Author Topic: Any anti-spam experts here?  (Read 2937 times)

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Any anti-spam experts here?
« on: December 03, 2008, 10:27:29 am »
Hello all, I am new here... The vBulletin forum of which I am a Super Mod at has (like many other VB forums) been attacked by spammers within the past couple of weeks... I have sorted through everything and banned all of them, except for one which just joined... The guy who just joined, username James, has an e-mail of james420@123mail.org and an IP address of 128.241.43.144... Now the e-mail is on here, and the IP address is on here, but they do not match... The e-mail is for a Jeannette (with a different IP), and the IP address is for a Patricia (with a differnt e-mail)... However, he posted some useless links that look harmless to me, they just got no sense at all:  <>  Since we are a small forum, I hate to ban people who do not deserve to be... Is this just a way of a spammer "mixing it up"? Should I own him? Thank you...
« Last Edit: December 03, 2008, 08:03:45 pm by DJ_Mark »

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Any anti-spam experts here?
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2008, 08:02:33 pm »
Hi. This is a bit off topic for our forums but I'll try to answer ;).

I don't find a james420@123mail.org in our database under any username. Usernames "Jeannette" and "Patricia" do exist, but different email addresses entirely and no matching IPs. I'm sure they are spammers though.

The links you posted do look like nonsense/spam, but if you're super worried about banning someone innocent then delete the post and see if they do it again. Then ban if so.

Hope that helps.

-Mark