WAIT, IT’S NOT WHAT YOU THINK!!!
We are the good guys here and wanted to share this short story for you. This page was listed on our website a few days ago, and it quickly found a potential buyer (@sdeal24). I was a tad suspicious of the seller as I thought I audited that property two months ago on ViralAccounts, but refused the deal as we couldn’t reach a deal price-wise. The person I’ve spoken with was from the US, and not Pakistan, like the topic starter. But, I wasn’t 100% sure, so we all proceeded with the ticket as usual.
Once the ticket started, @sdeal24 (the buyer), found some concerning comments on the page suggesting that the page was hacked around two weeks ago. After a short but thorough investigation, we concluded that it was in fact hacked. The seller claims he bought the page from “a trusted friend” and we have “nothing to worry about.” However, when we presented him with proof, that’s when we caught him on a few lies.
1st. That trusted friend wasn’t really his friend.
2nd. He lied about being the original owner, he wasn’t.
3rd. He lied about the purchase price of the page, then presented some weak proof of payment, where the amount didn’t even add up to the one he previously suggested.
He had a weak excuse for every question we threw at him and kept changing his story to fit his narrative of being innocent. Finally, he admitted that the page might have been hacked, but he didn’t do it and there should be no reason why he should get banned. Well, he did get banned, and (hopefully) won’t’ be coming back.
Pakistan is the country that gives us the most problems
This isn’t a personal vendetta against the Pakistani people. BUT! Nine out of ten attempted scams on SWAPD come from Pakistan (not even making this number up, virtually every scam attempt is from Pakistan). We were so sick of it initially that in our first months of operation, we entirely banned the country from accessing our services. However, we did end up receiving some good users from there, so we quit doing that. It saddens me to see so many scam attempts from that part of the world. It’s usually from the same group of people who hack accounts and try to unload them here, as they know SWAPD buyers have the wallets to pay premium prices for premium properties. Another big plus for them is they don’t care about revealing their identities and/or verifying themselves, so they easily get in. I mean they’re from Pakistan, who is going to go through legal trouble through that country in order to track someone down? I am seriously complantating shutting down the doors to that country again.
Personally, I understand their situation. We all do what we have to do to survive. Pakistan may not be in the best shape economy wise, so people resort to unlawful things to provide a living for themselves. Poland (the country I live in) years ago was also on the red list of countries with high scam attempts, that’s why when browsing online shops I kept seeing “We don’t ship to China/Poland/Russia etc.” everywhere, due to high credit card fraud. I believe Pakistan is on par with that, along with the ever so popular countries like Nigeria/Somalia/etc. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve seen scams from every part of the world, but they were one/two-time instances. Pakistan, however, takes the cake in this niche.
From now on we will rob the hackers, so be warned.
We will no longer just ban people suspected of hacking. If we prove beyond reasonable doubt that the property your peddling is stolen, we will do everything we can to recover that page for the victim. Claiming “but I purchased it from someone” won’t do any good, so if you’re selling something, do your best to find out its origins. I know it’s difficult to do so, but obvious checks like Googling/checking comments/checking messages usually reveals obvious hacks. We will only go after obvious things we can fully prove and won’t operate on iffs or maybes.
We will give the page back to the owner
We’ve messaged the owner and we’re awaiting a response. We’re hoping he will believe us that we took it over for him, as people usually are very touchy after situations like these. For example, two years ago I’ve recovered a stolen IG account. I found the victim, approached him with my story, and got met with a “■■■■ off scammer” response and an instant block. I wasn’t able to hand over the account as the user didn’t believe me. Let’s hope this isn’t the case. We will update this blog post once the owner receives his property back.