We're infected by this noxious breed once again. I find it very frustrating, because I'm fresh out of bullets and I don't want to go to Nigeria anyway.
Of the last few episodes, there is one thing that I've noticed that might be a warning that a spammer infestation is imminent. First, you see a new member, who fits a certain profile. They're usually billed as female, though I doubt that, often from either Senagal or New York City. There might be a pic, and it might be either an attractive young female, or something like flowers.
The profile is populated with dreck. Lately it's been "i will tall you later" (sic) or "i will tell you later," pasted repeatedly. A couple of times, the person's favorite game was Tekken. Usually though, it's nonsense.
The first profile doesn't post anything, either comments or blogs, and doesn't send messages. It's pretty quiet for a few days.
Then comes a second profile, similar to the first, but not identical. That one is the severe irritant, sending lots of come-hither messages and comments. One can view the first profile as a recon unit, and the second as the main force of invaders.
At present, our recon unit is called rosemary
, and the spewer of spam comments is princess
That's the latest trend. We have seen people who just put up advertising profiles, with conspicuously self-promoting blogs. Those are easy to avoid, and don't overpopulate the site with their cybernetic crap.
The newer version is a little pernicious. However, I believe that the problem can be addressed more easily than it appears. Here's how.
Frequent participants should keep an eye on the list of new members. I do this all the time, usually to say "Welcome." But if you see a new profile that fits the general description of a spam recon, alert John Kranz of its appearance. That way it can be examined early. Then everyone's eyes should be open for the second wave of spam, so it and the offending profile can be deleted as soon as possible.
What say you?