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Old 09-13-2007, 11:28 AM   #1
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Our first Spammer.

A couple of hundred people got PM spam in the "send me your bank account info and we do great business together" type style, which means our first spammer made it through.

I know the extra manual step to verifying accounts before they can post frustrates some people, but it really does help keep spam down on the forum. It turns out the "users awaiting confirmation" group could still PM others.

That user group can no longer use PMs (but can still use the "contact us" link if they have problems) and all PMs from this specific user have been removed so most people will never even see the spam.

Thanks to those who reported it.
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Old 09-13-2007, 11:42 AM   #2
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Re: Our first Spammer.

I didn't get one of those spammer PMs. I feel unloved.
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Old 09-13-2007, 11:43 AM   #3
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Re: Our first Spammer.

It seems the deletion of the spammers PM has thrown the PM count out. My PM box still shows 83 messages (as it did when I had the spam) but I only have 82 messages in there. Inbox and Sent Items count is correct, just overall number that's affected.
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Old 09-13-2007, 12:56 PM   #4
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Re: Our first Spammer.

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A couple of hundred people got PM spam in the "send me your bank account info and we do great business together" type style, which means our first spammer made it through.

I know the extra manual step to verifying accounts before they can post frustrates some people, but it really does help keep spam down on the forum. It turns out the "users awaiting confirmation" group could still PM others.

That user group can no longer use PMs (but can still use the "contact us" link if they have problems) and all PMs from this specific user have been removed so most people will never even see the spam.

Thanks to those who reported it.
I didn't get this spam, but I haven't had a private message in about 5 days and all of a sudden it showed a new private message. Very odd, because I couldn't find it and it wouldn't go away until I deleted about 20 old messages then it disappeared as if I hadn't read one of my old messages (Which I had, I had zero new messages for the last 5 days).
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Old 09-13-2007, 01:05 PM   #5
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Re: Our first Spammer.

Stop Comment Spam and Trackback Spam Akismet

While primarily intended as blog spam protection, where it excels I might add, there have been a number of efforts to use the tool in forum packages as well where it should be equally effective against spammers. There's no reason it can't work against PMs just as well as it would against postings.

Edit: Interesting - how does vB know to put the page's title in the link?

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Old 09-13-2007, 01:29 PM   #6
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Re: Our first Spammer.

Thank ****ing god that for once I didn't get the spam. Been getting a lot on a couple of my emails lately and it's nice to know one spambot missed me this week.
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Old 09-13-2007, 07:30 PM   #7
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Re: Our first Spammer.

I got it, and just so those of you that don't feel loved due to not getting it don't feel left out....


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FROM: MISS FELICIA FRANCIS
ABIDJAN - COTE D'IVOIRE, WEST AFRICA
EMAIL: _felia_fran@yahoo.fr_ (felia_fran@yahoo.fr)

FOR URGENT ASSISTANCE
DEAR IN THE LORD,
PERMIT ME TO INFORM YOU ABOUT MY DESIRE TO GO INTO BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU. I AM MISS. FELICIA FRANCIS, AN IVORIAN/IVORY COAST NATIONALITY. I AM THE ONLY CHILD OF MR AND MRS. FRANCIS JOHN. MY FATHER WAS A VERY RICH COCOA MERCHANT, THE GENERAL DIRECTOR OF COCOA EXPORT CORPORATION (C.E.C) BASED IN ABIDJAN THE ECONOMIC CAPITAL OF IVORY COAST BEFORE HE WAS POISONED TO DEATH BY HIS BUSINESS ASSOCIATES ON ONE OF THEIR OUTINGS TO DISCUSS ON A BUSINESS DEAL.

WHEN MY MOTHER DIED MY FATHER TOOK ME SO SPECIAL SINCE I AM MOTHERLESS .BEFORE THE DEATH OF MY FATHER IN A PRIVATE HOSPITAL WHERE HE WAS ADMITTED, HE CALLED ME SCRETLY TO HIS BED SIDE AND TOLD ME THAT HE KEPT THE SUM OF US$2.6MILLION (TWO MILLION SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) IN A BANK HERE IN ABIDJAN COTE D'IVOIRE. THAT HE USED MY NAME AS THE NEXT OF KIN IN DEPOSIT OF THE FUND. HE ALSO EXPLAINED TO ME THAT IT WAS BECAUSE OF THIS MONEY HE WAS POISONED BY HIS BUSINESS PARTNER AND THAT I SHOULD SEEK FOR A FOREIGN PARTNER IN A COUNTRY OF MY CHOICE WHERE I WOULD TRANSFER THIS MONEY AND USE IT FOR AN INVESTMENT PURPOSE, SUCH AS : REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT OR STOCK MARKET INVESTMENTS.

