Is this the darknet markets’ biggest scam yet?

Posted: March 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

It’s probably the biggest exit scam of the darknet markets so far. Evolution marketplace has closed down and bitcoin is moving through the blockchain as I write. it’s hard to tell just yet how much of the $12 million that’s gone through that account the administrators have made off with.

Pants on Fire - Evolution admins tell customers not to panic this morning

Pants on Fire – Evolution admins tell customers not to panic this morning

In a move reminiscent of betrayed Atlantis mod Cicero a couple of years ago, Evolution forum mod NSWGreat, confirmed the scam in a Reddit post:

I hate to the bearer of bad news, but I’ve been suspicious the past few days with withdrawals not working and admins usually are more forth coming in explaining to me why they’re slow but they weren’t this time. Just kept giving me time-frames I have admin access to see parts of the back end, the admins are preparing to exit scam with all the funds. Not a single withdrawal has gone through in almost a week. Automatic withdrawals has been disabled which is only doing on rare occasions I am so sorry, but Verto and Kimble have fucked us all. I have over $20,000 in escrow myself from sales. I can’t fucking believe it, absolute scum. I am giving this warning to you all as soon as I possibly could of. Confronted Kimble and Verto about it, they confirmed it and they’re doing it right now.. EDIT: Servers have gone down, including back up server for staff. I’m sorry for everyone’s loses, I’m gutted and speechless. I feel so betrayed.

Evolution’s main administrator, who goes by the name “Verto”, was named by Wired earlier this year as one of the most dangerous people on the internet. He will now be watching his back as customers and vendors bay for his blood. Some are already offering bounties to track him down. One PGP-signed message says:

There is more going on here then meets the eye. Thats all I’ll say for tonight, but I will put this message out there (and MANY, MANY in this community can vouche for me. /u/lamoustache for one)

TO VERTO/KIMBLE: What you have done is despicable. Didn’t think I was serious about our discussion? Okay. It’s nearly 9PM on the US West Coast. You’ve got 24 hours (and that is being generous) to make this right and re-open the market, and allow people access to their funds. Once that time passes – my crystal ball starts talking and unless you’ve changed identities and moved, you will be FUCKED.

Moderators please do not delete this. I will not doxx anyone (even these pieces of shit here). They’ve got 1 chance. The sub will filter posts talking about PMs, therefore, those who want Verto, Kimble and cohorts heads on a spike, get in touch.

Rethinking your stunt, boys?

The forums mods appear to have been taken in by the scam as much as anyone. A couple of hours before the exit was confirmed, they were still telling people not to panic:

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Really guys! Nothing to worry about!

Never trust a carder.

  1. ngng says:

    Well written article however the one error is the statement ” around $12 million in bitcoin is moving through the blockchain”. That wallet has been transacting Bitcoin for months now and has received 12 million in total. You can see that it has had much higher and much lower balances on dozens of occasions for the past 6 mos + now.

    Edit that part and your article is a good piece.

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