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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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Marcia
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1096 Posts
Posted - 19/10/2006 : 16:30

I only get OGFB spam as PMs by the way.

I get 100s of spams a day in my email as I am all over the Internet like a rash and the bots have my email addy, but I have not had any emails purporting to be OGFB to date.




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Big Kev
Big


2650 Posts
Posted - 19/10/2006 : 21:42

sandra4u to kiss

Iliterate studant (sic) no less




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Doc
Keeper of the Scrolls


2010 Posts
Posted - 19/10/2006 : 23:28


quote:
Big Kev wrote:

sandra4u to kiss

Iliterate studant (sic) no less


I zapped HIM (Son of Johnson) while he was online and in the process


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belle
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6502 Posts
Posted - 19/10/2006 : 23:29
How does scunthorpe and sandra fit into all this? I'm more than a little confused...can anyone sell me some shares in their fathers diamond mines whilst i am trying to figure it all out.?


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marilyn
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5007 Posts
Posted - 20/10/2006 : 00:58
Sandra kissed me too.....YUCK!


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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


36804 Posts
Posted - 20/10/2006 : 05:35
Never even looked.  Just zapped it.


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Ringo
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3793 Posts
Posted - 20/10/2006 : 08:39
I didnt get one Unless the spam filter is picking them up now.


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mporter
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978 Posts
Posted - 20/10/2006 : 10:58
I also got kissed


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Marcia
Senior Member


1096 Posts
Posted - 20/10/2006 : 17:43


quote:
belle wrote:
How does scunthorpe and sandra fit into all this? I'm more than a little confused...can anyone sell me some shares in their fathers diamond mines whilst i am trying to figure it all out.?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scunthorpe_Problem

I should have added above that I rarely use IE and only have it open to post on OGFB these days because it's the only browser that works here. Usually I use Firefox.




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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


36804 Posts
Posted - 27/10/2006 : 09:07
When I was re-transcribing the LTP I had problems mailing transcripts to many government organisations because of words like abortion or bastard.  Bit of a problem when you are talking about bastard reeds in a mill!  I'm all for spam deletion but these word filters can be non-productive.  We can all act as our own censors.


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Big Kev
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2650 Posts
Posted - 27/10/2006 : 09:09
We can but there are those who can't/won't.......


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belle
VIP Member


6502 Posts
Posted - 27/10/2006 : 10:45
Marcia, thank you, that not only shed light on everything...it made me laugh louder and longer than I have for weeks!


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Marcia
Senior Member


1096 Posts
Posted - 27/10/2006 : 15:15
It is a funny (and cautionary!) tale, isn't it?  I love that "The Scunthorpe Problem" is now an accepted term in ICT. Strange how being wiped off the WWW map put the town on the map!


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Julie in Norfolk
Senior Member


1632 Posts
Posted - 03/12/2007 : 21:10
Ah, all this explains why someone who alleges to be a busness magnet sends me mail. I thought they was after my overdraft.


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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


36804 Posts
Posted - 04/12/2007 : 06:36
One thing that struck me the other day when running through the spam before deleting it: Why is it that so much of it is directed at men?  Or are they so smart they know my sex from the address? 


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