⚠️ Another Admin Abusing Their Position with Booming Support - @milakz
I will be contacting all users who have delegated to @steem.skillshare in due course.
This morning, I woke to the unusual sight of being tagged to a comment, and subsequently muted within a community.
The comment was highlighting some users who were receiving booming support within the Steem Skillshare Community who as the comment suggests - were powering down a much larger percentage of their power than was being powered up. I.e. these users are not in club5050 and should therefore not receive booming support.
The user highlighting this was instantly muted, suggesting that @milakz didn't want people to see...
But this could have been a mistake on @milakz's part and the simple response would have been to say, "Oh yeah, I'm sorry, my mistake. I'll check more closely in future." But this isn't what happened. Instead, I was tagged and instantly muted.
So, no mistake then, no accident. @milakz doesn't want this investigated. So let's find out why...
I'll begin with the first account mentioned - @natulya21.
This one's quite quick to identify. The first 2 transfers in June 2021, 1 month after account creation are to @milakz.
The huobi-pro account being used provided us with little additional information at first glance. But there are ways of digging deeper... so I followed the money on 22nd February...
And we can see that it made its way to @deepcrypto8 (Binance) minutes later.
So let's see who owns this wallet...
deepcrypto8 - Memo 101241249
@digital.mine - Creator of many of the accounts listed below and owner of the Steem Skillshare Discord channel.
@vik24 - Moderator in Steem Skillshare.
@live.log - Delegator in Steem Skillshare.
@crypto.lion - Only posts in Steem Skillshare.
It shouldn't come as a surprise that all of these users receive booming support, none of them are in club5050 and all of them withdraw their steem to the same wallet.
So now that we've got the destination wallet, let's save ourselves some time, and track these withdrawals back to the original accounts and get ourselves a list of users.
I'm inclined not to go through every transaction - just enough for all support to be removed from this community and all of its users.
Came from @mirco.snt.
Another loyal Steem Skillshare user who only posts within this community and receives booming support.
This time, it's @life.pics
Shall we see where they're active - you probably already know the answer...
You guessed it. Steem Skillshare. More booming support and more withdrawals.
It's worth noting at this point that all of these users receive a 100% post to booming support conversion rate. Which isn't really surprising. It's also worth noting that I started this post having not started the investigation. So you get the exciting process of discovering at the same time as me.
Comes from @the.journal.
Same pattern again. Steem Skillshare. "Developer Team" this time. And no doubt this post will have received booming support by the time you've read this.
The question I'm asking myself now, is when to stop. The abuse is clear, consistent and the mastermind @milakz can now be hung out to dry.
Let's do a few more...
@saule.sara - Same pattern.
@passionfruit this time.
This one links through to @andyfish.
It's worth noting, that all of these users were highlighted by @daytona475 in their original comment, highlighting that these booming upvotes were suspicious.
Let's add in a little bit more at this point - @milakz shares a wallet with this user.
@masix this time.
I investigated many more transactions and they all come back to the same place - Steem Skillshare and booming support. More accounts, obviously.
I've tagged too many people for a tag to the Steem team to get noticed, so I'll tag you in the comments. I hope that you withdraw booming and all future support from these users.
I recommend that anybody who has delegated to the community account removes their delegation immediately as it is clear that @milakz will shamelessly use your power without remorse.
UPDATE 2: @talk.chinese is another account as confirmed in the comments
UPDATE 3: Abuse of the Community Account (@steem.skillshare)
It's also worth noting that although not in the top 10, @vik24, @natulya21, @andyfish, @steempod, @masix and @crypto.lion are the only other users to always receive 100% upvotes from the community account.
Of which, @steempod is the only user not to have received a mention so far and fits the profile alongside all of the others, the money ending in the same destination wallet.
In a separate post, it has been suggested that all of these users are unique, autonomous beings and that I am ruining thousands of lives. I have taken these concerns seriously and subsequently investigated further with the following information which I have shared with the author elsewhere (as I've mentioned before (more than once), I was muted from Steem Skillshare before this investigation began):
All of these booming upvotes made their way through to the same wallet - Binance 101241249.
Transfers to deepcrypto8, wallet address 101241249 on 7th February - This date chosen as it is the largest cluster of transactions to this address in a single burst.
I have labelled the transactions for ease of reference.
|Transaction||Account Origin||User Location||Joined|
|2||masix||Milan, Italy||Sep 2021|
|7||crypto.lion||Portugal (related to live.log)||Sep 2021|
|8||live.log||Presumably Portugal||Jul 2019|
|12||milakz||Kazakhstan (introduced by live.log)||Apr 2021|
The recovery account for all of these users (with the exception of milakz) is digital.mine.
12 different users transferring their money to the same wallet in sequence over a 2 hour period. Each transaction gap is between 8 and 19 minutes.
Some clusters of user location but distribution across the world in different timezones.
Now my interpretation of this information could be wrong, despite rumours to the contrary, I am human. But these transactions appear to indicate that a single person has systematically visited these accounts and transferred the assets to their binance account. It is common knowledge that in some countries, access to a crypto exchange is limited so money goes through a single user who distributes the money to his countrymen. Whilst this is possible, I am unaware of restrictions in Italy or Portugal to understand why the money would go to another account first.
Similarly, there's suggestion that the funds are making the way to this wallet as payment for services or goods. The lack of withdrawals from these accounts to other exchanges suggest otherwise. Likewise, why go through huobi-pro which incurs a fee and not a direct to the user's account.
It is not uncommon for people to digest and perceive information through their own lens of life and it is natural that a user will defend a community that they believe is doing some good and supporting users that are also doing good. Unfortunately, we have also seen numerous accounts that appear to be genuine people which have been created to gain booming support and subsequently abuse it for their own benefit.
It is also worth noting that digital.mine is the owner of the following accounts - at this time, I have no idea how many of them are active or within which communities. I am in the process of digesting this new information and further details will hopefully follow soon.
PLEASE REMOVE YOUR DELEGATION FROM @steem.skillshare IMMEDIATELY