A Comprehensive Guide to the Nemesis Market

This guide will teach you all you need to know to connect to Nemesis, one of the newest darknet markets to gain popularity.

Nemesis is a vendor- and community-focused darknet market that combines various successful characteristics of its forefathers into a distinctively designed market/forum hybrid. As of early March 2022, it has been fully redesigned, allowing anyone to browse what’s on the market without having to register an account. Nemesis presently has approximately to 3,000 entries, making it a modest marketplace, and the majority of these ads are for digital products and services. The forum part of Nemesis appears to be almost as significant as the market itself, as users can remark on almost every update made by the administration and members are encouraged to communicate as much as they like in the forum.

The “new” version of Nemesis appears to be aggressively pandering to sellers, recently introducing 10-day auto-finalizations for physical orders and instant FE status to any vendors who have garnered over 100 positive ratings. Simultaneously, they declare that they will only accept vendors “with good recommendations on another market.” This means no novice merchants, which is wonderful news for Nemesis purchasers. Interestingly, the market has moved from being Monero-only to now taking Bitcoin as well, which contradicts prior trends. Finally, the market claims to include a built-in mixing function that disconnects buyer and vendor finances.

Featured listings on Nemesis vary at random each time a category page is refreshed, and display preference is based not only on the vendor’s reputation, but also on their capacity to promote Nemesis to external audiences. Vendors appear to be concentrated in the UK and EU regions, with a few US-based vendors thrown in for good measure. We also discovered a few suppliers claiming to be from Australia and South America. The market appears to have been successful in drawing a number of seasoned sellers, albeit customers have been sluggish to follow.

In comparison to many other darknet markets, the Nemesis rules that vendors must follow are relatively liberal. Nemesis, for example, is one of the last markets to include a segment for fentanyl items. It also offers a massive collection of hacking and fraud-related listings, such as malware/botnet listings, exploits, and even hacker-for-hire services. While this may seem appealing to some, it is likely to make the market a target of international law enforcement activities, as well as competing marketplaces. This means that we advocate exercising extreme caution when using Nemesis, such as always PGP encrypting contacts with sellers and always making transactions in XMR.

The Fundamentals of Nemesis

  • Cryptocurrencies accepted: Bitcoin (BTC), Monero (XMR)
  • Total Product/Service listings: 2,800+
  • Listing Categories: Drugs, Fraud, Hacking, Forgeries/Counterfeits, Other
  • Multi-signature escrow? No
  • Finalize Early? Yes (for vendors with >100 positive reviews)
  • Cost of vendor bond: $200 (non-refundable)

Prior to Beginning

Before attempting to use Nemesis or any other darknet market, you should have a solid grasp of the following concepts:

  • Tor browser. You will need to download and install the Tor browser which will allow you to connect to websites on the darknet (of which Nemesis is one). While it is true that the Tor browser masks your connection to sites that you are visiting when using it, your IP provider can still be aware that you are accessing the Tor network, so if you value true anonymity, it is suggested that you purchase a VPN (virtual private network) service to remove the connection between your IP and Tor.
  • Cryptocurrency transactions. You will obviously need to have some experience with buying and sending cryptocurrency. Learn the basics of sending Monero (XMR, the recommended choice over Bitcoin) from one address to another, how to identify and input XMR addresses, and what a blockchain confirmation is. Sending cryptocurrency to a wrong address can be a costly error, so it’s good to have a handle on how to move it before attempting to do so for the first time.
  • PGP encryption. You will also need to have a thorough understanding of the basics of PGP before attempting to use a darknet market like Nemesis. This includes knowing how to generate a PGP public/private key pair, import PGP public keys (often known as the Certificate Import process), and encrypt and decrypt messages, as well.

Disclaimer: This guide is intended for research purposes only and should not be taken as legal or other advice. The authors of this handbook do not support unlawful conduct in your jurisdiction or others. At your own risk, use the information of this guide and/or the Nemesis darknet market.

Don’t Be Duped

One of the amazing things about Nemesis is its commitment to maintaining one (1) and only one URL, rather than a slew of mirrors (like most other markets). This implies that once you’ve got the official URL (which starts with “nemesis555n…”), you’ll never need to hunt for another one.

Nemesis administrators claim this is due to their ability to successfully mitigate DDOS attacks. This appears to be the case for the time being, however we did suffer a few timeouts while preparing this article. The essential point is to remember that you’ll never need to hunt for a different URL while trying to access Nemesis.

Making an Account

To get started on Nemesis, click the blue “Create an Account” button in the upper-right corner of the market’s homepage. The account creation procedure is straightforward.

