***Post last updated 2011. Please read here for up to date guidelines*** https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/avoiding-scams-staying-safe-on-black-hat-world.884947/ 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. If a user doesn't have a BST/Services thread approved by a moderator - don't buy. 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. If something seems too good to be true - it is. Exercise extreme caution when clicking on signature links where the poster doesn't have an approved BST. 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. Document and store ALL communications, including chat/IM logs Always Google for the sellers e-mail address and any other information, they may have scammed other forums. Stay away from threads/pm's/signatures that promote networks, do a search and due diligence before working with any network. Check sellers other posts and threads, check have others complained, and how previous customers have rated and reviewed them. 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. 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. Be VERY paranoid regarding dropshipping, double check all of the above points when considering a product seller. 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. 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.