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Steve Moskowitz

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The problem is persistent people "registering" with the intent to post spam.

This issue is not unique to the AACA forums, its software, or host. It happens everywhere.  

I'll discuss this latest spam push with the host/software company on monday and see if I cant find a solution that works to keep them at bay better.  from Peter gariepy, our Webmaster.

Also, folks the hello there post was deleted Sunday morning and member banned but apparently  some people have not refreshed their browser and are still seeing it. 

To ensure you see the latest version of a site you need to clear the cache memory. This is done by doing a force refresh by pressing both control and F5 buttons simultaneously on your keyboard (depending on your browser). Most times a simple force cache refresh won't work and you need to clear the cache by hand. 

 

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I received a personal message today from the spammer you are probably talking about.  Laughed at the content and deleted.

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Joe, and hopefully you won't.  Our forum support desk has blocked everyone from the offending country and will see if that cuts down on the issue.  

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Just got mine this morning!  Now I feel complete.

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I also got a message this morning. Hit delete as soon as I saw who it was from.

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So, sadly we have had to block all guests from Russia and Germany as they tried again today to hit this site.  

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I told them I only have money for cheap beer and pretzels.  The other stuff they are selling is 50 years too late for me 😀.  I’m sure I would enjoy the beer and pretzels more at this point in my life.

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Steve, I am a moderator on the GARAGE JOURNAL web forum, and I can tell you that we face a LOT of spammers there. Some of our mods are more proficient than others, and they can track the source of a spam message to the original IP address, and thus block that IP address (which often sends dozens of spam messages per day). This helps a little. But the real solution for GJ is to have several volunteer mods, and we alert our regular members to PLEASE report questionable messages to the mods. More eyes are very helpful. 

 

Good luck, and keep up the good fight. 

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We have little tolerance for spammers and banned them routinely.  Now we have resorted to banning two countries thanks to the persistent spam with different ip addresses.  The last 24 hours seem to have brought some relief!  

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I can't imagine there being many AACA members in Russia, but I'll bet there are quite a few in Germany. Such a shame, that a few ruin things for the rest. 

 

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I think I know the PM everyone is talking about. I reported it right away. After a chuckle. 

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I replied to the email in question and I was skeptical at first. Anyway, we met for dinner last night, and as it turns out, Stephanie is a nice young woman who just inherited a brass era car collection from her great grandfather, and wanted some help with some of the cars. We hit it off, and now she's paying for me to spend the winter in Bermuda, where the collection is housed. So I'm packing up my wrenches and sunscreen.

Have a nice winter, gentlemen...

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1 hour ago, lump said:

I can't imagine there being many AACA members in Russia, but I'll bet there are quite a few in Germany. Such a shame, that a few ruin things for the rest. 

 

 

Yeah, too bad, but the forum was being overrun. Hopefully the long term solution will be something better than a countrywide ban. We have had legitimate postings from Russia in the past, as well as many from Germany.

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1 hour ago, WPVT said:

I replied to the email in question and I was skeptical at first. Anyway, we met for dinner last night, and as it turns out, Stephanie is a nice young woman who just inherited a brass era car collection from her great grandfather, and wanted some help with some of the cars. We hit it off, and now she's paying for me to spend the winter in Bermuda, where the collection is housed. So I'm packing up my wrenches and sunscreen.

Have a nice winter, gentlemen...

 

One night a week I have coffee at Tim Horton's with a friend who is a Nigerian Prince. He'll get a kick out of that one.

Bernie

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I got one too...my very first PM on this forum 😄 

At least they put a lot of effort into spamming us. 

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17 hours ago, WPVT said:

I replied to the email in question and I was skeptical at first. Anyway, we met for dinner last night, and as it turns out, Stephanie is a nice young woman who just inherited a brass era car collection from her great grandfather, and wanted some help with some of the cars. We hit it off, and now she's paying for me to spend the winter in Bermuda, where the collection is housed. So I'm packing up my wrenches and sunscreen.

Have a nice winter, gentlemen...

LOL. After that last hurricane, life in Bermuda might not be all that much fun just now. And a pity that the car collection was there.... Everyone be warned about Locomobiles and early Pierce Arrows coming on the market soon, without the buyer being aware of flood damage!! 🙃

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