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Forum Spammers

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Offline John Bishop

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Forum Spammers
« on: September 18, 2007, 03:58:49 PM »
Since last summer when the Cafe and it's members got attacked by a spammer selling hard core porn, it has become a daily problem here.  In fact a hour doesn't go by without a spammer joining the Cafe.  So we have to screen 20-30 new members every day, which takes up about 80% of my time on the Cafe now days.  And 95% of them turn out to be spammers.  The majority of those are selling porn or drugs.
I know some of you have websites with forums, and may have run into this problem already.  I don't know if there are any shortcuts to screening memberships, but if you don't already do it for your forum, it's just a matter of time before you get noticed by these guys.  They will spam your forum, and then get into the member list and spam every email and PM they can find.

How do you know if your new member is a spammer?
If you Google their member name and email address, and find that they have joined 10's or 100's of forums on the same day as yours.     
Their email address is:  -------@freeporn.com, -------@freeviagra.com, ------@freeXXX.com, ------@buymovies.com, etc.  etc.
Their member name makes absolutely no sense like:  xssedltehyyy
They've only joined a few forums so far, but their posts have been advertising, or their member profile has a spammer website listed.

This is a website that keeps track of forum spammers: http://www.stopforumspam.com/about  .  You can search their files using the members name, email address, or IP#.  They also have links to other helpful sites to combat spam. 
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Re: Forum Spammers
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2007, 04:10:39 PM »
Is there any way that I could be of a help in screening these potential members? I have the time on my hands ;)  let me know.
 
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Offline Mariel Maeso

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Re: Forum Spammers
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2007, 04:11:16 PM »
You are right Professor I have seen many forums with this problem. And they just cant post one message instead post the same message like 10 times. It just get anoying...
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Re: Forum Spammers
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2007, 04:18:44 PM »
Do the spammers do this manually or automatically ?  Is the server software for this forum able to do the additional steps for membership confirmation , such as type in the letter/number combination written in a funky font obscured by an image or even an email confirmation sent to a mail box ?
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Re: Forum Spammers
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2007, 04:21:03 PM »
got a few myself - all I did was delete them but they kept coming back - last year was more spammed email - this year however was less..

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Re: Forum Spammers
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2007, 05:12:44 PM »
Do the spammers do this manually or automatically ?  Is the server software for this forum able to do the additional steps for membership confirmation , such as type in the letter/number combination written in a funky font obscured by an image or even an email confirmation sent to a mail box ?


Sounds like a technical question that Sibak Rob can better answer.

Basically whenever someone joins the Cafe, a email is sent to Sibak Rob and myself.  It's up to us to approve and activate the new members account.  No one can join and post here with going thru this screening.   I usually go thru the process I listed in the first post, before approving or deleting a new member.  Sibak Rob also screens new members daily too. 
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Re: Forum Spammers
« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2007, 05:21:29 PM »
Thanks for your very good work on this forum Prof Bishop and Sibak Rob!
This are the things that we dont know you do and I am sure it gets alot of your precious time.
That is why It is good to support this forum with a paypal contribution and I know that it would not cover the hours of your hard work.
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Re: Forum Spammers
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2007, 07:43:37 PM »
I have forum for my office that is overrun with spammers to the point it is useless, seems endless and we keep deleting them but some how they come back, I have to approve them and they still get on without approval....if I can help let me know.....
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Re: Forum Spammers
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2008, 11:57:06 AM »
Wow, I just saw this post. Seems like I'm busier dealing with spammers than I have time to read posts.

Sad to say, as a general rule I pretty much delete all new requests at this point unless the user name is obvious Karate oriented and the email makes sense. To answer some of the questions, these are generated by spambots, not humans. So, by manually addressing the issue I've managed to protect the forum.

That being said, if you as an instructor have a student or know another instructor trying to gain membership, it's best to simply send me a pm or email directly to notify me or suggest that your student do so. I can either handle the registration or be on the lookout for it.

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Re: Forum Spammers
« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2008, 12:00:27 PM »
Cool thanks Rob....
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Re: Forum Spammers
« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2008, 02:21:18 PM »
Professor Bishop and Sibak Rob, 

Thanks very much for all your hard work and dedication. 

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Re: Forum Spammers
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2008, 03:01:53 PM »
Professor Bishop and Sibak Rob, 

Thanks very much for all your hard work and dedication. 

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Re: Forum Spammers
« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2008, 04:40:10 PM »
One method of cutting down on these is to not allow anyone to register from anonymous type email addresses. Most of the forum software these days gives you the ability to filter out people that register using gmail, yahoo, hotmail type accounts. Legit ISPs will delete accounts with spam issues very quickly.
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Re: Forum Spammers
« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2008, 05:05:47 PM »
One method of cutting down on these is to not allow anyone to register from anonymous type email addresses. Most of the forum software these days gives you the ability to filter out people that register using gmail, yahoo, hotmail type accounts. Legit ISPs will delete accounts with spam issues very quickly.


....I use Gmail...it's awesome :(
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Re: Forum Spammers
« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2008, 05:08:18 PM »
That would suck because I use Hotmail, i like web base email because it doesn't tkae up hard drive space and other advantages
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