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Doc
Keeper of the Scrolls


2010 Posts
Posted -  10/10/2006  :  17:24
Recently the site has been targeted by numerous spammers and email harvesting robots, Some of you wil have received many of their emails offering long lost money, pledges and downright begging letters.
A lot of these were initially conducted by automatic email harvesting robots, who automatically registered as new members, thereby giving them access to the member listings. I stepped up the security on the registration page to overcome these robots, by requiring them to enter a return email address, before they could be accepted as a member. The robots are now history.
However, individuals from the Ivory coast, Samalia, Botswanna and other african countries are continuing to target the site and register as ligitimate members, again giving them access to the member list where they send individual Private messages using the sites software, luckily because this will be a manual process, only a few will recieve these messages.
I can step up the security another level (or 3), however the security process will reach a point where legitimate new members will be turned away because of the rigourous registration process, hence my reluctance to impliment the more secure method.
What I am asking is that you have patience with these troublesome annoying people and just delete their messages, if they do not get a response, then they will quickly ignore this site and move on.
In the last two months I have identified and banned more than 20 of these so-called members and will continue to do so, I am continually on the site throughout the day and patrol all new members and topics as they appear.
Don't give their messages the light of day, just delete them.
best regards
Doc - webmaster


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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


36804 Posts
Posted - 17/10/2006 : 16:26
I blame the Albanian Mafia.....


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rosilee
Regular Member


111 Posts
Posted - 17/10/2006 : 16:40
another scam today somebody called johnson  ,,zap him Doc please   Thanks    Rosie


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Sue
Senior Member


4201 Posts
Posted - 17/10/2006 : 17:44

I zapped and ignores one on Sunday. I  read the profiles of some of these so called new members. Its amazing how many of them say they are students. Not that I am calling all students spammers, I mean i have been one myself, a student that is....Can we put these spammers to rest now

 Sue




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Vee
Regular Member


355 Posts
Posted - 17/10/2006 : 18:28

I have just had one called Johnson4U.

Vee




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Sue
Senior Member


4201 Posts
Posted - 17/10/2006 : 18:57
He was on Sundays list of new membrs, a student!


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Vee
Regular Member


355 Posts
Posted - 17/10/2006 : 19:22

Sue - From what I can see he joined today.

Vee




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Sue
Senior Member


4201 Posts
Posted - 17/10/2006 : 20:15

I was sure he was on Sundays list, there were a few Johnson somethings.. usual obvious addresses. Ah well if it makes 'em happy

 Sue




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Ringo
Site Administrator


3793 Posts
Posted - 17/10/2006 : 22:12
We are trying to zap them as soon as they appear, there is a plan being worked on by Doc to try and stop it once and for all


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ronald.val
New Member


31 Posts
Posted - 17/10/2006 : 23:25

Yes, I got one too. Didn't even open it, just zapped it !!!

Thes people are a menace to society.

 




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ronald.val
New Member


31 Posts
Posted - 17/10/2006 : 23:52
Do we have another friend in new member WILLY 55


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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


36804 Posts
Posted - 18/10/2006 : 06:35
If he is dodgy just zap and ignore, Doc will soon notice him. 


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Ringo
Site Administrator


3793 Posts
Posted - 18/10/2006 : 08:31
WIlly55 was noted 23 mins after registering yesterday afternoon.


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Cathy
Senior Member


4249 Posts
Posted - 18/10/2006 : 09:57
If these people had any intelligence they would be attracted to this topic, then decide not to bother trying.  Anyway it only takes a few seconds to zap them into oblivian.


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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


36804 Posts
Posted - 18/10/2006 : 15:56
Exactly Cath.  That's what I do, zap and keep stumm.....  Why give them any publicity at all?  If they do read the topics they will be encouraged because we have actually noticed them.


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Marcia
Senior Member


1096 Posts
Posted - 19/10/2006 : 16:27


quote:
Stanley wrote:
Marcia, you are living dangerously without a firewall.  Have you any idea how many times you are pinged in a minute whilst online?  My advice to everyone is get a firewall and I'm in good company.  Look up Jack Schofield on the web.


I'm sure I am pinged lots, and have been since I first got online a decade ago. However, I am of little to no interest to a Norty Person and being relatively Old Skool about t'Internet I ama freedom advocate and I dislike corporations, governments and even computer programs that I am not fully in control of deciding what I can or can't see online - that's exactly how Scunthorpe became blacklisted worldwide   It's a personal choice to go with common sense and caution for as long as I can. I'm happy I've lasted a decade so far and hope to last a while longer.

Jack Schofield is the Grauniad techie fella, isn't he? Good column.




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