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Private Message Spam

on Jan 29, 2010 @ 8:23 am, TutorMe wrote:  We have gotten reports of PM spam lately. They are using signatures that make it appear that they are part of the administration team here. This is not true.

The only admin at PSC is Procyon. You can find a list of the mods here: photoshopcontest.com...

We will never send you a PM with a virus alert, or anything that requires you to click a link to something other than PSC (unless off course we're just chatting :D)

The point is, beware of people pretending to be associated with the board.

Below is an example of the PM spam:

Dear, **UserName**!

A virus alert was noticed on your computer. We highly recommend you to check your computer and perform online virus check at our site immediately: **URL Hidden** ---------------------------------------------------- Sincerely, Forum Administration photoshopcontest.com.

If you received this PM or a similar one, let me (or another mod) know. We will take care or it. Also be sure not to click the link. Chances are, the site will try to get you to download a virus. When you let us know, be sure to include the username that the spam came from.

I'll be working on a more permanent solution to this, but it won't be immediate because I've got a lot going on at college right now. I hope everyone understands.

-Trey (TutorMe)

EDIT

This problem should be fixed now. I've done some extensive testing, and everything appears to be working properly now. However, as with any code changes there is always the possibility for a bug. If you discover a bug, please shoot me PM and I will fix it ASAP.  



Comments (27)

Tesore Tesore (Jan 29, 2010 @ 8:27 am)
Thanks! 
TofuTheGreat TofuTheGreat (Jan 29, 2010 @ 8:28 am)
TutorMe. Saving teh noobs one at a time. ;) 
Cartoon Contractor Cartoon Contractor (Jan 29, 2010 @ 8:31 am)
Thanks Trey! We appreciate the heads up on this! 
YerPalAl YerPalAl (Jan 29, 2010 @ 8:44 am)
Thanks for the heads up. 
blue_lurker blue_lurker (Jan 29, 2010 @ 8:53 am)
sweet and good to see ya on the case mate, nice work 
annajon annajon (Jan 29, 2010 @ 9:04 am)
thanks for the heads up 
Qnita van Straaten Qnita van Straaten (Jan 29, 2010 @ 10:12 am)
Thank you! :-) 
JORDAN792 JORDAN792 (Jan 29, 2010 @ 12:15 pm)
thanks a lot for the warning 
SCWIDVICIOUS SCWIDVICIOUS (Jan 29, 2010 @ 4:14 pm)
thanks 
Derivatix Derivatix (Jan 29, 2010 @ 5:20 pm)
thanks, got that spam-message, too 
ScionShade ScionShade (Jan 29, 2010 @ 5:50 pm)
I got SPAM TOO! Some witless spammer going by teh nic of "ReyRey". BAN HIM! 
soulrock soulrock (Jan 29, 2010 @ 8:15 pm)
same here! 
arcaico arcaico (Feb 01, 2010 @ 4:27 pm)
How can I be sure this alert came from a REAL moderator??? SPAM!!!!!!!!!!!! 
zorro13 zorro13 (Feb 08, 2010 @ 2:45 pm)
thanks to the advertise 
jdgretz jdgretz (Feb 09, 2010 @ 11:20 am)
Yep - got the spam. Received: from vps.hostlead.com (vps.hostlead.com [207.58.151.170]) From: nobody@vps.hostlead.com jdg 
Raijin Z Raijin Z (Feb 09, 2010 @ 9:44 pm)
Anyone stupid enough to contact me after three years deserves to be banned. 
pjsev pjsev (Feb 11, 2010 @ 10:40 pm)
I got an e-mail today from PSCteam@photoshopcontest.com, saying I had a new message, from someone. But when I got to PSC I had no new messages. It was not involving a virus alert. It was signed The management. hmmm. 
Anneke Anneke (Feb 12, 2010 @ 2:35 am)
Yes, I got one in my inbox. 
skahuna skahuna (Feb 14, 2010 @ 12:10 pm)
Mine was from "Desterman" and "Supermod" 
Eve Eve (Feb 14, 2010 @ 7:35 pm)
I've been obliterating these posers as much as possible. 
Sanctuary Sanctuary (Feb 15, 2010 @ 12:52 am)
damn cheapy spam...  
SCWIDVICIOUS SCWIDVICIOUS (Feb 15, 2010 @ 4:31 am)
Will let ya know if i get any bossman.  
Oscar Oscar (Feb 15, 2010 @ 5:06 am)
TREY TREY HOORAY!  
annajon annajon (Feb 15, 2010 @ 5:33 am)
Way Hey!!!!! Trey! 
zorro13 zorro13 (Feb 15, 2010 @ 11:28 am)
I've got one of this kind of message in my box, from Kurtymann. Don't openned, of course.  
Granulated Granulated (Feb 16, 2010 @ 6:35 am)
well in ! 
himself himself (Mar 02, 2010 @ 1:41 pm)
board staff name-coloring is useful to that end 
 

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