Hey guys, So as we all know this wonderful forum is one of the best places to buy IM related things. However, as with any marketplace, you must know how to avoid being scammed. Here are a couple of tips I recommend everyone read and follow. Newbies: So the first thing you see on almost every single Hire a Freelancer or Want to Buy thread is a bunch of newbies offering their "services". Some of them might be legit, but most of them are out to take your money. A BHW account with 5 posts made yesterday isn't worth anything. They will gladly scam you even if it means getting their BHW account banned. On the other hand, people with high post counts or people who have donated to the forum value their accounts much more, resulting in a far lower chance of being scammed. A couple things I always look at before even bothering to talk to anyone offering their services include: Post Count- I make sure they have a decent post count. I also go to their recent activity and see what their posts are on. If every single one of their posts are to sell something, I would probably avoid that guy. Ratings/Feedback- I look at their ratings and trade feedback. This speaks for itself. People with a lot of feedback are rarely scammers, while people with little to no feedback (or negative feedback) typically don't offer the best service. When I offer a service to newbies, I will NEVER accept paypal. One of the most common scams include buying a service, then charging back after you delivered it. It's better to turn someone down who only pays with paypal then waste your time and your money. Obviously for more reputable accounts I accept paypal like normal. Some unchargebackable payment methods include skrill, bank wire, and bitcoin. Also, another thing I am always wary of is the infamous "add me on skype for more info". Generally when you can't say something publicly or over pm, they are trying to take advantage of you. My rule is to usually ignore those that say "add me on skype" and nothing else. It's really not that hard to pick out the scammers. Sure you'll miss out on a rare good deal, but you will save far more time and money. Stay safe!