Exit Scammed in 2015
Middle-Earth was a not-so-traditional escrow market that ran from 2013 to 2015. As their name suggests, it was a Lord of the Rings themed darknet market. They were considered a trusted market by most due to their earned reputation. However, in 2015 Middle-Earth went offline. They claimed that they were hacked, but many speculate that they had exit scammed. Later on, a Middle-Earth user was tracing his wallet address and connected transactions using the blockchain and claimed they had discovered a link tying the Middle-Earth admins to an investment into the beginning of AlphaBay Market.