The original Tor Carding Forum was a Tor-based forum dedicated to the trading of stolen credit card information, identity theft, and online currency counterfeiting. The website was launched in late 2021 by an individual called ‘V Puerto’ who also created the now-defunct Evolution market bazaar. To join the forum you had to buy a $40 membership (you also needed to buy a one-year VPN Server). In the beginning, there were only a handful of users but as people started signing up the number grew fast and is still growing. As this type of activity is very new there are no regulatory standards set for this type of trading and therefore there are a large number of members who signed up without having any intention of carrying out any illegal activities.
This is probably one of the most controversial aspects of the carding forum. Unlike normal online forums, this one has many rules that need to be followed. First of all, users were required to sign up with their real names rather than using their usernames. Secondly, there was a ban on selling items or services on the forum. Thirdly they did not allow advertising on the forum either. Finally, users were not allowed to make donations or get advertising revenue since this was contrary to the spirit of the forum.
Carding forums have been compared to online forex trading but the reality is a bit different. Unlike online forex trading, where one has to purchase a trading account to start trading they don’t need any money to join the carding forums. Instead, they need to download a form of software and fill in all the required information. Afterward, they can visit any of the websites on the internet that offer carding forums.
There are two main types of carding forums: private and public. A private forum is run by the company or business that has hired the moderators. In such cases, people need to become a member of the company’s staff and get registered with them before they can access the forum sections. The same applies to public forums, which are open to anyone who wants to register and join in.
One of the major differences between a regular credit card forum and a cybercrime forum is that there is no registration process or membership criteria. All you need to do is to join in and start posting. Unlike in credit cards, there is no need to buy or open up an account to use on the cybercriminal forum. You just need to log in using your usernames and passwords and start posting.
Another big difference between these two forums is that in cybercrime forums you need to provide different kinds of information. For instance, you need to show proof of being a member of another forum (in this case the cybercriminal forums). You also need to prove that you know how to use a credit card and type. On the other hand, in normal forums, you just need to post a few sentences about yourself. And that is it.