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Nucleus: Issues & Possible Exit Scam?

#4th Update on Nucleus: Seems to be back up: Nucleus Market.

#3rd Update on Nucleus: “We have answered some questions about unaccessible accounts on the Support, but server will stay offline for next 5 – 9 hours due to preparations for relaunch.”

#2nd Update on Nucleus: “We are still investigating the problem. Server should be back online yesterday.”

Update on Nucleus homepage– Please hold until everything is confirmed as fixed (if at all):


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During the past 24 hours we had multiple reports from vendors being locked out of their accounts on nucleus market, which is (or was?) the second largest market currently, there reports were posted on Nucleus listing here and on several Reddit threads such as this one.  During this time buyer withdrawals seemed to be unaffected. Currently the market seems to be down:


It is not yet clear if this is yet another (totally unsurprising) exit scam in our even growing list of exit scammers or some technical issue. We’ll be following and updating when / if we will have any new info. So far there were no reported updates from the admins.

Either way, if it goes back up – you should avoid any deposits to the market until the issues with the locked out vendors are cleared.

Until then, remember, exit scams are part of the dark net markets game, here are some alternatives:

Currently uptime issues are also being reported on Cryuserv which is hosting several vendor shops.

Since Agora was shut down, it became the season of exit scams when, as expected, the next “default” markets in line took advantage of the massive agora refugees traffic and exit scammed. So far we had Abraxas and middle earth, maybe now Nucleus? who will be next… only time will tell.


  1. what we thinking then exit scam or security breach website now saying that they are investigating suspicious acitivity on accounts

  2. Why is only one of the alternatives a multisig market?

    When will people end this “game” where they just give money out for free, and start using multisig only markets?

    • People still thinks it is too much complicated compare to classical escrow and some markets like AB require higher fees on multisig.
      Another reason it is because many market doesn’t have 2of3 multisig so they are not able to see any difference.

      • We use 2-out-of-3 multisig (and only multisig), the process is quite user friendly, you either add your own key or have our market generate one for you.

        Then when ordering, you get a multisig payment address that starts with ‘3’.. and pay that address. The redeem script and transactions being signed is fully visible and can also be signed and broadcasted manually if you are ultra paranoid :)

        • The multisig on the real deal is BS. The only 2 that can sign it are the vendor and market. That means if site goes down everyone is screwed anyway. The buyer and vendor should be able to sign the wallet outside of the market to release funds. That way if the market goes down then they can still complete the transaction. The way it’s currently set up the market could create several vendor accounts, scam and sign the escrow release. You need to change it.

          Nucleus was very sketchy before Agora went down. An exit scam is / was inevitable.

  3. I had a last transaction from my Wallet on Nucleus.
    @ 2pm to another wallet and its arrived.

    so i think they will come back.


  4. Ouch,

    I transferred 1 BTC to Nucleus right before this outage.
    Merry Xmas to whoever got my bitcoin, FU*KER!


  5. I deposited a couple of weeks back – after i sent i logged back in too find the address had changed – support said the address i sent too was nothing to do with them.impossible. As a medical cannabis user they have totally screwed me over. no xmas for me this year.

  6. after the abrax nightmare i transferd to dream and nuclues, i still have good hope though im on my last leg.

    why dont you come visit me @ dream market, they been active since 2013, website is simplistic build, fast load times, small-medium community.
    good vendor team.

    – since agora

    amnesia haze (my specialty)
    xtc pills 200mg+

    * to the last guy above me, come visit me ill give you a few extra grams too soften ur pain, the amnesia is dripping with thc and is clean aswell, no chemicals used too make it weigh more or that kind of bullshit.

  7. Hello
    I’m a vendor on alphabay. hansa market
    python market, outlaw market, Dr D multilingual market

    Just started 3 days on Nucleus before they went down
    For al the customers who ordered stuff on my FishscaleNL account on Nucleus, you get free refund of the product if you send me a message on one of the markets!

    Please check my profile for the goods


  8. Jim Mac AKA KingCapulet - FredFlintstone


    ( News
    We are still investigating the problem. Server should be back online yesterday.)

    Yabba Dabba Do

  9. Guys, its working!! I could log in and finalize open orders. Look@
    https://www.reddit.com/r/NucleusMarket /comments/3x4xly/its_back_up/

  10. We have answered some questions about unaccessible accounts on the Support, but server will stay offline for next 5 – 9 hours due to preparations for relaunch.

    We are still investigating the problem. Server should be back online yesterday.

    maybe no exit scam, they came back one time before

  11. It’s back online!

  12. Its back online 4 Me !

    all coins to another wallet…

    they arrived.

    nuc nuc is back :P

  13. Yep its up and just transferred coins to another wallet to check if they are trying to exit scam. But no problems with withdrawal so I believe there is no exit scam.

  14. Hello everybody,

    Please be carefull I don’t know what happened to nucleus.

    It’s back online but I don’t have access to my seller account password has been changed and I looked with a buyer account my seller account is banned…

    I have messaged the staff regarding this ,will see if they answer soon.


  15. Withdrew my tiny balance from Nook too, vendors accounts slowly coming back from Banned to Active … will wait a while before trading tho

  16. There is no way I am the only vendor unable to log onto this site!

    Maybe vendors don’t read the DDW website but after HUNDREDS of attempts (including attempted communication to their support via a newly made buyers account) still no dice.

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