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    Hey everyone - Over the last month or so, we have a very rude and inconsiderate spammer who continuously creates user names to post spam links on the board. In spite of our requests to cease and desist, this spammer persists. We are working on a permanent solution to the problem, but I just want to caution and/or remind all members not to open any thread or click on any links posted by any suspicious user.

    Thanks!

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    Is it OK for me to delete the threads when they appear in CT&W or would you prefer to do it?

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    For right now, I think I would prefer to delete them. I am keeping a record of the user names, IP address, etc. so it may be better for me to do it so it'll be easier to keep track of everything.

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    Spammers are amongst us again.
    please be advised not to click suspicious links!!
    ie posts from tammanna And ririkabhandari

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    Thanks for the heads up. I also had some report this via email. Sorry, I wasn't available to take care of this yesterday, but I'm on it now. I'll delete the posts and ban them and the IP addresses. Hopefully, that will stop them, but please post in this thread if you notice anything else.

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    Thanks Dreamer! I did report one of them. I think that it's just a game of cat and mouse and it seems to come in waves.

    VBulletin doesn't have bot detection yet or a CAPTCHA type system. I think Xenforo does (IIRC), but even that can be circumvented. VBulletin and Xenforo being popular forum software companies.

    An IP ban is all you can do. Sometimes if you have the ability you can blacklist the entire subnet or an IP range if you know they all belong to the same spam botnet and that can have more of a lasting impact.

    Most of these postings are NOT human and are automated. And a lot of those links aren't just advertising, some of them belong to foreign domains and can host malware, adware, or even the latest scary infection type - ransomware. Which can essentially encrypt all of the files on your PC and you have to pay them an unaffordable amount of money to get the decryption key. Some don't even offer a decryption payment method and just do it to do it. The encryption is the strongest out there and the files are just not recoverable in any fashion. Backup, run a great antivirus, and watch every link and every attachment you open!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Freypower View Post
    Is it OK for me to delete the threads when they appear in CT&W or would you prefer to do it?
    Julie! Hi!! Longtime no see. 😊 Hope you are well! Hugs!!💖

    P.S. On the lookout for spammers.
    Thanks for everyone's advice! 👍


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    Austin - We do have the ability to ban subnets or any range for IP addresses. However, in this most recent case, the two spammers had identical IPs, so I just banned that address. However, I'll keep an eye on it and if I notice new spammers with the same subnet, then I'll ban it as well.

    But, as you said, you never know what type infections may be embedded in these posts, so the best rule of thumb is what I suggested in my opening post back in 2016 - and that is to never open any thread or click on any links posted by any suspicious user.

    "People don't run out of dreams: People just run out of time ..."
    Glenn Frey 11/06/1948 - 01/18/2016

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