Potential scammer reported - @minnowpond

in steemit •  11 months ago

Beware of any suspect “resteem for money” proposal

After my previous scam alert post, several users notified me with suspect activity they noticed via the memo linked to micro-payment to their wallet or via spam comments.

Therefore, I continue my investigations to find out the perpetrators of such (potential) malicious activity.

Thanks to @steemsyndicate for reporting of one of them. Here the result of my research.

Description

Account: @minnowpond

@minnowpond is spamming users with the following comment on their posts:

Up to now, @minnowpond has already sent 99279 comments

To be able to send even more comments, a second account has been created

As you can see, @minnowpond1 has already sent 45027 comments like this:

or like this

Potential scam

Although it looks @minnowpond provided some resteem services, several users complained about their post not being resteemed as promised.

https://steemit.com/stemit/@dumitriu/from-about-24-hours-minnowpond-56-do-not-upvote-what-happent
https://steemit.com/scam/@justinomora/dissappointed
https://steemit.com/steemit/@justinomora/look-this-crap-scammers-on-the-horizon
https://steemit.com/minnowpond/@markmorbidity/minnowpond-question

Here is a recap of the transactions involving @minnowpond:

5888 payments were made to @minnowpond with a valid link to a post in the memo
2898 reblogs have been made by @minnowpond

Out of these 2898 reblogs, only 2866 are related to payments made by others users

3022 payments have not been honored with the promised resteem!

Therefore, I consider @minnowpond's action as being a potential scam and this account to be untrustworthy.

Preventive action activated

The account @minnowpond has been put on the black list of my Warning-Bot and it will issue warnings with a link to this post, notifying users of the potential malicious activity of @minnowpond.

Previous threat alerts

If you missed them, please find here the previous alerts I published:

Thanks for reading!


If you notice any new suspect activity like the one described above, drop a comment on this post, contact me on steemit.chat or via Telegram (@The_Arcange)


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We have been experiencing issues with the node minnowpond uses lately which has been delaying upvotes + resteems. They will still be voted + resteemed, We have turned up the voting percentages to appologize for this inconvience. And will be fixing the Issue later today.

“3022 payments have not been honored with the promised resteem!”

Not everyone pays for a resteem, users who send 0.25 only get an upvote. While I admit we have likely missed a few resteems its no where near 50% of payments.

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@minnowpond, thanks for your comment.

I would advise you to contact me on steemit.chat or via Telegram (@The_Arcange) to clarify this situation.

Meantime, my Warning-Bot has been put in suspend mode regarding your account.

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You do business with @sammyb?

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sammyb is one of 17 accounts we upvote with for the minnowpond votes

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@sammyb do not pay a penny for your upvote and your acount transfer him in last 20 days around 90SBD.
I miss something?Is a new account and all his invest is from your account.

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This is an conversation with @sammyb (55) he is not your group account he say just use your service like all the people..

@josevasquez (52) · 2 days ago
You are the BOSS of @minnowpond Bot? Please read this post: https://steemit.com/scam/@steemsyndicate/from-my-experience-with-minnowpond-and-company-avoid-him-is-a-scammer There are many complaints and claims without answering; because with @minnowpond the SBDs are being stolen from people when they do not comply with the votes they offer for the transfers of 0.25, 0.5 SBD or more, which much promote as MESSAGE SPAM @minnowpond IS SCAM?
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@sammyb (55) · 2 days ago

I don’t know what you are talking about? The “boss?” I use the service like everyone else and haven’t had an issue.

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Thank you for this alert

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i sent yall 1.25 SBD for Bigger upvote and resteem, i keep trying to contact yall and get no responds back! I want my refund!!! Look at this-7 days ago Transfer 1.250 SBD to minnowpond https://steemit.com/rap/@kenentertainment/really-needin-you-make-em-scream-ugghh-music-video-snippets
Nothing happened so i tried to get in touch with yall-
5 days ago Transfer 0.001 SBD to minnowpond Refund please, it's been 24 hours! You know i've used you guys a couple times and was always treated fairly, so either refund or do what i paid you for. If yall scamming me your stupid becuz you'd make more money down the road with me using yall over and over then just 1.25 sbd
Plus many more comments, asking what was going on!!!
If the system was messing up you should've responded, now please may i have my refund?

