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Rwolf
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2015 6:07 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

A spambot 'jagdev02' posted four ads in the 'general gaming' forum.

Status: Trash Heap'd
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Rwolf
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2015 9:46 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

Suspected spambot "DavidDHall" - posts of generic praise, and a profile with a dating-site link in. (The one good thing is it likes Tetris.)

http://www.dosgames.com/forum/search.php?search_author=DavidDHall

I suggest to put on watch-list.

Status: Posts split & Trash Heap'd
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MrFlibble
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2015 5:46 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

Spambots seem to have developed a liking for this thread, so I decided to lock it. There's no reason for users to post in it really.
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Rwolf
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2015 5:51 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

The bald spambot 'fionaly' returns to spam again, list says 3, but I see 1 only:
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=13325


note:
I'm seeing fewer than listed spams here, and before this I noted some of the recurring bots seem to have this mismatch too.

Are they already deleted, or hidden somehow?
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Rwolf
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2015 1:31 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

Yet another suspected spambot, 'HelenAllen', posting generic praise and adding a link with a dating site in its posting signature.

http://www.dosgames.com/forum/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=13381


Also another version: 'RitaLucero', same thing with dating site in post/signature; though perhaps the posting it made was a properly baffled response to the thread content.

http://www.dosgames.com/forum/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=13378


It seems that currently concatenated 'real' names, without spacing are used as their nametags.
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CPT Worm
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2015 2:56 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

Both have had their posts deleted and have been banned.
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Rwolf
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2015 11:04 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

A few more salesbots have sneaked in their links in a couple of wall-texts. Same fake name-format as before btw.

JustusWoolworth:
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/search.php?search_author=JustusWoolworth

AnselmPennell:
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/search.php?search_author=AnselmPennell

DallasPrevoss:
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/search.php?search_author=DallasPrevoss

EmilyWeeks:
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/search.php?search_author=EmilyWeeks

SpencerEden:
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/search.php?search_author=SpencerEden

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Also a recurring spambot, 'jagdev02' using a different format:
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/search.php?search_author=jagdev02
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MrFlibble
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2015 2:57 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

All of that junk moved to Trash Heap.

A question to forum admins: is there an option in this version of phpBB to change the CAPTCHA/spambot countermeasure to a custom question? That thing seems to be more effective in deterring spambots than pictures.
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wardrich
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2015 1:22 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

Been noticing a lot of "Fifa Coin" spam happening in here. They all link to the same site, so I've added that site's name to our list of spam words. Hopefully this puts a bit of a damper on the latest wave of spambots.
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Rwolf
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 10:36 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

Magic for sale from one spambot here:
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=13401

(these spells does not work in rpg games)
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Rwolf
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2016 8:03 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy new spam-year!

http://www.dosgames.com/forum/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=13418

Status: Trash Heap'd
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Rwolf
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 10:39 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

Spammer in need of severe spanking
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/search.php?search_author=smtpinbox

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MrFlibble
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 1:45 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

Spam link bot:
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=13425

All posts Trash Heap'd.
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MrFlibble
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2016 7:02 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

Another shameless bot:
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=13424

Posts moved to Trash heap as usual.
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Rwolf
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 8:27 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

Wall-of-text spammer, irrelevant to gaming:
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=13430

Status: Trash Heap'd
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Rwolf
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 11:41 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

More spammers:

yourfifa1:
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=13435

SandyGooore:
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=13424

Status: Trash Heaped and banned both users.
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Rwolf
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 7:32 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

Energetic spammer Rain13 managed ten postings of garbage in just over ten minutes, before it's fingers were worn down to stubs:

http://www.dosgames.com/forum/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=13428
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wardrich
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 10:01 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

Holy spam, Batman! I added the url to our spam words list, banned the account, and removed all the trash.
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Rwolf
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2016 4:56 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

Another one, 'tronicextreme':

http://www.dosgames.com/forum/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=13440

Trash Heap'd


spammer repeated it's spam after cleanup:

http://www.dosgames.com/forum/search.php?search_author=tronicextreme


Last edited by Rwolf on Wed Feb 03, 2016 11:19 am; edited 1 time in total
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MrFlibble
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 3:14 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

Spammer with a link to an irrelevant site in profile:
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=13437

Made a couple of vaguely on-topic posts in random chat threads.
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