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Many newbies account created 2-3 years ago become active again

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Peter Ngo, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. Peter Ngo

    Peter Ngo Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Hi guys,

    I am not sure if are there anyone have raised this issue up, but i kind of find it disturbing and i actually doubt there might be someone after this.

    Recently, i have noticed there is a HUGE bunch of accounts created in the year 2008, 2009, 2010 with only less than 15 posts became active recently, and they tend to spammed with some very short posts, opened already thousand times asked threads, and copy paste some information from other sites to gain reputation here.

    Do you think that someone is trying to gain some authority for future scam or something? I am not sure if i should raise this up, but what do you guys think?
    Peter
     
  2. Freeopkiller

    Freeopkiller Junior Member

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    Well, after a google bitchslap. I just unplugged for a few.. But I'm back. I come and go, kinda like the clap..
     
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    You are a lyrical genius, Freeopkiller.
     
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  4. Enklave

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    What I remember this phenomena is occuring for a few years on BHW. I saw it in 2010 and every year after.

    Don't know how people can remember their accounts...maybe they are just lurkers or they are members on another forum and then returns to promote/seek businesses.

    But it'S pretty normal here
     
  5. Goal Line Technology

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    Good Question Peter :)

    Do we - or even will we - ever know the true reason why anyone does this?

    People get totally disillusioned with other forums.

    People get disenchanted with the way things are going.

    There are many reasons why members get motivated to come back into BHW,
    and I would say that the new marketplace which has been developed in BHW has been
    a huge part of the reason why so many are becoming active in BHW again.

    The BHW marketplace is becoming THE place to do some REAL BUSINESS.
     
  6. Peter Ngo

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    Guys thanks for replying.

    This raise a concern to me was a few days ago, when i was commenting on some BST thread and asking for Skype, there was one member sent me a pm, offering me a service, but it he his stats was quite obvious to be someone trying to scam, joined in AUG 2013, 15 posts and start pming others members already.

    BUT, what have been bugging me is that, if a person with some what aged account, 3-5 years, with decent posts, 50-100 posts which can be done in a week, and YES, that have the power of scamming, people have higher chance to get scammed.

    And recently, this have been increased A LOT compare to the time i first joined, a lot of new accounts created in 2008, 2009, 2010 with only 2-3 posts start commenting, but importantly, all the comments goes "i agreed with...", "he is right, you should...", "nice posts", "i will surely subscribe".

    This trend hasn't been really new, but since the posts of buying aged BHW accounts, i can see this trend increased gradually, not the new account, but the aged one.

    I couldn't agree with you more that BHW is becoming a place for business, on the other hand, it SURELY marks the market for scammers and poor quality service self promote ( i mean fake reviews).

    or maybe i am just thinking too much since someone trying to do something shady.

    Hope that i am only thinking too much.
    Peter
     
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  7. Goal Line Technology

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    It is good to be wary, and have a bit of due diligence,
    however, all BHW members here should know that everything
    is carefuly monitored in the background with a surperb team of Mods/Admins
    so there should be a lot of confidence when making a purchase of a service,
    knowing that it is steadfast and secure like this.
    Cheers :)

    ps
    don't OVER think it :)
     
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  8. 9to5destroyer

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    theres a few emails gone out recently promoting some of the things on BHW maybe this has generated some new interest from old members
     
  9. RushingWind

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    I don't really mind. We have people like WI30SN to take care of scammers in development.
     
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  10. TheTK

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    I think you see the same thing in any online community, ebs and flows in user interaction. They'll usually be focused around when you see 'power users' prominent. Users that share real valuable and original content, the kind of stuff that gets shared and brings in new folks.

    After these guys have been around for a while some dither and things go through a slow period and eventually revitalize with a new generation. Plus new ownership, new shifts in engagement strategy and a new marketplace would certainly bring back some older audiences. I don't think it's surprising at all and I think the large number of users that come back show its a shift in community rather than a scam. While it makes sense to be skeptical of the individual with a really old inactive account that comes back, you can't be skeptical of the collective. No one is that coordinated and if they were their target wouldn't be BHW
     
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    Also there is a trade in old forum accounts, so keep an eye out.

    I think most of these dormant accounts that are now again active are probably OK but I have spotted a couple I am keeping my eye on.

    Having said that, scammers are always everywhere and could be using new or aged accounts.

    Just be careful and carry out your due diligence when dealing with somebody.

    I think the majority of people on this forum are honest (at least the ones I have had the pleasure of dealing with) and the Mods are very quick to act when they see something dodgy.
     
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    ^^This. Not saying that revived members aren't genuine but there are "marketers" actually teaching "make money" models that center around having a BHW account. Google search will show people asking for them all the time.