Some of you may read that headline and think, “Dude, they’re gonna come after you next!” Well, maybe if one of them is actually real.
Let me preface this by saying – I know that real contract killers exist. Just look at the Zetas, Gotti family, etc. These are not those guys.
What sparked my inspiration for this was one of the YouTube videos by Top15s entitled Top 15 TERRIFYING Deep Web Facts. The first “fact” featured on the video reads (and you have to read this like you have a cold – watch the video and you’ll know what I mean):
Another key component of what makes up the world of deep web shopping is the hitman services that are offered by several different sites. Much like the Silk Road, transactions are made using the bitcoin currency to maintain as much anonymity as possible. One site, offers an assassination in the US or Canada for 10,000 dollars and one in Europe for 12,000 dollars. Although commonly prices range depending on the person you’re looking to kill…
Had I never experienced the dark web at all prior to watching this video, I would have found this idea terrifying as well. Notwithstanding, I’ve gained a lot more firsthand experience and done quite a bit more research since watching these “scare tactic” videos.
If you look at the actual “hitman” websites and break down their claims, most if not all of them don’t hold up. One of the most comical sites is the *cough* notorious Besa Mafia, who had been featured in these articles:
Pirate dot london: Assassination scams, the next generation
Besa Mafia murder-for-hire scam exposed following hack
VICE Motherboard: This Fake Hitman Site Is the Most Elaborate, Twisted Dark Web Scam Yet.
Don’t believe me? Have a look at them in person! Besa Albanian Mafia: Hire a Killer or Hitman
Even without hacking into their site, I still find it rather obvious that it’s a fake.
Forget the fact that their spelling and grammar is awful; you see that on many sites, legit or not.
As Deku-shrub a.k.a. Chris Monteiro, the author of Pirate dot London, points out:
That said, on closer inspection many details don’t add up. First of all you can apply to be a killer on the site directly. This seems highly unlikely given the close-knit nature of the mafia organization that supposedly runs it.
I would tend to agree, Mr. Deku! Of course, it doesn’t stop there. You have to see their site menu…
Oh, well in that case, I’m definitely the “beater” type!
Here’s my resume.
And if you think that’s funny, you should read their FAQ. (Yeah, the assassins have an FAQ!)
13. Why people claim there are no hitmen on deep web or all are fake?
People who claim this are undercover police who want to scare away newbies from using hitmen. On deep web there are fake drug vendors and real drug vendors, fake credit card providers and real credit card providers, fake gun sellers and real gun sellers, it’s only escrow that can protect you
They also offer a hilarious explanation of how Tor works:
1. If you have not done so already, download the Tor Browser . It’s free and protects your privacy by hiding your IP through 3 Proxies and does not leave any traces on your computer about visited sites. You won’t have investigators coming to your door, but if ever that happens they won’t find anything…
Doesn’t leave any traces?? Does it count if I bookmarked your site on the Tor browser?
Hey, wait a second! There’s my hitman transaction on the bitcoin blockchain! Oooops, I left a trace!
And I think the Besa guys need to re-read this and get their facts straight: Tor Project: Overview
Well, if you aren’t convinced yet, Besa Mafia are not the only group on the dark web who claim to be assassins. There are quite a few others, and just to plead the fifth, I don’t know with absolute certainty that all of them are fake. They do, however, have several things in common:
All of these sites claim to offer killings for hefty sums of bitcoin (or other cryptocurrencies), and most have a list of whom they will or will not kill. Or, at the very least, they have much higher prices for, say, someone like a president, prime minister, or secretary of state. There’s some risk involved, you know!!
Out of all of these, Besa Mafia has to be the corniest one I’ve ever read (in my humble opinion, of course).
Oh crap – Unfriendlysolution says, “Do not talk about my service in real life or in the clear web.” Am I screwed now or what? Hey, I’m giving you free advertising!
Actually, I’ve heard on the dark web that the one above is real, but we all know everyone tells the truth on there, right? It’s likely that that information may have come from the site owner(s) themselves.
For those who still aren’t convinced that any of these are scams, I’d like to direct you to this flowchart (also courtesy of Pirate dot London):
I’m still waiting for them to answer my “questions and clarifications.”
Speaking of which, has anyone seen this blog? Fighting Besa Mafia – yeah, it’s written by someone who claims to be “fighting against the Besa-Mafia and the criminal activities carried out by them.” Excuse me while I stifle my laughter.
I would be shocked, if the blog weren’t every bit as ridiculous as the original Besa Mafia site. In fact, it looks as if it were made by the same people who created the Besa Mafia site:
So, why would the same people try to “fight” their own site? Simple. It’s an attempt to lend legitimacy to the organization, and make it sound more like a genuine hitman network.
Besides, would a real hitman whistleblower use Blogspot?
I rest my case.