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Avoid being Scammed - Basic Pointers for YOUR security.

Discussion in 'SEO - Link building' started by zen19, May 10, 2011.

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  1. zen19

    zen19 Elite Member

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    Avoid being Scammed online.

    All of the staff hate to see members getting scammed and shitlist threads being opened. We all work very hard to protect members, deleting 100's of threads a day, and taking lots of time and care on sales/services threads that we allow through. We can only do so much to protect members though, so here are some really simple pointers to help you avoid being scammed.


    1. If a user doesn't have a BST/Services thread approved by a moderator - don't buy.
    2. Don't buy from anyone who started off by saying 'PM me for details', there is a reason they don't want to make their details public.
    3. If something seems too good to be true - it is.
    4. Exercise extreme caution when clicking on signature links where the poster doesn't have an approved BST.
    5. Always make sure your payment method can be reversed if the service/product provider flakes. Don't send as a PayPal personal payment, don't western union.
    6. Document and store ALL communications, including chat/IM logs
    7. Always Google for the sellers e-mail address and any other information, they may have scammed other forums.
    8. Stay away from threads/pm's/signatures that promote networks, do a search and due diligence before working with any network.
    9. Check sellers other posts and threads, check have others complained, and how previous customers have rated and reviewed them.
    10. Even if the user has an approved BST/Service thread, ensure that you check them out fully, sellers can provide excellent review copies and then become flaky.
    11. Always get full contact information - don't do your business via PM. It's too easy for internet users to drop off the board when things go pear shaped.
    12. Be VERY paranoid regarding dropshipping, double check all of the above points when considering a product seller.
    13. Avoid any JV's where the users require you pay before you receive your own payment. Consider the value of your own accounts, and the legality, and tax implications of letting someone send traffic to your accounts.
    14. Just because someone has status, a high post count, or a good reputation, does not guarantee that they will not turn rogue or resort to desperate measures, apply the above regardless of status on BHW.
    I welcome any other additions to these pointers, they will be added to the list. Stay safe, make money, and achieve your dreams.
     
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  2. LukaB

    LukaB Jr. Executive VIP Jr. VIP

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    Really great thread, will help everyone on BHW, long live BHW.

    What makes BHW great is the staff is really contributing and trying to do the best, we are all very thankful.
     
  3. goodseoman

    goodseoman Power Member Premium Member

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    Thanks mods for making and protecting a valuable forum to come. I know how hard you guys work.
     
  4. imcool2121

    imcool2121 BANNED BANNED

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    awesome guidelines.....will surely help lots of people here..... :)
     
  5. danielDin

    danielDin Newbie

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    thanks. very good points here.
     
  6. ineedmoney1

    ineedmoney1 Power Member

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    Good shit... my favorite is to simply pay using a method that is reversable such as a Credit card.

    Another one that I think might help people that put all there eggs into the paypal basket. Don't think paypal won't screw you and your busness over. Its not a matter of why but when..
     
  7. keith88

    keith88 Regular Member

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    Thanks you so much for this, u know the ropes for sure.
     
  8. onetr1p

    onetr1p Newbie

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    thanks, i'm new here, so good info to know
     
  9. MickMcG

    MickMcG Power Member

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    Absolutely agree about the paypal bit, its not if but when! using a virtual or disposable credit card is safer than using your regular one too ;)
     
  10. tim91869

    tim91869 Newbie

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    Very useful... Thank you so much!:yumyum:
     
  11. marceauct

    marceauct Junior Member

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    Very useful recommends.
     
  12. toddhat

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    If it too good to be true most likely it is.


    It takes any kind of work to make anything successful.

    if someone tell you do not have to do nothing. it is BS


    always use common sense and you will be fine and you can dine and drink wine.
     
  13. xbox360gurl70s

    xbox360gurl70s Elite Member

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    next stop would be how sellers would not be scammed by some "shady" buyers :)
     
  14. redshoe

    redshoe Newbie

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    +1 for the community service message.
     
  15. chico

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    I'm probably lucky because I've never had any issues with PayPal. I strongly recommend using AMEX if possible - I haven't lost a single chargeback with them. And they let you file a second chargeback if you lose the first.
     
  16. skyichigo

    skyichigo Registered Member

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    Thanks for the info
     
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    mickeybrown Newbie

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    Thanks for sharing with us.
     
  18. kidrotten

    kidrotten Newbie

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    Thanks for the Help!!!!
     
  19. abecobacoba

    abecobacoba Junior Member

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    good reminder... as I was just scammed here lol.
    I love BHW.... hate my stupidity.
    Lesson learnt.

    Thanks Zen19
     
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