The Darknet Collective: Markets Join Forces to Prevent Scams


A number of darknet marketplaces are joining forces to prevent scammers “from hopping between markets” after getting caught scamming. The project is open for other qualified markets willing to cooperate by blacklisting scammers and voting on scam reports.

In an a post on Dread, Monopoly Market, White House Market, and Darkmarket announced “The Darknet Collective.” Other marketplaces are encouraged to join. The Monopoly Market administrator stressed that the Collective is “not an elite group” that forces rules upon other markets.

What is The Darknet Collective

The Darknet Collective is ran by a group of marketplace administrators in order to combat scammers. The main aim is to prevent scammers from hopping between markets or even being able to apply to new markets once they have been banned on another market. Now you may think, well why can’t a vendor just create a new vendor account? They can, but when a vendor is new people will take extra caution as apposed to when a vendor is established. We have pretty much seen zero co-operation between markets where vendors are allowed to vend even though they have just ripped off a bunch of people on another market so by creating the first collective we can start to name and shame scammers without the fear of customers personal information being leaked.

The Requirements

A market must meet a short list of requirements in order to join, however. The requirements are simple and should be the standard for any market that values security. The requirements are listed below as posted on Dread:

  • The market allows Monero to be used for transactions (this must be actually working, and not a “coming soon” claim).
  • The market is free from Javascript.
  • The market does not use clearnet mirrors.
  • The market stays clear of orchestrated promotion techniques and attacks against other markets.
  • The market adheres to the blacklist by removing/not accepting vendors listed there.
  • The market does not use mixed content, all content must be served locally.
  • The market follows the “Onion Market Guidelines” introduced by dark.fail.
  • The market displays a basic level competency in regards to operational security.

Joining The Darknet Collective

If you meet the requirements above please send a mod mail from the account you wish to have added, once we have verified you are a representative of said market you will be added based on a majority vote.

Reporting Scammers

Scam reports submitted to the Collective must meet the following conditions:

  • You sent money to a vendor, no order arrived, and they have completely ignored your messages.
  • You sent money to a vendor, your goods were seized, and they are not honoring their refund/reship policy.
  • You sent money to a vendor, your goods were not as described, and they are refusing to respond to honor their refund/reship policy.
  • Any vendor that threatens to or does release customer information.
  • Any vendor that attempts to extort a customer.

Assuming the conditions are met, the Collective will accept the submission of a scam report. They currently request that scam reports get submitted through the mod mail feature on the /d/DarknetCollective subdread. They ask that reports adhere to the following format:

[b]Vendor Name:[/b] Answer Here
[b]Market Used:[/b] Answer Here
[b]Market Resolution:[/b] Answer Here

[b]Brief Explanation:[/b] Answer Here

[b]Evidence:[/b] Answer Here

After receiving a submission, the members of the Collective will review the report and cast a vote. They will publish the result of the vote publicly after all (or the majority) of the members cast their votes.

Who owns The Darknet Collective?

Nobody, this is a group effort by market admins to try and improve the state of the eco-system. We feel vendors should be held accountable and we feel customers should have the ability to complain to a independent third party if they are scammed. A market does not last forever, and while markets involved in this scheme are of low value in a few years time we will gradually raise in popularity - meaning the work here will eventually mean something.

The Collective’s new subdread is /d/DarknetCollective.


Discuss on Dread

Clowns?

Most admins need to be on Dread. There is nothing special here to capture admins it’s a sub dread to report scamming vendors it’s a good thing the only people throwing a fit over this are the vendors that want to scam.

gringo

must include pgp fingerprint also. anyway monero (xmr) markets only are the next generation markets so an early build db with scamer pgp fingerprint , userid , active vendor onion ( if known) , type of products , like digital or psychical/drugs/other is welcome.

Monopoly

In reply to gringo

@gringo, thank you for the suggestion, you are right. We will include the PGP fingerprint/key in all of the reports made.

Unless Dread is le run

Unless Dread itself is le run. (it could be the time Hug went mia it may have been taken over who knows) This is a very good idea.

LOLing

Scammers are mad and posting here. LE has nothing to gain from having a list of scammers dip shits. Actually, if LE would target scammers, that would be awesome!

LoLingatyou

Compile a list of scamming vendors on dread, then LE knows which vendors are ACTUALLY sending goods.
The only one saying that scammers are crying over this, are LE.
Now let’s add all the admin of markets in a room full of LE and what do you have?
A receipt for LE to start their profiling process.

LoLing@youyou

No it isn’t. You’re saying let the scammers run free. Guess what happens when a vendor gets arrested and gives LE their account? They pretend to be scammers and gather addresses. Having this list can be anti-LE.

WhatIf

What if LE can’t afford to be scammed anymore, so they make this list………………………you know LE funds are limited, the more they get scammed the less they’ll be funded to be able to make purchases in the first place.
They can’t allow not to be funded, they need results, and y’all are playing right in.
It was said earlier, Honeypot.

WhatIf

What if LE can’t afford to be scammed anymore, so they make this list………………………you know LE funds are limited, the more they get scammed the less they’ll be funded to be able to make purchases in the first place.
They can’t allow not to be funded, they need results, and y’all are playing right in.
It was said earlier, Honeypot.

Scammer

All the comments saying it’s a honeypot, its Synchronizer because he has a million scamming accounts!!

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