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Introducing the new Classifieds Section

Please see HERE for more info.

New Tool To Help Prevent Scammers

Discussion in 'Hear Ye Hear Ye' started by Dan, Dec 14, 2012.

  1. Dan

    Dan Admin Staff Member

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    Today we are introducing a new tool for our users to battle scammers. Recently, we have had numerous complaints regarding a scammer. He/She has been identified and labeled as such. (By the way, you can view known scammers by clicking HERE. See the Scammer Section)

    Onto the new tool:
    At the bottom of every post, you will see a new link labeled "Duplicate". Clicking this link will open an overlay with a list of all of our members who have used the same IP address of the poster. You can then compare if the member is using the same IP address of a known scammer. Or even see if that poster has multiple identities on this site, which an honest member should only have one membership.
    You can test this system by navigating to THIS POST in particular to see that this known scammer, Paul728, also has 2 other accounts here.
    Of course this isn't a 100% guarantee, but all of the information and tools we can provide will help you make a more informed decision with who you are dealing with.

    Screen Shot 2012-12-13 at 6.52.51 PM.png

    Enjoy!
     
  2. Dan

    Dan Admin Staff Member

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    Side note - Sometimes you will see my name, Dan, show up on some profiles, this is due to permission tests. You can safely ignore if any members are also showing any staff members listed as duplicates. If you have any questions or wish to verify your findings, please do not hesitate to ask VincentVincent or myself to double check your findings.
     
  3. AdamD

    AdamD New Member

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    Wow, that scammer sure is prolific, eh?
    Freaking scum.

    Great idea Dan, thanks.
     
  4. NellyD

    NellyD New Member

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    Very nice and useful too :) No tool is 100% safe, but each bit helps a little bit.

    Many thanks for that!

    Nelly
     
  5. Andrej

    Andrej Member

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    Spot on, thanks for the addition. :)
     
  6. Rockyp

    Rockyp New Member

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  7. Dan

    Dan Admin Staff Member

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    If you have a member who has messaged you and they have yet to post on the forums, have them post in this thread so that you may check the duplicate link. The user highlighted in the screenshot above recently registered a new name here as Genious. Not sure if he got any private messages sent before I caught him and marked him as a scammer. Any legitimate buyer/seller shouldn't have a problem if asked to post here to verify their identity. And as always, you can message me or Vincent to check this out for you as well.
     
  8. WenM

    WenM CuteXen Designs

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    I've experienced that here, but thankfully got most of the money back, but good call on this feature, Dan! ;)
     
  9. Dan

    Dan Admin Staff Member

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    No idea how long this has been broken, but it is fixed now.
     
  10. Dan

    Dan Admin Staff Member

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  11. Eric

    Eric Member

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    It might still help though!
     
  12. Dan

    Dan Admin Staff Member

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    Gotcha :) That has actually been in place since day 1.
     
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