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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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Tizer
VIP Member


5150 Posts
Posted - 04/01/2010 : 11:47
Watch out for this one. It claims to come from domain adobe-pdf-pro.net and the domains I have replaced with asterisks below were adobe-pdf.org. The adobe-pdf-pro.net web site looks professional but a `whois' lookup shows it is based in Moscow, Russia.
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Dear valued customers,
Adobe PDF is pleased to announce new version for PDF Reader which enable you to view, create, edit  and print PDF documents. The PDF format as a global exchange document format is created by Adobe and is the most efficient way to exchange information. You can simply follow the following instructions to make your PDF Reader/Writer most updated.    
 
1. Visit
[http://************] Abode PDF website or click this link:
[http://************] http://************

2. [http://************] Download new version of Adobe PDF and get your application updated.

Thank you for choosing us, the worldwide leader PDF Reader.

Adobe PDF
This message was sent by: Aerolist, PO Box 29502 #9747, Las Vegas, nv 89126

Email Marketing by iContact: [the URL here was for freetrial.icontact.com]

Manage your subscription:
[a long URL here with `icontact' in it]
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And this one titled `Vacant job mystery shopper' comes from a Russian address:

Hello and how are you doing , This is a awareness to let the public know that we have a vacancy post of a mystery shopper in our company and we would like to know your interest in working for Ellot consult Co.,Inc In Your location anywhere in the world. Your job as a mystery shopper would be quite effective and we would provide more details on the job as soon as you get back to us with the details requested indicating your interest in working with us.
Kindly provide the below information for assessment and registration of the
company.

Full Legal Name :
Address :
zip code :
country :
Nationality :
Home and Cell # :
Email :

formation requested above to the E-mail address given below
Bryan Miller
Email :Bryan.Miller@******.com
Tel:206-203-2325
Other Countries: (E-mail Only)

As a mystery shopper you work and shop together for pleasure and the pay is
$200 weekly on Part time basis , You only work 1-2hours twice in a week. Do get back to the recruiting department of Top

consult Co.,Inc N:B - IF YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE NOT GOING TO BE CHECKING YOUR MAIL AND REPLYING THEM ON A DAILY  BASIS,THEN YOU ARE NOT QUALIFIED FOR THIS OFFER
Your response would be highly appreciated.
Thanks.  Bryan Miller.


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tripps
Senior Member


1404 Posts
Posted - 04/01/2010 : 14:03
I feel quite neglected here. I have never had a single email of this type, or Nigerian financial opportunity letter. Well done to Fastmail.fm  .I think they are Australian. I pay a bit - for increased capacity, but got by with the free version for a long time.


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Tizer
VIP Member


5150 Posts
Posted - 04/01/2010 : 14:34
We are susceptible because we run a small home business selling via a web site and so our email addresses get picked up from that and from our email promotion broadcasts.


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sandy
New Member


23 Posts
Posted - 16/02/2010 : 23:28
Hi there
I recieved an email through ogfb today from Mrs Felica Nacik ( FELY), it was going on about religion and praying for me and that her husband had died ect, i just thought i should say, i could fotward it to you if you wanted ( perhaps you dont want it thought ! )
             sandy


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wendyf
Senior Member


1439 Posts
Posted - 13/09/2010 : 08:34
Watch out for an email with "Here you have" in the title. Apparently the link spreads a nasty little trojan virus.


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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


36804 Posts
Posted - 14/09/2010 : 07:53
Don't open any of them! Just zap them and get on with your life! Be ruthless!


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Tizer
VIP Member


5150 Posts
Posted - 14/09/2010 : 09:50
There will soon be a rash of fraudulent emails purporting to be from HM Revenue & Customs asking you to reply so that they can arrange your repayment of overpaid tax. Ignore them all - HMRC never contacts people by email.


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pluggy
Geek


1164 Posts
Posted - 14/09/2010 : 10:09
HMRC just bark orders by letter and ignore you if you attempt to contact them, or maybe I'm just cynical......

 The "here you have" virus warning is one of the very few (2 to date I think)  that appears to be legit, all the others in my long experience have been hoaxes.  Something for the windows fraternity to worry about.  My domain email seems to good good job of removing the c**p, I get very little spam etc.   


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moh
Silver Surfer


6860 Posts
Posted - 14/09/2010 : 12:00
I get some from people who obviously don't know I am a 72 year old woman!!!!!!  They are all in Spam so they just get deleted.


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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


36804 Posts
Posted - 14/09/2010 : 16:38
I don't use a filter because I like to find the legit emails that are spammed occasionally, all the others get zapped.


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Tizer
VIP Member


5150 Posts
Posted - 08/08/2011 : 09:48
Be careful if you get a long email message titled `Steam rail, food and fun' and starting as follows:
'Murder and Mystery, with Steam and Style'
"Fridays: 16th September, 7th October, 11th November. Tuesday 6th, Wednesday 7th & Thursday 8th December 2011.
An evening of dining, mystery and suspense on the steam driven Golden Arrow Pullman with a luxurious overnight stay included.
Price all inclusive - £219 per person. ex. VAT and based on two people sharing"
The message appears to be spam, the links in the email have a domain name `wuilasinqua' which doesn't come up in a google search. I searched for the company name at the end of the message and found people saying that it's an outfit that keeps changing domain names to send out spam. Dodgy and best deleted! But it shows how they can make very innocent-looking messages.

Edited by - Tizer on 08/08/2011 09:49:18


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panbiker
Senior Member


2301 Posts
Posted - 08/08/2011 : 14:24
Got that very email today sent to Theatrical Costumiers where I have some part time work at the moment. Quite an apt mailing for them but straight in the bin as it was unsolicited. Only ones I allow through are from potential customers that I then deal with accordingly.


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Tizer
VIP Member


5150 Posts
Posted - 08/08/2011 : 19:47
Yes, they are getting more sophisticated - it was addressed to our business email address and at first it all looks normal. We read all our email in plain text and that's when I noticed the strange domain name. If I were using HTML I might not have known. I don't know what's in it for them but more than the usual run of the mill selling by the look of things. Could be just collecting data or something more malicious. Like you, we delete everything that doesn't fit our acceptability criteria, it's the only safe way these days.


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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


36804 Posts
Posted - 09/08/2011 : 05:40
Wise words......


Stanley Challenger Graham




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Tizer
VIP Member


5150 Posts
Posted - 09/08/2011 : 11:58
Another email from the same lot, this time titled `making the deadline' and with the `from' set as `Plan Ahead'. Another new domain name that you can't find in google. If you go to the end of the message you see they give their company name as Communicado at a London address. I don't know if there is a genuine trustworthy business of this name but these emails appear with it and with variants such as Communicad0 and C0mmunicado. Very long detailed emails and it would be easy to mistake them as being OK.


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