• Register
  • Help
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 23

Topic: Who is the Phisherman?

Share/Bookmark
  1. #1
    Senior Member rwayland's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    California Redwoods
    Posts
    2,932

    Who is the Phisherman?

    Ever get the idea that someone is phishing this site? Seems to me that when I mention like age or chronic pain, it is only a matter of a very few days before something shows up in my email. I suppose I can not rule out co-incidence, but it does seem a bit strange. It is not a problem, since I just delete the email. I am just wondering if others experience this phenomenon.

    Richard

  2. #2
    Moderator
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Location
    Orcas Island
    Posts
    11,454

    Re: Who is the Phisherman?

    Quote Originally Posted by rwayland
    Ever get the idea that someone is phishing this site? Seems to me that when I mention like age or chronic pain, it is only a matter of a very few days before something shows up in my email. I suppose I can not rule out co-incidence, but it does seem a bit strange. It is not a problem, since I just delete the email. I am just wondering if others experience this phenomenon.

    Richard
    Hmm...I have been wondering why I have been getting those Viagra emails. I don't think anyone has a way of knowing your identity or email. Unless you make your email public, to specificially target age or chronic pain on a sample forum sounds phishy. Anyone else experiencing what they think may be targeting phishing?

  3. #3

    Re: Who is the Phisherman?

    I haven't had this problem from this site. But I have had people emailing me on my own site. What scared me about those emails was that they said they were from my private address to my public address and vice versa. Good thing Ubuntu doesn't get Windows viruses or I'd be pulling my hair out right now.

    What I also find strange is that if you register a GMail account for example and don't release the address. Within days, you will be recieving spam.
    Colton J. Provias
    Film Score Composer, Location Sound Mixer, and Sound Editor
    Full-stack Web Developer

  4. #4

    Re: Who is the Phisherman?

    Quote Originally Posted by Garritan
    Hmm...I have been wondering why I have been getting those Viagra emails. I don't think anyone has a way of knowing your identity or email. Unless you make your email public, to specificially target age or chronic pain on a sample forum sounds phishy. Anyone else experiencing what they think may be targeting phishing?
    A lot of catalogs for sequined dresses lately...

    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
    .

  5. #5

    Re: Who is the Phisherman?

    Quote Originally Posted by etLux
    A lot of catalogs for sequined dresses lately...

    .
    damn, those are supposed to be mine...

    ...oops....

    ummmm... never mind...

  6. #6

    Re: Who is the Phisherman?

    Quote Originally Posted by qccowboy
    damn, those are supposed to be mine...

    ...oops....

    ummmm... never mind...
    Alas, phishing is an inexact science...

    I'll send them along to you, Michel.

    As soon as I'm done admiring them, that is.

    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
    .

  7. #7

    Re: Who is the Phisherman?

    There's odd stuff going on over at the Geniesoft (Overture) forums, where I am an administrator (oooohhh, the power...) ...despite a challenge-response, I get a dozen or so new "members" each day...they all have something to do with VZTL.COM.
    Sometimes the names created by the bot (I assume it's a bot) are recognizably bogus, sometimes not, and they all have bogus home pages such as www.qufj.com/Free-Condos-in-Jersey.html. They also report a country of origin.

    Putting VZTL.COM on the board's banned list is no help.

    Googling VZTL.COM reveals a zillion of those odd bogus home pages but no insight as to how to deal with it.
    I asked the admins here at Nsounds about it, and they suggested there might be a worm in the database somewhere.

    Any other ideas? Killing all those bogus members is a drain on my music time.

    Jim
    Jim Williams
    Professor of Capitalism
    N9EJR
    Indianapolis Brass Choir
    All Your Bass Sus&Short Are Belong to Us.

  8. #8
    Moderator
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Location
    Orcas Island
    Posts
    11,454

    Re: Who is the Phisherman?

    If Snorlax starts getting Euphonium eblasts and Joe starts getting camel spam, we may have a problem.

  9. #9

    Re: Who is the Phisherman?

    Quote Originally Posted by Garritan
    If Snorlax starts getting Euphonium eblasts and Joe starts getting camel spam, we may have a problem.
    A tragic lack of camel spam over here, the Viagra spam seems to have abated somewhat, ( should I be worried that they have given up on me ).

    I still get that ancient one about the Nigerian/Hong Kong lawyer who wants to give me $ 8,000,000, if I will just send him my Bank details.

    I am beginning to get the feeling that these lawyers may not be entirely honest.

    regards Joe

  10. #10

    Re: Who is the Phisherman?

    For some reason, spam really bugs me.

    If you have your own domain name, you can usually use any email address you like. What I have been doing is when registering with a website, register with a unique email address for that site - eg lbbc@mydomain.com (for the BBC site) or lba@mydomain.com (for booking BA tickets). Then if one or other of those emails gets a flood of spam - 1) I simply disable it to stop the flow, 2) I know EXACTLY which organisation (or rogue employee within) has sold on my details to the spammers.

    Of about 100 places where I have registered details for one reason or another (forums, online shopping, news sites, etc) around 4 have directly resulted in spam - in one case going from zero to more than 100 mails a day in less than 48 hours. In two of the four cases these were from reputable UK high street names. In one of those cases I was so incensed I complained to the UK Information Commissioner, but their reply left me so confused that I did not pursue it further:


    "Thank you for your email concerning the alleged disclosure of your email address.

    You have stated that you have received emails from a recruitment company despite opting out of receiving marketing. If you have opted out of receiving marketing and you are continuing to receive it then the company in question may be in contravention of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003. These Regulations require those organisations that conduct electronic marketing to individuals to obtain prior consent before sending email marketing.

    There is an exception to this rule which applies where:
    a) you collected the recipient’s details in the course of a sale or negotiations for a sale,
    b) you are only marketing your similar products and services; AND
    c) you gave the recipient the chance to opt out when you collected their details and you continue to do so in every subsequent transmission.
    (Regulation 22(3)).

    In terms of the Data Protection Act 1998 (the Act), the first data protection principle states that personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully and, in particular, shall not be processed unless-
    a) at least one of the conditions in Schedule 2 is met,
    b) in the case of sensitive personal data, at least one of the conditions in Schedule 3 is also met.

    Part of processing personal data fairly involves providing individuals with certain information about the processing of their personal data. This information, known as fair processing information, should be provided when the personal data are first obtained and should include:

    • The identity of the data controller,

    • If the data controller has a nominated represent
    • The purpose or purposes for which the personal
    • Any further information which is necessary, having

    This fair processing information should include any intention to send individuals marketing material and provide an opt-out from that processing. If you have opted out of the marketing then sending out such material may be in contravention of the first data protection principle.

    It may also explain that section 11 of the Act gives you the right to prevent personal data about you being processed for direct marketing purposes. An email address, in itself, may be enough to be personal data if it is along the following lines: e.g.firstname.surname@companyname.co.uk. If a company are processing your personal data when marketing you, even if you receive the marketing email at work, you have a fundamental opt-out right under Section 11 of the Act. Section 11 provides individuals with the right to request that an organisation stop processing their details for marketing purposes. Organisations must comply with this request and the Information Commissioner would expect this to take about 28 days from when the request is received. More information about this can be found on our website.

    If you would like to make a complaint under the Act or under the Regulations then a complaint form can be obtained from our website:

    www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.

    I hope that this information is helpful. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Yours sincerely"

Go Back to forum

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •