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truefusion

It appears spammers are taking things personally by spamming users through personal messages. From what i can examine from the PM i received from gisellebebegirl, it does not appear to be a bot; if it is a bot, it's a very smart one and there is bound to be a pattern on how it tracks down users. Currently i have suspended the account that have been said to be spamming, for precaution. The spammer was tinu, according to gisellebebegirl. Here is a copy of the PM she received:

The way to cure your acne permanently is by killing it internally. Hi gisellebebegirl,I used to have it and i managed to cure it all cheap and naturally. Have you considered using organic methods to cure yours?

For me things like proactive just didn't work.I used to itch like
crazy! I don't know if this might be of help to you, but a while back
i got a report on killing acne and the organic seeds i got from them
cured me completely.

It cost me 10 bucks but was and still is in my opinion, the best way.

The whole thing was natural and i haven't had a breakout since.

Anyway if you are interested, i could send you the link for you to
look at if you'd like. Don't know if this will come out right so just
replace the 'at' and 'dot' with the proper symbols.

mail me at : yellowbee [at]y7mail [dot] com

and i will send it to you if you'd like.

I hope you are not offended by my suggestion.For all i know you could already be cured by now! Anyway if you'd still like to take a look at it all you need is ask. Again, mail me

at: yellowbee [at] y7mail [dot] com

Just make sure you mention that its for pimples or acne related in
your heading or i might not recognize you. Oh and look out for my
reply as well.

Anyway i just thought i'd say hello and bring you some hope.Its hard
to believe that anything can work when you've tried many things but
don't give up hope. I was once there too!
It cured mine so give it a try. Cheers!


Dooga

I think this is a bot. Which sane human would be stupid enough to spam the moderators...?

I received this PM from alicelove (I'm pretty sure you guys have received it as well):

Hello,Hello My Good Friend,
My name is alice.i saw your profile today at http://forums.xisto.com/ and i became intrested in you,i will also like to know you the more,and i want you to send an email to my email address so i can give you my picture for you to know whom i am.
Here is my email address(alicemickel25@yahoo.com)
I believe we can move from here!
I am waiting for your mail to my email address above.
alice. (alicemickel25atyahoo.com)
(Remeber the distance or colour does not matter but love matters alot in life) please send your email to my email box so that we can go forder to know each other more and bear in mind that love never ask why in this life so let one love keep us together my email is (alicemickel25@yahoo.com)


Since this is so obvious that it's spam I suspended the member.

The IP address 41.208.183.248 has been banned from the forum by BuffaloHelp. However previous spam attempts have IP address: 41.208.161.161. Would it be harmful or wise to ban 41.208.*?

This just means that Xisto is getting popular enough for them to send PMs as spam. Are there any PM spam filters that's possible? If so that would be interesting. What about a way to report PMs to moderators (it would be better, because a copy of the PM can be viewed by moderators. It can also prevent people from lying and accusing other people of spamming.)

Another thing is preventing people with 0 posts to send Private Messages.

BuffaloHelp

I have disabled tinu's PM permission. Also banning 124.169.17.152 IP would help.. but looks like not for long.I thought about banning IP range for 41.208.* but I remembered OpaQue's word:"Use Ip ban as a last resort. We don't want to block anyone from registering with our forum."So in the mean time let me know of those PM spammers and at least I'll take the time to disable their PM permanently. If I start to see a definitive pattern I'll take the necessary move. For example, I have still placed any .info email from registering with our forum.


truefusion

I think this is a bot. Which sane human would be stupid enough to spam the moderators...?

Well, i would say it's a human up until registration is complete, then the bots are let loose, unless bots can now get passed both captcha and e-mail verification. The "0 post, no PM" idea is good if it can be implemented, assuming the people behind the bot don't research any further after the registration. But i would assume that it is pointless for bots to send spam if there is no way to send more spam, therefore they post ways to "contact" them. If there is a PM filtering modification to the IPB forums that searches for words and patterns, we could have it search for e-mails, in whatever format, and if found, would not send the PM.
Of course, PM spam has been occuring for a while, since other users have made topics concerning this, but i'm not sure if it only occurred to these users.

rvalkass

For information:

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rob@rob-laptop:~$ whois 41.208.161.0% This is the AfriNIC Whois server.% Note: this output has been filtered.% Information related to '41.208.161.0 - 41.208.161.255'inetnum: 41.208.161.0 - 41.208.161.255netname: SONATELdescr: Pool pour BAS2country: SNadmin-c: MN1281-AFRINICtech-c: FN4-AFRINICstatus: ASSIGNED PAmnt-by: SMM-MNTmnt-lower: SMM-MNTsource: AFRINIC # Filteredparent: 41.208.128.0 - 41.208.191.255person: Mody Ndiayeaddress: SOCIETE NATIONALES DES TELECOMMUNICATIONSaddress: Sonateladdress: Dakaraddress: Senegale-mail: modyndiaye@sentoo.snphone: +221 8392337fax-no: +221 8233698nic-hdl: MN1281-AFRINICmnt-by: SMM-MNTremarks: data has been transferred from RIPE Whois Database 20050221source: AFRINIC # Filteredperson: Fatoumata Ndiayeaddress: Sonateladdress: Direction des Reseauxaddress: Direction des Operations Reseauxaddress: Technopoleaddress: SENEGALphone: +221 8793223fax-no: +221 8330026nic-hdl: FN4-AFRINICe-mail: fatoumata.ndiaye@orange-sonatel.comsource: AFRINIC # Filteredrob@rob-laptop:~$ whois 41.208.183.0% This is the AfriNIC Whois server.% Note: this output has been filtered.% Information related to '41.208.183.0 - 41.208.183.255'inetnum: 41.208.183.0 - 41.208.183.255netname: SONATELNETdescr: Pool ADSL BAS3country: SNadmin-c: MN1281-AFRINICadmin-c: AM2490-AFRINICtech-c: FN4-AFRINICstatus: ASSIGNED PAmnt-by: SMM-MNTmnt-lower: SMM-MNTsource: AFRINIC # Filteredparent: 41.208.128.0 - 41.208.191.255person: Mody Ndiayeaddress: SOCIETE NATIONALES DES TELECOMMUNICATIONSaddress: Sonateladdress: Dakaraddress: Senegale-mail: modyndiaye@sentoo.snphone: +221 8392337fax-no: +221 8233698nic-hdl: MN1281-AFRINICmnt-by: SMM-MNTremarks: data has been transferred from RIPE Whois Database 20050221source: AFRINIC # Filteredperson: Alpha Mbodjnic-hdl: AM2490-AFRINICaddress: Sonateladdress: Direction des Reseauxaddress: 6 Rue Wagane DIOUFaddress: BP 69 Dakaraddress: SENEGALaddress: Dakaraddress: Senegale-mail: alpha.mbodj@orange-sonatel.comphone: +221 33 879 3222fax-no: +221 822 92 20remarks: data has been transferred from RIPE Whois Database 20050221source: AFRINIC # Filteredperson: Fatoumata Ndiayeaddress: Sonateladdress: Direction des Reseauxaddress: Direction des Operations Reseauxaddress: Technopoleaddress: SENEGALphone: +221 8793223fax-no: +221 8330026nic-hdl: FN4-AFRINICe-mail: fatoumata.ndiaye@orange-sonatel.comsource: AFRINIC # Filtered
I don't think I've actually received any of these spam PMs, so either I'm doing something right to avoid them, or I've just been lucky


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