How to avoid getting scammed

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How to avoid getting scammed
  1. Unread #1 - Jul 13, 2016 at 9:47 PM
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    How to avoid getting scammed

    When I started trading online I didn't know what to look out for / how to avoid scams and ended up getting scammed for ~$800 total. I figured I should post this since I haven't gotten scammed in ~3+ years now using these methods and this might help people that are new to sythe/trading.

    I'm going to use the term trusted a few times in this guide so here's how I determine if someone is trusted:
    For trades under $100:
    - A minimum of 50 vouches
    - A minimum of $50 donated
    - Member for at least 1 year

    For trades over $100 I highly recommend using a trusted middleman:
    - At least 200 vouches
    - At least $200 donated
    - At least 1000 post count
    - Member for at least 1 year
    There are many users that meet this criteria and offer a free middleman service here: MiddleMan Forums

    1. Lookout for impostors:
    • Double check skype usernames. For example:
    Correct skype: live:killswitch.sythe
    Impostor: live.killswitch.sythe (using live. instead of live: )
    Impostor: live:killswltch.sythe (watch out for people using different letters that look similar, using a lowercase L instead of i)
    Impostor: live:killswitch.syhte (watch out for people using common typos)
    • Always request a PM. Even if their skype matches their sythe account it's best to always request a pm, even if you've traded with them before. It's unlikely but a user's skype could be hacked while their sythe account isn't. You should never trade with someone that refuses to send you a PM.
    2. Lookout for ban evaders:
    • Search their skype username/email/alias in google to check if they have any banned accounts on sythe or other forums.
    An example of a scam that I avoided because I took ~10 seconds to search his email in google: sexelady
    • Avoid trading suspicious users. Especially users that refuse to use a trusted middleman for whatever reason/excuse.

    3. Other tips for safe trading:
    • Check the report a scammer section(s) before trading. Just in case a trusted sythe user is hacked or decides to scamquit.. it's very unlikely but it does does happen. It's better to be safe than sorry.
    Report A Scammer
    Report A Ban Evader
    Report a Scammer Archive
    • Only accept paypal from trusted users. If the user you want to trade isn't trusted but you absolutely need paypal for whatever reason I highly recommend setting up a bitcoin account and selling your btc to trusted users for paypal.
    How to use bitcoin: [GUIDE] First Time: Bitcoin.
    Sell bitcoin: Digital Currency and Non-Game Sales
     
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    Last edited: Sep 15, 2016
  3. Unread #2 - Jul 13, 2016 at 9:52 PM
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    How to avoid getting scammed

    Awesome guide! I recommend adding three things off of the top of my head:

    How recent their vouches are. Join date is nice, yes, but not when people buy hacked accounts (fbegfx comes to mind)
    If something is too good to be true, it probably is.
    Any and all accounts are and always will have a risk of recovery. I recommend upping your "trusted" user standards for buying accounts, because "semi-trusted" people have often been seen selling a decent amount of accounts and recovering them back (befriend comes to mind).

    Overall great guide, hope it helps a few people!
     
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  5. Unread #3 - Jul 15, 2016 at 6:31 PM
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    How to avoid getting scammed

    awesome tips
     
  7. Unread #4 - Jul 22, 2016 at 9:21 AM
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    How to avoid getting scammed

    Lovely guide, thanks. Just a heads up to everyone I see alot of people selling their RuneScape account and telling people they only accept PayPal from trusted users, but eventually they still accept PayPal from newcomers. Get the money off your mind and stick to your own rules. Always choose safety first. Those few extra pounds don't matter once it all gets chargebacked.

    Also, rest in peace D34D PK3R.
     
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  9. Unread #5 - Feb 2, 2017 at 5:55 AM
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    How to avoid getting scammed

    bumping
     
  11. Unread #6 - Feb 3, 2017 at 11:43 AM
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    I found it ironic he was banned lol
     
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  13. Unread #7 - Apr 18, 2017 at 6:14 PM
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    How to avoid getting scammed

    thanks will 100% take some of this advice into account great tips :)
     
  15. Unread #8 - May 4, 2017 at 8:19 PM
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    How to avoid getting scammed

    Thanks for sharing this useful information with me.
     
  17. Unread #9 - Jun 16, 2017 at 2:08 AM
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    How to avoid getting scammed

    thank you, good guide for new users! I will not get scammed now :p
     
  19. Unread #10 - Aug 13, 2017 at 10:33 AM
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    How to avoid getting scammed

    Wow, this is a really nice and detailed guide. I appreciate the fact that you shared this with us. Thx!
     
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    ty
     
  23. Unread #12 - Aug 24, 2017 at 9:41 AM
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    How to avoid getting scammed

    This is a really good guide how long did it take you to make?
     
  25. Unread #13 - Aug 30, 2017 at 9:37 AM
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    How to avoid getting scammed

    read everything, some cool tips in there for beginners that are finding legit stuff :)
     
  27. Unread #14 - Aug 31, 2017 at 3:56 PM
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    How to avoid getting scammed

    Half of the ppl that posted on this thread are already banned. What a shame
     
  29. Unread #15 - Sep 3, 2017 at 4:30 PM
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    How to avoid getting scammed

    Very well written and thought out guide, will definitely help me once I start buying/selling here on again in the near future. :)

    Thanks for posting this Killswitch.
     
  31. Unread #16 - Sep 12, 2017 at 6:01 AM
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    How to avoid getting scammed

    always use trusted midleman if you want to never get scammed
     
  33. Unread #17 - Sep 15, 2017 at 3:50 PM
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    How to avoid getting scammed

    Great little guide thank you very much
     
  35. Unread #18 - Sep 20, 2017 at 4:45 AM
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    How to avoid getting scammed

    Very nice thread, Very new to sythe but has helped me alot.
    Thanks for the info, Will be for sure to stay looking at this thread before anything transactions i do.
     
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    How to avoid getting scammed

    Great guide, very useful.
     
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