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Scams Scams Scams: Who Can You Trust?

  • 14 February 2018
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When I upload a song, immediately there are likes. When I check who gave it a like it is usually some shady "record company".

https://soundcloud.com/user-938825661 This is the latest. I'm guessing it is a bot trying to sucker artists into paying to have their songs uploaded to some shady site. It wants users to submit their music. It calls itself RamenRecords.com Here's a thread about them https://soundcloudcommunity.com/trust-safety-229932/ramen-record-scam-7399831/index1.html

Ramen Records is a scam out of Panama. https://who.is/whois/ramenrecords.com They registered a domain in 2017-11-02 and it expires 2018-11-02. Clearly they are crooks. It's important to do a Who Is search and if the domain is registered for a short time it's probably a scammer. There is no address listed and the phone number is probably fake. They to list a PO box.

There is a label called Fueled by Ramen which is part of Warner Music.


There is some very good content on SC by talented artists but there is certainly more content that's not so good. That's to be expected. Not every work will be a winner.

Do legitimate labels search SC for new songs and music? If so, is there a good guy list and a bad guy list?

I've never fallen for a scam but I would have to think that enough people have to make scamming us artists lucrative.

I guess this is the way of the Internet and the world. I wish that it were policed better. I guess we have to be the police.

Thanks

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Do legitimate labels search SC for new songs and music?

Yes.

If so, is there a good guy list and a bad guy list?

No. Genuine labels that contact you are likely to be small independents and you should be able to hear tracks they've released on their profile along with links to sites such as BandCamp, Discogs and Spotify. They are also more likely to mention specific tracks of yours they are interested in.


I've never fallen for a scam but I would have to think that enough people have to make scamming us artists lucrative.

Most of these scams selling fake activity for SoundCloud are doing the same for Instagram and YouTube etc. too, but there are a lot of "artists" here who are shown to have thousands of followers but if you scroll just a little way down their follower page you come to the usual fakes.
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you can trust yourself (unless you know something that would send up a red flag). everyone else gets a short leash.
anyone ever heard of https://soundcloud.com/user-34903583535 after uploading a few old mixes when i started djing on pc they started liking my stuff

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