As of right now, Nucleus Market is up. Not exit scams, no nothing. The market is working as expected. However, as with any of the darknet markets, Nucleus Market is susceptible to some issues that seem to plague the sites.
Reading message boards and Reddit before using online marketplaces is always a smart idea as it can give you some ideas about the current state of the market, whether you need to be wary of certain or certain sellers, and how to avoid getting scammed. Today we give you a bit of a wrap up of the issues that may be encountered when you use a dark web market and with the Nucleus Market in particular.
Taking your own security seriously
While there are always reports of online marketplaces going sour, the main thing that buyers and sellers need to beware of while on the Nucleus Market is phishing links. These are links that send you to other sites purporting to be the Nucleus Market, which then steal your login details. There are also people that will message you and say that you need to send all your bitcoin to such and such an address to be safe – also a scam.
Finalizing orders early and expecting to receive goods if you also don’t trust the seller is another well-known trick. The crooks here are clever, and ruthless, so you need to make sure that you stay on your toes and look at every message that you receive with suspicion. Use your wits and evaluate each. Don’t click on untrusted links. Always check the sender address matches the one you already know.
If you get phished, then you have no one to blame but yourself!
Like any online market, Nucleus Market takes their security seriously. This is why it is necessary sometimes to take the site down, or close certain aspects of the site temporarily. This is done to protect the users.
Nucleus Market are serious about ensuring hackers don’t gain control of the site, and serious about protecting the market from DDoS attacks. When a site element is down for a short while, it is generally due to maintenance being done to beef up security.
How beefed up security can be mistaken for something more sinister
Of course, taking particular elements offline can be scary for vendors and customers. This has been what has happened before multiple darknet markets exit scammed. It can be a tense few days all around while issues are fixed and all services come back on time again.
Back in December of 2015, Nucleus Market went offline for a few days, and sellers were possibly being locked out of their accounts, which lead to wide spread panic that Nucleus Market was indeed exit scamming. However, the situation was resolved quickly and everything was back up and running again in just a short amount of time.
If you are nervous in these sorts of situations, you might like to log in and attempt to withdraw any bitcoin that you have in the market just to be sure. Keep coming back until you can. It’s best not to leave lots of funds in any online markets anyway, just to be safe.
But there are vendors complaining?
Nucleus Market takes any and all issues seriously. That’s why they can, at times, suspend vendor accounts. This may be due to the fact that the vendor hasn’t visited the site in a very long time or other suspicious activity. While this is very frustrating for vendors, it is simply done as a precaution to protect other vendors and buyers.
You might see multiple posts about vendors being “scammed” by markets; however, a lot of the time if you read into them carefully, it all boils down to one or two users, spamming the boards continuously. They are angry and trying to get noticed and turn others off the market.
If you are having issues with the Nucleus Market, such as being locked out of your account, you need to message the moderators of the marketplace. They will be able to get back to you soon about how to proceed with reactivating your account.
While Nucleus Market does suffer from the same issues that we see across the board on the dark web, the site is currently operating as expected so users are able to go about their business as per normal. Keep your eyes peeled for phishers, and remember that your security is your responsibility, too.