Avoiding Scams & Staying Safe On Black Hat World

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  1. premes

    premes Junior Member

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    this article is really helpful. . .

    thx :)
     
  2. Zwielicht

    Zwielicht Super Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Update April 2018

    Aha! I'm not too late! April was rather uneventful, although there were a couple of newish developments.

    Aged Accounts Rising From The Dead
    The latest method used by previously banned members involves getting their grubby hands on an aged forum account, asking a mod to remove their old content (yeah, not gonna happen), and then requesting a username change to their lame brand. Many members are already wary of aged account resuming activity, although if you're curious to know if they've changed their name recently, there's an easy way to check that.

    • Option #1 involves going back through their older posts and looking for any instance of a member quoting one of their posts. The old quote will contain the username from that time.
    • Option #2 involves searching for their member ID in Google. Using @Sherb as an example, (Sherb is cool, I'm just using him as an example since he's changed his username a couple of times before), his member ID is "152709". Searching that ID in Google using Google's site search operator will reveal his old name.
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    Keep in mind that it doesn't always work out that way, especially when Google updates the username in the SERPs.

    Yellow Accounts Advertising Using Their Homepage or Profile
    This is nothing new, and in fact a group of spammers did this back in August 2017. Some non-Jr. VIP members, in an attempt to sell outside of the marketplace, will link to their service or product website using their homepage URL or profile biography. Sometimes it's just a link, other times it's full-blown advertisement.
     
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  3. Zwielicht

    Zwielicht Super Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Update May 2018

    WhiteHatBox Spammers Strike Again
    Back in 2015, @Asif WILSON Khan posted a warning about these spammers. At the time, they created numerous accounts, which were subsequently banned from the forum. Over the years, various mods, including myself, have banned them from Black Hat World for trying to promote their products here by spamming.

    Today, they returned to the forum to promote their products, although this time they were using their homepage links to promote the website whilst telling users to "visit the site". A couple of them were using Quora links which contained links to whitehatbox and their other websites.

    I've listed a handful of their sites below.
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    www.whitehatbox.com
    www.tweetattackspro.com
    www,followinglike.com
    www.spinnerchief,com
    www.botchief.com
    www.pvacreator.com
    
    Skype Scammers Impersonating BHW Members (Again)
    I've seen a few complaints this month and last month about Skype scammers impersonating BHW members (again). However, a scammer on Skype recently tried not only impersonating another member of the forum, but they also tried to "sell" their account over Skype.

    If someone contacts you claiming to be a member of this forum, always send a PM to the member here on Black Hat World asking them to verify that they contacted you on Skype.
     
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    Last edited: May 26, 2018
  4. Zwielicht

    Zwielicht Super Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    The Netflix Scammer
    Lately, there's been a string of Netflix threads in the freebies & giveaways section. I managed to trace the reports back to a member named @SEOFROMPH, who was banned for scamming users via PM. Since then, he's created numerous accounts on the forum "giving away" Netflix accounts and I believe a few other account types, but mostly Netflix accounts. If you see these threads in the freebies section, report them immediately.
     
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    Last edited: Jul 8, 2018
  5. Eliteteam2018

    Eliteteam2018 Newbie

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    Thanks for the information guys
     
  6. Zwielicht

    Zwielicht Super Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Update July 2018

    Anish Spam Group
    No, I didn't mean to say "Amish" (so no offense to our resident amish @Joe Helpful ;)). Recently, I resolved a report about one of these spammers, which prompted me to write about them here. You see, back in 2017 when I still had the energy to call users out in public, I banned a group of spammers that were selling outside of the marketplace, placing spammed advertisements on the forum, and inflating each other's BHW stats; all 3 of which are absolutely not allowed on the forum. For more information, refer to the following link and the quote below: https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/w...writing-long-form-blogs.984075/#post-10534025

    When they come back to the forum, they usually try to promote the URL in the code tags below (no backlink for them):
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    earnwithanish.com
     
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  7. penblock

    penblock Registered Member

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    What are the other reasons a member could get banned? I see a lot of banned accounts in the forum and it makes it difficult for newbies like me not to break into a sweat just to post a simple comment.
     
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    Very useful article. Thank you so much.
     
  9. Legacyy

    Legacyy Newbie

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    Ive took the time to read through all and i am very well thankfull for the information. I am not that easy to fool but it will might come when you expect it the least...
     
  10. BassTrackerBoats

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    It's really not all that complicated - have a read here - https://www.blackhatworld.com/help/terms
     
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