First, select a distinct username (one that cannot be tied to your real-life or other online identities). Next, choose a strong password (we recommend a random string of upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and special symbols of at least 10 characters in length) and enter it twice, once in the “Confirm password” area and once in the “Password” field. Then select a password for withdrawal. This could be easier (a minimum of 6 characters in length, like a PIN but can also include letters). In the “Confirm withdrawal password” section, enter the withdrawal password a second time. Then check the “I’m not a robot” box, enter the captcha, and click “Submit.”

You will then be given a “Mnemonic key.” This is a long string of letters and digits that can be used to retrieve your account if you lose access to it for any reason. Remember to keep this in a safe location where you won’t lose it. Then, in the appropriate area, copy and paste the mnemonic key, so the results look like this:

Then, to proceed, press “Confirm.” And there you have it! Your account has been created, and you are now signed in to the market, where you can begin making purchases (after registering a PGP key, that is).

Making a PGP Key

To configure a PGP key for Nemesis, first hover over the first letter of your username, which is displayed in the upper-right corner of any page on the market, and then click “Update PGP key,” as seen below (if you don’t see this letter, adjust your zoom level to 90%).

You will then be taken to the PGP key entering screen. You’ll notice a large, blank text box here where you’ll paste your PGP public key. When properly pasted, it should appear like this:

After pasting the whole contents of your public key, click the “Update” button. To confirm ownership, you will be requested to decipher a message encrypted with your key. Select the entire PGP-signed message and decode it with your PGP software (Kleopatra, GPG, etc.).

Scroll down until you see the “Encrypted message” text box, and then paste the complete decrypted message into it. This is what it should look like:

To proceed, click “Verify.” If everything goes as planned, you should be redirected to the PGP key settings page, which should now display the message “PGP public key verification was successful.” This means your PGP key is now associated with your account, and you may start placing orders on Nemesis.

Making a Down Payment

Nemesis is a “wallet-less” market, which means there is no account wallet that requires a deposit to make purchases. Instead, each order is paid for with a deposit to a specific address (this is often referred to as the Direct Pay system).

Exploring Nemesis

One thing you’ll notice about Nemesis right away is that its layout is entirely different from that of almost all other darknet markets. Instead of the traditional storefront method, Nemesis appears more like a forum — and indeed, the market’s forum opens by default rather than a market page.

By clicking on the “Market” tab in the top navigation bar, you can access the market from any page on the site. A secondary navigation bar has the following categories (hovering over a category reveals its subcategories):

  • Drugs (Cannabis, Stimulants, Opioids, Ecstasy, Dissociatives, Psychedelics, Benzodiazepines, Prescription Drugs, Steroids, Tobacco, Weight Loss, Paraphernalia, Other)
  • Fraud (Cards/CVVs/Fullz, SSN/DOB/DL/PII, Bank Logins, Logins/Hacked Accounts, Carding, Carded Goods, Carded Accounts, Drop Addresses, Bank Drops, Other Drops, Phone numbers/Sim Cards, Verification Service, Verified Accounts, Dumps, Credit Card Skimmers, XXX Logins, VPN/Proxy/RDP, Other)
  • Hacking (Ransomware, Malware/Botnets, Exploits, DDoS, Spamming/Anti Captcha, Access for Sale, Phishing/Social Engineering, Hackers for Hire, Scripts/Applications, Hosting, Other)
  • Forgeries/Counterfeits (Currencies, Documents – Digital, Documents – Physical, Jewelry, Clothing, Electronics, Art Works, Deep Fake, Other)
  • Other (Cash to Crypto, Crypto to Cash, Real Documents, Self-Defense, Guides and Tutorials, Customer Orders, Other)

Interestingly, Nemesis is one of the few darknet markets that has more digital listings than physical, despite having a good assortment of drug listings. Many subcategories are further subdivided into sub-subcategories, making it even easier to identify the specific type of goods you’re looking for. Alternatively, there is a search feature in the top right corner of any screen that appears to work fairly well. What you won’t see are any filters or sorting choices other than those presented after a search.

Here’s an example of a featured product listing in a category (in this case, Cannabis):

Listing summaries in each category (or subcategory) display the following info for each listing:

  • Picture and title
  • Pricing for each quantity offered
  • Vendor name
  • Vendor rating (1-5)
  • Total reviews
  • Total sales
  • Ships from country (designated by national flag)

We can learn more about a product by clicking on it.

