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Avoiding Scams & Staying Safe On Black Hat World

Discussion in 'Forum Suggestions & Feedback' started by Zwielicht, Oct 14, 2016.

  1. Zwielicht

    Zwielicht Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Update August 2017

    Shut up, I know it's still July.

    Asotop Spammers

    There's another group of spammers who have been targeting Black Hat World much more lately, who I'll just refer to as the "Asotop Spammers". They've been coming to this forum since 2013 to promote their shoddy services.

    Do not do business with them under any circumstances.

    I've made a list of their accounts I've banned below. I nuked all of their posts, so their efforts were in vain.
    You can see in some of those posts that these people have the combined IQ of a turnip and will respond to each other's posts.

    If you see anyone promoting the following websites in any way (including using them as their homepage URLs), report them immediately.
    • asotop1.com
    • reviewapp4u.com
    • bestreviewapp.com
    • apprankingboost.com
    • aso2top.com
    • aso2top
    • asoranker.com
    • asoranker


    Additionally, a list of their known Skype IDs and emails can be found below. A few of their other IDs and emails have already been blocked on the forum, so be on the lookout for censored (e.g., Skype: ***********) contact methods.
    A common tactic they've been using since 2013 is to tell you to search for their sites in Google to find it rather than link to it directly. They seem to alternate between linking and Googling.

    Google Voice Scammer

    This guy has been coming back to the forum for quite sometime now. He always does the exact same thing:
    1. Pretends to be a woman
    2. Creates a thread to sell outside of the marketplace
    3. Use a variation of the word "love" as his username
    4. Sets his avatar to the photo below
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    His Skype ID is below
    Code:
    Orthohin.0112.m
     
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  2. proxygo

    proxygo Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    assholes will always try and prey on the less knowledgeable, all u can do is
    a little due-diligence and watch your back, and dont give your money not 1 dime
    to anyone whos name is yellow trying to sell u something
     
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    Thanks sir for the advice.
     
  4. Zwielicht

    Zwielicht Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    As usual, dem terries are trying to get froggy.

    Users Circumventing The Freelancer Forums

    When we restricted access in the HAF and WTB subforums to premium member+ accounts, where do you think all of the scammers who frequented that section went? They didn't just give up and leave the forum, they adapted and changed their tactics. In layman's terms, they've begun circumventing the freelancer forums by using profile posts and sending PMs. Be wary of anyone who offers their products or services to you over a profile post or a PM. I've been receiving a lot of reports lately about members being scammed like this.

    Previously Banned Members On Twitter

    After getting banned on Black Hat World, some previously banned members use other avenues to scam. Take @Asikur Rahman for instance, who was bold enough to try selling to me, the moderator who banned him, on Twitter.

    https://twitter.com/tindertoken/status/905070805976989697

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    SohSomSohCades/LoveLustHealth4u/SamSamSohCodes PM Scammer

    This guy has been coming back here and selling via PM. More recently, he managed to scam a member here by doing business with him over PM.

    https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/need-facebook-pva-accounts.431734/#post-10394958

    Seriously people, there's a reason we don't allow yellow members to do business here. If some new members contacts you over PM to sell you something, use your noodle and report him.

    Primo Developer ([email protected]) PM Scammer

    Yet another member who scammed someone on this forum. He came back here recently under the username @SoftSperm, but some of you may know him as @boltM. Avoid him at all costs.

    List of Currently Active Spammers & Scammers

    These are members who have a history of returning to the forum after being banned, many of whom have not been mentioned in any of my previous posts in this thread.

