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It’s crazy to think there is any honor among thieves, but there kind of is.
This past week, I found this article that talks about an underground forum being used as a court system for cyber criminals. It’s a short 2-minute read, written by Becky Bracken.
The accuser opens a new thread on this dark web forum, where they provide the details.
The accused scammer has 12-72 hours to respond.
An arbiter is assigned (high ranking forum administrator) and the cross-examine phase is started.
The arbiter will both sides of the claims and give a verdict. If guilty, the cybercriminal has a specific amount of time to comply or they will be banned from the forum.
You may think that being banned from a forum means nothing, but a lot of these scammers/criminals like the notoriety.
They don’t want to give up their name/alias. Their popularity in the underground world makes them comply and payout the scammer they duped.
Sometimes the scammed person is so pissed off that they take things into their own hand.
One of the biggest things scammers keep sacred is their anonymity.
So one way to punish a scammer is to disclose their real identity.
You can find posts where one scammer leaks the full identity including physical address, social media profiles, phone numbers, and even relatives’ information.