Who is the Long Con?
Scammers can be clever, but never very wise.
Many of my customers ask me why I require some way to verify their real name. It isn't strictly true. You can be my customer without me ever knowing your name, but you still have to give me some way to hunt you down because, you may have seen me answer, the long con is hunting me.
The difference between the wise person who has been a scammer and the clever scammer who is not wise is that the wise one can see what is very well hidden. It grows inside, either as an ugliness that slowly drives you mad, or as a disease from which you eventually heal. It is a lack of compassion, but it infects the outside world. You can't scam people if you have a lot of compassion because it hurts you too much to know that they will suffer.
How does it infect the outside world? All scammers know that one or more people are trying to find them, either for vengeance, rectification, or some other personal form of justice. They are running and hiding until they stop scamming. This is what they know. What they don't know is that some of the people they deal with don't trust them. Do you ever bluntly tell someone, "I'll do business with you, but it's going to be a lot of work for you because I don't trust you"? No, we don't tell people that. We pretend to trust them and make them jump through hoops. Like what I did with most of the people reading this. This is the hidden suffering that scammers get without realizing it. It's often called karma.
But if the scammer chooses to get angry about this perfectly reasonable behavior from other people who recognize a tincture of his (or her) deceitful ways, they might dig in and plan a long con.
Many of you pointed out to me that my money is safely stored in my bank after you deposit, so how can I be scammed? Here's how:
Find someone gullible enough to believe that you are me, who wants to buy something. Tell them they can buy it if they deposit money "into my bank account," meaning not yours, but mine. Then set up a buy with me so that I will accept the deposit and think I'm selling bitcoins to the person you have tricked into making the deposit. Once they have made the deposit, collect the proof from them and then send it to me so that I release the bitcoins. Now run, scammer, run! Because that person will be hunting you (but of course they will hunt me first).
So when enough time has passed without them getting their purchased item, your victim will hunt down the guy whose bank account they deposited money into (me). Certainly, they have little chance of recovering their loss from me, but it hurts me to see people suffer. So I like to frustrate scammers. If I have a picture of you, I can give that to your victim.
The long con is someone else who is smarter. I probably already marked him as trustworthy. He does several good trades to destroy all suspicion on my part, and once he has determined that it's gone, he will devise a way to leverage my lack of suspicion against me and steal, either from me or from someone else as described above. He's not wise though, or else he'd be a legitimate bitcoin dealer, fearing no karma, and earning a lot more that he can enjoy without any fear.
If you're going to require a picture, you'll want to figure out a way to prove it's a current picture. Many of you know how I do that, but I won't put it here, because you should have your own method.