Reporting Spam From MR Members?

TheFuzz

macrumors regular
Original poster
Aug 18, 2006
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since joining i've been getting spammed left and right from macrumors members emailing me through my profile. is there a way to report these to the admins? the most recent was the common, "my father was a rich nigerian, help me by giving me your bank account, blah blah" bs. i've disabled the email option for now, but it would be nice if there was a link that came with all emails from macrumors members where you could send it right to someone who could take care of the problem. thanks!
 

crees!

macrumors 68000
Jun 14, 2003
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MD/VA/DC
I just received this email:

This is a message from myriamxxy at Mac Forums ( http://forums.macrumors.com/index.php ). The Mac Forums owners cannot accept any responsibility for the contents of the email.

To email myriamxxy, you can use this online form:
http://forums.macrumors.com/sendmessage.php?do=mailmember&u=83120

OR, by email:
mailto:myriam_ibrahim23@yahoo.fr

This is the message:

FROM MYRIAM

Dearest one,

Good day and how are you. Really we have not meet each other before but due to my present predicament, I solicit for your great assistance towards my life.

In brief, I am the first son to mr ibrahim who was the former Director of Customs here in our country, Ivory Coast. But due to the political war in my country which started on the 19 sept. 2002, my father and mother was assasinated in our home town Boauke, so since then, I and my only sister were forced to run out of my home town to the economic capital, ABIDJAN, where we are presently residing.

But since then the political situation has been unstable, so therefore in order for us to save our life, I decided to contact you for you to help me and my sister to come over to your country, also you will help us in claiming our inheritance which my father kept for us, though he projected to use the money for the opening of an Industry in Asia, so now it is still under the custody of a security company and I have confirmed the existence of the box, the inheritance was some huge amount of money ($12.5million us dollars).

I wish to read your mail soonest, on getting your message, I am going to furnish you with all the legal documents including some photos.

Sincerely Yours,
myriam ibrahim,.
My course of action. Ban this user for soliciting spam.
 

kretzy

macrumors 604
Sep 11, 2004
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Canberra, Australia
Contact one of the mods or site admins and they may be able to deal with it - you can find a list of them here. Unfortunately, the only real solution is probably disabling your email permanently.
 

TheFuzz

macrumors regular
Original poster
Aug 18, 2006
147
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LA
crees!, that's the same one i received.

thanks, max_altitude, will do.
 

mrgreen4242

macrumors 601
Feb 10, 2004
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Got one too... there really should be a captcha or whatever those things are called for sending emails to members... perhaps even PMs.
 

mkrishnan

Moderator emeritus
Jan 9, 2004
29,777
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Grand Rapids, MI, USA
What y'all don't know is while you're whining about spam and the internet, I'm so moving to the front of the line. That money from the Ivory Coast is as good as mine!!! :D
 

MacNut

macrumors Core
Jan 4, 2002
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The solution is not to accept mail from members. Im not getting any spam.:)
 

bousozoku

Moderator emeritus
Jun 25, 2002
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Gone but not forgotten.
She's been banned.

I haven't received any spam from MR members but I've received a lot of it elsewhere.

I would suggest that anyone who has their primary e-mail address posted as their MSN Messenger name remove it. It has been visible to non-members.

Any member who wants to talk to you should be able to PM you for that information. Having PMs enabled isn't so bad.
 

mkrishnan

Moderator emeritus
Jan 9, 2004
29,777
12
Grand Rapids, MI, USA
I've been getting nuisance IMs recently, so I think I'm following your advice and removing my IM addresses. :(

I haven't really received nuisance e-mails.

What I get are really rude people who IM me asking me some question that has nothing to do with me, like the warranty policy on the MacBook. And if I ask them who they are, they tell me they don't know who I am. :rolleyes: And then get blocked.

I guess I should just not leave that door open.
 

bousozoku

Moderator emeritus
Jun 25, 2002
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Gone but not forgotten.
mkrishnan said:
I've been getting nuisance IMs recently, so I think I'm following your advice and removing my IM addresses. :(

I haven't really received nuisance e-mails.

What I get are really rude people who IM me asking me some question that has nothing to do with me, like the warranty policy on the MacBook. And if I ask them who they are, they tell me they don't know who I am. :rolleyes: And then get blocked.

I guess I should just not leave that door open.
I've had that, as well. I'm not sure where I signed up to be desktop support, but I used to be paid for such work. However, if people cannot even say "hey", "hello", "hi" or something other than "do you know how...?", they don't get my attention or respect.
 

MacNut

macrumors Core
Jan 4, 2002
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I've taken all my messenger ID's off, Its easier to just PM me here if you want something.
 

bousozoku

Moderator emeritus
Jun 25, 2002
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Gone but not forgotten.
mkrishnan said:
Yeah, exactly. I don't really understand this mentality at all.
I think it goes along with the microwave oven/fast food mentality where you must have answers now. I always thought that you went to forums to read and reply, when appropriate. I've noticed a great many people who come and post threads, even when the first thread down asks the same question or the sticky thread at the top tells them the answer.

It's like going to the book store and people don't wait where it says "line forms here." If people can't read, why do they go to a book store?

Patience is a virtue, rushing it might get you banned. :p
 

Zwhaler

macrumors demi-god
Jun 10, 2006
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I've never recieved spam here. In fact, I've never even recieved a PM! But then again, I never asked for one.