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    Scammers' Photoshop skills on the rise

    Just a public service alert, scammers are becoming more proficient with photoshop

    The traditional test of having them take a new picture with a note/message inside requires more scrutiny

    Based on my experience today

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    Re: Scammers' Photoshop skills on the rise

    Quote Originally Posted by UAconcorde View Post
    Just a public service alert, scammers are becoming more proficient with photoshop

    The traditional test of having them take a new picture with a note/message inside requires more scrutiny

    Based on my experience today
    Maybe you could also have them set the hands to a certain time? I realise this isn't immune to photoshop either, but it takes a little more skill.

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    Yet another reason I would have a hard time buying from an untrusted source and why I keep buying from AD's. I know I will buy one from another watch enthusiast one day, but only if they an extensive presence via Watchuseek or other site and have plenty of positive feedback, even though that doesn't mean a bad actor could access their account and masquerade as them.

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    Oh no, they're evolving! If the watch has a date window make them set it to a random date. That way they have to find a picture with that date displayed on the watch that also fits on their picture. I like the idea of setting the hands at a different time, but that can be photoshopped marginally easily. Stay safe out there folks!

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    Re: Scammers' Photoshop skills on the rise

    Quote Originally Posted by UAconcorde View Post
    Just a public service alert, scammers are becoming more proficient with photoshop

    The traditional test of having them take a new picture with a note/message inside requires more scrutiny

    Based on my experience today
    Was it on this forum? If so, did you report the scammer to the moderators so that no-one else is scammed. Not everyone might be able to spot it as well as you.
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    Re: Scammers' Photoshop skills on the rise

    OP, can you elaborate for our benefit?
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    Re: Scammers' Photoshop skills on the rise

    Traditional test ?

    Buy the seller. Look at their feedback. I’ve never asked for such a test and only been asked once so I just politely sent him to the feedback forum and declined his request. He bought my watch.
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    Re: Scammers' Photoshop skills on the rise

    While it's true about buying the seller first, OP's point is worthy of note. How would I, for example, develop a reputation as a seller when I don't have one?

    Tommywine: I think what he's talking about is image overlay, superposing one image over another. So, the watch pic is superposed over the pic of e.g. today's paper...the classic crime drama "proof the kidnapping victim is still alive" trope. :) Articles in several places have talked about MUCH improved fake audio, and its potential for use in phone scams that are far more difficult to detect. Probably most of us have, at one point or another, gotten the Nigerian bank or Irish sweepstakes scam emails; those were ridiculously primitive. Today's click-bait scams attempt to have you click on a link to a fake web site, in order to harvest your personal info. A lot of these are also pathetic; gross, primitive grammar errors, for example. But the good ones have copied every little detail of what the real communication from the company would have.

    And that kind of attention to detail is being brought into audio and video...so it's not at all surprising that similar tricks are being used with static images. The capabilities have been there for some time.
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    dbl post....
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    Re: Scammers' Photoshop skills on the rise

    Do you have pics of that scam?

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