    Code:
    live:57da986d65b8d415 - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/l...member-returns-once-more.930894/#post-9933277
    touhid.touhid 1 - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/how-to-increase-etsy-amazon-keyword-rank.837209/#post-9941942
    stablevpn - https://www.blackhatworld.com/members/morti.1048135/
    [email protected] - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/s...one-verification-anybody.931354/#post-9951151
    marlyn_maling - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/tips-on-how-to-increase-app-visibility.931431/#post-9954153
    asianadroit - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/looking-for-a-full-time-va.933409/#post-9967254
    [email protected] - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/looking-for-a-full-time-va.933409/#post-9967254
    teenclerksx - https://www.blackhatworld.com/members/baylikes.911219/
    teenclerks - https://www.blackhatworld.com/members/baylikes.911219/
    geosmm24 - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/pinterest-skype-group.675050/page-3#post-8593513
    jair.amaral6 - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/wtb-bing-ads-account.929980/#post-9991551
    chfumar - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/wtb-bing-ads-account.929980/#post-9991551
    kasemcpa1 - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/adwords-cloaker-free.542248/page-2#post-10010214
    Orthohin.0112.m - https://www.blackhatworld.com/members/love-birds.1058256/
    okeyfans - https://www.blackhatworld.com/members/okey-fans-com.1067722/
    [email protected] - https://www.blackhatworld.com/members/okey-fans-com.1067722/
    geoimranawan - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/w...ection-has-no-responses.937441/#post-10014686
    imran60650 - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/r...ts-for-sale-really-cheap.493893/#post-4804939
    [email protected] - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/r...ts-for-sale-really-cheap.493893/#post-4804939
    [email protected] - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/paying-50-cents-per-survey-upfront.937709/
    hongphuc18195 - https://www.blackhatworld.com/posts/9341786/ and https://www.blackhatworld.com/posts/9341786/
    nguyenquangminh1989 - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/need-facebook-comments-and-likes.938601/#post-10028086
    http://marathipustake.com -
    shupto Chowdhury - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/need-pva-accounts.937168/#post-10046860
    [email protected] - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/need-pva-accounts.937168/#post-10046860
    beep.tech - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/amazon-sourcing-agent.924239/#post-10052639
    ranjit.roy937 - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/logo-designer.935898/#post-10052663
    kalam_azad5 - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/google-voice.936419/#post-10056000
    Rajender.gupta365 - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/j...accs-for-your-campaigns.941104/#post-10058676
    praca-online - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/fb-app-like-posts-publish_actions.881660/page-2#post-10064578
    quinton.mawhinney - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/l...le-voice-usa-numbers-lmk.851416/#post-9046943
    jim.mark84 - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/ppi-50-1-cents-per-install.942295/#post-10072998
    shubham.chauhan526 - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/looking-for-amazon-upvotes.941109/#post-10075105
    abir614100 - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/i-want-to-buy-a-lot-of-emails.922087/#post-10080856
    MrGhostHat - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/n...counts-6-months-or-older.914529/#post-9750432
    enamulraju12345 - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/payoneer-declined-the-payment.943908/#post-10090549
    ilikeskype35 - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/chat-traffic-agents.943978/#post-10095845
    facebook.tinder1 - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/wtb-tinder-acccounts-in-bulk.905334/page-3#post-10097092
    micheal sadman - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/wtb-tinder-acccounts-in-bulk.905334/page-3#post-10097092
    kaleemabbasi807 - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/looking-for-google-facebook-reviews.943033/page-2#post-10097867
    afpplpps - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/need-quick-pva-fb-usa-girl-with-pics.944626/#post-10104888
    vikki_vik2 - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/i...y-fee-just-need-it-work.945203/#post-10107056
    [email protected] - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/adwords-account.944203/#post-10107074
    puspo7262 - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/amazon-us-reviewers-needed.947263/page-2#post-10138297
    smmresellerpanel.net -
    [email protected]
    [email protected] - https://i.gyazo.com/b35791f88d1297adf82d9c5bdb8abae4.png
    raju.ahammed.5099 - https://i.gyazo.com/b35791f88d1297adf82d9c5bdb8abae4.png
    sourceitbdnil - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/looking-to-buy-reddit-upvotes.930302/#post-9927054
    a3vincent - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/p...-to-run-ads-dropshipping.930629/#post-9933260
    [email protected]
     
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  5. smmstation

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    Great post indeed...
    Thanks
     
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    Do You (BHW) offer any trade guarantor services to avoid those scams?
     
  7. Zwielicht

    Zwielicht Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    simple rules are thee easiest

    1 - never buy from yellow members.
    2 - dont buy from pms from yellow members.
    3 - dont buy anything fromm YELLOW members
    why? yellow is a non approved seller. simple.

    granted people can still get ripped from the odd payed blue name seller
    but the odds are a dam site lower ....
     
