People are aware that when hiring a hitman online they can get scammed or arrested if the hitman site is fake.
People usually avoid using hitman services that do not look credible. Some hitmen sites are located on the clear web, which means they have domain names that end in .com or .net
These websites are registered on registrars that are required by law to provide the name and address of the person or company that registered that domain name to law enforcement.
For example rentahitman dot com is a fake hitman site that has caused many arrests. Google about it and you will see that it sends all customer's info to the police and they get arrested.
People usually choose a site that is on the dark web, ending in .onion . These sites are not registered on domain name registrars and do not provide whois info. The people providing these services are anonymous and are not known to law enforcement.
Choosing a hitman site that looks credible cuts down the risk of being scammed to 80%. But to ensure that one doesn't get scammed one usually wants to only pay after the contract has been done.
That means 0% advance.
However, most hitmen are hesitant to go kill someone without having an assurance that they will be paid after the contract is executed.
How do they know the customer is not a kid or troll that has no money? Would the hitman go to kill someone and then learn the customer can't pay?
This is where escrows come in to criminals.
That is why law enforcement should also try to close escrow services that accept illegal things like hitmen for hire
An escrow is a trusted 3rd party that is used by the customer and the hitman to secure the deal. The customer puts the funds in escrow, so that the hitman sees the customer can pay.
However the hitman doesn't get any part of the funds until he completes the job.
One could ask how does he know the escrow doesn't scam the customer or the hitman?
The escrow makes money by earning a commission regardless if the hitman kills the target or he fails. If the hitman kills the target, the funds are sent to the hitman. If the hitman fails to kill, the funds are sent back to the customer.
The escrow is making money in either case by earning a commission. Therefore the escrow has no reason to cheat because it makes money in either case, and if it cheats a customer or a hitman then the word spreads out and no one else will trust the escrow to do other transactions, causing the escrow to make no money.
Is therefore much safer and better for the escrow to earn a small commission out of millions of transactions, than to scam customers.
And when I say millions, I say that because escrows don't focus on securing only killing transactions, the escrow only secures transactions for drug purchases, for stolen credit card purchases, for stolen items purchases and for all kinds of illegal sales that are made online.
An escrow might have only a few hundred hitmen transactions per month, but it has thousands of transactions related to drugs, thousands related to stolen credit cards, and thousands or more related to stolen items
Criminals think that the best way to pay a hitman service is with bitcoin through escrow. The escrow service is a site independent of you and the hitman service, and they make money by taking a small commission from the payment to ensure that neither the customer nor the hitman doesn't scam the other.
An escrow work like this:
First the user creates an escrow transaction where he enters the price, the description of the job, and the expected time for delivery.
Then the user put the bitcoin into escrow, to show the hitman that he has the funds ready.
Once the hitman does the job, the user clicks on a button to release funds from escrow to the hitman. If the hitman fails to do the job the user requests the funds back from the escrow admin. The escrow keeps the fees whenever the user gets the funds back or sends the funds to the seller, so they have no reason to side with the user or with the hitman.
If the hitman does the job and the user refuses to pay, the hitman will send a complaint to the escrow admin along with proof that he did the job, and he will request the escrow admin to send the funds to the hitman.
The escrow admin works as an arbitrator between you and the hitman.
This is why most users choose an escrow service that accepts anonymity and illegal services.
For example, the biggest escrow site is http://www.escrow.com
This escrow site is ideal when you want to buy goods or services offshore. It accepts credit cards, checks, wire transfers as well as other methods of payments.
When one wants to buy something from a seller that is not trusted, one put the funds in escrow and they keep it there until he receives the goods. One doesn't pay directly to avoid the hassle of going to the back and a chargeback on the credit card if he didn't receive the item.
The only problem for criminals is that www.Escrow.com does not accept anonymity or illegal stuff like murder, or killing.
This is why many people who use illegal services use escrows that accept anonymity and illegal services, like:
We provide the address for educational purposes only, so that law enforcement can shut it down.
We do not recommend you to hire hitmen services, or to use illegal escrows, because then once a person is dead the life can not be brought back
Criminals think is not wise to pay with cash in person, as one could run into an undercover cop and be arrested, or the hitman could take the cash advance and run away.
Criminals think is not wise to pay with a credit card, or wire transfer because if the hitman gets arrested the payment can be traced back to him by police.
Criminals always check the reputation of a chosen hitman service to ensure a good reputation, and if one pays with bitcoin anonymously through escrow, he can NOT be scammed.
Contrary to popular belief, one does not need to buy bitcoin without exposing his identity to be safe from tracing back by police
Most people buy bitcoin as an investment on paxful.com or other bitcoin purchasing sites.
They provide their ID card to the buying bitcoin site because if anyone asks they say they purchased it as an investment.
The trick comes in after that, they create a second bitcoin wallet on a service that is anonymous such as
http://www.electrum.org a downloadable bitcoin wallet that is anonymous
http://ahwidwhy3p5o52a5vg6dqcqz5hzhxuw2hob5zb45ukyyve7cobrdy5id.onion a web based bitcoin wallet that is anonymous
Basically these wallets are anonymous, and when one creates an account on these wallets it doesn't ask for ID or any kind of identification
As a result the bitcoin wallet on that wallet is not tied to any person or individual.
People send bitcoin from their coinbase.com or paxful.com account to this anonymous wallet, and if anyone asks they usually say they lost it in some gambling or they sent it to some donation site or charity
From the second wallet, they send it to escrow.
If anyone sees the bitcoin in escrow, they will not be able to trace it back to the original coinbase.com account because they will not know who the anonymous wallet belongs to
People usually buy bitcoins on sites that have traders who can meet for cash such as http://paxful.com
Other people to ensure they don't get tracked, mix the bitcoins.
Some escrows have a built-in bitcoin mixer. If they do, then one does not need to do additional bitcoin mixing, as double mixing will just result in wasting fees, with no benefits.
However, if the website where one is sending bitcoins does not have a built-in bitcoin mixer, then one can use a bitcoin mixer such as http://knhqs44gk76fvu7emhdcgln5vnf7fcnsztgesva4bbv62zua5lxlbjyd.onion to remove any traces in his bitcoin activity and delete the history of transactions.
The mixing works like this:
One has one free bitcoin wallet that has his name on it, such as on http://paxful.com or bitpay.com
One creates a new free anonymous bitcoin wallet using software like Electrum .
This new wallet is anonymous because doesn't have his name or bank account
One then use the bitcoin mixer to send the bitcoin from his LocalBitcoins wallet, to this anonymous wallet on Electrum.
If anyone asks what he did with the bitcoins that he purchased, one usually says donated it to a charity.
When sending the bitcoins to the Bitcoin Mixer, it will get replaced with other bitcoins from bitcoin miners, which will be sent back to his anonymous wallet .
This way the link between his bitcoins purchased with his bank account and the bitcoins from the anonymous wallet will be broken.
Criminals usually use reputable mixers or mixers that they find on their research , but regardless of what mixer they use they check whether it works fine first
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