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Doc
Keeper of the Scrolls


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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 - 11/08/2011 : 07:53
I've noted lately that more mails are evading the Spam filter at Orange. The rogues must be getting more sophisticated. If I don't recognise the sender I just delete.


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Callunna
Revolving Grey Blob


3044 Posts
Posted - 22/08/2011 : 22:53
I keep getting spam emails purporting to be from an esteemed OGFB member (who shall remain nameless because it isn't his fault).

The content is as follows (web addy removed):

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honestly I was sure I would be in debt forever I needed a quick and easy solution now I can spend my paychecks however I choose.
http://................................html now im on the way to the top just picture all that is possible

thank me later 

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I can't blacklist the address because it would mean I wouldn't get legitimate emails.

Any suggestions on how to stop these hitting my InBox about twice a week? Go to Top of Page
Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


36804 Posts
Posted - 23/08/2011 : 05:09
I get similar ones as well Heather. Just delete them, that's what I do. Isn't it strange how many bogus mails are from people offering to solve problems. Must be a lot of them about!


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Another
Traycle Mine Overseer


6250 Posts
Posted - 23/08/2011 : 07:58
Notice how many bogus Afghan members we've had on the site recently. Nolic


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Sue
Senior Member


4201 Posts
Posted - 23/08/2011 : 10:09
Stanley, there are anumber of bogus emailers who are now managing to get into peoples email contact lists. They not only use the contacts but also the email address, thus assuming that p[ersons identity whilst asking for money.


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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


36804 Posts
Posted - 25/08/2011 : 06:06
Always been a problem. I had my email address stolen and blacklisted at one time.  I have a clean up every morning of trolls from 1Afganistan'. Boring but necessary. Doc follows me up and deletes them totally. At least I assume he does because they all vanish from the lists. Just part of the regular site-cleaning service. The members reap the benefit.


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