Strange people creating accounts (amended thread title)

#1
Over the past few weeks, and being as I am a grave digging shiftworker,
I have noticed quite a few persons "creating accounts" in the wee small
hours. They appear to be originating in the US. One has just come up now:-

(Username = random letters/numbers)
New member, Male, 28, from Milwaukee
Messages:
Ratings:
+0 / 0 / -0
Trophy Points:
0
Managing account details, 2 minutes ago

******

There have been quite a few recently...possibly 20+ (mostly female around the 39 yrs of age
mark) from assorted regions of the U.S.A.
I have a stack of these account creators on my ignore list but it would appear that NN is
awfully popular with American females hitting 40. Just wondering what's going on like?

BNM
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
#8
They are spammers.

Many use proxy IPs from the US but originate from China & Pakistan in particular. Most of their posts are not seen by forum users as they are filtered-out, banned & deleted before they appear on the boards. The majority of them are plugging health supplements, anti-ageing products and other bollix.
 
#9
They are spammers.

Many use proxy IPs from the US but originate from China & Pakistan in particular. Most of their posts are not seen by forum users as they are filtered-out, banned & deleted before they appear on the boards. The majority of them are plugging health supplements, anti-ageing products and other bollix.
:( I'm out.
 
#13
They are spammers.

Many use proxy IPs from the US but originate from China & Pakistan in particular. Most of their posts are not seen by forum users as they are filtered-out, banned & deleted before they appear on the boards. The majority of them are plugging health supplements, anti-ageing products and other bollix.
Christ, you know how to piss on a party! :)
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
#14
Christ, you know how to piss on a party! :)
This is true.

For some reason I don't get invited to many.

Funny thing is, we actually filter a lot of spammers out, believe it or not.

If you log-out & click on the "Sign-up" bit as though creating an account, there are a series of random Naval-related questions for those wishing to register. The irony is, your average matelot or Naval enthusiast probably doesn't know some of the answers or couldn't be arsed googling the answers.

Your determined spammer does. But by the time the nugget has cracked the answer, the question has changed. The good bit is the spammer has an encylopaedic knowledge of Naval history but seldom manages to get past the rest of the spam filters - if they do, they get flagged & banned.

It's all a bit of a game, but it happens many, many times a day.
 
#19
Thanks for all that. I watch 'em create accounts and then stick them all on my ignore list.
Apologies for the spelling of Sceptics....I had been on shift for 2 x 10 hour day shifts +
4 x 14 hour nights so I was completely shagged out.
And there was me with visions of hoofing it off to the States to live with a fit 40 yr old divorcee
Tennessee nympho desperate for a bit of Yorkshire rough.
Back to reality.
 

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