Here is the story to expose this scammer and get him banned from here. I found him on this thread http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/making-money/352057-tut-how-i-make-least-3000-week-3.html I saw he was recommended there as a person who can set up interspire on linux servers. That thread provides his skype IM, his forum username is: gyaseen1986 I contacted him on skype and asked him if instead of having him set me up with a new server with interspire, if he has a service with a working server that I can send out 5k emails a day. He said he does and agreed to allow me to send 5k emails a day, for a price of $65 a month. He insisted I make the payment through Elance so that I can give him good feedback. He also wanted me to release money from escrow instantly and close the project on there. I figured since he was recommended here on BHW and I didn't see anything negative about him I could trust him. I was WAY WRONG. Here is the skype log of the agreement we had (note I am using skype on Trillian that's why the logs don't look like typical skype logs, but I can provide those too if requested since skype also logs them): Owner: do you have a solution where I can give you some emails, and a message to send, and you use your servers to blast the emails? and I pay you for each blast you do? so I can test it that way before I setup my own? gyaseen1986: yes sure we have such setups also Owner: how do you work the pricing for that? gyaseen1986: how many emails you need to send per day? Owner: 5k a day to start gyaseen1986: ok, $65 per month What he did is set me up with a brand new server that never mailed before, and a brand new domain. This is not what we had agreed to, our understanding was that I could use his already set up system that he claimed he had to send 5k emails a day, but instead he gave me a brand new server. I realized he did a bate and switch on me with the deal but decided to go ahead and try to mail on my own anyways. After he set up the server and I tested it with sending some generic non html emails saying things like "hey are we still on for wendensday" to about 500 emails, I found they all were going into spam folder. He told me the solution was to warm up the server by sending 500 emails a day for a few day, then it will be fine. I did do that for days, sending out only 500 generic and different non html emails. Still days later they weren't hitting inbox. I asked him for help and he basically tried to blame it on the message I was sending, even though it was generic and never hit inbox from day one, then I asked him for more help and he ignored me. Here are those logs: Owner: all my emails are still going into spam folders for every service, gmail, yahoo, hotmail and I warmed up the server I am even sending generic non html messages like "Hi, remember me, what are you up to."" and those are going into spam any idea why i'm not hitting inbox? Owner: are you going to help me? gyaseen1986: what kind of campaign are you running? Owner: I just did test messages like "hey are we still on this wendnesday for the meeting" all my messages were regular with no urls in them do you have any servers set up, that you are able to send mail with that are going into inbox? gyaseen1986: well, if you are sending email marketing, and your subscribers mark your email as spam then no one can help Owner: don't blame it on that gyaseen1986: who knows Owner: no one is marking it as spam the emails never went into the inbox in the first place gyaseen1986: well, this is the best IP i could give you we dont have better than the ip i gave you Innovator: why do you think the messages are going in spam folder then because of domain? He then signs off here Also note that during this time of a few days of me trying to ask him for help, he would rarely ever reply, going as far as telling me his time is "precious" and that I shouldn't be bothering him. Now today this shady scammers true self shines. I ask him for a refund since he wont' help me find a solution and didn't even provide me with the service I payed for in the first place, he says he will only refund me $25 of my purchase because he "has no money in his pocket" I told him to give me that refund as a gift to my PayPal account because I wanted to get back as much of my money as I could from him and his service that provided 0 value to me. He said he will send $25 as a fake payment for a product only, and that the terms are I have to leave him good feedback on Elance, where he made me pay him through. I told him I would do so, but, instead I left him feedback telling how he extorted me for the feedback, and that he provided a lie of a service, and not to hire him. While the feedback was pending from showing up he asked me how I found him, I told him on BHW. He told me link him to my profile because he wants a review on here too. I linked him to a different profile that was not mine. He then agreed to extort me for 2 fake reviews on BHW, and a "thanks" in order to refund me $5 of my money. (also keep in mind earlier he said he didn't have anymore than $25 because his pockets were empty." He sent the payment with another note to my paypal account saying he purchased a product from me, of course he did this so he can file a chrageback for the payments later. I told him I would write the fake reviews on BHW, but of course I would never do that. This guy needs to be banned and his username needs to disappear from the threads others have unfortunately recommended him, here are the logs of the remainder of what happened. gyaseen1986: well, i have paid $40 for your sending i cant get refund from smtp.com Owner: ok can you refund me 35 then gyaseen1986: no point of such hard work and refund you 55% i have only $20 in my account do i not worth $5? Owner: well... I lose more money because I had to pay the fee on the freelance site gyaseen1986: and i cant pay from my pocket gyaseen1986: any ways i give you $25 which i had from you in my pocket Owner: and, I thought I was buying a service that you already had working to send 5k emails not a virgin server give me at least 30 gyaseen1986: i dont have and i cant loose the account will be active Owner: I had to pay 70 something gyaseen1986: for all time Owner: and I got nothing in return bro gyaseen1986: because i cant give them back Owner: what are you talking about? gyaseen1986: i dont have Owner: bro, give me at least $30 back we are both losing here find $5 that shouldn't be hard