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kim
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 1:54 pm    Post subject: Possible Spambots Reply with quote

Hi guys,

I was just contacted by another member who says he's received an email saying I sent him a private message here on the forum. Needless to say, I haven't sent anyone here a private message in a very long time.

Remember, if you receive a private message from a moderator, especially if it contains a link, check with that person first. NEVER click on a link until you verify that one of us sent it.

Our general rule of thumb is that none of the mods will ever send you a link unless you have specifically asked us to.

Take care and play it safe,

Kim
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dissolute
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good advice, Kim.

I received an email telling me to log in to see a new message in my inbox - it looked exactly like the email I would normally receive is this were the case.

Fortunately, I didn't click the link because I was (naturally) already on the forum, and could see there were none.

Be warned! Don't click links in emails that claim to be coming from the forum!
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Ian Wegg
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The email that notifies you of a private message seems to come from Kim's personal email address, no matter who the PM is from.

I had a PM recently which I guess from its content was sent to a number of users but wasn't spam.

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dissolute
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 3:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's right Ian, they all come from Kim's address (but that's because of a setting in the forum which we should change... ahem)

However, I received one on 31 July but there was no new PM - can people delete PMs they created? Maybe that's what happened, because it does look legitimate.
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kim
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 3:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dissolute wrote:
That's right Ian, they all come from Kim's address (but that's because of a setting in the forum which we should change... ahem)

However, I received one on 31 July but there was no new PM - can people delete PMs they created? Maybe that's what happened, because it does look legitimate.


Do you know how to change that setting? I'm not sure I know how.
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dissolute
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kim, I nearly changed it last night. I'll change it now.
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MikeR
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 1:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Received a suspicious email message, apparently from the forum this morning complete with links. Deleted straight away.
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Frankymole
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 5:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was it a Private Message notification? Those always appear to come from Kim, whomever sent the PM, and instead of following the link I just log in here and check my PM inbox.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 5:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frankie

I think so, but I agree that your course of action in coming to the forum and looking in person is the safest option.
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dissolute
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2014 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've changed the bouncebacks so they come from nopreply@avengersfanforum.s2.bizhat.com
If you see Kim's address, it's probably fake fro mnow on.
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