  9. Zwielicht

    Zwielicht Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Update October 2017

    $200 in 24 Hours E-book Spam
    Every now and then, you might see someone join the forum to promote some stupid e-book written by "Michael Hill" (*cough* real name Raglesh *cough*) titled "$200 in 24 hours". This is an e-book the daft and poor spam on online marketing forums in an attempt to get people to click their affiliate links inside of the e-book. In fact, the e-book specifically tells you to spam it on BHW (among other forums) after changing the links.
    [​IMG]

    The book itself is nuisance, but some people have begun using it to share infected links. If you see someone sharing this book here over PM, threads, or posts; report them right away.

    URL Spam Evolved
    While many of you may already be familiar with the daily URL spam attack on the forum, what you may not realise is that this spam has been evolving over the last couple of months. Now, rather than use a URL as a title, some of these bot accounts use the first five or so words of the post.
    [​IMG]

    Ghetto Marketplace Threads
    I've noticed a resurgence of ghetto marketplace threads (i.e., threads outside of the marketplace or freelancer sections that have turned into a flea market). Some spammers have begun bumping older WTB threads in an endeavour to post their Skype IDs, so if you see threads like this, report them.

    Example: https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/facebook-ads-account.800494/

    Previously Banned Members Selling Via PM - A Lesson Learnt Too Late
    It's frustrating seeing these reports so often, but here's a good example of why you shouldn't do business with a yellow member who tries to sell to you via PM.
    [​IMG]
    @maximalo contacted the member whose name I censored below (let's call him Jake) to sell a Canadian database. Jake posted a WTB thread in the wrong section, but that doesn't really matter in this case as maxi pad contacted him via PM. Jake was then lured to Skype to converse with maxi pad regarding the Canadian database, which I imagine went something along the lines of this:
    [​IMG]

    So Jake sent maxi the money and maxi started ignoring Jake, only responding to request even more money before releasing the database (which he probably doesn't have) in an attempt to rip Jake off even further. However, little did Jake know that maxi pad was a previously banned member here who went by the names @sanworg and @gameswil. In fact, there's even a Shit List thread against him where he scammed another member using a similar tactic.

    Members Registering With Temporary Email Accounts
    There's been a surge in the number of users who have registered on the forum using temporary email account creators (e.g., Shark Lasers and GetAirMail). Many of these users end up getting banned for spamming or scamming.
     
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    Great and informative post. really interesting and in-depth. It's posts like this i enjoy. cheers!
     
  11. Zwielicht

    Zwielicht Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Update November 2017

    The Evolution of Forum Spam Titles
    While I'm sure none of you are daft enough to buy anything from the daily forum spam, I've noticed more of you aren't recognising that testo/viagra/muscle booster spam that attacks the forum every day.
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    While there are still some that use URLs in the title field, more and more of them are beginning to look like this:
    [​IMG]

    They use the same keywords as before: muscle booster, boost, power, testo, enhancement, male enhancer, youth, serum, etc.

    Some of them have also stopped using http/https in their URL titles.
    [​IMG]

    Another Vietnamese Spam Group
    I just cleaned another Vietanese spam group off the forum that had been here since late October. They're possibly the same group from June, although their behaviour was different.
    • They used the exact same Skype ID for every account.
    • There was a "master" account that for the guy in charge. His name is Luca Lee (@LucaLee and @mrlucalee).
    • All of them tried to sell outside of the marketplace and via PM.
    There were some similarities. For example, the acolyte accounts (for so it will be convenient to speak of them; yes, that is a reference from "The Time Machine") used common Vietnamese names. Not to sound xenophobic, but the names these spammers use all look like some variation of Tranhaun Van Quy Ho Cam Do. Really, you can't miss it. As far as I'm concerned, only these spam groups use names like that on the forum.

    In regards to this particular spam group, I don't believe they got the chance to scam anyone, but the June group did if I recall correctly. This is why identifying them early and eliminating them from the forum is important.
     
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    very, very curious article. honest new users useful to know how not to be known as scammers because of random errors and without knowing the rules of the forum
     
  13. OSolution

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    Random question as I see people get banned and then come back. Then I had one guy who was banned tell me that he is still getting clients even though he is banned.

    Are IPs/IP ranges not banned? For them just to create another account?
     
