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Fake members?
« on: February 23, 2020, 03:27:51 AM »
Fake members. There was a strange fraud go on, on a site I was posting on.

One person was posting as a couple and nether was who they said they were?

They put a lot of work in to this masquerade. They had me fooled.

I Guess they thought it was great fun fooling us.

Some member on the site did some hard work and discovered the masquerade.

 
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Re: Fake members?
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2020, 01:36:29 PM »
It happens all the time when administrators don't screen new members.
The type you describe are sometimes called "sock puppets".

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Re: Fake members?
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2020, 02:56:56 PM »
We've been lucky here and haven't had that kind of nonsense.  We do have a Stop Forum Spam add-on which checks username, IP address and email address for spam.  Although there was one false/positive recently that was fixed, it has been a good tool.  At SNF (Scot's Newsletter Forum), all new members are carefully vetted.


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« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2020, 08:39:33 PM »
I used to see something similar at forums. One person would ask for a program to help do something. That person would register as a different poster and post a link (usually for nefarious purposes) to a site or a program.

I am always suspicious of a first time poster posting links so I usually report and ask that the link be removed or at least made unable to be clicked.

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« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2020, 08:58:40 PM »
We've run into that scenario at Sysnative, plodr.  Obvious spam and both quickly removed.


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« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2020, 09:28:24 PM »
I used to see something similar at forums. One person would ask for a program to help do something. That person would register as a different poster and post a link (usually for nefarious purposes) to a site or a program.

Astroturfing. MS sites (used to be) full of it - so if someone links there as an 'answer' - that needs checking out too.

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« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2020, 09:37:46 PM »
I used to see something similar at forums. One person would ask for a program to help do something. That person would register as a different poster and post a link (usually for nefarious purposes) to a site or a program.

I am always suspicious of a first time poster posting links so I usually report and ask that the link be removed or at least made unable to be clicked.
One of the add-ons at North Eastern Fly Fishing forums puts a new member's post in a moderation queue if it contains a link, no one can see it until approved by a moderator. It has other "spammy" triggers, but the inclusion of a link is the most frequent cause.
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