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DanielRR
Posted 2012-11-22 9:29 AM (#53968)
Subject: Scam Passport Postings.
Hello everyone, I thought I would post a quick apology regarding the recent spam which has flooded the forums.

You may have seen them flooding the board a few times. Although we have not yet been able to put in place a spam blocker - we have tracked down the culprit, a Mr Sama Kahnah Carine from Douala, Cameroon. I am sorry if you came on the boards during his 'attack'.

Although we have found out this particular individuals identity and will be dealing with it accordingly - I'd just like to remind everyone about disclosing personal details on line. Even if you were ever inclined to break international law by purchasing a fake passport - its highly unlikely you'd get one from a gentleman in Cameron posing as an American businessman!

Thanks for your patience!

Daniel


Mel
Posted 2012-11-22 1:59 PM (#53986 - in reply to #53968)
Subject: RE: Scam Passport Postings.


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DanielRR - 2012-11-22 2:29 PM Hello everyone, I thought I would post a quick apology regarding the recent spam which has flooded the forums. You may have seen them flooding the board a few times. Although we have not yet been able to put in place a spam blocker - we have tracked down the culprit, a Mr Sama Kahnah Carine from Douala, Cameroon. I am sorry if you came on the boards during his 'attack'. Although we have found out this particular individuals identity and will be dealing with it accordingly - I'd just like to remind everyone about disclosing personal details on line. Even if you were ever inclined to break international law by purchasing a fake passport - its highly unlikely you'd get one from a gentleman in Cameron posing as an American businessman! Thanks for your patience! Daniel

He's back again DanielRR....FYI of course...

senwd
Posted 2012-11-22 10:57 PM (#54001 - in reply to #53968)
Subject: RE: Scam Passport Postings.
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DanielRR - 2012-11-22 9:29 AM

Mr Sama Kahnah Carine from Douala, Cameroon.



Isn't he the chap which Eddie Murphy's character met on the train in the film "Trading Places?"
delboydavid
Posted 2012-11-23 12:25 PM (#54031 - in reply to #54001)
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No, that was Nenge Mboko, an exchange student from Cameroon...
senwd
Posted 2012-11-23 9:00 PM (#54037 - in reply to #53968)
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Rasboinik
Posted 2012-11-26 3:01 AM (#54063 - in reply to #53968)
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There still is a Scam Passport Post that needs to be removed the post is on the News forum
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Posted 2012-11-26 8:51 AM (#54064 - in reply to #53968)
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GaryM
Posted 2012-11-26 11:16 AM (#54069 - in reply to #54064)
Subject: Re: Scam Passport Postings.
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An another just appeared in the UK Visas section.
CDG
Posted 2012-11-26 9:18 PM (#54075 - in reply to #53968)
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Oh shit it was a scam? I wired my monies to him. It worked out cheaper than the £1376 for ILR so I had no problems paying the £900 it cost me.

He also recommended in investing in his friend George from Nigeria who needed some money to help children from Ethiopia, I gave him a further £200.

I thought I saved £276 and helped a good cause too?
muffy
Posted 2012-11-27 10:06 AM (#54085 - in reply to #53968)
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We have Enjoy Russian spamming the boards, while on the face of it they are a legitimate business do they really need upteen threads to tell us about it.

Mel
Posted 2012-11-27 11:11 AM (#54087 - in reply to #54085)
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muffy - 2012-11-27 3:06 PM We have Enjoy Russian spamming the boards, while on the face of it they are a legitimate business do they really need upteen threads to tell us about it.

AND it make it difficult to find a particular thread if needed.....

muffy
Posted 2012-11-27 12:26 PM (#54088 - in reply to #54087)
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Mel - 2012-11-27 11:11 AM

muffy - 2012-11-27 3:06 PM We have Enjoy Russian spamming the boards, while on the face of it they are a legitimate business do they really need upteen threads to tell us about it.

AND it make it difficult to find a particular thread if needed.....



Indeed, although it has proven to be a blessing in disguise, as I need to get my wife to update her Gumtree ad offering Russian Lessons in the Edinburgh area independently and its dropped off Gumtree
She is also a freelancer for two other organisations offering Russian Language lessons in Edinburgh.
Rasboinik
Posted 2012-11-27 6:40 PM (#54092 - in reply to #54087)
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Mel - 2012-11-27 9:11 PM

muffy - 2012-11-27 3:06 PM We have Enjoy Russian spamming the boards, while on the face of it they are a legitimate business do they really need upteen threads to tell us about it.

AND it make it difficult to find a particular thread if needed.....

I totally agree that there is no need to contaminate the forum with multiple posts/threads that say exactly the same thing.

