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We Know That You're Getting Spam Private Messages

Postby Richard Kaufman » March 9th, 2016, 2:49 pm

Folks, we're sorry this is happening, and we are well aware that many of you are receiving spammed private messages. Do NOT click on anything in the message.

We are in the process of installing additional anti-spam software to take care of the problem. Thanks.
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Postby I.M. Magician » March 9th, 2016, 3:10 pm

What happens if you click on anything in the message?

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Postby Richard Kaufman » March 9th, 2016, 3:31 pm

You might download a virus.
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Postby I.M. Magician » March 9th, 2016, 3:32 pm

OK, good to know. Thanks!

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Re: We Know That You're Getting Spam Private Messages

Postby HFZNSR » March 9th, 2016, 5:25 pm

Have you checked the permissions for the "Guest" and "Anonymous" groups? The permission to send/receive PMs for these groups should be set to No.

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Postby Richard Kaufman » March 9th, 2016, 6:15 pm

Where would I find those located?
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Re: We Know That You're Getting Spam Private Messages

Postby Chris Aguilar » March 9th, 2016, 10:13 pm

@ Richard,

As a temporary fix, there are some very easy to set limits on private messaging that you could use.

Check out this link to see the admin panel area to find them.

You'll find options to limit PM's so they cannot be sent to groups or multiple users.

And also an option to put a hard limit on how many recipients a private message is allowed.

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Postby Richard Kaufman » March 10th, 2016, 12:03 am

Thank you! Done.
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Re: We Know That You're Getting Spam Private Messages

Postby Leo Garet » March 10th, 2016, 10:25 am

Excuse me being thick, but can these spam-mails be deleted, as with "regular" spam e-mail stuff?
If so, how?
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Postby Richard Kaufman » March 10th, 2016, 11:51 am

No sure what you mean, Jack. You can just delete it whether it's a private message or a regular spam email in your inbox.
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Re: We Know That You're Getting Spam Private Messages

Postby Leo Garet » March 10th, 2016, 12:23 pm

Jack...? :)

I think it was me that just couldn't find the correct "buttons".
Actually, there's no "Think" about it. It was me. Found it, done it.

Thanks!

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Postby Richard Kaufman » March 10th, 2016, 1:10 pm

Sorry about that, Leo. :mrgreen:
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Re: We Know That You're Getting Spam Private Messages

Postby HFZNSR » March 10th, 2016, 6:54 pm

Richard Kaufman wrote:Where would I find those located?


In the Admin Panel that Chris mentions in his post, see the Permissions tab at the top. It's usually easiest to never set permissions by forums or by users, only by groups. You can set different permissions for your Admins, Registered Users, Guests, Bots, etc., including turning PM permissions completely off except for your Registered Users and Admins.

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Re: We Know That You're Getting Spam Private Messages

Postby Chas Nigh » March 10th, 2016, 7:27 pm

Clicked on it but thank God for Bit Defender. I was half awake when I clicked.
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Re: We Know That You're Getting Spam Private Messages

Postby Richard Kaufman » March 10th, 2016, 7:29 pm

I've banned the bot that was sending the private messages. With our new spam software in place, that should be the end of it.
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Re: We Know That You're Getting Spam Private Messages

Postby Chris Aguilar » March 11th, 2016, 1:09 am

I've been testing the "Stop Forums Spam" phpBB extension in conjunction with the "sortables" captcha and so far so good. Spam registrations have now dropped to near zero (compared to several a day that I would have to delete).

It's a good combination, because, even if the captcha is solved, the "stop forums spam" extension checks e-mail, IP address, etc. against a very large, current database of spammers and stops the registration.


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