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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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gus
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Posted - 16/10/2006 : 01:31
I have had an e-mail from a so called new member " johnson" trying to sell me gold dust ???? will someone check this spammer out please .


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marilyn
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5007 Posts
Posted - 16/10/2006 : 03:00

Me too Gus. Is there such stuff as 22 carat gold dust? (sounds like a load of old bull dust to me!)

I have enough dust about my place anyway....no point buying it in.




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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


36804 Posts
Posted - 16/10/2006 : 05:47
Lynda!  Nice to see a post.  Are you still sec. for the hysterical soc?


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melteaser
Genealogist


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Posted - 16/10/2006 : 08:48
Gus, I PM'd Doc about that one yesterday. He told me he zapped him Sunday lunchtime.


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gus
Regular Member


704 Posts
Posted - 16/10/2006 : 09:45
Cheers mel, i suppose thats what i should have done, 


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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


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Posted - 16/10/2006 : 10:38
Zap and ignore.......


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inky
Regular Member


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Posted - 16/10/2006 : 11:56

Hi all, so I am not the only person that has been offered gold dust by 'johnson'. I have blocked and deleted him but it is really crappy that people use sites like OGFB for this sort of rubbish. They should try using the time they waste doing this sort of thing to get real jobs.

Anyway, thats my opinion.




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Ringo
Site Administrator


3793 Posts
Posted - 16/10/2006 : 12:07
Doc is working on a long term solution to the problem right now.....


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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


36804 Posts
Posted - 16/10/2006 : 12:20
Inky, everyone shares your anger but the truth is that if security was made so tight as to stop these people completely, nobody could get on.  The new version of the site programme, when it comes, will help things but I honestly don't think we will ever get rid of them completely.  Just ignore them and zap the messages.  Doen't take a second and they won't try again.


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inky
Regular Member


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Posted - 16/10/2006 : 13:57

Too true. Just my vent for the day.

 How are you Stanley? I hope that cold of yours has gone




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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


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Posted - 16/10/2006 : 16:24
Ahhh.... word from Lynda.  Just one!


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belle
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Posted - 16/10/2006 : 16:44
I notice that the Ivory coast seems to be a favourite address of these spammers, or Coate d'ivoire as they put it, perhaps blocking all those emails with that in the address would get rid of them, but is it possible to do that?


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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


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Posted - 17/10/2006 : 06:47
Yes but if we did we conemn millions of people to perpetual blocking from our wonderful site.  Overkill?


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Ringo
Site Administrator


3793 Posts
Posted - 17/10/2006 : 08:26
The spammers may say they are from Coate d'Ivoire but I checked out 2 of their IP addresses , one said they were from Tunisia and the other on Washington DC.!!!!


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melteaser
Genealogist


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Posted - 17/10/2006 : 09:03
You didn't think they were telling the truth did you Ringo!


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