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We Have a Persistent Scammer and Spammer Amongst Us

Discussion in 'Help and Feedback' started by Amin Sabet, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    All members, please be advised:

    All the Amazon link spam has been coming from one person who has registered many usernames (DonRon, sissi, susanb, CLoe). We are taking many measures to deal with this, but we are likely to see some more spam before the situation is resolved. In the meanwhile, we ask that you do not engage the spammer, even if he posts in this thread.

    If you see someone posting spam Amazon links, please do not reply or react to them in any way. Just click on the "Report Post" button (looks like this: [​IMG]) and we'll take a look.

    In addition, be extra careful who you deal with in our marketplace. It has been confirmed that this guy tried to scam one of our members. Also steer clear of his Ebay account (docub2012) and his Amazon store (AustinTXgoods).
     
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  2. sprinke

    sprinke Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 5, 2011
    Pasadena, CA
    Debi
    Thanks for the heads-up.
     
  3. JJJPhoto

    JJJPhoto Mu-43 Veteran

    252
    Jul 8, 2011
    Cincinnati, OH
    Jerry Jackson Jr
    I'm glad we have Amin and the mods helping to keep this site safe.
     
  4. Hikari

    Hikari Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 26, 2010
    For a moment, I thought Amin caught me...
     
  5. littleMT

    littleMT Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 8, 2012
    Lucille Sanchez
    post reported.......
     
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  6. KVG

    KVG Banned User

    May 10, 2011
    yyc(Calgary, AB)
    Kelly Gibbons
    Will do Amin
     
  7. sprocket87

    sprocket87 Mu-43 Veteran

    306
    Jun 29, 2011
    Thanks Amin :)
     
  8. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Thanks all.
     
  9. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Bumping this up.
     
  10. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    Just a suggestion....
    Might want to implement a 100 post minimum (example) before any member is authorized to post in the "Marketplace" sub-forum....
     
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  11. KVG

    KVG Banned User

    May 10, 2011
    yyc(Calgary, AB)
    Kelly Gibbons
    Or a certain number of posts and/or 30 days

    typed on my phone, sorry.
     
  12. dogs100

    dogs100 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    965
    Nov 12, 2011
    N Devon UK
    Geoff
    Please don't do that, I only have 50 something and I want to sell my e-pl1 soon. Maybe I will start posting a lot of nonsense and then Amin will ban me ...:wink:
     
  13. jair

    jair Mu-43 Regular

    65
    Feb 14, 2012
    Or minimum posts before you can post a link.
     
  14. EP1-GF1

    EP1-GF1 Mu-43 Veteran

    312
    Apr 12, 2011
    I'd go with a minimum amount of time as a member - it would be quite easy for a scammer to bump up a post count just by going into the lens/image sample threads and making positive comments there.
     
  15. troll

    troll Mu-43 Veteran

    224
    Jan 25, 2012
    True, but it's even easier to register in advance of a spamming spree, that's what most spammers do. A requirement to have like 50 or 100 posts is a bit better. It's also easy to check those posts when you're about to deal with a person in question and see whether those posts are meaningless crap or something real.
     
  16. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    For the time being, we're not going to have minimum posts or time for participation. Incidentally, our scammer had quite a few posts, many normal appearing and unrelated to the market, prior to attempting to scam one of our members. He also registered months in advance on two accounts and gave himself feedback in addition to citing an Ebay account with 100% feedback on a handful of nonsense transactions.

    As you know, everyone's post count, post history, and join date is plain to see, so each member can decide whether such thresholds have been met before entering a transaction with someone.
     
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  17. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    I think 100 is a lot to ask, but some number of minimum isn't a bad thing.
     
  18. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
  19. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Bump for the late morning group. I think it's likely that there is more spam to come from this fellow.
     
  20. danska

    danska Mu-43 Top Veteran

    945
    May 21, 2012
    Portland, OR
    Joe
    The Internet sure can bring out the worst in people. Luckily 99% of people on here don't play like that!