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Same here, they are impossible to get ahold of. They really don't receive that many mentions for them to overlook my multiple comments directed towards them. 14 days and never received the services I sent SBD for. Smh... @minnowpond

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Yeah, there scumbags....i don't believe that sever down bullshit. Why would they continue to send ads knowing the "servers down"?

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Idk i think the post wasnt upvoted nor resteemed... I didnt get any sorta gain. I guess this was to late past the 7 day time frame... so i personally feel like my 1.25 sbd went to waste,

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i had Reported This situation few months ago But Who cares

I rent power to this service and I don't believe it to be a scam. Why not contact the owner first before posting something like this?

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Why not contact the owner first before posting something like this?

Based on my experience, "scammers" usually do not respond to contact attempts. It is often a waste of time, and during that time, they continue their misdeeds.

It is also for this reason that I use the "potential" qualifier if it is not totally proven.

As you can see in the comments, @minnowpond has reacted quickly and I think we will be able to solve this issue.

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And non-scammers would respond quickly. Faulty logic there, you have assumed the worst and treated minnowpond accordingly. You can't have it both ways, either it was proven it or it was not.

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Faulty logic ... either it was proven it or it was not.

IMHO, the world is not as binary as this. Many "resteem service providers" are in between.

The aim of such post is to warn people and help them forge their own opinion. As the popular saying goes, "prevention is better than cure".

Hello @arcange, minnowpond also comment every time when i post.But i did't send him any money.What should have to do for stop it?

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same problem......... @arcange

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Hello, @meherin,
To get rid of comments from a user, you can mute him.

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unfollow minnowpond....

arcange, you're my hero! :swoon:

thank you for helping my friends, I am happy to hear it. good information for me in delegating. I will follow you and I have upvote your post.

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Thanks for your support

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You are welcome @arcange,
Good job!

thank you for telling us

Thank you for watching out for us!!

IGNORE Ignore Ignore those ridiculous people but first mute and “smash” them
Good work!

Thank you with love

Great work and keep it up!

Thank you for the action!

Inspiring exposure.

저도 조심해야겠군요. 정보를 주셔서 감사합니다!

I wrote a post two days ago, minnowpond claimed to have upvoted but there was no upvote. I normally check through https://steemnow.com

Thanks a lot for the information, once I see the comment @arcange on my blog, I keep opening it, I have never sent SBD to @minnowpond, but with the warning hero like @ Tarcange then we can anticipate to avoid the scammer.

Scary. Thanks for letting us know.

Thank you very much for informing me of the information.....

Thanks @arcange for your support by sending the warning comments to me. You did the great job in this post..by giving information about the spam whales and resteem bots.

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@arcange, something to say is recently the bot has been going through some changes. If you check out the discord chat there were tons of complaints and they were being taken care of, albeit at a delay. A response came around 20 hours ago stating the following:

all posts should start to come up as voted on. I have made some improvements to the way the bot reacts to voting power depletion. Please reach out to me directly via PM or mention me in this channel should that not occur. We can either arrange a refund or I will manually vote/resteem your posts

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I like this post
Thank you @arcange
I like you

The content of the post Click here is my responsibility in my Facebook account. I imagined that this would happen. I deleted it from there, to place it here.

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Hi @justinomora, your complaints were taken into account. Both of your posts appear mentioned here.

Thanks for the action @arcange!

Thank you!

Great work you are doing here. More people need to see this!
I also run a resteem service. But i try to keep it as honest as possible.

Oh by the way i voted you for a witness.


Your post has been resteemed to my 2500 followers

Upvote this comment if you like this service

Hello @arcange,

So if we want to resteem our post, were do we get credible resteem service?

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@steemvote and @sportic have been working for me, never ripped me off b4, try'em out, there cheaper than @minnowpond scammers too!

