Spammer on sight

Discussion in 'Welcome - How AFI works' started by Miyuki, Jul 3, 2008.

  1. Miyuki

    Miyuki Administratrix Staff Member

    The pun is deliberate. Yes, we do have a spammer on site. We had a scammer on site once. He was taken care of .

    The user's name is autocash. He has been sending out spam private messages to board members. This has been stopped. He has not read the rules here.

    You may have received a PM from him. Please just delete it and block him. I have removed his ability to send PM. He received a 10 day infraction when we first found him doing this. Strike 1.

    This morning when I came on he was doing it again. I send him a second PM and he did not respond. I gave him a 20 day ban. Strike 2. The attempted spamming continued. I banned him for 30 days. "Strike 3. Sit down. You're out".

    You will not find him in the member's list at the moment. He is losing privileges here very quickly. I don't think he has emailed anyone but if you got an email from him, please let an admin know.

    And please don't encourage him by visitng his website which is what he wants you to do.

    Thank you.
     
  2. Gentle Giant

    Gentle Giant Giant Admin for a Day Staff Member

    What an idiot. he even sent one to me. Spamming the admins, that is brilliant.

    Doesn't this guy know that Miyuki just plays with her food before eating it?

    [​IMG]
     
  3. Miyuki

    Miyuki Administratrix Staff Member

    I do not play with my food. That was a perfectly valid test of the scientific method: If "a" then what? (If I push this button (a), then (b) does/does not happen).

    Needless to say, spamming is NOT tolerated here, a message which evidently needs repeating.
     
  4. Miyuki

    Miyuki Administratrix Staff Member

    Yes, and just a reminder to possible spammers, even more painful things can happen to you.
     
  5. Marie

    Marie Administrator Staff Member

    I got one from autocash.
    and spamming!
     
  6. Miyuki

    Miyuki Administratrix Staff Member

    autocash and hoinsy have both been deleted. Hoinsy was trying to spam most of yesterday afternoon and evening and was doing it again when I woke up this morning. These two are taking up too much of my already limited time. Now they are gone.
     
  7. Central Scrutinizer

    Central Scrutinizer Administrator Staff Member

    Shoot them first, then put them up on the roof with the yahoo jump boyz. I got one from hoinsy too. :mad:
     
  8. Central Scrutinizer

    Central Scrutinizer Administrator Staff Member

    From autocash. He never responded to my PM. I told him not to spam.
    From hoinsy
    If you got one of these things delete it. We already know about these.

    As it says in the rules, if you get some other PM you don't want or you feel in not appropriate, forward it to an admin and we'll take care of it. We will not tolerate spamming.
     
  9. Cold War Kid

    Cold War Kid Ninja

    Shoot 'em first, and don't ask any questions later.
     
  10. Naruto

    Naruto Administrator Staff Member

    Delete them. we dont need them.
     
  11. Kat

    Kat Administrator Staff Member

    Stupid spammers. Don't they understand that we have people here who are victims of scammers? The last thing in the world they need is stupid spam from some dork. (I got the P.M.s from both of these losers). :mad:
     
  12. Nanook

    Nanook Administrator Staff Member

    Spammers will be shot on sight.
     
  13. Garreg Ddu

    Garreg Ddu Gweinyddwr Staff Member

    The current scoresheet

    As of this post we have had over 1400 spammers attempt to register and spam in some way. We have "neutralised" all of them and at the same time have removed over 780 spamming sites from the web.

    We just had a new member looking at this thread, which drew my attention to it. The new member has not done any of the things which get immediate conversion to "Bad Member" status, but just to remind anyone who might be thinking of spamming, here are the tell tale signs:

    1. You post any form of spam - INSTANT PERMANENT BAN
    2. You put a spamming link in a post, home page or signature - INSTANT PERMANENT BAN and THE SITE LINKED IS KILLED
    3. Multiple attempts from the same source to spam - INSTANT PERMANENT BAN OF THAT IP RANGE or EMAIL DOMAIN
    4. All spammers will have their usernames, email addresses, IP address (or addresses if they visit more than once) and all URL Links used added to an international on-line database of spammers. (Hint: if you are a spammer try searching the web for your email address(Google is best).)

    You get the message - SPAM IS NOT TOLERATED

    You are regarded as the blow-fly maggots of the Internet and will be exterminated to prevent you spreading your garbage.
     
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2011
  14. Veka

    Veka Samurai

    Can I suggest that this info should be shared by thousands of other forums? Its a nice way to make forum spammers work little harder.
    Talking about Stop Forum Spam database here.

    Its very effective. Here we have one spammer just banned from TSB before email confirmation so this bastard didnt even got a chance
    to spam but just wasted time to register there. http://www.stopforumspam.com/ipcheck/180.190.245.150 (nick xerryhorteen99)

    Its little bit work yes but only thing you need is to somebody to register in SFS and an API key to submit data. If nobody has time to do
    this I can volunteer. Have done ~8000 spammers so far and since I´m pretty useless to bait anybody its something useful to do here.
     
  15. Techmaster

    Techmaster Ninja

    Aren't some of the forum spammers actually an automated spam bots?

    I run a couple forums and I'm always having to deal with this crap. I'm able to block ranges of IP addresses, since my member lists are small. That option wouldn't work here, of course, and banning individual IP addresses is a full time job that is marginally effective. I always report these spam intrusions to the offending ISP (with added proof from SFS) and about 60% the hosting ISPs shut them down.
     
  16. Veka

    Veka Samurai

    Yes you are right. Big part of forum spam is generated by bots but this does not change the effect of SFS. They do offer
    nice collection of automated tools to stop blacklisted people to join so its more how tight admins would like the firewall
    to be. http://www.stopforumspam.com/contributions Lets face it these antiscam forums are an exeption of normal case.

    My point is that if a forum reports only confirmed spammers nobody looses.

    Really good if 60% of your reports are honored since its not illegal to spam a forum in anywhere.
    Laws agaist spamming are only effective against mail sent to an private mail and not to company.
    Also cant recall a law that prohibits sending a spam post to a discussion forum but some ISP rules are against that.
     
  17. Dick H Box

    Dick H Box Samurai

    Good idea.

    Veka said re SFS:
    I think it's an excellent suggestion.

    As a further thought, is there any way in vB to automate the process, so that spam can be highlit, & the details forwarded to SFS via the context-menu, or some similar action?


    I know our focus is fraud, but, globally, the incidence of forum-spam is increasing, & it dilutes our antifraud efforts, so a dedicated anti-spam effort could become a neccessity sooner rather than later.
     
  18. basenji

    basenji Administrator Staff Member

    Maybe not such a bad idea, as it is now it's just moving in circles anyway.

    As far as StopForumSpam is concerned, let's just say that forum is known to some of us.
     
  19. MortonpiX

    MortonpiX Guest

    Hello all. Have you got such an email? Anybody knows what's going on?

    idiot small.jpg
     
  20. Central Scrutinizer

    Central Scrutinizer Administrator Staff Member

    Yeah, it's called spam and anyone stupid enough to try and post it here gets an award.
     

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