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        I just noticed something, if you click on the name of the spammer, in his message (just above his avatar ) you will get a drop down list. one of the selections on the list is to put that individual on your ignore list. Though I haven't tried it yet, it might work. If any one does try it please reply to this post
         
        Posts: 2504 | Location: florida | Registered: Sep 27, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Originally posted by nona:
        I just noticed something, if you click on the name of the spammer, in his message (just above his avatar ) you will get a drop down list. one of the selections on the list is to put that individual on your ignore list. Though I haven't tried it yet, it might work. If any one does try it please reply to this post


        I've set a couple to my ignore list unfortunately it doesn't filter out the first post in a thread. It will filter out any subsequent posts. You'll see a line between posts that says "ignored post by mikem201" and an option to show that post.


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        Posts: 624 | Location: Cary, NC | Registered: Aug 17, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Nona, to my knowledge, that only blocks the particular spammer from being seen by whoever clicks the "ignore" button. The're still there for others to see, including the newbies, as Joe mentioned.
         
        Posts: 1746 | Registered: Oct 06, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Has anyone noticed the change in the caliber of spammers over the last few days?

        Typically it's someone with a just an ordinary sounding screen name. But these recent posts have capitalized on the good will of established commercial entities.

        Thanks to someone else who did the research, I've learned there really is a Kurzhaus Designs.

        There also is a Tresor of Paris; I've just contacted them to advise that someone is posting ads here allegedly under their name.

        Although I couldn't find contact info for a specific unit of Hyundai Generators, Hyundai is certainly a well known company.

        The change from spammers with links to some unknown site to those spoofing legitimate companies is interesting, and easier to address. Hopefully the action I've taken will result in recourse against these spoofers.

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        Posts: 1746 | Registered: Oct 06, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        well


        'sprite
        ' at least you are taking a pro-active route, I hope it does some good
        So ,after reading about the " ignore " option, I guess the best thing to do is not click on their post. I don't know how it works, but they may get paid for every "click "
        I further don't understand the sites putting up with the spammers ,soon the legitimate responders will leave this site and go elsewhere
        Anyone who finds a site that has less spammers should p.m. the others with a link to that site, there are those of us who really want to help others as others have helped us in the past, it would be a shame if those people say " the heck with it " and dissappear

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        Posts: 2504 | Location: florida | Registered: Sep 27, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        if they're trying to get paid per click, that doesn't work on a forum board like this.

        if you click through to their stupid sites, they win.


        sig: if this is a new economy, how come they still want my old-fashioned money?
         
        Posts: 5513 | Location: North Burbs, MN | Registered: Mar 14, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Nona, yes, I think not clicking on any of their links is appropriate. Besides getting paid per click, you never know whether the site is legitimate and whether malware or spyware might be active there. If you want to check out a site, do it through Google so you can at least get a Norton approved sign before connection.

        I think Scripps apparently feels this forum will run on its own and is more focused on its tv programs, therefore neglecting our pleas to deal with the spammers.

        Sharing other good sites is I think a wise idea. It's been my experience that when hosts neglect the sites it doesn't mean that much to them, and eventually the sites are shut down.

        This happened with some other forums. When we were notified that the forum would close, we contacted each other and arranged to keep in touch when we found a new home.

        I'm still in the process of making contacts and will post any solutions that yield results.


        On a separate but somewhat related issue of unwanted telemarketing calls: My father gets a lot of these calls and we both get debt collector calls for people with same last names as ours. So I run down the debt collectors, contact them and tell them we're not who they're looking for. Otherwise they just keep calling. Given that my father has a hearing deficit, I'm never sure when he might think they're legit and provide privileged information.

        In doing so today, I ran across one of several sites at which complaints can be made by specific telemarketing number. One such marketer was trying to sell life alert systems, probably having somehow obtained an AARP phone list.

        This particular poster asked the telemarketer if using the alert system could get someone to bring him a brandy while he was in bed and needed some liquid refreshment. I'm going to use that line next time someone bugs me with an unwanted life alert system.
         
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        telemarketers, ugh, BUT, I have fun with them in 2 ways.
        1--- I say to them that I am really interested in their product, and will they please hold the phone while I turn off the TV. Of course I leave them hanging and see how long it takes for them to get wise. One hung up after a long time and recalled me, I went through the same routine, and he said "Oh no, you're not going to pull that on me again.
        The next one is to just let the phone sit off the hook.
        There is a third that works real well , if you're mean like me. I blast the mouthpiece with my boat horn, hopefully they need to see a hearing aid specialist afterwards
         
        Posts: 2504 | Location: florida | Registered: Sep 27, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        'Sprite, heh. there is a deadbeat around these parts that pulled my cell phone number out of his... hat... and I get calls from the same two outfits all the time. only slows 'em down a week or two when they finally put the robot aside and have a person call, and I tell them get the sheriff and pound on the guy's door, because then you are not bugging me.

        meantime, they keep wasting their time trying to collect blood from a turnup.

        they don't get paid until they get a collection, and some of these outfits buy deadbeats that have been written off at a penny a pound, and try to get money out of them.


        sig: if this is a new economy, how come they still want my old-fashioned money?
         
        Posts: 5513 | Location: North Burbs, MN | Registered: Mar 14, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        I definitely am going to have to stop dropping by here periodically because I've chuckled so much today that my cheeks hurt.

        Nona, great ideas, especially the boat horn. Everytime I pass Joe's ArmyNavySurplus store I think that I should stop in and see if I can find a submarine horn. Maybe I'll just get a boat horn from a boat shop, of which there are plenty in this lakes area where I live.

        Swschrad, I think I'll try the "go get the sheriff" idea. They'll never do that but it'll throw them off balance for awhile.

        Thanks for sharing, guys.

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        I've almost felt deprived of my daily laughter today inasmuch as there was so little spam activity until just recently. Now there are more than few, posting all sorts of nonsense. Even the vacuum boys are back with long copied messages and a totally unrelated photo of eyeglasses.

        Guess these spammers have been so plentiful that I'm actually getting used to them... as long as they're funny and provide some amusement.
         
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