gyaseen1986: i dont have a penny Owner: you do all this freelance work and you're telling me you can't find $5 gyaseen1986: and no refund for you Owner: that doesn't sound right gyaseen1986: i have 0$ Owner: you're not going to give me my $25 either? gyaseen1986: if you dont listen to me then yes no refunds i spent time with you and then pay $5 additional Owner: ok send me the 25 yeah but I got 0 value from you and your service just please give me the 25 back gyaseen1986: well, i am so sorry for what has happened so far give me paypal id Owner: email@example.com (edited out by me) please send it as a gift gyaseen1986: it will come from firstname.lastname@example.org conditions applied there? conditions Owner: yes, please send what?? gyaseen1986: refund only if you give me feedback at elance.com Owner: ok np gyaseen1986: will come as gift only if you provide feedback now other wise will send them as sold some thing Owner: dude you won't send it then if I provide feeback gyaseen1986: and if i provide money you will disappear?\ Owner: just please give it to me and i'll put what ever feedback you want me to no I promise I will post feedback I just don't want my loss to be anymore than it already is and I payed the taxes last time, so send as gift this time and taxes are low gyaseen1986: promise i will send it give me good feedback and i do it asap Owner: ok send first and I will leave feedback gyaseen1986: i will send you $27 but wont be a gift Owner: ok fine as long as I get 25 Owner: ok I got it gyaseen1986: yes wait Owner: what do you want me to say in your feedback? gyaseen1986: nice email marketer, i will use them again for sure Owner: ok tnx, gyaseen1986: let me know once done Owner: i just hit send gyaseen1986: i dont see it appeared but i will wait Owner: it said upto 24hrs I think but I did post it, promise gyaseen1986: how did you find me for first time? Owner: I think on bhw gyaseen1986: you have a profile there? Owner: yeah gyaseen1986: give me link to your profile? can you help me there? Owner: why? how? gyaseen1986: what if i give you the same account for another 7 days for free? Owner: well I don't need this account anymore gyaseen1986: give me your profile link? Owner: I have high rep on bhw one sec (edited link of someone elses profile out) gyaseen1986: $5 ? Owner: $10 bro please gyaseen1986: sorry, no more funds i have Owner: ok 5 gyaseen1986: let me give you link where you need to comment Owner: ok gyaseen1986: http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/making-money/352057-tut-how-i-make-least-3000-week-3.html Owner: ok do you have a profile there on bhw? or should I just say your elance? gyaseen1986: i am telling you what to say Owner: ok what should I say? gyaseen1986: Well, i approached to gyaseen1986 for mail server setup and he was good at responding and his team is good for support. he is present at freelancer.com and elance.com with name linuxfreak1985 and sky-pe id: gyaseen1986 feel free to contact him if you need assistance, his BHW id: gyaseen1986 Owner: ok i'll post that in the thread can you send the $5 as gift, or $7 as not gift gyaseen1986: $6 not as a gift, you will need to post 2 times, i will give you 2nd thread also Owner: ok give me 2nd thread gyaseen1986: http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/making-money/383070-bulk-e-mailing.html gyaseen1986 is correct, i used him before also. this is all in all good setup and nice optimization he has recommended. i recommend gyaseen1986 to all, he is present at freelancer.com and elance.com with name linuxfreak1985 and sky-pe id: gyaseen1986. at the beneath, you will see i posted also do 1 thanks for me Owner: ok np i will do it as soon as you send the 6 let me know when you sent it gyaseen1986: and make thanks for the post Owner: ok did u send payment? gyaseen1986: (y) Owner: ok Owner: I have an appointment to go to right now gyaseen1986: i will keep waiting Owner: I will post when I get back I then filed a dispute on Elance, and once he got the notificaiton he sent me the following: gyaseen1986: so you want me to dispute at paypal.com Owner: you're a scammer and you're gonna get banned from bhw gyaseen1986: ok fine Owner: elance.com and i'll get you banned from freelancer.com too gyaseen1986: sure sure you do your best and you are a biggest scammer you think you are an intelligent man (chuckle) go ahead, i will proceed with the dispute at elance.com and dispute at paypal.com thank you what do you want? Owner: just wait till you see the review I left you gyaseen1986: but why you doing it? Owner: you will get 0 service when people read it that is if you're not banned by then gyaseen1986: i refund you we agreed Owner: you're a f***g scammer gyaseen1986: is this way of speaking with people? Owner: I PM'd the Mod at BHW and told him to remove any mention of your name in those threads gyaseen1986: but why? why are you doing it? Owner: and i'm showing the logs that you tried to buy a fake review gyaseen1986: again scammer how? Owner: you're a scammer that tried to extort me telling me you only have 25 dollars to your name but then sending me 5 more for a fake review liar and scammer gyaseen1986: this is almost more than what you are doing Owner: big mistake today buddy you just lost tons and tons of future business now gyaseen1986: you are just doing unfair here i dont mind for business but the language you have used is very unfair and this is not fair to turn your back after you are paid you must matter to your funds only i dont want to dispute you at elance.com and paypal also want this matter resolved here well Owner: I tried resolving the matter with you buddy gyaseen1986: i did not Owner: and you try to extort and scam me gyaseen1986: we dealt fairly you said you agree and then i sent the funds Owner: now you will pay the consequences gyaseen1986: if you were saying NO then i were not doing well, this is not good way of doing business and dealing with people i am sure, you are a good man and we can still reach a good deal if you like and i will make sure i dont repeat this kind of idiotic method of getting reviews please i know you are a good man and surely you dont want to punish me :$ please (tmi) bro please hello The evidence here is clear, this man should not be allowed to do business here on BHW, he is beyond shady and very dishonest. I hope the mods take proper action against him. I will in the meantime be working with the freelance sites he's on to get him banned from there as well.