I am going to jump in here because it seems that I have had votes pulled on content that I worked hard to create. Original content. I am new to this site and do not appreciate being trolled by @steemsyndicate (who has since been muted) where he doesn't have a profile picture and barely posts original content. I've said it now multiple times, I do not own a bot - for f***ks sake, I don't even know how to BUILD a bot. I have been shown how to do certain things to succeed on this site and have been told to just post good content. I don't appreciate being harassed by the likes of steemsyndicate making false accusations. I have had the same experience, sometimes things get boosted, upvoted, resteemed, and I have noticed other times it does not. It seems every service on this platform is slightly glitchy - that in my opinion would seem to be par for the course on any new site that has 1000s of moving parts. As far as I know, this is a community of people sharing content - good content and upvoting collectively to champion people who share thoughtful, provocative and interesting posts. You want Steemit to grow - let's not harass new users who want to add to the community. I appreciate @arcange you working to protect us against nefarious actions on the site. I also think that harassment by the likes of steemsyndicate also need to be called out.

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What is the false accusations?I pay like the other an service to @minnowpond and do nothing.
I ask you why @minnowpond in the same time upvoted you and not upvote the people who pay for.
And @josevasquez see in time you @sammyb receive in last 20 days 90 SDB from @minnowpond who do not give us the service for money.I ask you for what kind of service?

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So take that up with minnowpond! As mentioned, some people got upvoted and some didn’t. He explained that there was a glitch in his system which has been since fixed, but I am not minnowpond and do not know if it’s up and running properly yet.

You’re an idiot steemsyndicate. If we go to the same restaurant and order a meal, and mine happens to come out better - YOU DONT BLAME THE CUSTOMER YOU BLAME THE RESTAURANT. And that’s why you have been muted.

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I'm not interested in mute or unmute from you because you are not polite .I want to know for what kind of service do for this whale, because you receive 90SDB from @minnowpond(he give you 25% from this account value for what?) . That was my first and my last question for you.
When I go to restaurant I pay my bill, LA boy.Investigation is on from steemit.com.Let him investigate what pay and for what, when because database is in steemit house.

He's a scam! He got me and some others that i follow, don't use him!

as a little fish all of us want to become big fat fish. Everytime and i really mean everytime i read the minnowpond advertisement. I did not want them to resteem i like it when my followers resteem, and i find it a shame not being able to resteem your self, because there are things that you want to show of more :-) BUt i liked it that he did upvote my posts just because i follow him. But NOW it is changed i stopped following, because it is just horrible to open your feed page and you only see things resteemed by minnowpond ! all messages from people who pay for his services. And most of the post? well they are not sorted out, it is just a push on the resteem button without looking if the text is ok. I hate it. So i unfollowed again and decided I rather go without its services. That way i also get not spammed with post from people i do not wish to follow. If he is true or scam i can not know, but spamming for sure.

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I resteem free for new steemians minimum 40 post/day manual without a miss, because we are a community.If upvote me I find it in upvote, if comment my post I find in comment and do this constantly day by day to grow me and community.I buy 100STEEM and I will buy more, sometimes I upvote good post from my point of view with my small power but at 0.25 SBD price for an post resteem it, with ""software bot"" all should be without miss not with particular noise "my server is down I try to fix it". Nobody believe this story .

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i think i understand what you try to say. but still no for me, i do not like someone else to judge the post that i might want to read.

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I not judge, I just share an opinion about how try to grow something if deserve.
From my point of view they broke the minimum rules when do not do an paid sevice.
Thank you for your time !

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who say who deserves ?

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Community, market have needs and interest in general people.They give the impulse .If they want to be cheated, will be for sure.

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whow and thing-2 gives you such a high vote ?? deserved ?? lol

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Saint Nicholas usually brings gifts when the world is asleep.I still believe in wonders.
Thank you for your time!

Are @minnowbooster and @minnowpond same ?

Because I got problem about upvotes. I sent 0.01 sbd yesterday and I earn only 0.001 sbd to my article.

Does anyone got same problem ? How can i fix this ? Are they really scammer ?

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No. They are 2 different projects.

I’ve recetly been ripped off by @minnowpond as well. Action is required here! No reply to my messages and no resteem. I know it was only 0.500 sbd but that’s not the point.