I will also question the need for a "Real and or Legitimate" to make multiple spam posts, especially when some of the posts state that quite a large fee has to be paid upfront.

TonyH
Posted 2012-11-27 7:41 PM (#54094 - in reply to #53968)
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POW !!!
Mel
Posted 2012-11-29 2:35 PM (#54110 - in reply to #54094)
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TonyH - 2012-11-28 12:41 AM POW !!!

Welcome back stranger...

It was like the yellow pages here whilst you were away..............

TonyH
Posted 2012-11-29 7:10 PM (#54112 - in reply to #53968)
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I was here deleting as fast as they bloody posted. See we have another one tonight....link was removed !!

I haven't much to add these days the rules have changed far too much and I haven't kept up !!!!!
GaryM
Posted 2012-12-08 12:05 PM (#54237 - in reply to #54112)
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Looks like the fake passport scammers are back again...
TonyH
Posted 2012-12-09 6:06 PM (#54253 - in reply to #53968)
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Did I get them all ????

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Rasboinik
Posted 2012-12-11 6:33 PM (#54295 - in reply to #53968)
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The Scammer trying to Scam people with the Fake passport posts is at it again.

muffy
Posted 2012-12-18 1:08 PM (#54436 - in reply to #53968)
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Two spammers on the go today.

I repeat my offer to become a moderator especially as I am around most of the working day to help get rid of the spam.
Rasboinik
Posted 2012-12-21 5:37 PM (#54490 - in reply to #53968)
Subject: RE: Scam Passport Postings.


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The situation has become ridiculous.

Out of 12 new posts (according to my count) 11 are SPAM posts.

Four of the post Spamming/Scamming about Fake Passports and all the others Spamming about different things including 3 posts in either Chinese, Japanese or Korean.

           

Mel
Posted 2012-12-21 5:59 PM (#54491 - in reply to #54490)
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Rasboinik - 2012-12-21 10:37 PM

The situation has become ridiculous.

Out of 12 new posts (according to my count) 11 are SPAM posts.

Four of the post Spamming/Scamming about Fake Passports and all the others Spamming about different things including 3 posts in either Chinese, Japanese or Korean.

           

Its also a super advert for RR and the site.....I don't think....

Its getting so effin boring, and it seems as if nobody is interested, cos nothings getting done about it....

Devi
Posted 2012-12-21 6:01 PM (#54492 - in reply to #53968)
Subject: Re: Scam Passport Postings.
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Someone suggested a while back that on joining your first post had to be moderated before it was listed. A bit of work for someone, but less frustrating than having to search through for the SPAM.

I would have had no objection if that was the rules when I joined - and some of those with the more exotic coloured stars seem to be willing to undertake a bit of light lifting in support of the integrity of the forum.

I think the only rule for the moderator is that as long as it is not SPAM you get through.
GaryM
Posted 2012-12-21 10:45 PM (#54494 - in reply to #54492)
Subject: Re: Scam Passport Postings.
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The problem is that the software this forum runs on (MegaBBS) isn't very sophisticated as far as anti-spam features go compared to other more widely used forum software such as IP.Board, phpBB or vBulletin. I run an IP.Board forum and have managed to do quite a good job of keeping the spammers out with the built in options plus some additional custom coding.

The only useful anti-spam measure that can be used from the built-in options in MegaBBS is to require admin approval of every single member registration (rather than an automated email being sent out for self-verification of a registration), however this can be a very tedious and time consuming task and not something I would really want to have to do if I was an administrator.

There are a few standard ways to try and keep spammers registering and posting on a forum, some of which are actually automated bots and not real people and these tend to be the easiest ones to keep out. Options include using a reCAPTCHA image on the registration page and/or asking a specific question that a bot won't know how to answer. However, neither of these are out-of-the-box options in MegaBBS so some customisation would have to be made to the ASP code in order to implement these kind of features. I'm a software developer by trade so it's something I could possibly look into if it would be deemed usefual and worth the effort.

For the time being I think we will just have to put up with the spam and rely on the moderators manually deleting any as and when it appears.
GaryM
Posted 2012-12-24 12:13 PM (#54509 - in reply to #54494)
Subject: Re: Scam Passport Postings.
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Of the 4 moderators on here, Nick hasn't logged on since the beginning of August, Tony only logs on a few times a week these days, Chris is probably busy most of the time with more important things like trying to run RR, and the new(ish) moderator (Bridgette RR) who I assume is a RR staff member hasn't logged on for two weeks. I've reported at least 10 spam posts since last week but they're still sitting there clogging up the boards unfortunately.

It would be good to know if these are manual spammers or bots because the latter should be fairly easy to keep out with some additional features added to the registration screen.
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