Fraud Awareness

There is no way to tell if someone tipping is fraudulent, but there are things you can look for to protect yourself that will help keep it to a minimum and also benefit your fellow performers.

New Members

You can see when someone became a member of CAM4 by checking their profile. Brand new users tipping large amounts may be an indicator of fraud.

Please keep in mind that not all new members are fraudulent. Someone with a longer history at CAM4 does tend to be safer but there is always a possibility of a member contacting their bank and stating they did not make the purchases (chargeback).

Tipping Behavior

There are things you can look for during your show that should be a red flag as possible fraud. Here are a few:

  • If you are chatting while clothed (not performing) and someone tips you – especially large amounts and they are not a regular.
  • Someone tipping you more than requested.
  • Someone tips without chatting or making a request – especially if “requests” is one of your goals.
  • Someone tips and then immediately leaves the room.

Most tippers, especially new ones, will tip in small numbers to see if a performer will follow through with goals or requests.

Rule of thumb: someone spending money wildly may not be spending their own.

Track Your Fraud

If you have repeat fraud from a particular country it may be time to add that country to your block list.

What Do I Do If I Suspect Fraud?

If at any time you feel someone is fraudulent and wish to refuse their tip, please notify us at fraud@cam4.com and we will take care of that for you.

Please keep in mind that all tokens tipped are purchased through one of our processors. Voids are tokens that were purchased with a stolen credit card or the tipper contacted their bank stating they did not make the purchase.

There is no such thing as ‘fake tokens’. Token adders are exe files that are designed to steal your log-in and compromise your account and should never be clicked on. If you find a link to a token adder please report it to us at: technical@cam4.com so we can have it removed.

My show was recorded and uploaded

Whenever you broadcast using your webcam either on a website or through programs such as Skype, Yahoo/etc the possibility of being recorded exists. In order to protect yourself you should make sure that you always watermark your broadcast. Using Many-cam or another software that allows watermarking will help protect your broadcast as most websites will not permit a watermarked image/video to be uploaded.

If you find that you were recorded there are a few things you can do.

1. If your videos/images are uploaded to a download site (4shared, Megaupload, etc) your best bet is to contact them first, give them the links to your downloads and request their removal. Upload sites are more apt to respond quickly as this violates their policy.

2. Contact the website that is posting your videos/images by using their Copyright violation/DMCA link; this will typically be located at the bottom of the page. If you cannot find one, use their “Abuse” or “Contact” link.

3. Go to netsol.com and do a ‘whois’ on the website posting your videos/images. In some cases you may be able to find the company that host the website and contact them as they may be in violation of the companies terms of service.

While doing the above may not always be successful, they are the steps you need to take to get your videos/images removed from a website.

Maintaining your privacy

There are a number of things that you should take into account when camming.

Browsers: Keep one browser for camming, use another for everything else to avoid confusion between performing and your personal life.

Facebook and other Social Media: Create profiles in your performer name; don’t give your real name, location or any other personal information. Both Facebook and Twitter have features to share your location, make sure these are turned off. While these are all useful outlets for promoting your cam career you may not necessarily want this to overlap into your private life.

Family and Friends: In addition to creating separate profiles above, please use the site blocking feature which allows you to block up to three countries/states from viewing your cam. Details on adding a block can be found here

Email: Create an email account for your performer profiles, use this for the site, social media profiles and signups for ID’s on personal messengers such as Skype/yahoo etc. Keep your personal address completely separate.

Getting your own domain:
 This is also an excellent promotional tool. If you choose to sign up for your own domain please make sure that you also purchase the domain privacy protection offered by your registrar . If you do not complete this step a public search of the domain record will reveal your real name and address.

Wish lists: An incorrect wish list setup can reveal your name and address to anyone purchasing from that list. If it is not possible to ensure this won’t be revealed in the setup of that wish list you should only request gift certificates which can be delivered by email. Again keep your personal accounts separate from your performer accounts to prevent mistakes. You can also consider renting a PO box if it is necessary to have a delivery address.

Google Alerts:
 Setup a Google alert at http://www.google.com/alerts for your real name to see how often it is mentioned online as a safety measure. You can also setup an alert for your performer name(s) to monitor the success of your promotional efforts.

Audio: Performing with sound is a good thing to maximize your tips, but be careful if you receive a phone call during your show. Please either mute your microphone or take the call to another room to prevent everyone in your room listening in to the call.