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Avoid being Scammed - Basic Pointers for YOUR security.

Discussion in 'Hire a Freelancer' started by zen19, May 10, 2011.

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  1. zen19

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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. Silly

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    Thanks good information !
     
  3. sameerjoad

    sameerjoad Newbie

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    really good pointers for people to stay safe, not just here but anywhere online. thanks a lot
     
  4. asif214

    asif214 Newbie

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    Thank you very much zen19 im new to this forum,and was looking for someone to help me with my first autoblog...will take your advice..:)
     
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    Does the approval moderator only check if the seller deliver the service he/her provide or do they make any other background check of the seller?

    In the section for "Services for sale" are there 6 sub categories:
    SEO
    Bookmarking
    Multi tier solutions
    Ongoing services
    Xrumer/SB blasts
    General

    But they are not being used. Is it possible to use these categories for future seller? It would create a better overview of the different services that are available.
     
  6. elena71

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    Thanks!
     
  7. download

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    Excellent post.
    I have heard of members being scammed when sellers ask for money to be paid as a "gift" rather than as an item (they claim paypal takes less of a cut), so they cannot dispute it. Maybe add more to #5?
     
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    Well, anyone who has an IQ of over 100 would know these basic tips.

    I guess this is a very useful post that anybody can use as a reminder

    Thanks for the effort

    Have a nice day
     
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    :cool: Thank you for this one. It really helps especially to newbies.
     
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    Great Advice, Thank you!!

    I'm new to the site and it's good that there is info like this on the forums!!
     
  11. SahL

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    Well done OP, :peace: This thread is Really needed for alot of people as I've seen alot of People getting scammed lately.

    This will be a Good reminder for all of us.
     
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    Thanks! Copy and pasting helps ous to inflate our post count ;)
     
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    Thanks for the tips. I'm new here and there seems to be a LOT of knowledgeable people here.

    QUOTE=zen19;2773072]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.[/QUOTE]
     
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    i will keep these in my mind.
    thanks for the info
     
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    this have totally change my mind on many things selling on here, cos some don't fit into these requirement thankz zen19
     
  16. Liveace

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    Being new to the forum, I will def take this and use this information. I only have the one site and I rely heavily on it.
     
  17. mongorock

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    too be good to be true is always to good...
     
  18. Fr33d0m

    Fr33d0m Newbie

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    These are some great guidelines for the beginner! Thanks.
     
  19. jeka1sv

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    Surely will follow them.
    Thanks BTW.
     
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    You are awesome!
     
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