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    Serious SPAM problem on new B&S forum

    Posted a WTB ad and received 4 messages.
    1 from legit seller / 3 from non-legit, verging on bot-like mails to entrap people into sending money.

    Two don't even mention the item. One is exact character-for-character copy of my ads subject. None mention any specifics of item, nor a price.. and all have terribly awkward english.

    It feels like our small little friendly community has been invaded..

    ###### MESSAGE 1

    Hello My Friend,


    My name is MASSIMILIANO just want to brief you that i have the above subject in good working condition, Are you still interested?let me know thanks

    Reply to: MASSIMILIANO, [email protected]

    ######

    ###### MESSAGE 2

    Hello,Good day

    Hope You are doing fine? are you still interested in buying the above
    Subject,if Yes As soon as i hear from you,i will email you some pics
    and details Good price is accepted and let me know your best
    offer,Thanks and Hope to hear from you soon

    Greeting From Spain

    Reply to: Juan Carlos, [email protected]

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    MESSAGE 3

    I have a nice

    Leica M 35mm Summilux Asph (non-FLE)

    if you are still looking,

    email me at [email protected]

    to send you details and pictures

    please when emailing me, put the subject

    Leica M 35mm Summilux Asph (non-FLE)

    Reply to: lopez, [email protected]

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    Re: Serious SPAM problem on new B&S forum

    Note the use of the word "subject" in each message.

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    Re: Serious SPAM problem on new B&S forum

    Juan Carlos? Isn't he the King of Spain? Must be serious then

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    Re: Serious SPAM problem on new B&S forum

    Yes, we have had some difficulty fighting off spambots.
    I have posted a notice awhile back for sellers to beware of these kinds of emails, but too often they hit before we have a chance to ban them.
    I am working on ways to reduce this or provide better indication to the receiver as to who the responder is, but it is taking more time than I anticipated.
    Sorry for the inconvenience.
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    Re: Serious SPAM problem on new B&S forum

    Thanks Bob.
    It may be worth re-posting in the Notices section @ top of forums menu, or at least at the top of the Browse Ads page once you are in Buy & Sell section.

    The classifieds here had always been such a friendly place, I'd hate to see people getting scammed because they don't have their guard up the same way they may @ eBay, RFF, FM, etc.
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    Re: Serious SPAM problem on new B&S forum

    Quote Originally Posted by sjg284 View Post
    Thanks Bob.
    It may be worth re-posting in the Notices section @ top of forums menu, or at least at the top of the Browse Ads page once you are in Buy & Sell section.

    The classifieds here had always been such a friendly place, I'd hate to see people getting scammed because they don't have their guard up the same way they may @ eBay, RFF, FM, etc.
    Oh, this is nothing new really, it just used to be via PM. We would get pretty frequent complaints. What is new is that there seem to be some better 'bots around now.
    -bob

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    Re: Serious SPAM problem on new B&S forum

    I added a refinement to the classified's ad response emails.
    The response now contains a link to the User's getDPI profile so that you may easily research the responder.
    -bob

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