Scammer accounts keep getting reported despite everything we say.

Recently we’ve noticed that the Facebook accounts of sextortion scammers that are being posted on our forum are being reported and then deleted.  This is the last thing we want, as it causes no damage to the scammers, but can put any investigations in jeopardy.  Likewise, people are sending abusive messages to the phone numbers reported.  We are completely against this, and will ban anyone we catch doing it.  Because of these recent developments, we’ve had to stop posting the Facebook profiles of the scammers.  Whoever you are that’s doing this, stop it and stop it NOW!  You think you’re helping?  You’re not.  All you’re doing is making any reports on the numbers/profiles outdated, therefore making it harder for victims to find the help they need and causing more people to suffer being scammed.  Feel proud of yourself now?  Still think what you’re doing is smart?  Maybe you don’t care, and give yourself a pat on the back every time an account is closed because of a report you made.  Let me tell you this.  What you’re doing is stupid at best, dangerous at worst.

If we charged for what we did, would it make it more valuable?

Here’s something that really bugs us.  What we offer, we offer for free.  Free help, free advice.  Yet people still choose to ignore what we say.  Why?  Because it’s free?  Would the help we give be considered more valuable if we charged £100 for it?  Of course it wouldn’t be, but people seem to think that “free” means “worthless” and it annoys the hell out of us.  We go out of our way to give people advice based on our many years of experience about scams.  I’ve been doing this for 10 years.  Slaphappy has been doing this for 9 years.  And so on, and so forth.  What we offer is based on the experiences of dealing with thousands of scammers, yet people still choose to ignore it.  Would you prefer it if we put it behind a pay wall?  Would that make our experience worth more to you?  It would still be the same advice, but would having to pay for it make it any more valuable?  Of course not.  We give what we have for free because we feel that people who have potentially lost everything shouldn’t be expected to pay any more for the help they so desperately need.  If we charged, we’d still be giving the exact same advice.  Basic moral of this post, don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.  Sometimes the things we give people for free is worth the exact same as what others charge for.