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Europa market allegedly seized

Published on 20 May 2020 by Charlie

The darknet market Europa, which offered a place of haven for users looking to buy drugs and weapons, including firearms, has become inaccessible. It is unclear as to whether the market was seized by authorities or if the seizure notice is just a ploy by the site admins in an attempt to avoid blame from its customers during an exit scam.

The market first became unavailable in the afternoon of the 19th May before a seizure notice was put up on one of it’s mirrors. This was reported by users on forums such as DNMAvengers and the Europa market subdread was updated with a link and message about the alleged seizure.

Image showing the updated message on the Europa subdread.

Users were quick to speculate the validity of the notice, however, noting that there were no press releases from any three letter agencies as is normally seen with a market takedown. In addition to this, the word European appears misspelt as “Europian”, further raising suspicion.

Update 22/5/20

When a market is seized, the agency responsible for the takedown often releases a press release stating any helping parties and how the seizure occurred. In the case of Valhalla market, a seizure notice was seen on the site on the 2nd may 2019 with a Europol press release appearing the next day. It has now been three days since the seizure message was first posted and the site is now unavailable. Combined with the fact that there has not been any press releases, the markets closure was most likely an exit scam.

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