ASAP Market’s “Exit Scam” Sparks Panic

The ASAP Market has grown a lot in the past few months, especially since the World Market "exit scam" and the retirement of CannaHome Market, which has been subject to constant DDoS attacks that have kept the marketplace mostly offline.

"ODN" recently discovered a post by a user named "spaceman222" on the well-known dark web forum Dread, claiming that according to two ASAP Market users, withdrawals from ASAP Market withdrawals were unsuccessful, and deposits had been made for more than 12 hours but were still not showing up. In his post, he linked to a number of users who claimed that their deposits or withdrawals did not appear.

One of the users, "Briankraken666", posted that.

Currently just sunk the last off my money over £300 into ASAP and it turned out to be a very bad decision not a phising link and the money has not appeared in my account looks to be an exit scam and ive just had the rest off my money robbed by the looks off it will keep this thread updated i have submitted a ticket
Edit: My btc deposit finally just went through after nearly 24 hours happy days people if you are suffering issues still as well i hope they are fixed or you can get support appreciate everyones help!

Another user, "ziggy80", posted that.

Had a vendor accept order. It was make shipped for 2 days . Woke up today and it was canceled. Placed a new order with someone else. This market is insanely buggy as Im sure we all know. Had $45 in monero left over . Send it back to wallet. Green banner said success, then crashed. There is nothing on he ASAP ledger saying withdraw. Nothing coming in wallet after hours.
Any helps info would be nice. This market gives me heartburnlol

This indicates that withdrawals and deposits to ASAP Market do not appear in the user's account, which is usually a clear sign that the dark web marketplace is executing an "exit scam" (taking all user funds and shutting down the marketplace).

While problems can generally be attributed to users' funds being stolen by phishers, this time all deposits or withdrawals made in the past few days were unsuccessful, which means there is indeed a problem with the site.

Then, Le Chacal, the administrator of ASAP Market, took some time to fix the problem and he finally solved the issue and answered the question.

The market administrator announced that under the post titled "The one fucking transaction caused this shit-show ", he claimed that one of the user's transactions had failed to process correctly: "The transaction ID was legitimate, but for some strange reason it failed" and all The full announcement about the problem was posted by Le Chacal, administrator of ASAP Market: "The transaction ID is legitimate but for some strange reason it failed" and all deposits or withdrawals were fixed.

Howdy troops

As of writing the deposit and withdrawal issue has been fixed. If you're still missing your coins, don't forget to check your market wallet, it might have been refunded to you. You should try again. I want to thank everyone who trusted in us and I also want to thank everyone who raised voices about it. Every market will tell you to trust them but if a market is exitscamming and there are some clear signs, you must warn the community about it. Don't let any exitscamming market taking your hard earned capital. Generally, markets exitscam during such events and some naive users are tricked by last minute promises. We never intend to do anything like that but we don't encourage anyone to trust anyone on darknet, even us.

How this happened

From the last few days we have been ignoring tickets about missing deposits. 80% of such tickets are created by phished users, rest 20% are either delayed transactions or double spend issues. We manually approve double spend issues, that's why we stopped bothering about such tickets. However, we found some legit issues, once such is mentioned by /u/m4y4r. The transaction id was legit but for some weird reasons it failed. We scanned the network to check if there are more such transactions. Apparently, there were none but this particular transaction was still missing. We had to re-synchronize xmr nodes and this caused the most recent issue faced by our users. We deeply apologize for it, however, its fixed now. Better late than never. All transactions are successful. On a funny note, I want to scold that particular user with missing deposit which caused all this issue. Ask vendors about their heatbeats due to this one fucking transaction. On the same note, I want to request our buyer to be patient about tickets and disputes. We attend all tickets and disputes but sometimes some tickets and disputes are missed. Missed tickets are attended in second rounds.

Why we distributed 750 alt mirrors

Because of this fucking transaction. We were working to understand the attack and working on mitigating it. At the same time, we noticed this transaction. We thought we can just find it but we were wrong. It was connected to API but wasn’t picked by the system. Very weird. When we tried to fix it, we noticed pending withdrawals, hence, we decided to introduce 750 alt mirrors, as long as this issue is resolved. We can’t work on both issues simultaneously. I hope these alt mirrors are helpful and you could use one of these to access the market during this DDOS. We will be working with Paris to find a solution to this new kind of DDOS attack.

Thank you.

Le Chacal

Dread forum administrator HugBunter confirmed this statement by Le Chacal, HugBunter stated the following.

4.Edit Vendors reporting withdrawals all received now for both BTC and XMR.
3.Edit edit: Spoke with the Admin, apparently he's getting all payments processed now. If anyone receives their withdrawal, make sure to respond to my comment.
2.Edit: I've now had multiple vendors confirm they are missing somewhat large withdrawals. With there also being comments that small withdrawals have been successful, it is not a good look. I'm going to hold off on making this an announcement post with it already being at the top of the front page. If the admin doesn't respond to me or this isn't resolved then I'll make sure it is stickied for complete visibility.
1.With there being mixed reports here, can any established vendors chime in with their experience? I'm trying to reach Admins to check what is going on.

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