We see the product image, title, vendor logo, vendor name, vendor rating, total reviews, and total sales from left to right and top to bottom. We may also examine the various quantity and pricing possibilities. This is followed by the shipped from and ships to information, shipping methods, quantity desired, and add-to-cart option. You can favorite a listing by clicking the heart icon next to “Add to Cart.” This will make it easier to find later because it will display in your “Favorite Items,” a user menu choice. Finally, you can check to see if the vendor accepts Bitcoin, Monero, or both.

You may find out if this merchant employs Escrow or Finalize Early by scrolling down. It is an Escrow item in this case. If you plan on placing an order through Nemesis, please read the following as it will give you an idea of what to expect:

Scrolling down, we see a more full explanation of the time, followed by a Comment box where you can ask the vendor a question. It is normal darknet market etiquette to encrypt any text transmitted to a vendor (at any point of the order process). In addition to the Description tab, there is a Reviews tab. It is strongly advised to check any accessible reviews for an item before placing your first order with a vendor. If an item has no reviews, consider avoiding it in favor of a similar product that has previously received positive feedback.

We also urge that you click on a vendor’s name and study all of the information on their page before completing your first order with them. This will give you a sense of what you can anticipate from them, as well as what they may expect from you, the buyer. Some sellers, for example, request that shipping information be provided in a specific format. Some sellers are inactive and should be avoided because making an order with them could result in you being separated from your funds for 5 days or more. Here’s an example of a current vendor:

We can tell that they support FE (meaning they have received at least 100 positive reviews from other markets). They were last online lately, as shown, but they have yet to make a transaction on Nemesis, which is why they have a Score of 0. Their client reviews from other marketplaces are generally quite excellent, earning them a 5-star rating. According to the review and sales totals, they have been quite active in various marketplaces, indicating that they are a very experienced vendor.

Making a Purchase

When you’ve discovered an item you want to buy, choose the quantity you want, choose a shipping method, and then click “Add to Cart.” Keep in mind that many suppliers only ship to specific nations or areas, so be sure their ship-to area corresponds to your own.

Next, enter your shipping information, but make sure to encrypt it using the vendor’s PGP key first. To do so, right-click the vendor’s name on the listing page and select “Open in new window.” Then, on the vendor page, change the default tab from Items to PGP Key. You can find the vendor’s PGP key by scrolling down a little. Copy the key and paste it into your PGP utility’s Certificate Import window. Then, using the newly imported key, encrypt your shipment details. Return to the purchase window and copy and paste the encrypted data into the order details text field. When completed properly, the end product should look like this:

To advance to the next phase of the order placement procedure, press “Update,” wait for the screen to refresh, and then scroll down. If the vendor accepts both BTC and XMR as payment, you will be given two payment options:

We always recommend utilizing Monero when making a darknet market buy, which is why we’ve chosen it for this example. When you select that option, you will see the following:

Here we see:

  • the amount of XMR to be deposited, followed by
  • the XMR address to which coins will be sent.

You have three hours to make a payment. Because XMR blocks are typically two minutes in duration, your transaction should be spotted by the market within two to three minutes. Check the status of your deposit after three or four minutes by pressing “Check deposit status.” Following the confirmation of your deposit, Nemesis will forward the order details to the seller, who will have up to 10 days to send it (5 days to accept, 5 days to ship). You can cancel your order only within 48 hours after placing it.

If you are utilizing a FE-enabled vendor, you must finalize the order after it has been marked as Shipped by the vendor. This may be done from the Orders tab at the top of the screen, where you can also check the order’s status.

Orders should be received within the time frame specified on the shipping option selected by the buyer (after the order has been marked as “delivered” of course). If you do not get your order within the given shipment time, you can file a dispute, but you must do so within 10 days of the scheduled shipping date. This prevents funds from being released from escrow to the seller, and the market will wait for the merchant to respond before returning funds to you (withdrawal addresses for refunds can be configured in the Account Settings screen of your user profile menu).

Nemesis Market URL: x7r427rknx5kw2oztfxiusfkidotsgitvrwnz33kjkmtxzdybcd2ntad.onion

Summary

Overall, we’re not sure what to think of Nemesis, which is halfway between incredibly stable and brilliantly designed and a fly-by-night cash grab business. The absence of central wallets is a significant advantage because it reduces the average customer’s potential losses. We like their per-order payment approach (Direct Pay), as well as the fact that they take XMR. It would be wonderful if they mandated PGP encryption on all communications, but in 2022, any darknet market user should be familiar with how to do it.

Nemesis is still on the small side, with far more merchants than buyers, but this might change in the near future if they can maintain things working as smoothly as they have thus far, and keep things continuing for the long haul. We recommend visiting the Nemesis darknet market’s forum section for further information and the opportunity to ask its administrators questions (they do not maintain a presence on Dread as of now).

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