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Large amount of Spammers lately.

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Edrondol, Oct 11, 2011.

  1. Edrondol

    Edrondol Well-Known Member

    My board is seeing a large influx of spammers lately that are not flagged by any of the common databases (StopForumSpam, FSpamList or BotScout). They come in from all over and most of them put "Realtor" in their occupation. They tend to use full names (Mark Thompson, Jerry Clifford) and if you don't allow links in signatures hey put it all in their personal details.

    I kill several of these a day. Anyone getting them regularly now?
     
  2. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    Which forum software?
     
  3. Edrondol

    Edrondol Well-Known Member

    ...XenForo...
     
  4. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    I have not met spammers on my xenforo'es.
     
  5. Edrondol

    Edrondol Well-Known Member

    Hmmm. Weird. What's really weird is that my entire board is open to unregistered posters, but they keep making accounts to post spam.
     
  6. DSF

    DSF Well-Known Member

    Hmmm, you have Q&A and confirmed Emails?
     
  7. iTuN3r

    iTuN3r Well-Known Member

    Yes i am getting nailed from such spammers everyday too :( IP Trace shows : India (as location) when my forum is limited to city within Texas lol and they come up with random names register - activate account then put links in signature.
     
  8. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    User group promotions :)

    I implemented it so members must have 25 posts before they can create a signature.
     
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  9. Sador

    Sador Well-Known Member

    The one thing I truly miss from VB is an addon that made all posts including specific words (like viagra) and links / images on users with <5 (or whatever amount you set it to) posts be moderated posts automatically. Even if I got 10.000 spam messages, almost none would ever reach the public.. such a good thing that was.
     
  10. Edrondol

    Edrondol Well-Known Member

    Yup. Both of them.

    Mine is more like 5 posts, but I've done that. They've changed from putting the links in their sig to putting them in their profile page.
     
  11. DSF

    DSF Well-Known Member

    Just i check out your site and find the questions are simple und you deliver the answer. :eek:
    All I need as spammer is a simple regex to extract the answer in your questions. ;) ... and of course a mini-script.

    Example:
    Q: What is the third word in this sentence? (Answer: the)
    Q:What is in my pocket? (Answer: ring)
     
  12. Ranger375

    Ranger375 Well-Known Member

    I manually approve my members and the custom userfield questions make my life easy, not to mention the board spam free.
     
  13. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

    your board is open to "unregistered" users ?
     
  14. Edrondol

    Edrondol Well-Known Member

    Yup. And I haven't gotten ANY spam that way.
     
  15. Edrondol

    Edrondol Well-Known Member

    Yup. I do that on purpose. If they are human they are going to answer it anyway. If it's a bot it's not. So I don't want to alienate the humans who are trying to post.

    But you're right about the answer. Let me try taking that out.
     
  16. Dodgeboard

    Dodgeboard Well-Known Member

    We are a regional site serving famous Dodge City. And we have human verification questions like "Finish this sentence; Get the hell out of _____". or "Who was Toto's owner?"

    Pakistani/Chinese spammers aren't likely to know the answers to questions like these. People in Kansas, do. We've only seen 1 or 2 make it through the human verification system in the past year.
     
  17. Edrondol

    Edrondol Well-Known Member

    I have people from all over the world. I don't want to exclude them, which is why I use easy questions or provided the answers.
     
  18. Dodgeboard

    Dodgeboard Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure if showing the answer is a good idea. Have you thought about maybe a picture of something common like Bugs Bunny? Then asking for his name. Or hide the answer in the question.... "Denver, Colorado, is in what state?"
     
  19. Edrondol

    Edrondol Well-Known Member

    I've taken out the answers based on DSF's suggestion. But I like yours, too!
     
  20. ENF

    ENF Well-Known Member

    As funny as this sounds, he's right...

    I'm running an open test board just to see how much junk one board can collect in a two months time frame. I even left the option open for unregistered users to post and I've gotten like 6 posts that way. The other 10,000 or so posts are from a little over 2,000 spammer accounts that register and just post non-sense. (Non email confirmation or captcha... It's just a catch-all)
     

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