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    Forum Spammers

    Forum Spammers


    I've been running discussion forums professionally now for 17 years. 7 years at Meguiars and now 10 years at Autogeek. For the life of me, I've never figure out why spammers waste their time.

    Each morning, during work days or off days, I check the Pending Accounts list in the Admin Panel for new and pending accounts. All new accounts have to be approved before a person, (or a spammer), can make a post on this forum. I also do it throughout the day on the fly and usually before I go to bed at night. (there's a business reason for this for the owner of Autogeek).

    While approving new accounts and removing spammers in the Pending Accounts queue there's also another list or pending queue and that's for people, (or spammers), that have registered BUT have not confirmed their account by clicking on the automatically generated e-mail that is sent to each new registration to verify they are a real person by clicking the link inside the e-mail. All of you reading this that are members either did this and know what I'm talking about or I did it for you as I know some of you did not do it on your own.

    So this morning, as normal I approved new human beings and removed spammers in the Pending Accounts queue and then I checked the list for people that have NOT confirmed their accounts. Most of these, not all but most are usually spammers.

    This morning they were all spammers. And this is just the spammers from about 10:00pm last night when I cleared out the spammers at that time.


    Spammers




    Rarely does a spammer get on this forum. I'm pretty good at verifying real human beings from Spambots and the rest of the world-wide spammers, but once in a while a spammer does get through. Even when a spammer DOES get through and post their spam on our forum none of our forum members are dumb enough to click on their links or buy they shoes, phones or pills.


    It's simply ridiculous as well as a picture type of the movie Idiocracy.


    And of course, all spam accounts are removed, their e-mails, IP addresses included in our forum database for spammers and then also sent to StopForumSpam.com



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    Re: Forum Spammers

    Thank you, Mike. Your efforts in combatting the bad is appreciated by the good.

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    Ugh, I DO NOT envy you!

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    Re: Forum Spammers

    i've had 4 calls in the last 2 days about my social security number being cancelled...
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    Like I mentioned....

    I check and then approve or remove people on the fly each day. Just approved 6 new members since this morning that are real people and just removed 3 new spammers.






    It's like a game they never win.


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    Re: Forum Spammers

    Quote Originally Posted by belo View Post
    i've had 4 calls in the last 2 days about my social security number being cancelled...
    canceled??????


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    Way Cool in keeping things in check!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DetailKitty View Post
    canceled??????

    yep. too bad that didn't happen when i had all those college loans!
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    Quote Originally Posted by belo View Post
    yep. Too bad that didn't happen when i had all those college loans!
    right???

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    Mike, can you help with the telemarketing calls I get on my cell phone? Haha!

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