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    Spammers

    Asked by JNW on Saturday, May 13, 2017

    Spammers

    Is anyone else bothered by the number of spammers? Is there anything that can be done other than block them and flag their ad answers as inappropriate?

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    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      I just ignore them....Too many other things to worry about.

      7 months ago
    • ChildOfGod4570's Avatar
      ChildOfGod4570

      You mean the surveys? I just skim over them and delete them. If you are talking about something else, you should report them to your Internet Service Provider. HTH HUGS and God bless!

      7 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      We have been getting attacked by a group of spammers for about 6 months. We have deployed a few measures to stop them, but they get around those and continue. It's aggravating to say the least. I spend about an hour each day dealing with them. You can help if you don't mind by clicking the "share" button under any post you see that has been made. These are "robo spammers" meaning that it is a program that is auto posting, as soon as I delete one of them, another appears. WE are working to stop it and appreciate everyone's patience.

      7 months ago
    • JNW's Avatar
      JNW

      GregP_WN I'm only seeing it as comments left in discussions. I certainly wasn't expressing impatience with the site maintenance, rather wanting to know if there was something, as a user I could do to help stymie these pests. Will sharing a legitimate post with some bogus comments help or hinder you?

      7 months ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Clicking the "more" tab under an answer gives you an opportunity to block the user (from your sight?) or report the userm

      7 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      @JNW, no that won't hinder my efforts at all, actually, it would help. I look through all the new users that register each day and delete the bogus accounts. But sometimes they disguise them and I don't know they are bogus until they make a post. That is their M.O. they make a post as an answer to a question. Some of these questions are 3 and 4 years old. They are using some sort of software that makes the posts, they are not manually doing this. We appreciate your help and understanding.

      7 months ago
    • rene2's Avatar
      rene2

      @GregP_WN When we click the share button, with whom are we sharing the post? When I click share it is to share the post with friends. Is there a special email address we should send this to if we suspect it is a spam post?

      7 months ago
    • cards7up's Avatar
      cards7up

      Another site I go on every day has a ton of them. They have a report button and that's what I do, report them. Then when the room moderators come on, they delete them and their member profiles. As Greg said they find ways to get around whatever blocks you use. They just hacked the medical centers in the EU and were trying to collect $300 per patient to see their records. OMG! Sounds like the Nigerian scammers!

      7 months ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I have sent a personal email to Greg several times I copy the name of the Scammer and the URL of the discussion where I found the Scammer. I have sometimes wondered if these scammers could possibly morph into hackers.

      7 months ago
    • sarasmash's Avatar
      sarasmash

      I guess I am completely oblivious. I havn't really seen any.

      7 months ago
    • ChicagoSandy's Avatar
      ChicagoSandy

      Over on breastcancer.org, we get spammers who start topics with legitimate titles—the subject matter starts out relevant (albeit in fractured English) and then quickly devolves to a spam link selling something or other. All we can do is report the post and hope the moderators delete it.

      7 months ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I recently saw Greg delete some spammers They were back within the hour with slightly different names. Then they were deleted again.

      7 months ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      Greg is used to getting emails from me on these pests. There have even been a couple to times I told him that an individual looked hinky, but I wasn't sure if they were real or not.

      7 months ago

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