We need your help in identifying commercial spammers

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  1. steve wright

    steve wright Super Moderator Staff Member

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    As many of you are aware, the site has recently been experiencing a problem with very determined spammers - No names please, we do not want to do their advertising for them

    There are companies operating now on many of the web based forums

    These companies often have multiple employees, and some of those employees have multiple accounts on forum sites

    These people often make themselves obvious from 1st post
    with either a blatant "Look at my product" type post or in some cases, just a link to their own business site in signatures etc

    These people are a problem, for obvious reasons

    Thanks for the heads up, reported posts to all those people, members and sponsors alike, who help us to keep this site a spammer free zone

    we need more help because some of these company based spammers are
    now learning to avoid the obvious "spam" review of product or the equally obvious link in signature and are instead monitoring the threads, and then trying to solicit business with statements like "I have a spare one of those I can hook you up with, PM me"

    occasionally , these may be posts from genuine hobbyists, who do not have enough time or posts to be able to use the for sale forum, and thus try the opportunistic approach on threads
    but in many, many cases, these are actually commercial sellers, who try to disguise that fact, by only letting people know about 1 or 2 items they have

    naturally if business of this nature is conducted by PM, 3 reef members and Moderators will be unaware of it

    so we need your help as follows

    please do not encourage these people by responding on threads to their offers

    please report any PMs you receive from people offering to sell you spare items


    if these people find that they cannot actually do any business on this site
    then hopefully they will stop trying
     
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  3. reefmonkey

    reefmonkey Giant Squid

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    No problem with doing that Steve. I love this site, have since the first day I logged in to it. I do my little part to help Matt keep the ball rolling, "they" should too.
     
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  4. Coastie Reefer

    Coastie Reefer Millepora

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    I've noticed a surprising amount of these types of post over the past few days, I'll do my best to help out as much as I can.
     
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  5. 1.0reef

    1.0reef Giant Squid

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    yeah vivid fourms has a spammer thats advertising wedding dresses. I saw one of their posts on here to.
     
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  6. starfish2217

    starfish2217 Horrid Stonefish

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    Yea its unfortunate.. bump to get the word out. I'll keep my eyes peeled!
     
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  7. evolved

    evolved Wrasse Freak

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    I think I've been making about 1 report/day this past week...

    Thanks for bringing awarness Steve.
     
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  9. sticksmith23

    sticksmith23 Giant Squid

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    I'll do my part to report anything I see like this.

    Bump so more people see this thread.
     
  10. Pennstatereefer

    Pennstatereefer Feather Duster

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    This is the only reef forum I belong to and I hate spammers. I'll keep my eyes open as well.
     
  11. M-Ocean Man

    M-Ocean Man Flame Angel

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    +1 to you again Steve! Just like where I work - it makes my DAY to ruin a telemarketer's day or a spammers opportunity to ruin the best saltwater forum out there!
     
  12. stepho

    stepho Panda Puffer

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    Steve- I have this awesome tool that could really help you out. I'm no longer using it and will sell it to you for full retail value. Pm me for details. :)

    posted with tapatalk please ignore bad spelling and grammar
     
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