it was a scam. That means the operators of Bitcoinmax knew, or should have known, that they were participating in a scam.

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There might have been something to be said about trying to warn new folks about the risk. No more new folks are "investing" any longer. Perhaps after one of us clams we need an advocate you can try to assign blame for us, but I think everyone knows the blame lies with himself.
You're missing the point. The point is not what happened to the money he paid Pirate, the point is what he paid Pirate to do. The fact is, he knowingly paid Pirate to transfer funds to him that he knew, or should have known, were obtained from others on fraudulent the promise (credible or not) that they would be legitimately invested, knowing that such a transfer is in no way a legitimate investment.

(Again, I am only using Bitcoinmax as an example. I am not pointing blame at any specific people. I'm just refuting the argument that people who funnel money into Ponzi schemes are blameless for doing so because the blame instead rests with others.)

hi joelkatz

i dont unterstand you reasoning. i've read most of your posts and liked it.

but now you just do rant over rant about pirate. why? its over; please just stop this mess. i did understand your warning about "pirate selling pirate debt" - that was good (maybe a little to often).

payb.tc was VERY clear that he just passes money to pirate. as long as this passthrough existed there where many threads in this forum warning people about pirate - everybody should think for himself.

he was just offering a service for people (like me) which dont want to invest that much money at once but still would like to gain 7% interest. he did a very good job and was very open about it.

he made it clear when and how much he will pay. what's your problem with that?

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