DEAR, I AM HONOURABLY SOLICITING YOUR KIND ASSISTANCE AS FOLLOWS.
(1) TO PROVIDE A BANK ACCOUNT WHERE THIS MONEY WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO.
(2) TO SERVE AS THE GUARDIAN OF THESE FUND SINCE I AM A GIRL OF 20 YEARS OLD.
(3) TO MAKE ARRANGEMENT FOR ME IN YOUR COUNTRY TO CONTINUE MY EDUCATIONAL CAREER AND TO SECURE FOR ME A RESIDENCE PERMIT IN YOUR COUNTRY.

I AM WILLING TO OFFER YOU 10% OF THE TOTAL SUM AS A MODE OF COMPENSATION FOR YOUR EFFORTS AFTER THE TRANSFER OF THE FUND TO YOUR NOMINATED ACCOUNT FOR INVESTMENT PURPOSE.

PLEASE, I WILL BE VERY HAPPY IF THIS TRANSACTION WILL BE CONCLUDED WITHIN 14 (FOURTEEN) WORKING DAYS FROM NOW.

I AM EXPECTING TO HEAR FROM YOU AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

YOURS SINCERELY,

MISS FELICIA FRANCIS.

PLEASE REPLY THIS MESSAGES THOUGH MY PRIVATE INBOX.
_felia_fran@yahoo.fr_ (felia_fran@yahoo.fr)
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Old 09-13-2007, 07:32 PM   #8
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Re: Our first Spammer.

My count is also off like Xerihae's is.
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Old 09-13-2007, 07:33 PM   #9
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I didn't get one of those spammer PMs. I feel unloved.
I got it twice, but it doesn't make me feel loved.
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Old 09-13-2007, 07:35 PM   #10
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Re: Our first Spammer.

Hmm, I'm wondering what criteria their program used to determine who to send them to.
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Old 09-13-2007, 07:46 PM   #11
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Hmm, I'm wondering what criteria their program used to determine who to send them to.
The unmoderated user group can't view the full member list so my guess is they were following links from posts.
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Old 09-13-2007, 07:53 PM   #12
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Exclamation Re: Our first Spammer.

Hopefully this got reported to Fraud Watch International. They keep track of the sources of Nigerian 411 spams like that one, and other types of course. If you do receive something like this via email, turn on long headers and forward it to admin@fraudwatchinternational.com for their action.

You can also see a list of the latest fraud and phishing attempts on their main page at Fraudwatch International - Anti-Phishing Specialists - very handy if you suspect you've received a phish.

Please tell older folks (like myself, for instance *grin*), parents and grandparents who may be new to the net and unaware of the damage that fraud and phishing emails can do - help them get aware and stay safe. One of the most recent is an IRS refund offer that is warned about on the IRS website itself.
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Old 09-13-2007, 10:00 PM   #13
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Re: Our first Spammer.

Nice. Well, may they burn in that special circle of hell reserved for fraud spammers!
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Old 09-13-2007, 10:55 PM   #14
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Re: Our first Spammer.

I don't have any spam, but a little pop-up telling me that I have a new PM keeps coming up but when I check it it's just the same old ones. Is that a side-effect?
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Old 07-19-2014, 11:05 PM   #15
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Re: Our first Spammer.

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I got it, and just so those of you that don't feel loved due to not getting it don't feel left out....
Sounds more like a Movie Plot


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Old 07-25-2014, 09:48 PM   #16
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Re: Our first Spammer.

The message is highly entertaining, thank you.
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Old 07-26-2014, 07:05 PM   #17
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This about important information. Must be for thank in most times.
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Old 08-01-2014, 09:27 AM   #18
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Re: Our first Spammer.

Lately though, I've been getting a lot of spam that starts out "Hey sugar, you were great last night." and so forth.

That I just tag as it is and let Yahoo deal with it.


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Old 08-01-2014, 12:24 PM   #19
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Re: Our first Spammer.

You guys realize this thread is like 7 years old, huh?
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Old 08-01-2014, 04:01 PM   #20
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You guys realize this thread is like 7 years old, huh?
I blame Darren.
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