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Postby Angoid » Thu Mar 12, 2009 10:25 pm

I never received spam by PM. Maybe his program is set to ignore admins (and perhaps moderators), because they know that admins are just going to ban them immediately. It would do nothing more than alert the admins to their presence.

But just PM spamming ordinary members allow them to slip beneath the radar for slightly longer.
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Postby ChrisRLG » Thu Mar 12, 2009 10:51 pm

The new version may well have a new feature added to it soon - it will stop new members from using the PM system till after they have made xx posts - with the mod/admins still able to be sent PM's as an override - EG they will ONLY be able to send to designated usergroups such as moderators - this will kill this type of spam.

It is NOT in the current new version, but is being pushed by the moderator team at phpBB.com itself to stop spammers at that site, so we are hopeful of getting it activated.
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Postby Litsas » Fri Jan 01, 2010 1:24 am

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Postby Angoid » Sun Jan 03, 2010 9:55 pm

Hi Litsas, if you mean the member 'tradebuzzing', then this has now been dealt with. Many thanks for the heads-up :)

For future reference, it's probably better to post the suspected spammer's name rather than copying and pasting the spam post, partly because we can then find them easier and also you're not giving the spammer free advertising by re-iterating what he's said! :)
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Postby Dubhy63 » Mon Mar 01, 2010 7:41 pm

Our newest member ( Alex271 ) has a link in the profile that leads to a site full of advertising.It might be his or her favourite site but it looks like spam to me.
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Postby wonky_eggs » Wed Mar 03, 2010 7:47 pm

Dubhy63 wrote:Our newest member ( Alex271 ) has a link in the profile that leads to a site full of advertising.It might be his or her favourite site but it looks like spam to me.


Thanks for the heads up, even if it's not spam it's selling which is against the rules. I'll pass it on to our kings of tech.
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Postby Dubhy63 » Sat Mar 06, 2010 8:18 am

Another case for the kings of tech,Bruce80Nelson has a similar link ,also against the rules of course.
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Postby wonky_eggs » Sat Mar 06, 2010 11:15 am

Dubhy63 wrote:Another case for the kings of tech,Bruce80Nelson has a similar link ,also against the rules of course.


Thanks, I'll pass that one on too. Similar spam in the link - they must know it's the time of year all students are cramming to get their work done before the summer.
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Postby Dubhy63 » Wed Mar 10, 2010 11:48 pm

More work for the kings of tech,tommygrenn80 has the same kind of link.
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Postby Angoid » Thu Mar 11, 2010 2:06 pm

Thanks folks - just dealt with them (tommygrenn80 just now).
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Postby Dab051176 » Thu Mar 11, 2010 7:26 pm

wonky_eggs wrote: Thanks, I'll pass that one on too. Similar spam in the link - they must know it's the time of year all students are cramming to get their work done before the summer.


Just to give Mods the "heads up", the last two spammers have had links to what look like (fake) pages for the CompTIA A+ course, but due to problems with my Internet provider, I couldn't get onto the forum to make a Mod aware. As the exams on these are due to change soon (I'm actually studying this course myself at the moment! :wink:), I would imagine they'll keep trying to tout for business in the meantime.

Experience tells me that decent sites outside CompTIA's own (as well as a few others) seem as rare as hen's teeth, so anything relating to A Plus (or variations on that theme) has a good chance of being spam! :P

I'm sure the Mods have it under control, but I thought this extra info might help.
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Postby Angoid » Thu Mar 11, 2010 8:02 pm

Thanks Dave, much appreciated!

Any new member that registers and posts the same link in their signature AND website will usually be spam. Especially if they don't post, or post lame off-topic comments.

Spammers are getting cleverer and cleverer all the time, and it's getting to the stage where electronic countermeasures are becoming less and less effective. They'll try more and more psychological tricks to get us to advertise their wares.
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Postby Dubhy63 » Tue Mar 23, 2010 9:54 pm

Another few for the tech brigade Jane80 has a website link that leads to advertising.
kelly7898 has a link in the signature,also leading to advertising. :x
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Postby ChrisRLG » Tue Mar 23, 2010 10:29 pm

Dubhy63 wrote:Another few for the tech brigade Jane80 has a website link that leads to advertising.
kelly7898 has a link in the signature,also leading to advertising. :x


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Postby Angoid » Wed Mar 24, 2010 10:26 pm

We *must* get this forum upgraded to phpBB3 - although I do think these are the work of a person - Chris, I think it's simple enough it's just finding the time to do it and get the tweaks in place for the colour scheme, etc.
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