May 4, 2020 at 11:04 am #1609624frozendragonParticipant
I was like who the.. is this.. lolMay 4, 2020 at 7:44 pm #1609645Pegasi1978Participant
I was like who the.. is this.. lol
Frozendragon! Long time no see on the forum.May 5, 2020 at 4:16 am #1609663DarkLadyPhoenixParticipant
Got another one from Kayla this morningMay 5, 2020 at 5:11 am #1609665Ela_HaraParticipant
Kayla is back again!
I’ve emailed Clay….
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Latest account blocked. I have a couple ideas for stopping this, or at least minimizing it, which I will work on today or tomorrow.May 5, 2020 at 6:58 am #1609672ThrippaParticipant
I got one from Kayla too, but it was apparently yesterday, even though I got the notification email today. Where is Austra, anyway? (Aside from the all caps HELLO, nonexistent country sort of confirms it’s a spam mail.)May 5, 2020 at 8:23 am #1609678
Kayla is already back again (with user name “Nelly”). I blocked this account too, but some of you may get PMs.May 5, 2020 at 10:38 pm #1609757TimParticipant
What makes me scratch my head is why someone would be so intent on spamming this forum? With all due respect to all the good folks here, this is kind of a backwaters, specialty forum.
I got a message from Kayla, too. Looks like the admins have (again) squashed thier account.
A lion (or liger) is a man's best friend!May 6, 2020 at 8:06 am #1609787PunkiiParticipant
Also received a “Hello Dear” spam message from user name ‘Nelly’ on May 5… Deleted… So glad ‘she’ found my profile interesting LOLMay 6, 2020 at 8:29 am #1609789Angelika_ZenParticipant
Forgive my stupid question, but I am curious…what happens if you reply to the spammer by email?
Wanted: "Dragon Fruit" Male Dragon ~ "Fire Berry", "Paradise", "Dragon Fruit", "Tie Dye" ~ The brighter, the better!May 6, 2020 at 9:05 am #1609795Angelika_ZenParticipant
It is a situation where they can access the data in your computer? or is more someone with some BS sob story and try to get money from you??
Wanted: "Dragon Fruit" Male Dragon ~ "Fire Berry", "Paradise", "Dragon Fruit", "Tie Dye" ~ The brighter, the better!May 6, 2020 at 9:26 am #1609796StormDancerParticipant
What happens when you respond to spam emails depends entirely on the kind of spam email. According online security experts, simply replying to spam emails mostly just confirms that your email is active, making you a target for future campaigns or scams.
In some cases, the spam links to a very convincing-looking copycat website. If you follow the link, anything you fill in on that website—usernames and passwords, personal information, credit card details, and transaction numbers—go right back to the scammer.
Another possibility is that the link or an attachment in a spam email will download a virus or spyware onto your computer. This download can actively record all your typing and send your information to the hacker. If you do download the software, the scammers could also find your contacts and send emails to even more victims, in addition to stealing your personal info.
If you want to avoid these scams altogether, watch out for things like fake invoices and fake UPS or FedEx delivery notifications. Beware of emails prompting you to download or install anything, log in and change your credentials, and emails saying you’ve won something like a family inheritance. Scammers tend to use phrases that add urgency to trick people. So they might say you already have a virus on your computer, that you need to update your browser ASAP, or that your account is about to close right now. If you’re still unsure after looking at the body of the email, you should analyze link spelling since even one or two “off” letters might mean the email isn’t legit.
"COSMIC SHIFT DRAGONS and KI-RINS" and the "OCTOPUS TANUKI TEST PAINT #1"May 6, 2020 at 10:52 am #1609805SusieKeymaster
We’ve blocked the accounts (and IP addresses) of spammers “Kayla” and “Nelly” however the private messages that those spam accounts sent out are still in mail boxes – we cannot remove those. Please just delete them. These same spammers may appear again, from different IP addresses.
As a rule, its probably a spammer if they begin with “hello dear” and its someone you never heard of before. Never follow a link in a message from a stranger. If you reply to the message I don’t think anything bad will happen (except that the spammer will know they’ve got “a live one” – like when you answer the phone to a telemarketer) but its best not to experiment.
If you get a spam message and wonder if Windstone knows about it – check the list of New Forum Members at the bottom of the first page of the forum – if they are listed there, it means we haven’t removed them yet and may not know about them – in this case you can email email@example.com to let us know. If they are not in that list, that means that most likely we’ve removed them and you can just delete the message without notifying us. We generally post on this thread when we’ve had a spammer too. We apologize for this inconvenience.May 6, 2020 at 12:00 pm #1609809
I have adjusted the “threshold” that the site uses to identify spambots. It blocks certain attempts based on a variety of factors that it uses to determine if a user is suspicious. It is now set to be quite sensitive, which will hopefully filter out these spambots. The potential downside is that legitimate users may occasionally be flagged as bots and prevented from logging in. This is a matter of trial and error to find the sweet spot where only the spambots get blocked.
SO…if anyone has difficulty logging in, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know, and I will get you logged in. Thanks for your patience as we try to get this resolved.May 6, 2020 at 12:41 pm #1609812
OK, I have just installed a messaging limiter plugin that limits the number of PMs a user can send within a specified time. This way, when a spammer gets get through, they will not be able to flood the site with PMs. Currently the limit is set to 3 messages within 5 minutes, but this can be changed. If anyone finds this constraining, I can adjust it.
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