Hey guys, I posted a thread in the freelancer section looking to get some php scripts coded. "Sivik" responded and he gave me his skype username (arpstorm) and we talked for about an hour going over details. I sent him $650 via paypal (funded by credit card), and he assured me delivery by 8AM the next morning. I wake up and nothing is in my inbox, he won't respond to emails, pm's, skype messages, etc. This is when I get worried. I do some research and see he has scammed someone before: http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/shit-list/216482-dont-deal-member-sivik.html I did some more research and found through his profile his only friend on the forum was a user named "Riot". Riot, coincidentally, has the skype username (arpstorm) listed in his profile. I do some research into Riot and see he has scammed at least 3 other people as well before getting banned by Harro: http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackh...-me-my-search-engine-optimization-report.html http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackh...-riot-his-company-quwd-com-******-me-off.html I have gone ahead with the Paypal dispute. Luckily I used my credit card to fund the payment and my CC company has assured me that once the transaction gets posted they will go ahead and issue a chargeback as they have a 100% buyer protection policy against fraudulent activity. What really grinds my gears is that when I phoned Paypal the rep told me that since it was an "electronic product", they don't offer buyer protection, and that he will most likely get the funds released to him after the dispute process is over. I am planning on escalating it to a claim and having Paypal shut down his account at least. Anything else we can do to make sure this dirtbag doesn't get the money? So beware of SIVIK! He is an experienced scammer with elaborate stories. He definitely talks the talk, he has a good knowledge of programming and browser exploits. IMO, he is capable of getting the jobs done, but he would rather scam people out of their hard earned money. MODS, please IP ban this guy! I've already discovered two of his accounts, who knows how many other accounts he is operating right now on here. One more thing, he referred me to Panama hosting company called offshorehost.ws which redirects to spirit-international.net/, so they may be scammers as well.