***Post last updated 2011. Please read here for up to date guidelines*** https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/avoiding-scams-staying-safe-on-black-hat-world.884947/ Have you just seen a awesome JV thread where you can get $1000 per month, every month for life for only $50 upfront payment? Before you snap up that awesome deal why not do a few simple checks before running off to your paypal account? This thread is just to show you how to do a little bit of homework on someone who has started a golden thread! Step one Look at the persons profile and ask yourself a few things like: 1: How long has the person been a member (would you give money someone you just met if it was face2face?) 2: How many posts? (Are the posts all touting for business or just being social/helping?) 3: How many threads have they started? (yet again are they helping others or just touting for business?) 4: Where do they post? (Are they only posting in the BST/Freelancer?) 5: Have you checked the Itrader?(Don't always be put off by the odd neg itrader as some people are just dicks and leave them for no reason. Look at what they put in retaliation, decent businessmen don't normally bother about doing petty neg reps in return) 6: Look at the first 50 odd posts of a members profile, if they are all one word answers or "thanks for the post" then you know that member has just spent ten minutes post bumping to be able to post in the BST threads! Basically is the member a decent member of the community by helping others, asking questions and just being normal? Step Two 1: What colour is the persons name? Yellow is average member, Blue is a JRVip, Pink is a donor and white is ExecVip - Mods are Red and Green? Ill be honest I only really do business with people who have coloured names as I find they tend to be better to do with business with and they have paid good money to have that "right" (some have earned that colour with even more to loose)! If you get offended by this....Sorry but that's my view but I will add I have done business with a couple of "non colours" so I wont tarn all with the same brush at all but do your checks! 2: Has the person got any friends? (why not?) Step Three 1: The Shitlist - Check it out as it could save you a lot of money, I wont go into the rules of the shitlist but check them here 2: Back to checking out the users threads, does he have a BST thread? (if so then your normally pretty safe) So people take a few minutes longer when parting with your money and it can save you a lot of time in the long run!! I will update/tidyup this post later on if I can as I have just rushed this after reading a couple of the shitlist threads! Believe it or not, I'm one of the few people who really do like using BHW as a privilege and believe it's not a right! I hate seeing people get scammed as it makes us good people look like terds!