Strange private messages

JodieR Registered Posts: 1,002 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
has anyone else had messages from people saying something like 'I'm new here, how's it going?' and then blabbing on about buddah?!
I've had 2 now, won't be very happy if I keep getting more!


  • Bluewednesday
    Bluewednesday Registered Posts: 1,624 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
    I've had them too - I guess the latest form of spam.

    Can admin see if people are mass private messaging??
  • morgana
    morgana Registered Posts: 2 New contributor 🐸
    I got one of these strange private messages too!
  • A-Vic
    A-Vic Registered Posts: 6,970 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
    Thank goodness i thought id really blown it and upset someone lol, yeah ive had the same private message.
  • Yazi
    Yazi Registered Posts: 225 Dedicated contributor 🦉
    I have received 2 of these both in March - one from a 'Patricia' and one from a 'James'

    As you say, Admin should trace these and put a stop to it.
  • emmamac
    emmamac Registered Posts: 18 New contributor 🐸
    Yep, I've had two as well also from James and Patricia !
  • phunkyphantom22
    phunkyphantom22 Registered Posts: 166 Dedicated contributor 🦉
    Yep I had one from Patricia :huh:
  • CJC
    CJC Registered Posts: 1,657 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
    I'm sure the admins are banning IPs used for spamming but these days when everyone's using broadband and getting dynamically assigned IPs that's not going to be terribly effective. As has been mentioned elsewhere, this sort of thing is mostly automated and the only way to really block it is to make people enter a captcha code to stop the bots. Personally, I'd find having to enter a code to post to the forums or send PMs far more irritating than the relatively low levels of spam we get round here.
  • N4T4L1E
    N4T4L1E Registered Posts: 5 New contributor 🐸
    Yeah I've had two as well! I wondered what on earth was going on when I got the first one!
  • CJC
    CJC Registered Posts: 1,657 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
    For a moment there I thought I was popular enough to get a PM. At least the spammers care enough to write :crying:
  • richardw
    richardw Registered Posts: 108 Dedicated contributor 🦉
    I cant remember how the sign-up process worked, it was a while ago, but quite a few sites use email validation, where you get sent an email, & then have to click a link in that email to validate the account. Only then will your login & password work.
    As this is used when setting up the user account, it should help prevent spam postings & messages.
  • Simon Smith
    Simon Smith Banned User Posts: 46 Regular contributor ⭐

    The spam problem is obviously quite an annoyance and I'm currently looking into a more advanced bot protection system for vBulletin, as the default Captcha system doesn't seem to be effective enough.

    If you could carry on reporting posts until then it would be a great help.

  • mikes
    mikes Registered Posts: 254 Dedicated contributor 🦉
    I had one as well from Patricia, but i did not have the time to reply to it. Looks like it was just as well. Thanks.
  • Deano
    Deano Registered Posts: 6 New contributor 🐸
    I've had one from Patricia too.
  • Rookiekookie
    Rookiekookie Registered Posts: 3 New contributor 🐸
    I've got one from James .... :mad2::mad2::mad2::mad2:
  • JodieR
    JodieR Registered Posts: 1,002 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
    CJC wrote: »
    At least the spammers care enough to write :crying:

    Thanks for fixing it Simon - it obvoiusly wasn't a major problem, but good it's sorted before it gets worse :)
  • helenw
    helenw Registered Posts: 5 New contributor 🐸
    Had one from Jessie
  • Dee
    Dee Registered Posts: 29 Regular contributor ⭐
    I had one a while ago but just deleted it so can't remember who it was from.
  • BHB
    BHB Registered Posts: 23 New contributor 🐸
    I had message yesterday and also just deleted it.

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