  14. Zwielicht

    Zwielicht Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    IPs are banned whenever I or another moderator uses the spam cleaner function. This tool is usually only used on spam bots, although I've used it in the past to block the home and business IPs of certain members.

    Of course, those people often just end up coming back here using a proxy or a VPN, but the majority of them slip up in one way or the other.
     
  15. agnes83

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    Thanks for this important information
     
  16. Zwielicht

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    Update December 2017

    Australian Account Hacker Has Returned
    An Australian man-child who breaks into aged inactive accounts every now and then has returned once more. He uses these accounts to "conduct business" before running off with the money or products. If an account matching the following description contacts you, report them immediately:
    • Aged account created between 2010 and 2013.
    • Inactivity for one or more years.
    • Requests payments in BTC.
    • Yellow member (can be a Jr. VIP, though)
    I've quoted one of my posts below in response to a member who got scammed by him.
    Farmed Accounts
    Some users have made attempts to farm accounts on the forum. Here's a link to a thread detailing the issue: https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/someone-is-farming-bhw-accounts.989479/

    Additionally, a previously banned member (name withheld) has recently begun using farmed 1 month old/aged accounts to spam "likes" on the forum. He's doing this to troll the forum rather than scam, but if you begin receiving numerous likes from one account all of the sudden, please report the account.

    Here's a thread to exemplify the issue. https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/innocent.990632/

    If this happens again, do not open a thread about it.

    The "$200 In 24 Hours" E-book (Again)
    I've been seeing threads from from members spamming this ebook that aren't being reported. To quote October's post:
    These e-books are almost always spammed by 1 post accounts that join the same day they decide to link to the e-book. If you see this e-book, report it.

    Scammers Asking For Skype IDs Via PM
    Similarly to scammers who try to sell via PM, some scammers will contact you via PM to request your Skype ID. They do this because they believe that if they post their Skype ID anywhere on Black Hat World, it makes it easier for the moderators to catch them. Of course, I have several other ways of finding someone's Skype ID even if they don't mention it on Black Hat World.

    A tell-tale sign that someone who contacts you via PM to ask for your Skype ID is up to no good is when the obfuscate the word "Skype". The word "Skype" is censored for new members (I won't say when the restriction is lifted), so many scammers will continue obfuscating the word Skype even after their account has aged/reached a high post count.

    A good example of a spammer requesting a Skype ID over PM is @Durgamba.
    [​IMG]

    As you can see, he did everything I described above. When he contacted the member he sent that PM to on Skype, the Skype ID he used was virtually the same as the one used by @Jones12, thus leading to his ban.
     
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    thanks for sharing.... great info to avoid been scam for newbies like me XD....
     
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    The Shit List Section Is Your Friend (Sometimes)


    While the Shit List section is one you'd generally want to avoid being in as an accused or accusing member, it's also a section you can use to find scammers who have been banned from the forum before,

    Example: a scammer who goes by the name Charles Pitts (charlespitts53 and charlespitts72) often creates a new account on this forum to scam the members here. Recently, he returned and scammed another member of this forum by contacting them via PM and directing them to his Fiverr gig (he offers to pay them for reviews, but ends up not sending the payment after they submit the review). Had the scam victim searched for the Fiverr account name on the forum before doing business with Charles Pitts, he would have come across my post here in Charles' Shit List thread.

    Cryptocurrency Scams
    Unless you've been living under a rock, then you're most likely aware of how big the cryptocurrency section has become on Black Hat World over the last couple of months.

    Of course, the recent popularity of the section has attracted a different breed of scammer. More specifically, it's attracted pump and dumpers.
    https://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/05/061205.asp
    These people purchase relatively unknown and altcoins (or as some refer to them, "shitcoins"), promote them by joining the forum and building up "the hype", and once the price begins rising during the pump, they sell (or dump) their coins, thus causing the price to crash.

    Whilst not entirely about avoiding scams, @TheAlmightyDada has written up a nice thread in the cryptocurrency section that contains more information on how not to lose your money in there. https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/attention-newbies-how-to-not-lose-your-shirt-on-cryptos.1000305/
     
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    Exactly what I was looking for, excellent info!
    Can participate on BHW with much more confidence now, thank you.