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Forum Members...that aren't really forum members - Spam Accounts

PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 12:49 pm
by firefire
I just looked at the list of forum members and was surprised to see a HUGE list of fake accounts that have been set up

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And this is just the tip of the iceberg...could you not delete these accounts as it doesn't look very good to prospective users of your software if the forum is full of spam accounts.
I know you keep on top of spam messages but think you should also delete the accounts!


Neil.

PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 5:34 am
by Phil Howard
Isn't a valid email required to register? It's been a while since I registered here. Also record the IP address these are registered from. If the same. you might want to block that IP.

PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 1:32 pm
by gkaefer
Destiny wrote:If you can find out if these originate from Australia....., I will report them to the Telecommunications Ombudsman since this activity would be illegal..

Destiny...

"Ombudsman" ... an english vocabulary? :lol: world is getting closer and closer...
Georg

PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 3:50 pm
by AlexandreJ
It is extremely complicated to manage that. We changed several time the registration system to prevent that ( with few success yet ).
We'll probably at some time upgrade to another forum system. During the switch, we'll clean all account without any post.

PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 9:24 am
by a a gruntpuddock

PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 5:00 pm
by [bo]
When I see a spam account - I delete it. But I depend heavily on the Report post function, as lately I have no time to follow all the hundreds of posts around here.

PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 7:14 pm
by olihar
Thest best spam filter I have ever used is this one, you need to solve an easy image puzzle, automatic registration bots have not so far been able to solve this and register spam bots.

https://www.keycaptcha.com/

PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 12:37 am
by olihar
Well that is interesting, clearly a SPAM account "WPDaddy" answering saying my suggested SPAM filtering registration is to good... go figure...

PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:16 am
by gkaefer

PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 1:03 pm
by gkaefer

PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 2:31 pm
by [bo]
Thank you for reporting spam accounts. Just a note to all helpful users: PLEASE report only one post per spam user - I delete the whole account with all its posts with a single click, but then I have to delete dozens of reports :) Deleting reports becomes more time consuming than deleting spam! :D

PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 3:05 pm
by a a gruntpuddock
OK, sorry!

PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 10:38 am
by gkaefer

PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 11:06 pm
by gkaefer
funny. now the spambots come back and do edit their typing errors :lol:
http://www.kolor.com/forum/profile.php?id=51721

PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 11:47 am
by klausesser
gkaefer wrote:funny. now the spambots come back and do edit their typing errors :lol:
http://www.kolor.com/forum/profile.php?id=51721

They´re learning for taking over the world . . . . :D

best, Klaus

PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:55 am
by Lorin Maazel
Fake accounts and Spaming data greatly provide harm to a web owner. It should be condemned and instantly removed from the forum pages. Only quality data and discussion should be there. Being as SEM Consultant i suggest to add only relevant data on a forum.

PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:26 am
by Christian Stüben
having seen this thread the first time today, so my five cent come something late...

@kolor: please keep in mind that captchas never are secure. We the the spammers see that their bots cannot solve the captchas automatically, they make a "puzzle website" where you can win something of great worth when you solve a puzzle. But the puzzle ... try to guess it ... will be your captcha.
Or they simply use your captcha as "login protection" for their own website and bingo! they have the code.

And email verification is unsafe too. Fake email accounts can be made very easy at gmx, and at all the others.

If you ever like to try another captcha, have a look at this one...
http://www.haifischbar.com/testseiten/captchatest.aspx

It is asp.net, your webserver must be a windows server with aspx support. But i am sure the source code could easily be rewritten for other environments.

greetings from germany
Chris