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Old 01-23-2008, 12:04 PM   #1
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Spam messages from AA???

I just received an email from AA stating that I had a PM. When I came to the site to read the message, there was none. I read that there had been a problem in the past with a trojan.

This is what the email read:

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Dear MrMagoo,
You have received a new private message at Aquarium Advice - Aquarium & Reef Forum from Jeannette, entitled "Re: Mrmagoo".
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Hi,I'm new here, how's it going?"Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic religion for the future: it transcends a personal God, avoids dogmas and theology; it covers both the natural & spiritual, and it is based on a religious sense aspiring from the experience of all things as a meaningful unity" - Albert Einstein---
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Old 01-23-2008, 12:57 PM   #2
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MrMagoo,
That is very strange. I have alerted the admins to this thread.
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Old 01-23-2008, 01:18 PM   #3
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I had one yesterday or the day before. Went in and read the trash. Then I went back with the intent of alerting someone and it was gone..
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Old 01-23-2008, 01:57 PM   #4
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I also had this same message as above. I just signed up for AA only two days ago.
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Old 01-23-2008, 04:13 PM   #5
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The reason you're seeing messages being flagged as spam now, and not in the past, is because of the recent change in ownership. With the change, also came a change of the server that's being used to relay mail messages. I noticed this a couple weeks ago and when I looked into it, it appears that even though the mail is coming from "aquariumadvice.com", it's really being relayed through the owner's "socialknowledge.net" domain and IP address. One of the things spam filters use to distinguish real mail from spam is a database that lists "problem" domains and IP addresses. From the spam filter logs I looked at on my system, it appears that the socialknowledge domain has a few "strikes" against it and is showing up in some of the spam databases. That's not saying anything negative against the domain... it just means that enough people reported them as "spam" (usually incorrectly!) that they showed up on the list. That, and a few other minor items, gives the mail a "ranking" that may have the spam filter flag it as spam.

Since this involves the owner's main domain, I'm guessing he knows about it.

Edit: Sorry... I didn't read the entire thread from the original poster. Sorry about that. My post is referring to REAL legitimate messages - not spam ones - being marked as spam by filters.
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Old 01-23-2008, 05:56 PM   #6
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OK - I am sorry about this. We had someone register and sent this same message out to many members. The message was spam and contained a link to a site that wants your info to send more spam. I removed this member and all content they posted to protect our members. This is unfortunately becoming a standard problem on the internet. We are able to cut down on some kinds of spam with our registration process, but ultimately a few get through. In the last couple of weeks, since the software conversion we have been working to improve site security and you may have noticed less spam in posts. This "PM" spam is harder to stop because a real person is doing it rather than a automated spam posting "bot".

If you get spam or see spam, please alert us ASAP. If you are ever unsure about a link - don't click.
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Old 01-23-2008, 07:00 PM   #7
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Thanks Janet...

I am am member of several forums similar to this one for scuba diving, photography, my truck, my golden retriever...

The scuba site I am a member of uses a personal email system, i.e. a system admin sends the conformation email, then personally approves the member.

I know this site has many more members, and several joining everyday, so this would be a time consuming task, but it would cut down on the hassle of having people join, send spam, get booted, and admins having the tasks of deleting all of their posts, galleries, PMs, whatever.....

just a thought...

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Old 05-22-2008, 12:52 AM   #8
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Angry More Spam

Think this one's spam.


From: Aquarium Advice - Aquarium & Reef Forum [mailto:support@aquariumadvice.com]
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Dear rbailey,
You have received a new private message at Aquarium Advice - Aquarium & Reef Forum from Jessie2, entitled "Re: Rbailey".
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Hey,What's up?---Jessiehttp://jessie.rack111.com
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Old 05-22-2008, 01:04 AM   #9
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This was a spam message, the user has been banned. You can delete the message. It happened to a few members here today and is now dealt with.
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Old 05-22-2008, 01:12 AM   #10
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Thanks

Many thanks.
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