email spam via forum

Discussion in 'Technical Forum Issues' started by CrackRabbit, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. CrackRabbit

    CrackRabbit Lifer

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    I received the following email today, I know it is spam but I didn't know that email could be sent via the forum software.
    Edit: I found where they were sending it from. Looks like it is just a spammer going through profiles looking for valid public emails.

    Just thought I would give a heads up that someone is abusing it.

    This is a message from mon02 at AnandTech Forums ( http://forums.anandtech.com/index.php ). The AnandTech Forums owners cannot accept any responsibility for the contents of the email.

    To email mon02, you can use this online form:
    http://forums.anandtech.com/sendmessage.php?do=mailmember&u=323040

    OR, by email:
    mailto:membabe@ymail.com

    This is the message:

    Hi Dear,
    Am miss Mercy, interested in you, &
    i wish to have you as my friend,
    for friend is all about Respect, Admiration and love passion,
    and sharing of ideas,
    i intend to send my picture for you, if you reply me.(mercymabu@yahoo.in)
    thanks from Mercy.
     
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  2. esquared

    esquared Forum Director & Omnipotent Overlord
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    Thanks. That member is now banned.
     
  3. Gillbot

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    I believe you can turn off "receive email from members" in your user control panel as well, and that will stop this.
     
  4. Gillbot

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    You can allow other members to send you email messages.
    Receive Email from Other Members
     
  5. CrackRabbit

    CrackRabbit Lifer

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    Thanks! I turned it off.
     
  6. allisolm

    allisolm Administrator<br>Elite Member
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    If you participate in the For Sale/Trade forums you need to have the 'receive email from other members' enabled. Here.
     
  7. Harvey

    Harvey Administrator<br>Elite Member
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    I thought the rule was that you had to show your FS/T e-mail address in the "About me" tab of your profile. I didn't even know about the requirement to set the account to "receive email from members." However, that shouldn't result in spam because, if e-mail is sent through the forums because the sender never sees the address... unless the spammers have bots that automatically send spam that way.
     
  8. Gillbot

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    As alli posted, it's still listed in the rules because initially you needed to enable this portion and the vcard to show your address. With the new field, there really isn't a need for the vcard portion.
     
  9. Harvey

    Harvey Administrator<br>Elite Member
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    The potential for spammers to harvest the addresses is the same either way, but I think the need to verify traders' real addresses has always been a deterent to scammers which outweighs the desire for privacy. Of the two, the rule requiring showing the FS/T rule is better than the vcard because it's easier for other traders to get to.

    Short story - We can dump the requirement for the vcard.

    Hope I'm not missing anything. :p
     
  10. Gillbot

    Gillbot Lifer

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    :thumbsup:

    The main issue is, there are bots that can farm for the vcard or register and mass mail. The manual field is a little better imho.