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July 04, 2012, 03:41:51 PM
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Hello everyone i sell Liberty Reserve and i accept Paypal and Money pack in anyone interested.
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July 04, 2012, 04:50:51 PM
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Hello everyone i sell Liberty Reserve and i accept Paypal and Money pack in anyone interested.
*facepalm*

Disclosure: this is most probably a scam.

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July 04, 2012, 06:06:23 PM
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What do you mean by face palm?
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July 04, 2012, 06:09:14 PM
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I think he really meant the part in the really small print.
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July 04, 2012, 06:12:01 PM
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Hello everyone i sell Liberty Reserve and i accept Paypal and Money pack in anyone interested.
*facepalm*

Disclosure: this is most probably a scam.

Dude, how the hell am I suppose to read that fine print?

Disclosure: this is most probably a scam.

FTFY!

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July 05, 2012, 04:31:09 AM
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Hello everyone i sell Liberty Reserve and i accept Paypal and Money pack in anyone interested.

what happened to the posts for cush31? https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=59398
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July 30, 2012, 03:12:20 AM
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Just curious.

As I understand it, someone sells LRUSD, and wants paid in Paypal and Moneypack.

Why would it be a scam ?

I know Paypal and bitcoin is a bad match due to the irreversibility of bitcoin transactions and the non-irreversibility of Paypal transaction, and in addition Paypal disallows bitcoin trades. Will freeze account if they find out.

I've heard Liberty Reserve is absolutely irreversible, and so - if that's the case - if the seller here accepts PayPal or Moneypack and sells LRUSD, how would this obviously be a scam ?

Esp. so if the seller sends the LRUSD first, how could it be a scam ?

Of course, lack of rating and being a newbe makes the whole ordeal a bit fishy, and I don't know if you have any facts to back up your accusations, but look at it this way: If we're always going to suspect newcomers of fishy business, we might as well scare some of them away.

It's healthy to ask questions, but unless we're pretty sure it's a scam, why should we accuse it of being a scam. Should we not ask for more information and at least give the user a chance ?

Not affiliated with this user, but just curious in general. I for one would like to see a scam accusation elaborated a little bit.
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July 30, 2012, 04:00:38 AM
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if the seller here accepts PayPal or Moneypack and sells LRUSD, how would this obviously be a scam ?

accepts the paypal or moneypak, then forgets about the sending lrusd was part of the deal

here's one type of scam using this:

a scammer creates a forum account alice, which is simllar to the otc web of trust user alice.  scammer finds a mark, a person selling bitcoins in exchange for paypal as payment.  the mark trusts alice because the otc user alice has a good trust rating.  but the mark doesn't know that forum user alice is actually the scammer and not the person who has the good trust history.  

so you, herodes, send your paypal to the e-mail address the scammer provided (which the scammer got from the mark).  the mark then sees the paypal payment, and in response sends bitcoins to the bitcoin address the scammer provided.  the scammer then disappears.

after you fail to get your bitcoins, you file a dispute and probably will get your paypal funds back.  the mark then gets a chargeback and is out the bitcoins.

that's why you should never trust that a forum user account is the same as an otc username, and you should never use the otc trust rating without verifying that the person has authenticated on irc (using ident).

so that's the scam.  it is called a man in the middle attack.

but unless we're pretty sure it's a scam, why should we accuse it of being a scam. Should we not ask for more information and at least give the user a chance ?

perhaps the first question that should be asked then is, will you send bitcoins first, or will you send them to an escrow?  if the answer is no, then it is likely a scam.
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July 30, 2012, 04:33:36 AM
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koin, nice explanation.

I'm aware of the man in the middle attack.

As it is, I'm kind of a veteran in the bitcoin community (if you can call anyone that), but not a veteran trader, haven't done too much of it, but like to stick to the safe side. Smiley

I would mostly be hard pressed to do any transaction without knowing who I'm dealing with, that includes checking PGP-signatures and such.

Obviously everyone needs to be careful, but a first time trade is always that someone needs to do. Obviously, a first timer could select to trade with an experienced trader (with a good rating), and then the newcomer would have to go first, ie. send LRUSD first in this instance.

Trusting someone blindly on the internet without knowing details, and falling blame to man-in-middle attack is a bit naive, and then that could be a good lesson for anyone that experiences this.

But, just wondering, perhaps instead of yelling fraud at first sight, we should ask for more details, and then we could judge better wether it is a fraud or not ?

I'm just thinking what if a newbe genuinely have some LRUSD, and he actually do want to buy bitcoins (strangely just Moneypak or PayPal in this case, on a bitcoin forum, so that may set off some alerts of course) then he should be allowed to explain himself, but I understand your sceptism in this case.

Let me reiterate the man-in-the-middle attack so everything is clear.

Bob offers to sell bitcoins for Paypal or MoneyPak.
Tom comes along and spots this, he goes on the forum and claim to offer LRUSD for PayPal or MoneyPak.

Alice sees Tom's post and agrees to purchase LRUSD of him, and sends him 20 USD worth of PayPalUSD, only that transfer in reality goes to Bob.

From Bob's point of view everything looks fine, he has received the PayPalUSD, so he sends the bitcoins to Tom.

Time goes by, Alice receives no LRUSD, so she complains to PayPal. PayPal reverse the trade off Bob and Tom runs off with the bitcoins.


Now, how could this be prevented. We had 3 players here, Bob, Tom (the scammer) and Alice.

Alice, the purchaser of bitcoins, could've checked whether the alleged seller, Tom, has a WOT-rating. If he has (obv. he has not as he's impersonating Bob), he would be able to authenticate himself on bitcoin-otc channel, and/or send a PGP-signed message to Alice, and Alice could verify it (check signature) against the public available PGP-key she could fetch off bitcoin-otc web-site. If Tom failed to produce a valid signature, Alice would reject the trade, and then avoid being scammed. However if she didn't check that Tom was in posession of the private key associated with the WOT-rating, then she could fell prey for this scam.

But shouldn't anyone doing trade on these forums know this to be a 101 trade rule ?

Personally I rather err to the safe side, and think it's better to be safe than sorry, even though it can be a bit painful to start an initial relationship with such a careful trader.

If cush32 decided to go first however, then I think the likelyhood of this being a scam would be less. And he should've had some feedback in the honest traders thread and/or a WOT-rating to instill some confidence.

Also the fact that he never got back to this thread and he was active 21st of July does not speak to his advantage, that along with the low post count surely makes it all suspicious, so you're probably right that it's a scam.
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July 30, 2012, 06:33:34 AM
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you're probably right that it's a scam.

what are the odds that a cush31 also happened to be selling lr.  and then had to create another account kinglr to sell lr.  (and admits to being the same person as cush31 https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=92739.msg1024193#msg1024193 ).  which also accepts paypal and moneypak: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=92956.0

and then stating that the lr won't deliver for 1-day seals the deal.

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July 30, 2012, 01:59:13 PM
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you're probably right that it's a scam.

what are the odds that a cush31 also happened to be selling lr.  and then had to create another account kinglr to sell lr.  (and admits to being the same person as cush31 https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=92739.msg1024193#msg1024193 ).  which also accepts paypal and moneypak: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=92956.0

and then stating that the lr won't deliver for 1-day seals the deal.



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