Agent Cabinet Sellers: How to Avoid Scammers?


Today, cases of scams in Telegram chats have become more frequent. Some agents sell TikTok ad cabinets, but in fact, they do not represent any agency at all: these are fake.

Today, we will investigate publishers’ opinions in this regard and name those sellers you might not want to trust.

In early February, TikTok started to ban all agent cabinets. Many agencies claimed they will no longer work with gray verticals. So, what is the current market situation?

Alexey, Head of Media Buying at Profitov.Partners:

Hardly anyone said much about this: several agencies were banned, which is why they had to switch to white ad formats temporarily. But all the same, the major market players like Gorgona continued to sell gray cabinets and it worked just fine with a moderate increase in banned cabinets count.

Some agents closed down promising to make all the refunds — and so they’re doing it.

Daniel Lombach, Editor-in-chief at TikTokiller:

It’s better now since major agencies have re-entered the market. I won’t name them; they are on everyone’s lips anyway.

Maria Dorwei, CEO at GTX:

It’s sad to admit that TikTok monitors agencies’ operations and does not allow gray agencies. Or so to say, you can enter, but they [moderators] monitor these agencies and if they calculate that the total percentage of banned ad cabinets is higher than 5%, then the agency will be banned permanently. With this in mind, we cannot name any gray agency with which we could cooperate at the moment.

The last agency we knew of — Gorgona — announced it’s closing down a few days ago. All their BCs are banned and so far, the issue is not settled.

Vitaly Gavrilov, owner of the TriTe:

The big picture looks better now, but it’s not as stable as it was the previous year. BCs may work for a week on average, or even less.

Is it ok to buy cabinets from the sellers that one might encounter in chat rooms or Yandex/Google search, or one might want to rely on friends’ opinions instead?

Alexey, Head of Media Buying at Profitov.Partners:

It’s unlikely to find anything worthwhile in SERP. You might want to count on the rumor mill or your friends instead. I found all these shops among acquaintances who work with TikTok and was the first to do so. That is, in case you search in chats, you might run into scammers, especially if the agency/BC generates a lot of spam. Agents never promote themselves: their clients are usually in a line.

Daniel Lombach, Editor-in-chief at TikTokiller:

You might want to rely on the guarantor and check with the scam database. I would also advise against working with Ukrainian companies since it’s unstable now. I came across scams and non-payments rationalized by military situations.

Maria Dorwei, CEO at GTX:

No.

Vitaly Gavrilov, owner of the TriTe:

You might want to rent (don’t buy)) agent accounts only via friends, as there are scammers in chat rooms with even more of them in Google SERP)) we also came across such guys.

Did you try to work with self-regs?

Alexey, Head of Media Buying at Profitov.Partners:

Yes, we test self-regs a lot, but, of course, BCs have some advantages compared to self-regs. First of all, there are more GEOs available for BC agents. For example, Kazakhstan is not available for self-regs, but it is available for agent BC. The same goes for adjacent GEOs. 

Daniel Lombach, Editor-in-chief at TikTokiller:

Yes, and it works quite well, you just need to possess the right skills and have good accounts on hand.

Maria Dorwei, CEO at GTX:

No, we work with EProfit.

Vitaly Gavrilov, owner of the TriTe:

Yes, we try it from time to time with no luck.

Can you name agents one should definitely avoid?

Alexey, Head of Media Buying at Profitov.Partners:

These are Reklamator and Just TikTok. They are associated with Ukraine. They used to operate efficiently, but after “the situation” they decided to scam people and started to offer replenishment with no interest (Reklamator). As a result, they scammed tidy little sums.

Daniel Lombach, Editor-in-chief at TikTokiller

Just TikTok and Reklamator. I’d also name a few more, but they have no name. You can identify them by the “yob” style of communication, no trial cabinets with a budget provided, fake avatars, and no website available.

Maria Dorwei, CEO at GTX:

Reklamator.

Vitaly Gavrilov, owner of the TriTe:

@Yulianna_investor.

Scam among sellers of agent cabinets has become a common sight. So, you might want to seek sellers on the bush telegraph – it does work. Either way, you can identify scammers by their communication style, no website available, and odd terms they offer.


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